Evolution of a Place

Returning home after snapping some photos of Norman’s Crossing horses Friday evening, I passed by a friend’s farm, noticing their horses grazing in front an expansive field of milo.   What can’t been unseen, however, is the massive presence in the distance.  The Samsung Semiconductor plant continues to progress toward completion.   The latest I’ve read says its scheduled opening is at year’s end.  The road where my friends have lived for decades is transforming into a massive highway.   Since its arrival on the prairie, the chip manufacturer  has donated to many good causes, but how do we repair the landscape?   The land’s evolution is inescapable.   I’m off and running for the day, but wanted to drop this one in before going.

Recent Morning Walks

A few photos taken during morning walks in Taylor.   My cheap Olympus has had issues lately, but so far it’s my camera of choice because it’s so easy to tote.   Since these walks are meant to be exercise, I don’t spend much time on any scene, but it’s usually enough.  Just watching light. 

Now and Then ……….. A Continuing Sadness

Last evening close to sunset I was taking a walk around Taylor, watching the  warm light.    Stepping across the street for a better angle, I exchanged a greeting with Ernie.  “You remember me,” he said.   That was true.  I’ve seen Ernie making his way around town for a while.   “What millimeter is that?” he asked, pointing to one of my lenses.   We continued to chat while I snapped photos of the building.  When asking where he stayed, Ernie replied “here and there.”   Now in his mid-70s, Ernie says he’s a veteran.   “I used to have a home here,” he told me.   We didn’t take it any further than that.   He was okay with my camera’s presence.   For over five decades I’ve photographed souls experiencing hard times in three states, including Texas, Louisiana and Georgia.  I’ve yet to have a good answer for the problem.    Noticing what he had with him, I didn’t offer money, but next time maybe I can provide food and drink if he likes.   He asked for nothing.  I headed home.

The black and white photographs included here date back to the early-1970s along East 6th Street in Austin, where I spent a lot of time documenting the area.   In mid-70s Shreveport, I visited a shelter where a young lady clutched her doll.   In the early-80s I met Leah, an wide-eyed blond child housed at a homeless children’s shelter in Atlanta.

There are no simple solutions.   There never were.

Sunflower Sunsets

While the large sunflowers planted by humans are nice, I’m enjoying the smaller ones that grow in natural abundance at this time of year.   It’s remarkable how heat-tolerant they are.   Just sunflower sunsets tonight, friends.

A Visually Elegant Crop

Grain sorghum,  milo, or Great Millet,  is making an abundant appearance on the Blackland Prairie this year.   It’s a crop I truly enjoy seeing, so  vibrant.   Its primary use is as livestock feed, but this gluten-free plant can be used for human consumption as well.   You might find it in snack foods, also in baking and brewing.   From what I saw this week in the Beyersville area, red-winged blackbirds enjoy it, too!

Prairie Kites

If you look closely, perhaps you can find the three kites in this photograph.   The sky, and a few small birds, were my actual goal.  In the distance I saw what I believed to be hovering birds.  A closer brought visual clarity.   Our Blackland Prairie skies can be nice.   Those kites added much to the evening.

Back to the Rookery

A lot more time could be spent at Taylor’s rookery, but I try to pace myself.   A few photographs from an evening this week are included here.   Last year’s heat and lack of rainfall made life very hard on these birds.   I’m hoping this summer won’t be as bad, but it’s already approaching triple digits in our area.   These birds are elegant beings.