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Whiskey Moon in “The Flat”

Saturday was the SuperMoon™, and I wanted to make it something special. I mean, it’s been 26 years since the last time we had a moon like last night. I found a really cool location out near the Brazos river.

On our way out to the site, we were treated to one of the best sunsets I’d ever seen. The light rays were unbelievable. You could turn 180 degrees from the sun, and see the sun rays disappearing over the opposite horizon. This sunset was a bit of a consolation prize as I was in the midst of getting us hopelessly lost in the plains of the middle of Texas. After taking these shots, we re-grouped and tried to get a GPS signal. Without GPS, we had to do things the old-fashioned way – drive around!

Luckily, we found the right dirt road and after a bit we happened upon our first destination – an old western town. This is Ft. Griffin Flat known as “The Toughest Town in Texas” and described as “one of the wildest… gambling hellholes ever spawned on the frontier”.

This town has a very illustrious past. The town of Fort Griffin, was known as “The Flat” and in the 1870s was infamous for “having a man for breakfast every morning”. The frontier town located below a bluff where a frontier fort sits from the Texas – Indian Wars. Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Billy the Kid, Sheriff Pat Garrett and Bat Masterson roamed these streets.

This place was like something out of a movie set and many of the original structures are not only intact but many still contain proof of it’s prior tennants.

Not long after our arrival we were greeted with a fantastic, rising full moon. The light that this moon was producing coupled with quickly moving clouds made for an awesome display.

Roaming around this old town, you could feel the voices and stories of the past come alive, especially when viewing the bits and pieces of history left behind.

From the Wild West, we next visited what is supposed to be the oldest suspension bridge in Texas. This was a beautiful find and it’s still functional (yes, I walked across it) and it majestically spans the Brazos river.

Our final destination of the night was a visit to an old church that has long been abandoned sitting in the middle of a field in the middle of nowhere.

At this point, it was much later (3am) and all of us were feeling tired and we knew we still had a 3 hour drive home. The winds had really picked up and the temperature was dropping as we got our final shots of the night. After a long drive home, we capped the end of a very fun trip that took us across three different pieces and timeframes of Texas history.

I most certainly will be re-visiting these locations again as there was truly just too much to shoot in one night.

Hope you enjoy the fruits of this endeavor!

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s
  • Focal length: 16mm

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