Thursday, December 30, 2010

Lakeside View

This shot is from a little lakeside park near Liberty Texas taken about a month ago.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

BNC Shore Bird

A shot from the Baytown Nature Center last weekend.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Anika the Cheerleader

This is a shot of my niece practicing some of her "cheer leading" in my backyard.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Evergreen Rd. Hawk

I was headed over to check out the Baytown Bald Eagles the other day when I spotted this hawk off Evergreen Rd.

Saturday, December 25, 2010


Merry Christmas! From our families to yours.

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields near by, keeping watch over their flocks by night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Luke 2:8-12

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Gaillard-Mitchell Family Cemetery

This shot of the Gaillard-Mitchell Family Cemetery was taken on today's BPC field trip. It's a single shot "pseudo" HDR conversion in Photomatix taken with a fish eye lens on my Olympus E-5. The wall around the cemetery is actually square, the perspective distortion is a result of the fish eye optics.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Evergreen Oilfield_3

Another shot of an old pump jack at the Evergreen oilfield in Baytown.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Evergreen Oilfield_2

This old pump jack was another photograph taken on the Baytown Photo Club field trip this past Saturday.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Evergreen Oilfield

This concrete structure is located in the old Evergreen oilfield in Baytown, TX. As for I am aware no one knows for sure what it's purpose was. This shot was taken Saturday morning on a Baytown Photo Club field trip.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Here's Your Sign

This old sign is just south of I-10 off Wayside on the east side.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Harlie Looks at Freedom

A shot of our Cocker "Harlie" peering under the fence at freedom!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Trinity Bay Pier

This shot is from the end of a boat ramp on Trinity Bay this morning. When the front blew through it pushed the water out of the bay by quite a bit.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Doc

This is a photo of my late wife's step father "Doc" Hudson [screen left] and friend at his recent 90Th birthday celebration.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Linemen Line Up

At lunch yesterday I spotted this group of linemen working on a power line on the east side of Houston and decided to take a few photos of them doing their thing.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ren Fest Wall

A wall at the Texas Renaissance Festival that to me had a lot of artistic character.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Ren Fest Hawk

Another bird from the Texas Renaissance Festival in Magnolia, TX. I remember the commentator saying this was the rarest bird in the show, and that it is a hawk, but unfortunately I do not remember the breed.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Ren Fest Fire Whip Show_sm

Another shot from the "Fire Whip Show" at the Texas Renaissance Festival a couple of weeks ago. [See video @ ].

This shot is straight out of the camera with my new E-5 Oly using an "art filter" called "Dramatic Tone." I didn't originally think much of this feature, but in RAW + JPEG mode it only applies the filter to the JPEG leaving you RAW unaffected. I still working with the different filters but so far I'm thinking they are sort of fun, but I'll have to wait and see how useful they are.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Ren Fest Stilt Jester

A stilt walking jester from the Texas Renaissance Festival a couple of weekends ago. I guess being photographed a lot leads to learning about photography. As soon as he saw I was using a fisheye lens he reached towards me to help enhance the distortion!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ren Fest Fire Whip Show

This shot is from the Texas Renaissance Festival's "Fire Whip" show, a show that I thought was surprisingly entertaining. This gentleman, the "Worlds Fastest Whip Cracker" as certified by Guinness, put together a great show based on his skill with the whip.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ren Fest Horned Owl

This Horned Owl is part of the Texas Renaissance Festival's "Birds of Prey" show.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Ren Fest Girls Choir

These girls were members of a girl's choir that wondered around the Texas Renaissance Festival stopping periodically for an impromptu performance.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Tradition

I guess traditions are what they are. These folks are camping tonight in front of Best Buy getting ready for the Black Friday deals tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


A shot of the grand parade at the Texas Renaissance Festival this past weekend.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

TRF Red Tailed Hawk

A Red Tailed Hawk from the Birds of Prey Show at the Texas Renaissance Festival .

