Archive for the 'Texas' Category

Wine grapes

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Hill Country, Texas on July 29th, 2016 by judy

Vineyard tour

These are wine grapes just starting to turn.  This photograph was taken on a vineyard tour at Driftwood Winery.

Art Deco in Rockport

Posted in Architecture, Texas, Texas Coastal Bend, Water on July 27th, 2016 by judy

Winery on the Bay

I love Art Deco buildings and here’s one in Rockport, TX. Nice painted jeep too, huh?

Lotus

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Texas, Texas Coastal Bend on July 8th, 2016 by judy

lotusflower

There is a pond in Rockport that is almost entirely covered by lotus. I managed to capture a few despite the strong wind…

Port Bay Before Sunset

Posted in Skies, Texas, Texas Coastal Bend, Water on July 7th, 2016 by judy

Port Bay before Sunset

Last evening the sun rays were beautiful before sunset, but the closer to sunset we got the less color there was in the sky.  So here is Port Bay before sunset.

Blood Red Sun

Posted in Skies, Texas, Texas Coastal Bend on July 1st, 2016 by judy

redsunLast night returning from dinner at Shempy’s in Aransas Pass we noticed the sun was blood red. I drove as quickly as I could to the nearest place I knew of that we could see the sun set. Few clouds, houses behind where the sun is setting now, foreground water wasn’t working, and the sun wasn’t even coming out red in my photos… This morning I started playing with the photo and came up with this. I like this effect — what do you think?

Looking out of Mission Espiritu Santo

Posted in Architecture, Old and rusty, Texas on June 19th, 2016 by judy

Looking out of Mission Espiritu Santo

Goliad State Park, Texas.  This photograph was taken with a fisheye lens, corrected to look more or less right, then the dynamic range (brightness and darkness) adjusted. This view shows both the angels (?) above the door with their blue and white striped background, the beautiful doors, as well as the anaqua tree (aka sandpaper tree) outside. This mission was rebuilt (as best they knew how) by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s.
 
http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/goliad
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Rainbow

Posted in Texas, Texas Coastal Bend, Water on June 18th, 2016 by judy

Rainbow

I find harbors very difficult to photograph. In general, they are way too busy for my taste and it’s hard to find a viewpoint that provides an interesting photograph. This one isolates a few boats, nicely lined up, no background junk. I like the reflections, the water – sky transition, the name of the foreground boat. It’s interesting enough that you can look longer at it than a quick glance. I did remove one small distraction but otherwise it’s pretty much as I shot it.

Mission Espiritu Santo

Posted in Architecture, Texas on June 17th, 2016 by judy

Mission Espiriti Santo
I took my fisheye lens to Goliad State Park on the way to the coast. This is Mission Espiritu Santo in fisheye, with a painterly effect applied. It’s easy to get the church with any normal lens, but I love the arcade and wanted to get a photograph with the arcade and the church.

Rock-a-Bye Motel, Luling, Texas

Posted in Architecture, Old and rusty, Texas on June 14th, 2016 by judy

Rock-a-Bye Motel

It looks like it once occupied the entire busy corner but now a Pizza Hut has taken the corner spot. Or maybe a filling station once took the corner spot. The layout is old style motel of the best sort — you not only park near your motel room, you get a garage!

Rusty Truck from another angle

Posted in Old and rusty, Texas on June 4th, 2016 by judy

Yet another Cuero find

The same truck as the last post but with more like the original background, albeit modified.  Cuero, Texas.