Now, I can’t really claim to know a lot about oil wells.
I do know a few things.
- You see them fairly often in Kansas.
- I think they’re sort of fascinating.
- My husband has a part-time job checking, measuring, servicing, and recording the barrels pumped, for a few oil wells close by.
- My uncle from Pennsylvania referred to them as dippy-ducks, when he visited us a few years ago.
- I know how to fill out the records for keeping track of how much oil is being produced, but I can not maintenance the wells myself. My dear man does that part.
- We three-my children and me-like to ride along with the oil well pumper now and then, as he does his job.
- I enjoyed snapping pictures when I went with him recently.
- Even after several years of checking them, I’m not that knowledgable about them. I ride along for the fun of it and to hang out with my husband, instead of as a learning experience.
Rustic oil tanks…
up and down…up and down…
mama and her baby, wondering why we’re coming through their pasture…
getting ready to measure the oil in the tank…
read and record…
wind it up…
new oil tanks…
low profile oil well…
That’s all! Just a small glimpse of riding along to check oil wells! They were all running strong, which makes for a routine morning. And that’s a happy thing!
Leah Atha says
I visited Oklahoma back in 2006 and I remember being incredibly frustrated that a few oil wells were across the street from the gas station but the price of gas had just gone up. Thanks for the interesting post!
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Oooo, I know! Isn’t that frustrating?!
I love your pictures so much! I have never lived in farm country so the scenery is amazing. My FIL used to be a petroleum engineer and worked out on the oil wells (often out on the ocean), but I still don’t know much. 🙂
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I’m sure your father-in-law has some very interesting stories. Working on oil wells out in the ocean sounds very intriguing!
Becky King says
Always like to see Kansas scenery! Glad you can hang out with your man.
Jill Flory says
🙂 Remember on all those trips to Kansas trying to see who could see the first oil well?!!
that railroad bridge and those rustic oil wells would make the best photo backdrops for your next photo shoots with your kids!!!
I thought about you and photo shoots when I was photographing some of that stuff! 🙂
I hadn’t thought about being the first one to spot an oil well for quite a while! Fun memories!