MIDLAND MORNING, 2012
Ancillary to Big Bend, 2012
Photography 16 images
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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
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.
Im sure Midland has its attractionsother than
being the boyhood home of Former President George W.
Bushbut not a lot is apparent to passersby on the
highway. And for that reason Ive never had cause to
stop there. That is until I was driving home in December
It was early morning and thats 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.