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Wednesday December 19, 2012

Ropesville, TX (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: One of the worst dust storms I've seen in a while hit the Texas Panhandle today . Folks around here call it a

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44. CountryDreaming
3:42 AM GMT on March 08, 2013
Love the ghostliness !!! So good I might faint!
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43. ruralartist
1:06 PM GMT on December 22, 2012
Great shot Doc! Really captures the grit of the storm.
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42. docshovel39
3:28 AM GMT on December 22, 2012
Thanks for the comment Linda ! It sure was a doosie !
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41. Luckystar
2:24 AM GMT on December 22, 2012
It WAS a doozy of a day weatherwise, Tim! Our dirt mixed with snow between Amarillo and home. Thought we were going to have to spend the night on the side of the road. Temps dropped from 64 degrees to 30 in an hour and then went down to 14 for a low that night.

Great perspective and shot! 10!
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40. trailhiker44
8:37 PM GMT on December 21, 2012
Great weather reporting shot, Tim !
CONGRATS on the VIP !!!
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39. docshovel39
2:53 PM GMT on December 21, 2012
Thanks Whopper ! You're spot on about the 'West Texas Rain' - not too friendly to the respiratory system .
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38. whooper
6:33 AM GMT on December 21, 2012
We refer to the dust storms as "West Texas Rain".
That dust will choke a person if out in it too long.
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37. docshovel39
3:04 AM GMT on December 21, 2012
Thanks Liz and Mark ! Mark , thanks for your comments on my shots and I'd love to see you back on WU :)
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36. Redla
2:14 AM GMT on December 21, 2012
Tim, I've been away from WU for a while but when I come back to visit, I always look for your photos. I'm never disappointed. You really do capture life in rural west Texas and document the hardships that many face. Your photos are not only art, they are historic.
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35. sillygal
10:32 PM GMT on December 20, 2012
WOW!!!Great shot
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34. docshovel39
12:51 PM GMT on December 20, 2012
Thanks Frank , Bugmom, Julie , Trudy , Lori , Jllammers , James and David ! This is actually a color photo with no sepia added . It was pretty disgusting out there for about 12 hours .
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33. DavidInSATX
6:28 AM GMT on December 20, 2012
Great shot, Tim! Seeing this reminds me why we didn't move to Lubbock a few years back. We did spend 2 1/2 years in Phoenix, AZ in the middle '80s while stationed at Luke AFB and endured a few "brown outs" like this.
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32. gardner48197
5:07 AM GMT on December 20, 2012
Wow, love this!! I thought it was Foggy Sepia from the thumbnail...
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31. SVLover
4:48 AM GMT on December 20, 2012
Yikes - picking sand out of my teeth looking at this!
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30. jllammers
4:20 AM GMT on December 20, 2012
Great photo. It shows a weather event that (thankfully) most of us East of the Mississippi never experience.
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29. Madermade
3:14 AM GMT on December 20, 2012
Tim, oh my does this bring back memories...I have eaten so much dirt and found it in every crevice of my body..haha! Great, great shot! Think I need a bath now just looking at it!
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28. WigglesMom
2:54 AM GMT on December 20, 2012
Natural sepia without any changes! What a wonderful photo! Thank you so much for any discomfort you and your camera suffered in order to get these photos! - Julie in Ohio
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27. bugmom57
1:52 AM GMT on December 20, 2012
The minute I saw this, I knew you were in "the neighborhood", so to speak (Abernathy). Great photo - thanks for sharing it!
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26. frank681
1:50 AM GMT on December 20, 2012
To finish you caption that is a Haboob.Sure that is what folks around there call it.
Great picture
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25. docshovel39
1:48 AM GMT on December 20, 2012
Thanks Sharon and Delana !
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24. CalicoBass
1:23 AM GMT on December 20, 2012
Wow, great capture Tim!
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23. nanapoo
12:59 AM GMT on December 20, 2012
Fantastic image! Hope it doesn't stay this dry! VIP congrats Tim!
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22. docshovel39
12:58 AM GMT on December 20, 2012
Thanks Kevin and Calpoppy !
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21. calpoppy
12:57 AM GMT on December 20, 2012
Really beautiful!!!
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20. tamcat
12:19 AM GMT on December 20, 2012
Nice shot, but too bad it is so dry! -kevin :)
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19. docshovel39
12:09 AM GMT on December 20, 2012
Thanks Randall !
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18. Bluesmaster
12:05 AM GMT on December 20, 2012
Terrific weather capture Tim!
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17. docshovel39
11:21 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Thanks Kumo ! Your grandmother was absolutely right ! These storms keep Merry Maids in business here .
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16. docshovel39
11:18 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Thank you so much Captrade ! I can see how photos like this can bring back memories - some not so good . Thanks for your comment .
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15. Kumo
11:18 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Nice shots Sir!

Good grief! This looks worse than the dust storm I remember seeing when I was little in AZ back in '87. My Grandparents moved to the Panhandle back in the 40s and used to tell me about the dust storms that would roll through. I remember Grandmother saying that everything in the house had to be cleaned afterwards and that dirt got everywhere.
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14. CapTrade
11:14 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
I have looked at all your posts, and if there is an award for best WonderPhoto photographer, you have my vote. Keep it up!
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13. CapTrade
11:01 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
I remember days like the one in your photograph. I grew up in Plainview and ate my share of Oklahoma dust that blew in. A great photograph and thanks for the memory, I guess.
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12. docshovel39
10:40 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Thanks Susan !
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11. got2dogs
10:25 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
great series Tim!!
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10. docshovel39
10:18 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Thanks Ktwxdog ! I also lost my cap while taking pictures so if you see it fly by with the dirt , grab it for me :)
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9. ktwxdog
10:07 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Excellent photo!

I look forward to seeing your dirt at my house near Dallas the next day or so when the approaching cold front sends it this direction. That happens fairly often.
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8. docshovel39
10:00 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Thanks Dave ! We'll take any extra moisture you can spare :)
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7. WurzelDave
9:55 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Great capture, hope it rains soon.
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6. docshovel39
9:42 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Thanks Betsy ! I actually did see the documentary and , like you , would recommend it to anyone . I hope we aren't headed for another one .
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5. docshovel39
9:40 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Thanks Gingy ! I was flirting with an asthma attack and well on my way to destroying a decent camera , but it was worth it (I think ) . Thanks for the comment .
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4. luvne32
9:39 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Hi, Tim --I hope this won't be Dust Bowl revisited! (I presume you have seen the PBS series. I went to a book-signing at a local bookstore last weekend where Ken Burns & Dayton Duncan were signing copies of their Dust Bowl book.) I highly recommend the PBS documentary.
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3. gingyb
9:29 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Tim I love this event, made a great photo. Sorry you had to go take a shower after, but worth it. Right?
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2. docshovel39
9:26 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Thank You Dianne ! I had dirt in my teeth and every hole in my head but I had to get a few shots :)
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1. snosno
9:15 PM GMT on December 19, 2012
Great shot, Tim!!
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docshovel39

Hello , my name is Tim . I live in the small farming community of Ropesville , Texas with my wife and photo partner Sherry . I got involved with photography because of my older brother Steve - a fantastic photographer who lives outside of Seattle , WA . My favorite work , apart from his , is a terrific book entitled " Ghosts in the Wilderness " by Tony and Eva Worobiec . It captures the remains of small , abandoned rural communities across the Midwest , much of it shot in black and white . I also have become a fan of photographer Jim McGuire . His black and white shots ( nashvilleportraits.com) are amazing . Thank you for your comments and have a GREAT day !

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