Hunting for Houses and finding strays..
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Its early in the morning and I really just want to stay in bed! The extra looong weekend has spoiled me a bit and waking up at 6 am is not pleasant.. well actually its never pleasant! :P
We stopped in Liberal, KS last night and today we met up with the other pilot car to escort my father across the OK panhandle into Texas. Its crazy that he actually needs TWO escorts for 30 miles with an EMPTY trailer! Some laws and regulations I understand but others are beyond me..
As soon as we hit Perryton, TX I take off on my own direction leaving my father to his permitted route. I have been wanting to travel along HWY 287 for several years now to photograph the plethora of abandoned houses that I have found during my travels.. But there is one problem.
The bleak sky washes out the beautiful colors and textures of these modern day ruins, even the black and white images seem lifeless to me. Though the even lighting has made for some good interior shots and I tried to take advantage of that when I could.
I found about 20 houses on my drive and photographed only a handful of them. I found what looked like an old motel along Interstate 40, several pieces of furniture in various houses along with what looks like a washing machine from the 40's on the door step of one house.
Some were located on muddy dirt roads and there was no place safe to park Simone. Ironically when the sky did clear up at the end of the day I wasn't near any of the houses.. All new found houses have been meticulously entered into my black book and routes are being planned for a future road trip ;P
All and all, despite the wretched rain, I would say the day was still successful.
There was one scary encounter with some stray dogs during my drive... Well not scary as in I was being attacked by aggressive wild dogs. I saw a stray pitbull mix walking along the highway. She looked so hungry so I decided to stop and give her some food. The poor thing was skin and bones and she was so sweet natured. I gave her all my cliff bars (I didn't have dog food) and poured her some clean water in a bowl.
My cell phone wasn't working due to the dead zone location, so I couldn't call for help. Leaving the dogs was not what I wanted to do, but at the same time there was absolutely no room in my car for all three of the dogs nor did I know how they would react together inside a small space while I drove.. The Dogs kept walking around my car jumping up against the window looking at me with those big brown eyes.