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Spike

One thing – OK, maybe it is the main thing – that I like about the desert is the way everything’s spiky. It’s like it doesn’t really care if you visit or not, but if you do, it’ll be on the desert’s terms and not yours. No soft grass to lie in or any of that sort of thing. I mean, even the fence sections are pointed…

Shafter, Texas
photographed 11.4.2017

4 fleurs de lis

From the looks of things, there was a problem with people climbing over the fence, so those fleurs de lis were added. But – were the people trying to get in, or get out?

Sacred Heart Catholic Mission Church
Shafter, Texas
photographed 12.22.2018

Priest’s Door

I’m just guessing, of course, that this door on the side of the church is the way the priest gets in. What I’d like to know, though, is what the deal is with those flowers on the windowsill…

Sacred Heart Catholic Mission Church
Shafter, Texas
photographed 11.4.2017

Clouds overhead were ghostly gray

It’s unusual to see cloudy skies out here. These kinds of clouds, anyway – low gray ones that hang around all day. In the summer, it’s not uncommon to have thunderclouds build up and quickly dissipate.

But how about the way the lighter shapes in the clouds echo the shape of the shrubbery by the stairs?

Shafter, Texas
photographed 12.22.2018

Museum in progress

I first visited this little ghost-town museum in November 2017; I don’t think one thing had changed between then and my return visit a year later. Evidently ghosts are pretty slow at building finish-out.

Shafter, Texas
photographed 12.22.2018

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