One of my favorite places close to home is the little community of Buffalo Gap. It's only about 20 miles south of Abilene, but it's a different world. Aside from the state park, which is my go-to-getaway when I need to clear my head and escape the noise of the city, the town itself is quaint and full of charm.
One of the town's highlights is the Buffalo Gap Historic Village, but in spite of having lived here now for almost six years and spending lots of time in Buffalo Gap, I had yet to visit the Historic Village. Until last weekend, that is. One of the things I've been trying to do since I became president of the West Texas Photographic Society last year is to make sure the group takes some occasional field trips. I try to alternate between locations close to home and those that range out a bit further. This month we stayed close, and Buffalo Gap Historic Village fit the bill perfectly.
Honestly, I came back with a lot of images I like. Here are some of my favorites, mostly because they all suggest a simpler time, but some of them just because the light was gorgeous:
Since I work with all three Abilene universities in my day job, I really enjoyed seeing this fence with the three university stamps. I don't know if these are absolutely authentic, but they certainly could be. All three universities began in the early 1900s.
And this last image was taken purely to make my wife happy. She is a dedicated Dr. Pepper consumer, and this sign sums up her feelings precisely. Good for life! ;-)
By the way, this was my first real photography outing since acquiring the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 OS lens a while back. I sold a few others to make room for this one, and shot the whole morning with it. Verdict? It is one wicked sharp lens!
More to come . . .