What better way to relieve the discomfort of a summer mishap than to break out an ice-cold tube of frozen slush? It certainly seemed to work for this little camper at The Monteagle Assembly who was willing to discuss his "boo-boo", but the explanation was not about to interfere with the enjoyment found at the end of a frozen cylinder of lemon-lime. For you older readers, this tube has obviously replaced the much-revered Popsicle, that summer staple so many of us grew up with many years ago. Surely you remember the antiquated treat that came with two protruding wooden handles that afforded you the opportunity to break your icy treat in half and share it with a friend.
Two enterprising merchants cross The Rio Grande at nearby St. Elena Canyon to check several souvenir "drop offs". Placed strategically on rocks along well-traveled paths or near a scenic lookout, these retailers garner a few bucks from tourists hiking and exploring the wilds of The Big Bend National Park.
Even with aspiring artists within earshot, these international merchants are undaunted as they check their take for the day, before they slowly wind their way back towards the canyon and across the river to their home base south of the border.
Funny what you'll run across cruising the backroads in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. On an overcast Sunday afternoon, the goats seemed to be as curious in me as I was in them as they perched atop stacked logs in their grassy pen. But the real treat was when I was approached by their owner thinking that maybe I'd be in the market to buy one of her newborns still confined to the barn. It wasn't a kid I wanted, but a photograph of this absolutely delightful young lady. And did she ever oblige with a smile that lit up a cloudy day. I've said it before, and I'll say it again...."You're missin' all the fun if you're driving the interstate. Take a farm road and discover what Americana is all about!!!........"
With a Marketing Degree from Southern Methodist University, I established my own advertising agency specializing in logo design, capabilities brochures, print/radio/television promotions and client relations. An integral part of my creative labors included photography, a passion that has stayed with me. I hope you enjoy my artistic endeavors.