Forlorn windmill along a lonesome stretch of Texas highway
This photo is not the prettiest shot you will see on this website by far. This comes from the desolate stretch of highway between Fort Stockton, Texas and Big Bend National Park. There is nary a town or place to stop along this lonesome stretch of highway. It is mostly flat, but you do get some hills as you get closer to the Chisos Mountains.
I like this photo because the abandon windmill sticking up in the middle of nowhere emphasis the emptiness of the scenery yet contrasts with the bright sun. Abandon buildings often give off an interesting vibe. They are not beautiful, but they make for an interesting subject. The same can be said with abandon barns and silos.
This scene is also a contrast to what is coming up in the road ahead. Big Bend National Park is one of the most amazing places I have ever hiked in. It rivals the beauty of the Grand Canyon, but due to its remote nature, it gets a fraction of the visitors as many other national parks get.
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A timely find. In a few months I will be moving to Texas, short-term, but a year in that humongous state with endless stretches of emptiness does scare me a bit. I am attracted to the idea of abandon however, and am a bit of a minimalist photographer. Hoping it won’t be too bad after all, especially with Big Bend not all that far.
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Enjoy your time in Texas. I spent a week there, and I loved it. Three days in Big Bend was probably the highlight of my year.