Some Lovely and Lonesome Places

by Bonnie Tate

Here’s another batch of photos from my trip through the Big Bend of Texas. I grouped these together because they are all particularly lonesome places…

Below is a pioneer cemetery in the town of Fort Davis. What an unusual spot. A narrow path from the highway leads you in between two houses, as if you are going into someone’s backyard, and opens up into an overgrown field where the cemetery sits in a corner. Despite being surrounded by homes (and barking yard dogs) the graves and grounds are neglected and even charred by fire. The stones were so scattered that I don’t think my pictures do this strange place justice, but here’s a glimpse…

Pioneer Cemetery




Pioneer Cemetery Wavy Tree


Pioneer Cemetery Red Broken Grave

Consepcion Bentley
Pioneer Cemetery Long Grave

We passed this metal barn on the path to the cemetery. Pieces of it looked ready to fly away in the wind.

Metal Barn, Fort Davis

The next few photos are from another frontier fort northeast of Fort Davis called Fort Stockton.

Inside the officer’s quarters –

Cracked wall, Fort Stockton Officer's Quarters                                                          

Inside the Buffalo Soldier’s Barracks-

Buffalo Soldier's Barracks Window to officer’s quarters-      


An Episcopal church near Fort Stockton –

Episcopal Church, Fort Stockton

I brought along my large format camera and put it to use when I saw the clouds cutting across the sky like this just outside of Fort Davis. This scene was more lovely than lonesome.

Split Sky and Camera