Monday, December 26, 2011

Colors & Textures of the Season

While strolling and being awed by the hundreds of thousands of lights at a nearly deserted shopping center, a lone ornament hanging from a bough of greenery caught my attention. It's funny what catches one's eye on a cold Christmas night when the shoppers are spent, the activity at a standstill and the splendor of the season appears sans distractions. Now this is what I call a Christmas wrap.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

"A Step Back"

Some time ago, it was promised that this site would feature recognizable logos occasionally, such as those posted earlier of Buick and Coca-Cola. The discovery of this logo for Mobil Oil was nothing more than a happy coincidence while traveling Highway 86 through the small town of Quitaque, Texas en route to The Caprock Canyons. The antique gas pump no longer holds gallons of petrol, but houses birds as is evidenced by the nest resting where high octane used to flow. Those were simpler times indeed. And I was lucky to capture history for a brief moment and now privileged to share my good fortune with you.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"Palo Duro Canyon"

Second only to Arizona's Grand Canyon, The Palo Duro Canyon offers one big advantage: you're able to drive down onto the floor of the canyon to explore over 16 miles of paved road at your leisure. Every turn is another photo opportunity and with every hour, the shadows and colors change dramatically throughout the day. Outcroppings arising from the rock formations as the one shown above are called "hoodoos" and are gradually changing landmarks as wind, rain and years take their toll.

Friday, November 11, 2011

"In Full Regalia"

Decked out in his traditional tribal garb, a model sits patiently as participating artists capture the essence of a true Native American warrior. Live models are just one part of this prestigious art festival held in Estes Park, CO attracting Plein Air artists world-wide who submit their works hoping their talents will be juried worthy of participation in this annual art competition.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"Piney Woods Fall"

Although not the vibrant autumn colors of New England, there is a certain warmth as fall comes to East Texas. The evergreens, along with the golden grasses along the shoreline of a small inlet, captures the late afternoon beauty of the season.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

"Pigeon Frenzy"

A near perfect day under late summer skies in a pastoral setting in a secluded park in Sante Fe's historic downtown area.....could there be more idyllic luncheon setting? If only they wouldn't make us beg for crumbs.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

"Antique Water Fountain"

Few youngsters, and probably not too many adults 40 and under have had the privilege of using one of these "old-fashioned" water dispensers. With the exception of having to work for your water, these functional thirst quenchers delivered the same thing as modern refrigerated fountains, with one exception; the water was purer, colder and chemical-free. Plus it was fun to "pump a drink", normally in a rural setting. Quite a difference from today's litter-producing Evian, Ozarka or Poland Springs bottled water, to name a few.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"Too Inviting"

With a child, they never have time for a bath. Conversely, if they are within 100 yards of a pool, a puddle or a pond, they are drawn to it like flies to honey. And "Little Miss Redhead" was no exception to the rule as she tested the temperature of the water--big toe first--during an art show set up next to a meandering creek in Estes Park CO.

Friday, October 14, 2011


The trek up to Alberta Falls is not considered all that challenging by most standards. But starting the uphill hike at an altitude of approximately 7500 feet can be demanding for practically anyone. And when you're elderly, it can also be time consuming, even treacherous. The couple I encountered recently on a trip through Rocky Mountain National Park were methodical in their ascent, stopping periodically to converse with their fellow outdoor enthusiasts as they made their way up to the falls. Then, as they turned to make their way back down, a picture worth a thousand words presented itself. Narrowing those thousands words down to four might include commitment, caring, protective and--most importantly--love. I rest my case.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

"Weathered Door"

Photographically, doors make some of the most interesting subjects. This particular entryway allows access to an abandoned grist mill. Granted, it's seen better days, but the aging process has only enhanced the richness of this composition.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

'Big Sounds for a Little Band"

Although only four in number, this rock band brought along a technician and enough wattage to be heard up and down Dragon Street in the Dallas Arts District as indoor/outdoor exhibits fascinated patrons on into the night. Taking on a surrealistic aura in their opening set, if you forgot the name of the band, the ringing in your ears wouldn't let you forget their intensity. Rock on!!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Weathered wood supports, deteriorating beams, a heavy chain and a rusted hook, wired Christmas lights from Target....what would possess me to photograph this potpourri of elements? I can't answer that question, other than the combination of it all prompted me to turn, focus and shoot. And the more I look at this unlikely mixture of elements, the more I like it. I can only hope you do, too.

