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gallery: May 13, 15 and 20, 2010

May 13, 15, and 20, 2010: This is a collection of photos from a few "down days" while chasing storms in the Plains - friends, art, nature, roadside attractions, and so on. You have to love the down days, too, or these long road trips can get pretty grim. Share

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051310-01 051310-02 051310-03
Stop! May 13, our group did stop at Adamo's, a very good Italian restaurant in Elk City, Oklahoma. This weathered sign was nearby. Wildflowers near the interstate. The, uh, artsy ones in the group got to Scott's hail shield.
051310-04 051310-05 051310-06
Scott in his home away from home. On the way west to Amarillo, we observed the big cross. You can't miss it, though I put it among power poles. Palo Duro Canyon, south of Amarillo, on a cloudless day - well, except for the storms waaaaay to the south.
051310-07 051310-08 051310-09
The fisheye view of the canyon and fence. That's my shadow looming over the canyon. Clockwise from lower left: Dayna, Heather, Meghan, Chris, Brad, Dave L., Mark, Dave P., Scott.
051310-10 051310-11 051310-12
We hiked up to a little cave. Dave Patrick gets his shot. The view out of the cave at Palo Duro.
051310-13 051310-14 051310-15
Halfway. And looking back toward the group. Desert bloom.
051310-16 051310-17 051310-18
I try to get to the Big Texan in Amarillo on just about every chase trip. The 6-ounce filet is plenty; no 72-ouncer for me! We shared a decadent brownie.
051310-19 051310-20 051510-01
At the Big Texan. Cadillac Ranch glows in west Amarillo under star trails on May 13, 2010. On May 15, the group hung out in Odessa, Texas, for a while, waiting for storms, then gave up. Dave and Scott were agonizing over whether to stay for another week, so they wanted to head to Oklahoma, and Mark wanted to follow. I knew I was staying, so I said hasta la vista and headed west.
051510-02 051510-03 051510-04
Ah, the derelict structures of Orla, New Mexico. I went to Carlsbad May 15, not to see the cave, which I've seen already, but to catch the bat flight out of it. Only a few flew out - it's early in the migration. Meanwhile: cactus! The park at Carlsbad Caverns is pretty in its own right.
051510-05 051510-06 051510-07
Bug and flower. The sun was getting low as I headed for the cavern entrance. Nifty plants outside Carlsbad Caverns.
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May 20: George Kourounis got an early birthday greeting from his friends in "the auto club" in Shawnee, Oklahoma. On a travel day May 20, our group stopped in Greensburg, Kansas, which was devastated by a tornado in 2007. This is the site of the "big well," the world's largest hand-dug well. The view of our chase cars from the other side of the sculpture.
052010-04 052010-05 052010-06
Greensburg's new arts center. These steps to nowhere are an eerie reminder of the power of the tornado in Greensburg. The Greensburg wind farm provides power for the town.
052010-07 052010-08 052010-09
Outside Greensburg, a road near the wind farm leads to the sunset and a Mennonite church. M.T. Liggett's outsider art can be seen in Mullinville, Kansas. More of M.T. Liggett's funky art in Mullinville, Kansas.
052010-10    
M.T. Liggett's sculptures move in the wind, of which Kansas has much.

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