Monday, November 22, 2010

Medieval Musician

By popular demand - here is a cropped version of yesterday's post. I am always concerned that I might be cropping away to much of the "environment" from an "environmental photo" when I do this. What do you think?
A medieval musician at the Texas Renaissance Festival outside of Plantersville, TX. this past weekend.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Downtown Circles

Welcome back to "Fish-Eye Friday"! This shot was taken in a Downtown Houston photo shoot with my brother back in August of this year.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

BNC Osprey_6a

Here is another version of Monday's post of a Saturday shoot at the Baytown Nature Center.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

BNC Boat Lift

This dilapidated boat lift is a remnant of the old Brownwood subdivision that is now the Baytown Nature Center.

Monday, November 15, 2010

BNC Osprey_6

I took this photo of an Osprey at the Baytown Nature Center on Sunday morning. As we were watching it on the branch of a tree it took off, flew below the tree line, and then returned to another tree with a fish.

Friday, November 12, 2010

New Development!

UPS Ground Delivery: 1Z0X118A4277968856 - NUFF SAID!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Blue Bayou

This was my second entry in Tuesday night's Bay Area Photo Club of Clear Lake's Honor's Night Program. This shot is of the same small creek off West Bay Road in Chambers County, TX I posted two days ago. This effort resulted in a Silver award.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Big Blue Marble

The Bay Area Photo Club of Clear Lake had their Honor's Night program last night and the shooting assignment was "Blue". In spite of the three month window to shoot the assignment I ended up taking this shot the morning of the meeting and printing it an hour before the deadline! One of the judges didn't like the glaring light which was of course my favorite aspect of the shot and something I actually emphasized in post-processing. Oh well, you pay you money and takes your chances!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Chambers County Gully

My wife and I were cruising down West Bay Rd in West Chambers County Sunday morning when we spotted this foggy creek.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Milby Barber Shop

I spotted this old sign while driving down Canal Street on the east side of Houston at lunch yesterday.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Election Day 2010

It's election day folks - If you haven't voted today is your last chance to stand up and be heard!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Snowy Egret_BNC_3

I took this photo of a Snowy Egret Sunday morning at the Baytown Nature Center.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wallisville Bird Rookery_3

Another shot from the Wallisville Bird Rookery.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wallisville Bird Rookery_2

Another shot from the Wallisville Bird Rookery on I-10 near Anahuac, TX.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wallisville Bird Rookery

This HDR is from the Wallisville Bird Rookery just east of the Trinity River bridge on I-10 east of Baytown, TX on a Baytown Photo Club field trip last Saturday morning.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Baytown Eagle are Back

After an extensive absence the Baytown Bald Eagles are back at their nest on Tri-Cities Beach Rd across from the Evergreen Golf Course.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tea Party Wrap-up

Flags of Texas presented in the opening procession.

A couple of "Tea Party Racist" watch Joe Pags play the sax.

Here's what it's all about....

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Krista Branch

Former American Idol contestant Krista Branch infused the agenda with some musical relief at Saturday's North Houston Tea Party rally.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

George Washington Speaks

"George Washington", as portrayed by Mark Collins, spoke Saturday at the North Houston Tea Party Rally about key principles of the Constitution that our country was founded on.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Patriotic Mounted Entrance

The grand entrance of "George Washington" and the battle flags of Texas at the North Houston Tea Party Patriots rally on Saturday.

Monday, October 18, 2010

North Houston Tea Party Patriots

Saturday the North Houston Tea Party Patriots held a Tea [Taxed Enough Already] Party at the Sam Houston Race Park. Great weather played a role as thousands [no attendance numbers yet but I'm thinking easily over 10,000] came early and stayed late to the hear the speakers talk about conservative issues. Not on the list of featured speakers, this Uncle Sam character was on hand in costume to work the crowd.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Nitrogen WIzzard

For a LaPorte TX safety fair a few weeks ago, and Air Products representative demonstrates some properties of liquid nitrogen.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Seafood Buffet

This was actually what I had thought of as my "A" shot for Tuesday night's BAPC Honors Night program. I like the shot a lot but from the judges comments they would have liked to see it a bit sharper.