Vacations - Lgood

September 6, 2011

Well I was able to 'start' the processing of the latest New Mexico trip photos yesterday, but I'm a long way from finishing.

As backstory: We left our home south of Dallas about noon on Saturday, August 20th and didn't return home until late Sunday, August 28th. We drove more than 2,200 miles, and we never got on an interstate highway, except twice for a few miles to access a smaller road. There were many stops for photo ops, and lots of "u-turns" to go back and look at something that had caught the corner of our eyes as we passed by. It was interesting to see many of the little towns and read about their history from the roadside Historical Markers. I took lots of photos of old buildings and signs that were reminiscent of old Route 66 and the towns from the 1940s and 1950s. I love old signs and you'll see some of those in the coming weeks.

We prefer to travel the backroads, there's so much to see, and it's missed if you stay on the Interstate Highways. Some, but not nearly all, of the towns in New Mexico that we visited along the route were Hobbs, Roswell, Santa Fe, Taos, Embudo, Raton, and many, many more.

I'm going to try to post some of the Mexico trip shots this week starting with this one. Although this is not in New Mexico it was one of those "U-Turns" on our trip. When we saw this place, we had to turn around and go back to spend some time exploring. The historical marker said that it was called the "Bud Matthews Switch" of the Texas Central Railroad. In 1900, the rail line was extened from Albany to the Matthew's cattle ranch west of Fort Worth, Texas. Cattle pens and loading chutes were promptly constructed on the site (some are still there) and surrounding ranchers were soon shipping their cattle from this location to the markets in Fort Worth. As many as 105,000 head of cattle were shipped annually until the railroad ceased operations in 1967. Additionally, the trail of the Butterfield Overland Mail passed this point as early as 1858.

I liked the silhouette of the old windmill against the hot blue sun beating down on this deserted area of Texas that is along highway 180. There was also an old railcar at the site which can be seen at :

This shot is SOOC with small cropping. I had a circular polarizing filter on the lens. It was a difficult shot as the sun was so bright, but I like the way it turned the old windmill into a silhouette. Check it out in the larger sizes for more detail.

Have a great day my friends, and thanks for all the wonderful comments that you share each day.


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