Sunday, January 13, 2008

Plain / Peanut

Harvested grain field
near Bula, Texas

Birdsong Peanuts plant
Brownfield, Texas

These are my entries for this week's Two Things Challenge for "Plain / Peanut."

I guess you can imagine my excitement when, on our safari in Bailey County yesterday, we passed by this peanut processing plant. Not only is it perfect for the challenge, but it also is informational. 13 vitamins and 26 minerals. Crunch, crunch, who -- crunch -- knew?

And lucky for me, we were also in the big middle of the Llano Estacado yesterday, the "staked plains." The written history of these plains go back to 1541 when Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, who gave the area its name, described it this way in a letter to the king of Spain,
"I reached some plains so vast, that I did not find their limit anywhere I went, although I traveled over them for more than 300 leagues . . . with no more land marks than if we had been swallowed up by the sea . . . . there was not a stone, nor bit of rising ground, nor a tree, nor a shrub, nor anything to go by."
Nearing 500 years later, things are a little different now. Water is drawn up from underground aquifers, electric lines and a few planted trees jut up from the horizon, the danger of Apaches and Comanches is all gone, and and the native grass has been crowded out by cotton, grain, and peanuts. Still, every now and then, like in this picture maybe, you get a sensation of what it might have been like for Coronado and his men.


Bobbie said...

Very clever of you to use the Llano Estacado for "Plain" and the peanut was pure serendipity! You were certainly at the right place at the right time.

Please forgive me for not calling Friday...

Bobbie said...

p.s. I choose #1, the pink sky drew me in!

McKayla said...

That was a good one I thought you were gonna use the pains sign but that is a very better idea.

Very very prettty

Lisa Sarsfield said...

Well done! I like your peanut factory and you plain. If we are choosing between the 2 I'll say number one..I like the contrast between the direction of the rows and the direction of the cloud formation. It's a lovely photo.Good entries!

John (Copyright JMM 2007-2008) said...

As that dark haired midget said every friday night on that island - "the plain, the plain."

Fawzan Barrage said...

Lovely work Debi. I adore the shot of the field. This one is a keeper.

D.C. Confidential said...

Good job, Debi!

I like the composition of No. 2 and making an otherwise industrial site look interesting. The sign is an added bonus.

No. 1 is my favorite, though. Combined with the quote, it's especially gorgeous. I miss living somewhere where the the view is endless and possibility is as big as your imagination and the wide open space.

dianeclancy said...

Hi Debi,

Very cool ... I had thought before I read that it was a field of peanuts and a plain building.

Go figure.

Nice job!

~ Diane Clancy

Bev said...

I think I was cheating a bit on my entry because I did 'Peanuts' in the plural, instead of the singular, but it was a misreading! I was going to do something about Jimmy Carter and peanuts because I remember he was connected to them, and you obviously live in the part of the world where they actually grow them. Great picture of the plain and sunset.