Friday, September 23, 2011

"Lone Artist"

The world of the artist can be a lonely existence, as is evidenced by this plein air artist dwarfed by his subject as he hopes to capture on canvas the majesty of the Rocky Mountains.

Photographed in Rocky Mountain National Park, the entire area surrounding Estes Park is a haven for painters, photographers, hikers, naturalists and vacationers.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

"World's Most Recognizable Logo"

When you look at this wooden ice chest emblazoned with Coca-Cola, you can appreciate why this beloved trademark has gained worldwide recognition over the years. In a search for antique wooden Coca-Cola coolers on the internet to determine age, no listings were found. However, wooden coolers did exist; I know, because I photographed this one behind an old clapboard house in a public park in Glen Rose TX. As promised in an earlier post, logos will be featured periodically on this site just to remind us of how important corporate "signatures" have become in our lives, both today and in bygone eras.

Monday, September 12, 2011

"Beauty Interrupted"

While strolling the shores of Lake Estes, the serenity and pristine beauty of Colorado was suddenly overshadowed by one of nature's aberrations: the turkey buzzard. The presence of this large, carniverous fowl proved one thing: the good Lord had a basket full of ugly left over when he put this creature together.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

"Ho, Ho, Ho"

You just never know who you might run into, and usually at the most unlikely spot. Fortunately, I had my trusty Nikon with me. So when I passed this jovial, happy shopper at an outdoor art festival, it was the white hair, with the dramatic highlights from a sunny Colorado sky that moved me to ask if I might take his picture. Do you suppose this probably not. I'm sure I'm just jumping to conclusions. But he sure looks familiar, doesn't he?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

"Takin' a Break"

As I stolled the downtown Plaza of Santa Fe, one of the first things that caught my attention was a handsome street musician gathering his thoughts before starting on his next "set". But his rugged good looks were just the beginning, because what demanded one's attention, was when this entertainer began to sing. His voice was one of clarity, power and pitch that made you pause and absorb the musical magic that was being created. It made me question how so many "no-talent" personalities are raking in millions, while this obviously gifted performer is relegated to singing for tips around a fountain in a park in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Friday, August 26, 2011

"The Grande Dame of the Rockies"

Pardon the departure from an intended series of "logo photos" planned to run over the next few weeks, but a slight change in plans had to be made to recognize one of the most beloved and famous hotels in America; The Stanley in Estes Park, Colorado. Mentioned in the previous post on the Maxim, this tourist institution is just too special not to interrupt previously laid plans. The logo series will continue with the next post, but in the meantime, here's The Stanley Hotel of Estes Park.

Established by the inventor of The Stanley Steamer automobile (hence the name) the storied Stanley is a visible landmark of Estes Park whether you enter town from Highway 34 or 36 or 7. Perched above downtown Estes Park, The Stanley was the inspiration resulting in Stephen King's chilling best-seller, The Shining. Many will remember the movie of the same title starring Oscar-winner Jack Nicholson with co-stars Shelley Duvall and "Scatman" Carothers. Who can forget Nicholson's famous line from this spine-tingling flick....."Here's Johnny".

But aside from its Hollywood fame, The Stanley continues to be a hallmark of excellence when it comes to luxurious lodging, gracious dining and impressive architecture.

"Victim of the Times"

Founded in 1914, the Maxim firetruck was the brainchild of a volunteer firefighter in Attleboro Mass who thought he could design a better product than what was available at the time. And the eventual result was a line of firefighting vehicles and supplies that survived for decades until a slumping economy forced production of this elite line of equipment to cease. This Maxim vehicle shown now resides at the famed Stanley Hotel with another relic of the past, an International Harvester firetruck (photo of both units below). And how can one mention The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado without including this Grande Dame of the Rockies? In a first for me, following you'll find a second posting devoted to this hotel, making it a "two-fer" on my blog for today.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

"A Sign of the Times"

Even bathed in the harsh light of the South Texas noonday sun, this sign still maintains its integrity as a symbol of quality. It appears to be the only survivor of what used to be commonplace, the main street automobile dealership. In fact, this building no longer houses cars of any era. Rather, it's become a wealth of artifacts, antiques and oddities for shoppers looking to preserve part of our history.

