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<Back to Index] 08/30/2022 - Bellaire Rd & Chestnut Ave - Bellaire Park [08/31/2022>

Prior to the water level in the road you see here lots of places in Odessa was flooded in major roadways. Not uncommon but I finally turned around enough times to find this park and wait out the water for a while. This days challenge chance picked my destination to photograph at.

Being so soon after the rain I had not only the clouds to create atmosphere but the rain drops still clinging to playground equipment. Being in the right place seems at the right time seems to be as much a part of photography as anything else.

The fresh pools of water and wet surfaces on the basket ball court are the condition I like to look for because these mirrors reflect the world around them in unique ways. I ended up at this park by chance because I respect the road conditons after a heavy rain but once there it was worth it.

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<08/30/2022] 08/31/2022 - Along Dixie Blvd [09/01/2022>

My prior days adventure in getting home from work lead me down Dixie Blvd off of I-20 so I got to see more of the possible targets along this street.

Pancho Patron on 11th & Dixie - Couldn't tell if it was open or not but surrounding the business they have decorated it well. I had seen this in passing before but this time noted the streets to find it again.

2nd & Dixie - Looked like a lumber yard and business had once operated here but old and out of use builds character a photographer likes to photograph.

St. Joseph Catholic Church on Ruth & Dixie - This place caught my eye only because I was further out than normal but I have found churches to be interesting places to explore. The area next to the church is a garden with paths, statues and places to sit. I would really need more light to take pictures the way I do there but the tower worked out. At 4:30pm music began to play. I was more interested in the architecture as the picture above and below show. I will be back here again.

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<08/31/2022] 09/01/2022 - Here and there [09/02/2022>

Today was more random than not as I took these on my way home and having satisfied the challenge stopped there. Maybe it is the sameness of yet another rainy and overcast day to shoot under as the reason I stopped, plus there is another day to take more photos.

The power station pictured is called Quail Run Power and I found the road to take me to its gate. When cold that steam forms clouds but today it made a good contrasting element to a cloudy sky.

Another empty store space and reflections to be captured, the element of surprise was the school being let out and some of the kids being caught in the image as well.

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<09/01/2022] 09/02/2022 - Along Andrews hwy [09/03/2022>

Just as you turn onto E. Centergate st from Andrews hwy going to Schlemyer Field you will find the Odessa College Wranglers Baseball field. This was not what I was expecting to find but Broughton Park instead, so I still have a target to find.

There isn't an image to show as the one captured was decent but something I didn't want to post. What you are not seeing is the Our Lady of San Jaun Mission Church at E. Hillmont Rd and Yukon ave off of Andrews hwy. When the conditions are right I may go back and see it with a new point of view.

Lawndale Park - Around 5:30pm when I was over there capturing this water tower was full of activity, a well used community park.

Also in Lawndale Park but to the right of the tower in a remaining pool of water in the grass. The reflection isn't completely clear but adds mystery in my opinion.

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