Even at an elevation of more than 8,000 feet, a snowburst during the first days of October is not the norm. However, for Dallasites exploring this high-altitude destination, still remembering their hometown temperatures hovering in the high 90's, a sudden touch of winter was a welcome relief. Thankfully the intrepid little Texas contingent was able to enjoy lunch and the brief snowfall from a table with a view in the inviting warmth of The Mermaid Cafe in this delightful Colorado mining town.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Sometimes just "hanging" with Mom is enough of a reward, and there's always the possibility that something tasty will materialize in the form of chilled apple cider, carmel corn or candied apples. So it pays to be alert, even when a photographer intrudes on one's space as was the case with this content toddler making the rounds at an outing in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
In spite of the look, chances are this musician didn't come down from the mountains, but he did show up to brighten up everyone's day at an early Fall outdoor market. From grilled peppers, to Native American handicrafts, to displays by local artists and craftsmen, this downtown Santa Fe festival was a splendid way to welcome the arrival of cooler weather.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The entry into the lush courtyard of a Santa Fe sculpture garden, with its arches, weathered wooden door, stucco textures and floral accents proved nearly as interesting as the pieces to be found inside. Located on Canyon Road, this gallery is just one of many in this New Mexico hub of art, sculpture and Native American crafts.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
When serving up a platter of edibles, any first-rate chef will tell you, it's "Presentation, Presentation, Presentation". And this same principle obviously works for this roadside vendor in Childress, Texas as he gets travelers in the mood with some Halloween decor. Tastefully arranged in front of his roadside stand on Hiway 287 North, this enterprising merchant may not get your money, but he'll sure get your attention with his off-the-running board display of seasonal pumpkins ready to be transformed to pie filling for your holiday desserts.
Splendid snow-covered peaks, or sheer rock cliffs aren't the only photographic opportunities in Colorado. For instance, two geldings grazing in the late afternoon sun provide a pastoral setting in a meadow surrounded by towering pines and birch trees, heavy-laden with the buttergold leaves of fall.
A creek slowly flows to lower elevations, providing fly fisherman with an idyllic setting to cast before the arctic onslaught of winter, only weeks away. Photographed between Pagosa Springs and Durango, this is but one of many streams and lakes dotting the area as you wind your way through the Rockies to your eventual destination.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Even a rainy, fog-shrouded morning in the Rockies can't mute the fall colors of Colorado as is evidenced on this switchback to Durango. Any season is a myriad of colors and textures in the mountains, but as the fall foilage changes with winter approaching, it's an entirely new vista ready to be captured with paint brush or lens.
Treasure Falls, located near Pagosa Springs on the road to South Fork and Creed, Colorado provides a colorful, inspiring vista as water cascades from a mountain top down to a gathering pool, a sheer drop of more than 100 feet. From a trickling ribbon of water in the fall to a roaring onslaught of pure hydro-power during the spring thaws, this Colorado landmark is breathtaking and beautiful no matter what time of year.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Looking almost like an abstract interpretation of color, texture and angles, these trees were photographed at the treeline in the upper reaches of The Colorado Rockies. Seemingly sprouting out of sheer rock, the tree's foliage indicate the predominate wind direction endured over years of harsh exposure to the high-elevation weather.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
A pro, serious photographer or rank amateur would be hard-pressed to pass up a photo-op to capture this little bathing beauty scurrying from a sometimes frightening surf to the security of her grandfather's chaise lounge. This is just one of the indelible memories captured on a recent outing to South Padre Island, Texas.
With a weather sphere and assorted communications antennae perched at its highest peak, this view of The Rock of Gibraltar captures the extreme elevations and sheer cliffs that make this one of the most recognizable landmarks anywhere. Towering over pristine waters, with colors ranging from turquoise to a vibrant Prussian blue, "The Rock" is an imposing image from any angle.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Safely ensconced in their owner's lap, this sisterly twosome enjoyed a mild afternoon, while introducing themselves to strolling pedestrians on a typically beautiful Colorado afternoon. If you got bored with the spectacular Rockie Mountain vistas, this welcoming committee would hound you for your wandering attention.
All you need to find complete relaxation on South Padre Island at the tip of Texas is a temp of 95-plus degrees, a semi-comfortable fold-up chair and an understanding wife who watches over you. Optional equipment is a colorful umbrella to help you find your spot on the beach should you wander too far into the surf, and an equally colorful cooler that probably contains some ice-cold adult beverages to welcome you back to where you started.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
A row of vacant loungers patiently sit awaiting the summer crowds at Inn on the River, a unique bed and breakfast in Glen Rose, Texas. Guests enjoy the tranquil river setting before adjourning to the intimate dining room to enjoy a sumptuous meal at this critically-acclaimed, historical landmark.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Not only will you find urban mass in a typical centralized business district with its towering skyscrapers, corporate headquarters and financial institutions, but occasionally you might discover an opportunity to refresh yourself with another type of Urban Mass. It's almost assured that one will be offered daily, 7-days-a-week at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe nestled in the heart of downtown Dallas.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
On any photo expedition in The Colorado Rockies, a welcoming committee consisting of hundreds of Gold Mantled Ground Squirrels awaits your arrival. Eager to pose for handouts, Park Rangers discourage feeding or getting too close to these native inhabitants due to the diseases currently running rampant and carried by these furry critters. But these warnings don't restrict you from capturing these photogenic little fellows with your camera.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
What's more colorful than neon at night? An institution in film circles, The Inwood Theatre still proudly "flys her colors" with the art-deco look of years gone by. Taken with a hand-held Nikon and "a deep breath" to steady a long exposure, this night time shot brings back memories of the grand theatres of the 40's and 50's.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Anytime you're looking for color, you'll not find any richer, naturally vibrant tones and textures than at your local farmers market, even when it's located in the center of a metropolitan area.
This photo captures the vibrancy of Dallas Farmer's Market that provides a photographer with a myriad of options to capture from colorful fruits and vegetables to a parade of local characters who show up daily to partake of the bountiful harvests from rural Texas.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
"Capture Dallas" was the instruction given when I accepted the assignment to decorate the walls of a new suite of offices for a Dallas corporation. Over the course of several days and nights, I roamed the streets of Dallas hoping to show the many facets of this bustling metropolis. While in the heart of downtown Dallas, the distinct differences between an aging Dallas High School built in the early 20th century, dwarfed by the 60's-inspired design of the Sheraton Hotel caught my eye. Two, aging "Grand Dames" provided a glimpse of architectural styles of the past.