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This is Texas

By AnneWorner  
I've started on a project of sorts. All along our country roads there are scenes similar to this and the one in version 2: old Texas houses in bad repair or in total ruins. I think they should be photographed before they all disappear.

I started this yesterday on a rather miserable, wet, cloudy day. My reward was images of these two old homes, frozen fingers and muddy shoes. Was it worth it?

I love the intricate brickwork on the chimney. The foreground cacti are called Prickly Pear and some of them still bear the burgundy fruit - which makes beautiful jelly.

Thanks for kind words and votes on my Vanishing Point.

Thanks for looking, and don't let the weather keep you from going outside.


Tags: General Photojournalism Architecture Texas Landscape and travel Wefi Hill country Old shack Live oak trees

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Bob_V 14 1 2 United States
25 Jan 2008 5:40PM
Two great images Anne, well worth the muddy shoes and frozen fingers.
plugin 17 1 Canada
25 Jan 2008 5:42PM

Quote:Two great images Anne, well worth the muddy shoes and frozen fingers.

I totally agree! Well done.
Joline Plus
15 37 59 United States
25 Jan 2008 5:42PM
This is a noble and worthwhile effort, they will be gone soon I'm sure. They have such character. Too bad we can't know their histories, I'm sure each one could tell a tale or two. I am partial to v2.
User_Removed 14 172 1 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2008 5:48PM
Great images Anne, i know what you mean about muddy shoes and frozen fingers, but we do this for fun Smile
Its a shame these places can't be done up, i would love live in a place away from moaning neighboursSmile
GalleryGirl 14 4 2 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2008 5:49PM
Fab duo. Love the Prickly Pears - their fruit is called Chumbo here - is it the same there I wonder? They taste delish!
Marilyn x
IMAGESTAR 15 7 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2008 5:50PM
Excellent image.
steviehutch 14 18 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2008 5:51PM
excellent image, well worth the muddy shoes and cold fingers, just a small price to pay for a wonderful capture regards steve
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2008 5:58PM
Its going to make a good project
Sweep 15 43 England
25 Jan 2008 6:01PM
Looking forward to seeing the rest, these are great, hope you warm up soon.
chuckspics 14 14 United States
25 Jan 2008 6:07PM
Looks like a couple coats of paint and instant fixer upper, love these old shots, there are many scenes like this along the coast of Maine ,New Hampshire, and Vermont, and I imagine every where in the U S A , Chuck
ChristineL 16 39 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2008 6:14PM
lovely to see some of your countryside Anne. I love the old tin roofed house and it's setting, I think it's important to record these old places before they disappear, two lovely shots,
Cormy 14 3 England
25 Jan 2008 6:17PM
I think its great to work on projects Anne.Look forward to seeing others of similar ilk.
25 Jan 2008 6:18PM
There is something fascinating about those falling down houses. JNC
SKavanagh 14 312 5 England
25 Jan 2008 6:29PM
Excellent shot great composition
Rock 19 10 2 England
25 Jan 2008 6:29PM
Compared to our house it's a palace !

25 Jan 2008 6:37PM
I like image No.1 Anne, an excellent composition with lots of detail, image No.2 is a nice record shot,
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
25 Jan 2008 6:46PM
Social commentary, worth while
dawnmichelle 14 12 United States
25 Jan 2008 6:46PM
really love both images...not that getting cold was a good thing but well worth the trip out..
Aurora 17 3 England
25 Jan 2008 7:01PM
Thanks for the descriptions Anne. Great images. The pretty brickwork looks quite unusual for this type of building.
imagio 15 12 1 England
25 Jan 2008 7:18PM
Like the look of these Anne, good record shots have you tried mono with a tweak in levels could give dramatic effects?

MikeA 16 1.3k England
25 Jan 2008 7:19PM
This is a super image Ann and such a good idea to document these old buildings.
I regret watching many old building and mine workings disappear without recording them.
Good luck with the project.

25 Jan 2008 7:27PM
Lovely shots Anne, I love Texas as I have family in Austin. Good luck with the project.

AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
25 Jan 2008 7:50PM
Thanks for all the mods!
Bernie - I had the same problem with the mono conversion, as it darkened some areas too much.
I think I'll go back on a sunny day for a brighter image. Your color mod almost looks like a sunny day!
imagio 15 12 1 England
25 Jan 2008 7:56PM
Thanks Anne, equalising does'nt always work on some images but it did on this, thanks for allowing me modify your image.

AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
25 Jan 2008 7:58PM
I consider modifications the greatest compliment possible. It shows interest and takes time!
foggytwo 18 36 1 Scotland
25 Jan 2008 8:03PM
Two cracking images Anne, like the composition of number one and the way the eye is carried across and over the prickly pears to the old house.
bunbeam 16 2 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2008 8:06PM
Brilliant shots, I can imagine a cowboy riding up to it
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2008 8:12PM
Definitely worth it. In a generation or so these will have crumbled to nothing. They're not regarded at present as historically significant or beautiful, they don't have preservation orders, there are no vested interests in preserving them.
The same applies to so many buildings here that should have been regarded as a part of our history. Prefabs, cinemas, air-raid shelters, back-to-backs. It's a good project.
GlenD 14 United States
25 Jan 2008 8:16PM
We need to get some work in Texas!!!
Lovely shots Anne
steve_r 14 England
25 Jan 2008 8:18PM
Great Shot's.I like them both good composition,lookig fwd to the rest good luck with your project thank's regards steve.
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
25 Jan 2008 8:27PM
I like # 2 best , I like the shack crumbliing in it s environment-- Well seen! --

TelStar 16 116 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2008 8:30PM
Beautiful shots; lovely detail and limited colour.

Nettles 14 England
25 Jan 2008 8:39PM
Two superb images, so interesting for us in the UK to see something like this.
Thanks for sharing. Annette
Bodiewil 14 46 Wales
25 Jan 2008 9:17PM
Two really great images Anne, wonderfully composed and captured... if I had to pick a fav it would be No2 just for composition. Love the fence and the roof

Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
25 Jan 2008 9:45PM
Two excellent images. Nice work.
25 Jan 2008 10:40PM
Top marks, music to a Brits ears
Dave87 14 42 5 England
25 Jan 2008 11:45PM
A photographers picture. Thatís how I can best describe these two shots. Us photographers love them.
Good well spotted work and some good mods also.

User_Removed 17 386 2 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2008 12:25AM
Yes, well worth it, love them, great captures.
chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2008 4:19AM
love this image Smile
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
26 Jan 2008 6:05AM
I agree wholeheartedly that they should be photographed!! I am 56 years old and one of my biggest regrets is that I wished I started photography as soon as I could grip an object in my hands!!! Edinburgh has changed dramatically over the years.Today,images of a ''not so old '' Edinburgh are much sought after.There is a huge market for them because of historical interest.I just wished I had some of these images to hand.I remember many fine buildings and constructions that have been demolished and replaced by ''concrete blocks''.It is to my sorrow that I have no historical record of these.Please,please,please,suffer your frozen fingers and muddy shoes.In years to come it will seem a very small price to pay.BELIEVE ME.
Marian 16 62 England
26 Jan 2008 8:34AM
Two very nice pictures, and what histroy they could tell!
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2008 8:44AM
It's good to have a project, I haven't quite got round to one yet. This looks fascinating and, inclement weather or not, must be regarded as an excellent start.
rangerpaul 14 19 7 England
26 Jan 2008 10:22AM
Are these actually owned by anyone or are they just left to rot?
Excellent idea to record these before they're all forgotten.
robway 16 318 Wales
26 Jan 2008 10:45AM
Amazing image, I love the scene and the counrtyside.
bayleaf 14 8 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2008 12:06PM
Wow Anne, certainly attracted some mods.
Funny how I always think of hot sunshine when iI think ofTexas, and not rain and cloud.

Great idea to document these before they disappear.

Thanks for sharing.

