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United States : Texas

0.6 miles (1.0 km) NW of Cotton Center, Hale, TX, USA
Approx. altitude: 1059 m (3474 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 34°S 78°E

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  34°N 102°W (visit #1) (incomplete) 

#1: Flaming hull heaps at Cotton Center Gin

(visited by Rich Carlson)

13-Jan-2001 -- After visiting N31 W100 I thought I'd have plenty of time to drive to N34 W102 and photograph it before the sun went down. What I didn't count on was the Texas wind. A nearly constant head wind of about 40 mph with gusts considerably higher made the going slow and the gas consumption high. I reached the small farming community of Cotton Center about 30 minutes after dark. I'd really hoped that I would make it just a little sooner because the constant winds had kicked up a layer of dust in the air which formed a distinct line a few hundred feet above the horizon with clear blue skies above and brown haze below. The confluence is located just on the edge of the community in the first cotton field out. I trekked out to the point just for the sake of being there but was unable to take any photos from the actual confluence. I did however manage to get a few photos of the cotton gin in the town. At the gin, they were burning the large piles of hulls and seeds which are spewed out in the process of separating the cotton from the boll. The winds were keeping the flames on the largest heap burning constantly and keeping the smaller mounds glowing red as the seeds and husks were slowly consumed.

(I visited the site again on 15-Jan-01 to take photographs from the middle of the cotton field but have not developed the pictures yet)


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