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A photo essay by Texan Christopher Woods.

“Her Majesty, Queen of the Melons”
Taken at Hempstead, Texas’s annual Watermelon Music Festival, scheduled for July 17 this year.

“Waiting For Word in Bellville, Texas”

“Road Outside Chappell Hill”
From the photographer: “We go up the road as so many from earlier generations have done. It is always a pilgrimage, a quest, and often a dreamy hope.”

“Ice Cream Chapel”
Taken in Bellville, Texas. From the photographer: “It’s so hard to be good all the time. But we all deserve a treat. Vanilla, chocolate, Rocky Road. Whatever tastes best.”

“A Bed in the Forest”
Taken at The Antique Rose Emporium in Independence, Texas. From the photographer: “A peaceful place to rest, to sleep, to love.”

Taken at the Washington County Fair in Brenham, Texas.

Christopher Woods is a writer, teacher and photographer. His photo essays have appeared in Public Republic, Glasgow Review and Narrative Magazine. He lives in Houston and Chappell Hill, Texas, where he and his wife, Linda, share a gallery at Moonbird Hill Arts. He calls this series of photographs “Ruralities” and says they feature “both the old and new South, its traditions, places and people. Generally, I am attracted to  the beauty of rural scenes, and sometimes the quirkier aspects of small town life,” he says. “Rural communities are small, but rich with possibilities.”

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