March 2013 Photo Contest
Focus on Texas: Broken
Old, worn-out items invite us to imagine a time when they were functional and useful for their owners and remind us how temporary things on Earth really are

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    Resting near an abandoned homestead, this dilapidated horse-drawn wagon has just about collapsed under the weight of a dead tree and years of neglect. Thanks to Tim Benson, Lyntegar EC, for sending us the photo.
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    Resting near an abandoned homestead, this dilapidated horse-drawn wagon has just about collapsed under the weight of a dead tree and years of neglect. Thanks to Tim Benson, Lyntegar EC, for sending us the photo.
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    Sandie Ward, Lighthouse EC, spotted this old, broken-down truck hiding on a vacant lot in Dimmitt.
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    Time has taken its toll on this headstone in Smith Cemetery in Lewisville. Pepper McCarty, CoServ Electric, sent in the photo.
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    Something old, something blue: Mildred Hempel, Navarro County EC, says blue jays love to hang out on this long-retired tractor. Think the seeds on the seat might have something to do with that?
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    Tammy Fetch, Navarro County EC, found this windmill, which has heralded and weathered many a storm, in Telico.
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    Says Harry Ransier, Pedernales EC, of the crumbling facade of Salado College’s former home: ‘We have come a long way since its construction, as indicated by the jet contrail above the broken wall.’
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    David Pritchard, Guadalupe Valley EC, used to fish from this old pier with his grandfather, who built it on their family ranch near Yoakum in the 1960s.
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    After a huge storm, Ruby Turner, United Cooperative Services, found this beautiful cedar tree broken from the wind and rain.
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    These doll heads for sale at the Fredericksburg Market Days await repair and a loving home, says Liz Murray, Pedernales EC.
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    Toy Thornton, Mid-South Synergy, spied these long-ago beauties while driving through Anderson.

No object is immortal; eventually, everything is lost to posterity or succumbs to the elements. That doesn’t mean it can’t still be beautiful. Finding the perfectly imperfect takes a nostalgic heart—and is open to interpretation. Thank you for all of the unique, beautifully broken objects you shared.

TAGS: Focus on Texas, Photography


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