Over the next several weeks, a "mini-series" of posts will be featured highlighting one of the integral parts of all our lives: corporate logos. From modern to old, some recognizable others unknown, these "mini" works of art have all played an integral part in our lives, whether we realize it or not. And I'm looking forward to documenting this rich history of advertising creativity. Stay tuned!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

"Still Standing"

Don't be mislead by the colorful red paint. With slats sagging and corrugated tin roof rusting, this dilapidated barn is a candid look at the past. One would think this relic would be found on a winding country road, but this barn survives on an overgrown lot, only two blocks from the much- traveled main drag of downtown Fredricksburg TX.

Friday, July 22, 2011

"Approach at Your Own Risk"

After all, this tree is already well on its way to devouring two metal signs. And who knows what (or who) could be next? It was just another sinister phenomenon discovered on a remote trail in the woods of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

"Mardi Gras Make-Believe"

If you can't make it to The Crescent City, you just gotta take your beads, your beer and your enthusiasm to the nearest park and celebrate in your own way, on your own turf. In this case, the Piney Woods of Texas became "party central" for a pre-Lenten blowout. Let's hear it for old-fashioned, down-home creativity.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

"Almost Done"

Those Turkey Legs look huge when you pay the vendor, but two hungry adults can take it to the bare bone in record time. At Ft. Worth's annual ArtFest, you can hardly make up your mind whether to shop the art or check the food tents. With a minimum of "advanced planning", you can do both!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

"Tranquil Creek"

If you're wanting to really discover America, there's no better way than a week-end getaway on a farm-to-market road. No maps needed. In fact, the farther from the interstate, the better. An unhurried pace down rural roads to nowhere will lead you to discoveries you can't imagine.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

"Mail Call"

One thing assured as one travels the backroads, regardless of location: you never know what you'll find. It might be wildlife, waterfalls. statuesque oaks or something as unspectacular as six mailboxes lined up in a row. An interesting photo study, but more importantly, a real convenience to one particular mail carrier in rural Southeast Texas.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

"Whatcha starin' at, Dude?"

Always a wealth of photo-ops, art shows like the long-running Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson TX, was certainly no exception. From young to old, with and without tattoos, gimme caps to floppy hats, outrageous dress to stylish, over-sized sun glasses like the ones shown here were all just part of the fun.

Monday, June 27, 2011


If you're one to put reliance on the good luck brought by horseshoes, this make-shift latch signifies possible fortunes await just beyond this weathered gate. Photographed in the much-publicized environs around Luckenbach TX, it's no wonder composers like Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings are inspired to write songs about the area.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

"Behind the Red Doors"

The entrance to this antique/curio shop will likely lead to many surprises and treasures for the strolling shopper along the main street of Fredricksburg TX. And the little sign hanging in the window says it all in this south central town with a strong German heritage: "Wilkommen".

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


What's more inviting than an old-fashioned swing? Normally one thinks of this type swing suspended from the porch of a graceful old southern home, but in Southeast Texas, you can swing just about anywhere, including under the spreading branches of an old oak tree.

Monday, June 20, 2011

"Daddy's Little Girl"

It was obviously a treat to spend a summer afternoon with Daddy at The Cottonwood Artshow held each year in Richardson TX. Always endless sources of photo-ops, these art shows, food festivals and neighborhood carnivals never fail to keep cameras humming as children, adults and unique pets abound.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


In addition to concentrating on your golf game, there are times when you have to concentrate on just moving your clubs. Especially if your cart and bag are almost as big as you. Captured at a recent PGA-sanctioned golf outing for youngsters, this aspiring Phil Mickelson puts every ounce of muscle into just getting to his next shot.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

"Lunchtime in the Rough"

Fortunately, everyone's drive stayed in the fairway and the only interruption of this deer's snacking was our golf cart slowly driving past. This was just one of the surprises encountered while golfing at The Bear Trace Golf Club in Winchester, Tennessee. And, No, we didn't see any bears. The club was named after designer and PGA golfing legend Jack Niklaus, "The Golden Bear" .

