Rural Texas
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Sunday, August 30, 2015
By David P. Senner
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Visiting central Texas, there were many big farms and ranches with a lot of pretty featureless landscape, and few people to be seen. There were also the remains of some long forgotten rural towns, that didn't fair very well in the second half of the 20th century as corporate agriculture made small farmers and ranches the exception rather than the rule. This is a very personal view of a city boy visiting the wide open spaces of rural Texas for the first time.

       Lots of opportunities presented themselves for abstract images of old farm equipment.






              Even in dusty, central Texas, although you have to do some searching, you can find a place to relax under a shade tree.


                 Bales of corn feed dot the landscape.


Reminders of times gone by.



                 A bucket of shells...


Bales of feed ready to be deployed.




                 Detail of grain silo.


                   More grain silos.


This photo was taken in the town of Marlin TX, that in the early 20th century was the spring training home of the New York Yankees. Unfortunately, it's now  probably too rough for even the Yankees.




For me the photo below evokes memories of the FSA photographs made in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s by the likes of Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange.



For a closing shot, I thought an image of the 'skyline' of central Texas would be fitting.


Thanks for watching. Hope you had some fun.



Tags: Texas, rural
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Gretchen Teske - Great pictures, David! I recognize some of these places and you capture them beautifully.