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The Casualty

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Wednesday March 20, 2013

Ropesville, TX (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: The 2011 and 2012 drought years weren't too kind to our ag producers . Quite a few sections of cotton never quite made it . The dilapidated well in the background didn't help matters either .

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27. nanapoo
3:57 PM GMT on March 25, 2013
Heartbreaking journalism....great job of photographing this!
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26. taosmtngirl
2:40 AM GMT on March 24, 2013
Such start reality. Beautiful photo of an awful subject. You really know how to capture these scenes, Tim, and this one gets my 10++ Congrats on the VIP!
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25. docshovel39
9:26 PM GMT on March 23, 2013
Thank You Gil and Linda !
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24. Luckystar
9:22 PM GMT on March 23, 2013
Such a striking and eloquent capture, Tim! Awesome composition and depth! 10!

Congratulations on your VIP!!
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23. gilg72
9:17 PM GMT on March 23, 2013
So sorry to see this happening Tim. Congrats on VIP!
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22. docshovel39
8:53 PM GMT on March 23, 2013
Thanks Kristina , Dave and KisMokus !
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21. kristinarinell
5:31 PM GMT on March 23, 2013
another one of your well done documentary photos, Tim! Congratulations!
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20. KisMokus
8:26 PM GMT on March 22, 2013
More than a sad situation, and thank God it's not in MY back yard. One of the last photos, before it's burned to a cinder. Get ready, folks. The end of life as we have known it has begun. So, now we finally can't help but notice that our overconsumption gluttony and our greedy ecological destruction has already started the irreversible countdown which will destroy this planet. We don't have to worry, though, keep on with our profit-oriented way of doing things -- the next two generations will make the heavy payments, then it's over for good. Oh yeah, by the way, have a nice day!
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19. WurzelDave
8:12 PM GMT on March 22, 2013
Fabulously captured.
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18. docshovel39
12:21 PM GMT on March 22, 2013
Thanks Julie !
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17. WigglesMom
4:46 AM GMT on March 22, 2013
Droughts happen. Intense heat with little moisture exacts a toll on today's agriculture as it did on yesterday's. However, this result is not always the result of depleted soil. The reasons are many and varied. Thank you for a powerful photo of the hot/dry extreme of weather. Prayers for farmers/ranchers everywhere to receive needed moisture in the right amounts! - Julie in Ohio
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16. docshovel39
1:51 AM GMT on March 22, 2013
Thanks Kim , Laura , Rotty , Heidrun and Fawnriverrockroad ! KisMokus , you're exactly right ! Wait 'til Curosity sends back pics of the martian manure spreader - pretty cool ! Thanks Larry from Ohio ! I'm actually not in the ag business but I live surrounded by cotton fields and several of my friends here are farmers - my heart goes out to those guys !
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15. larryfromohio
12:52 AM GMT on March 22, 2013
Excellent story and photograph of a repeat of Dust Bowl times. You must be a farmer or rancher. Hope Mother Nature treats you better
this year.
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14. fawnriverrockroad
10:09 PM GMT on March 21, 2013
Hay didn't do so well in Texas the last couple of years either! Happy to hear your ag is off to a good start this year!
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13. KisMokus
9:30 PM GMT on March 21, 2013
Hey. That's one of the classified pictures from the interplanetary rover, Curiosity, which shows that indeed there was water and former life on Mars.
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12. trailhiker44
8:07 PM GMT on March 21, 2013
UPDATE: Congrats on your VIP !!!
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11. Rotty3
8:00 PM GMT on March 21, 2013
Wished I could send some rain your way.

Sad, but unfortunate reality of climate changes.

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10. SunsetSailor
1:28 PM GMT on March 21, 2013
Looked at the thumbnail and just knew this was yours. Interesting, unusual and great photographic technique.
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9. ruralartist
1:25 PM GMT on March 21, 2013
Graphic image Doc!
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8. docshovel39
12:10 PM GMT on March 21, 2013
Thanks Bernard and Heidrun !
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7. Hotzenwaelder
8:22 AM GMT on March 21, 2013
I agree with the others; I hope that the area will get the needed moisture.
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6. trailhiker44
6:45 AM GMT on March 21, 2013
Another image that makes the Dust Bowl years come alive !
Arid, depleted land - so sad and yet so fascinating !
Thank you for sharing this aspect of the drought !
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5. CalicoBass
2:42 AM GMT on March 21, 2013
Great shot Tim, so sad and praying for rain for yall!
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4. docshovel39
2:33 AM GMT on March 21, 2013
Thanks Trudy , Kathy and Eileen . 2013 is already starting out better .
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3. Madermade
2:31 AM GMT on March 21, 2013
Tim, what a sad and wonderful photo at the same time. The photo says a thousands words...praying for rain for you!
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2. ChrisAnthemum
2:22 AM GMT on March 21, 2013
Looks like it could have been taken during the Dust Bowl years. Very sad!
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1. YouKnowWho
2:21 AM GMT on March 21, 2013
Great shot of this very sad situation.
Well-documented!
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About docshovel39

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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