JYBluesman 14 97
26 Jan 2008 12:54PM
Superb captures Anne, lovely light, number has a great composition for me. Jeff
stevieasp 14 7 England
26 Jan 2008 1:34PM
Allways worth an effort Anne, record shots are so important when a way of life is dying out. I have seen similar places all over the UK especially in Scotland, keep up the project,
MandsH 14 England
26 Jan 2008 5:28PM
A good capture, well worth the hard work
rmr 14 1 Wales
26 Jan 2008 7:16PM
super shot ,too late when they"ve gone
well done ,keep up the good work
SandraKay Plus
14 233 4 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2008 8:09PM
I love interesting shots like this. No 1 os particularly good with the cacti and the brickwork.
Photogene 15 176 Wales
26 Jan 2008 8:25PM
You daren't go walking bare foot on that grass Smile Wonderful shot.

JimV 15 6 3 Canada
27 Jan 2008 4:24AM
A wonderful project Anne and I wish you well with it, this is an excellent start, well taken interesting shots, looking forward to the continuation!
Rgds., Jim
dianah 15 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2008 11:53AM
How lovely to do a project such as this excellent shot with more to come I bet!
Brilane 15 5 12 Wales
27 Jan 2008 12:41PM
A good project, I look forward to some interesting pictures.
ChiliMan 15 135 17 Singapore
27 Jan 2008 2:52PM
A good shot and a FABulous project. I regret not having taken pics of places which meant much to me during my childhood and teens. Places which still existed in my late teens when I was already into photography. Pity. Take more! Just take everything, I say. And then go through them at leisure as and when.

A Smile
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
27 Jan 2008 6:37PM
A good project

NevP 16 853 13 Canada
28 Jan 2008 5:47AM
I like this, and would be tempted to also try mono. I had one of these cacti in a tub in my garden and backed into it by mistake during a drunken BBQ. It took about 20 minutes to get the spines out of my @&$*. :-(
panda 17 5 1 England
28 Jan 2008 2:26PM
Not a 'chocolate-box' image, but it certainly tells it how it is. Well done.

Regards Phil
Mikelane 14 1 Wales
28 Jan 2008 5:18PM
Hi anne ,two great images well captured .x
lostintime 13 13 6 Germany
28 Jan 2008 7:46PM
Lovely composition and colours in both shots.
Strobe 14 1.3k United States
28 Jan 2008 9:41PM
Both shots are great
Caledonia 15 2 Scotland
28 Jan 2008 11:41PM
Good for you Anne ..... it's Texan history and it should be saved! Love the composition in 1. but 2 is interesting too!
danbrann 17 640 17
29 Jan 2008 6:56AM
I admire your tenacity. keep at it. It seems strange that such a ramshackle old building should have such a fine chimney.
trissie 15 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2008 8:22AM
Two great images Anne.

29 Jan 2008 9:32AM
I like both shots Anne. Well worth the discomfort.
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2008 9:38AM
The true location of John Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath" - wonderful. Like all those little cacti. Awesome place.
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
29 Jan 2008 11:37AM
Beautiful images with wonderful detail Anne. It looks as if I have to adjust my notions of what Texas looks like Wink
Mavis 19 143 2 England
29 Jan 2008 11:49PM
Great shots of a disappearing world . "THEY" are always trying to better it . Not always to the good .

Would love to taste that prickly pear jelly Smile xx
lindin 13 451 United States
30 Jan 2008 2:12AM
Nice capture. For some reason I started taking pictures of dilapidated barns in SD. Muddy shoes anf cold fingers are definatly worth it. Of course I'm a wimp and take all my pictures from the road. I shoot in RAW so I can zoom in and crop later....seems to work good.

Keep taking and posting these pictures and I will do the same with my barns.
kinfatric 17 550 9 Scotland
30 Jan 2008 9:41PM
really interesting subjects Anne
piccy 15 8 Wales
30 Jan 2008 9:42PM
I like these views - wouldn't like to stub my toe on those cactus,
BevHadland 14 13 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2008 5:22PM
What no oil wells and is this where the Bush family started out? . .lol. lovely image of a time past.....Bev
newy17 15 273 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2008 5:11AM
yep it was worth it anne love version one ,,
akw 14 341 3 England
3 Feb 2008 12:24PM
2 great images.
leons29 13 South Africa
3 Feb 2008 2:06PM
Great composition, well done
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
3 Feb 2008 8:42PM
Two excellent images, like the sense of abandonment, remoteness and isolation
5 Feb 2008 1:19PM
These are great - a wonderful project to get stuck into. I feel inspired to look around my own area now.

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