Friday, November 13, 2009

B&W day

As promised from my previous thread, this is a follow up set of black and white images of late. No deep thoughts today, just a gallery.

We'll start it off light....these Least Grebes have these almost unblinking bright they're looking into your soul....add a little film noir lighting and this is the most scared I've ever been of waterfowl.
The Grebe is coming for you...

Lost Maples Reflecting Pond (Lost Maples SNA)
Lost Maples reflecting pond

Old Baldy vista, Garner State Park.
Old Baldy Vista (B&W)

Bones of the Earth - bald cypresses on the Frio River at dawn
Bones of the Earth

Cactus Singularity, Prickly Pear Cactus, Lost Maples SNA
Cactus Singularity

High Country Wood, Lost Maples SNA
High Country Wood

Big Tooth Maples, Lost Maples SNA
Big Tooth Maples

Utopia, Utopia, TX
West Texas Vista (B&W)

Bridge to Terebithia, Bandera, TX (Medina River)
Bridge to Terebithia

Burn Boundary, Bandera, TX
Burnt Wood


Battle Scars, Brazos Bend State Park
Battle Scars

Life's Work
Life's Work 2

Kingdom of the Ducks ( I love the ominous feel of the gnarled old branch juxtaposed with the inherently non-sinister nature of the comical black bellied whistling ducks)
The Ducks are Watching...

Forest Layers

Kind of Cute. (Nutria, Cullinen Park)

Flooded Forest
Flooded Forest (B&W)

I am Become Death, Devourer of Dragonflies (Golden Silk Spider)
Golden SIlk Spider (B&W)

?flower (B&W)


More on

Saturday, November 7, 2009

There and Back Again

With apologies to Mr. Baggins.

I have not posted since June. Things have happened, as they are wont to do.

In the interim, I have:

- started a new job
- put my mother to rest
- climbed an Alp
- attended a German wedding in Germany
- Stayed at a Dude Ranch (for work reasons)
- sang Country kareoke without a hint of irony
- had a second anniversary
- developed a greater fondness for Cormac McCarthy's OTHER works
- finally ridden a car to death
- photographed. A lot.
- become a volunteer/amateur naturalist for one of Texas's premier state parks (Brazos Bend)
- tried to be good. Occasionally succeeded.
- Had a hundred thousand thoughts that, upon having them, I said to myself, "self, you should post about this on your blog"
- not posted.
- been somewhat weary in general.

So instead of trying to unclog the stopped-up, stygian depths of my mental plumbing, I am going to just give the update above, and then post pictures. I find that works better than my long ramblings.

The pictures, as always, are available in larger size at

I've been moving toward doing a little more post-processing to heighten effects, or to get what I could envision of a scene even if I shot at the wrong time of day. This has lead to a lot of shots of Texas landscape elements that I thought went nicely together. I have tried not to play up too mnay cowboy-esque stereotypes. This set is the generally sepia-tones/antiqued lot. Color and B&W sets to follow. At some point. Breath-holding is ill advised.


Bare Earth
Bare Earth

Arroyo Fire


Hard Rider

Spirit of the West

Into the West
Into the West

Advance Guard

Old Men of the Wood
Old Men of the Wood



In the grip of Night
Moon (sepia)

Road Trip, 1939
Road Trip, Texas, 1949

Old Man Crow
Old Man Crow (antiqued)