Big Dragonfly

I caught this guy buzzing my tomatoes:

Big Dragonfly

Zoom lenses are awesome for getting close like this.  Luckily he wasn’t moving around a whole bunch so I was able to focus in on him.  I thought it was interesting that his wings were placed in a forward position when he was at rest, not backwards.  It’s kind of like he’s using them as counter balances.

Abandoned Terminal

Down by the southern end of Doniphan, there are several old industrial, mixed use lots. A few have buildings and equipment left that are worth checking out:


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I have been next door in the past and shot some pics of graffiti covering a large grey wall. (Flickr set here:Graffiti) For those shots I used my Holga and now that I have my Rebel T3i I wanted to go back and take them again.  They have since been painted over so I focused my attention on the empty terminal lot:

Terminal Entrance
Terminal Entrance

The BNSF train line that runs along Doniphan splits off and travels up to this site so there must have been some loading and unloading going on here in the past.  If a train happened to travel up the tracks now he would meet an old Olds:

End of the Tracks

The last resident looks to have been a construction company, and they liked Dr Pepper:

Building
Building Front
Dr Pepper
35¢? I’ll take 3!

For 35¢ who wouldn’t? I wished it was full and running, the 100 degree heat was pretty unbearable, every surface radiated the high temps right back at you. The Pepper machine has been dragged out into the elements and cracked open but it looks to be intact. Other objects have been exposed for far longer as evident in this electrical panel:

Lights out!
Lights out!

There are other industrial artifacts scattered around the site in the same states of disrepair.  I was short on time to begin with so I exited and headed back to the cool confines of my office. Full Flicker set here: Abandoned Terminal

Fabens, Texas has a big cock!

Well it does:

My, what a big cock you have there

Fabens, Texas is the last stop east out of El Paso county.  The ginormous rooster guarding Fabens Street is not the only interesting item here.  Some of Steve McQueen’s “The Getaway” was filmed there, though off hand I couldn’t pick out where.

Before the rooster is a Pontiac Ventura permanently embedded in an empty lot.  It appears to be advertising the locations great potential for your future business opportunity:

Crash and Burn here!

Traveling down Fabens Street, left onto Alameda and in about a mile you will find what looks like a airplane graveyard:

Final boarding call for the last flight out of Fabens

The property has several fuselages scattered about it along with random airplane parts and crates of Steno cans.  The Steno and plane wrecks gave me a creepy “Alive” vibe, minus the cannibalism and bitter cold.

Fabens is also not immune to the effects of rampant file sharing and movie piracy:

Eddie couldn’t holdout for the return of Betamax

Just down the street from Eddie’s is Hotel California:

Captain, Please bring me my wine

Not really.  It sure does look similar to the Eagles album cover though.  The warm hands of God must have kept their palm trees alive during February’s unusual 4 day freeze, unlike 95% of El Paso.

I didn’t have much more time to keep driving around freaking out the locals so I headed back to EP.  The full Flickr set can be found here: Fabulous Fabens