Road Trip

Here’s another view of an old house, which includes the new double-wide behind it.
It is not unusual to see an abandoned old house or barn being taken over by nature on the back roads of Smith County. Things grow really fast in middle Tennessee.

It’s fun to mess around in Photoshop to make things look a bit weird. This is a close-up of a door from an abandoned house. It might have been interesting to see what was still left inside the house, or to find out why they needed two front doors.


The Butler Cemetery is a peaceful place in the rolling hills of Smith County, Tennessee. Grave from the Givens, Butler, Waller, Kemp, Sircy, and other families are located here. I took the photo in 2009. My great-grandparents, Luther and Hettie Waller, are buried here.

This could be sap from the tree, or it could be something that the lichen produces. At any rate, the tree’s bark does not look healthy.

A veritable forest of lichen on my cousin Clifton’s peach tree. There are flat, hairy, scalloped “leaves” and fern-like “trees” that seem like they should come from two different types of plants.

There’s a whole other ecosystem growing on this peach tree. At first it just seems like a nice green tree, but take a few steps closer and you realize there’s something weird about it…

My cousin Clifton’s horse. I don’t know what kind of horse it is, of course. City girl…

She’s a little worried about the calf that wasn’t hers. All of this little family were protecting the calf.

My cousin Shelby has several cows. The Watusi is the star of the group, and she knows it.


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