Some days a particular colour will dominate the journey and today it was yellow. Texans like to clad buildings with yellow aluminum siding – why? I'm unsure. Travelling through the scrublands of west Texas, where the ranches are vast, the cattle are plentiful and the roads are virtually empty. And when you do see a vehicle, chances are it's a pickup truck. That's the second rest stop structure that I've photographed – hoping there are more to come. It would be nice if that same species of tree was next to them all.
As I head north towards Wichita Falls the towns are getting smaller, but they're getting more interesting. I happened into a gem of a place called Nocona. It's home to a vintage car museum (140 automobiles), a baseball glove factory (the last in the USA) and a charming inn on the main street. Met a fellow while photographing his freshly completed BBQ smokehouse and was promptly invited to dinner. Enjoyed a spread of chicken fried steak, pork chops and oysters with fourteen locals, including Nocona's mayor. Texans may just be the friendliest people I've ever come across. Thank you Dan, Bob & Kristal – I'll forever remember your generosity.
Within thirty minutes of picking up my rental car, I spotted a tired looking amusement park alongside the freeway. A security guard watched closely as I documented the painted lines of the massive parking lot. Maybe he should have been perched in that strange tower. Across the street was an abandoned furniture store. It too, refused to give up without a fight.
Once again, I'm off travelling the blue highways of the USA. This time I'll be exploring the remote areas of Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Look for daily posts of photographs here and/or follow me on INSTAGRAM at bobhambly3133.
Back alley textures.
Structures other than the main palace.
Sliding doors and ladder.
Green gate, green bricks.
Eglinton subway station.
Graphics on side of tour bus with open door.
Early morning fog.
Freshly painted stoarge lockers.
Overhead view of north & southbound traffic lanes.
Queen Street barber shop.
Out back, behind fences.
Typography on shipping containers.
Storage facilities near the Don River.
Green back-lit staircase.
Last remaining evidence of a once popular truck stop on Hwy. 401 at Bowmanville.