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"Gone Fishin"

Whatever the circumstances, the fishin' here is definitely gone as is evidenced by a rusted chair abandoned at what must have been a choice location along this creek in Southeast Texas.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

"Brass & Glass"

Even in silence on a weekday morning, the brass horns extending from the organ loft dramatically compliment the stained glass windows of the All Saints' Chapel on the campus of The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.

"Swingin' At The Campground"

Whoever said you can't swing at an old Sunday School Assembly, never made it to Monteagle TN. While strolling the winding roads, this woven hammock, strung between two giant oaks, proved most inviting.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

"Cowboy Hot Tub"

Just outside Fredricksburg, there's a working ranch complete with genuine Texas Longhorns (see previous post). And for those who are just plumb tuckered out after a day on the range, stretch out, relax and enjoy a homemade redneck spa. It's guaranteed to relieve those aching joints, especially if accompanied by an ice cold Lone Star Beer.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


On an early morning stroll through the Monteagle Assembly campground, this deserted footbridge, one of several throughout the complex, proved too interesting not to capture.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

"Mystery of the Creek"

While walking a creek bed for photo ops, the mystery unfolded. Enmeshed in the roots of a tree, a Ford Mustang hubcap. The mystery? How'd it get here? Where'd it come from? But the most intriguing question: where's the car to which it was once attached?

Monday, May 9, 2011

"Double Trouble"

Up close, these Texas Longhorns look pretty intimidating, but actually these cows were docile, patient and curious. Once they figured the camera would do no harm, I was free to roam about snapping different members of the herd at my leisure. The Texas Hill Country outside Fredricksburg provided the scenic backdrop on this photo safari.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

"Fountain Archway"

In one of the many green spaces located throughout the city of Savannah, Georgia, this park's central focus is the ornate fountain creating water patterns in all directions. Even on a blistering, hot day, this shady setting provides a welcome respite from the elements.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


After a harrowing day of experimentation with a new external flash for my Nikon 300, I rewarded myself by charcoaling hamburgers. Once I had created my own culinary masterpiece, it proved too scrumptious looking not to photograph. Therefore, by applying new parameters of flash photography, my prized monster was captured before consumption. This shot still makes my mouth water!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

"A Special Assignment"

In my photographic career, I've been privileged to capture settings ranging from breath-taking mountain vistas to heartwarming pets to corporate annual reports. However, on a recent assignment to illustrate various phases of the liturgy of the Anglo-Catholic church, I found a new dimension in photography. Taken under restrictive lighting parameters, I can only hope that you experience the beauty of The Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament as Father Matthew Olver reverences The High Altar at Church of the Incarnation, Dallas TX.

Monday, April 4, 2011

"Faded Glory"

In its heyday, this Grand Dame of homes dominated not only its neighborhood, but the entirety of the town of Honey Grove, Texas. But even with the distinction of being recognized by the State of Texas as an official Historical Landmark, this once magnificent example of architectural beauty fell victim to age. One can only hope that the Historical Preservation League of Texas will eventually bring this stately home back to its original status.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Hangin' With Mom"

Although past the rubbery-legged stage, this new-born still enjoys the comfort, security and warmth of his mother. And one other factor: readily available nourishment for a hungry colt. This was just one of many photo ops encountered in a leisurely drive on the backroads between Houston and Dallas on an overcast day in early spring.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


There's hardly a more relaxing way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon than by dropping line and let the boat take you where it might. It's not the catch as much as the conversation, the scenery and just communicating with Mother Nature. These two week-end warriors ended up cruisin' the dam on Lake Davy Crockett in early spring. Did they catch anything? They probably really didn't care, nor should you. Just enjoy the moment as they did, while you reminisce on a long ago fishing trip with one of your best pals.

Monday, March 21, 2011

"Small Dogs Only, Please"

While exploring a small town in Northeast Texas, this water hydrant suddenly became the center of interest. Obviously, in years past, when the sidewalk was repaired, rather than adjust hydrant height, new concrete was merely poured around the existing water source creating a new look for this ageless fire deterrent. So the universal symbol for "doggie relief", suddenly limited it's prospective users to small canines only, at least in Honey Grove, Texas.