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MIDLAND MORNING, 2012
Ancillary to Big Bend, 2012

Text and Photography • 16 images


Copyright 2012, 2016 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved. No part of this material or any of the images may be reproduced in any form or by any means without written permission from the author/photographer/artist.





Big Bend in Texas is a landscape collage resulting from numerious geological events not usually localized and visible at the surface with so much variety. But a few hundred miles from Big Bend variety gives way to a landscape as flat as a pancake.


In fact, that pancake is so flat that you could add elevation by merely pouring a layer of syrup on the ground.


Midland Texas is an example of this. After leaving Big Bend and passing through Fort Stockton, it is the largest city on Interstate 20 until hitting Abilene. From the opposite direction, Midland is just beyond the halfway point when en route from Dallas/Fort Worth to Big Bend.


I’m sure Midland has its attractions—other than being the boyhood home of Former President George W. Bush—but not a lot is apparent to passersby on the highway. And for that reason I’ve never had cause to stop there. That is until I was driving home in December of 2012.


It was early morning and that’s when I saw it: a stunning predawn horizon. Midland is “oil country” and it was oil pumps, vaguely back-lit by a not too discernable glow that caught my attention.


The imagery was so impressive that I pulled off the road, grabbed my camera and walked off into the flat, desert-like terrain. What started out as impressive quickly escalated into surreal. Over the next 45 minutes or so, the sun continued rising, a fog moved in, the sun began burning away the fog and then the fog seemed to fight back. The entire area was blanketed in a resurging fog so thick that I could hardly see a few yards in front of me. A train also rolled into this mix and actually stopped for a short time. Ultimately the climbing sun reasserted dominion and the fog evaporated.


The photographs below are a few of the images I captured during that morning in Midland, Texas.


MIDLAND MORNING 2012 IMAGE LIBRARY
IMAGE SIZES, FORMATS AND NAMING CONVENTION





Midland Morning Moon , No.1B
01



Midland Morning Moon , No.2B
02

Predawn Oil Pump, No. 1B
03



Daybreak Approaches, No. 2B
04



Fog Arriving, No. 3B
05



Subject at Daybreak, No. B
06



Subject Fogbound, No. 3B
07



Morning Fog, No. B
08



The Metaphor, No. 6B
09



The Metaphor, No. 6C
10



Sun Breaks Through, No. 2B
11



Oil Pump at Dawn, No. 5B
12



Fog Fights Back, No. 2B
13



Fence in the Fog, No. B
14



Boxcars, No. B
15
 


Sunshine Left, Fog Right, No. B
16
 
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