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New gallery representation

Posted in Texas, Texas Coastal Bend on August 19th, 2017 by judy

I am happy to announce that I am now represented by a gallery in Rockport, Texas. To see some of my work in the Rockport/Fulton area, visit Barbara at Yellow Rose Gallery, 209 South Austin Street in beautiful downtown Rockport.

Also: in Wimberley, Art on 12 and Bent Tree Gallery and
in New Braunfels, the New Braunfels Art League Gallery

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Yellow-Rose-announcement

Texas Pride Barbecue

Posted in Architecture, Old and rusty, Texas on August 16th, 2017 by judy

Texas Pride Barbecue

This is Texas Pride Barbecue, Adkins, TX. We intended to have some barbecue here after a stop to put more art work at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery, but it turns out Texas Pride is closed on Monday. Not only was it closed, you can’t even take photos because of a big ugly fence and electric fence! Darn!
 
This gave me an opportunity to try out my new fisheye lens. Hanging over the fence but careful not to touch the electric wire, I took a few very wide angle shots. Of course I applied a few of my favorite effects. I also applied a little de-fisheye. Later I’ll probably work some textures into it, but for now, here’s a preview.
 
The lens is very interesting. I’ve moved from Sony and Olympus to entirely Olympus and I don’t have a fisheye lens any more. I didn’t want to spend a lot on one because I don’t use fisheye very often. So when I saw Olympus sells a $100 lens-cap fisheye lens (HUH?) and read the reviews, I decided to “splurge”. It seems sharp enough. It is not 180 degrees but I always found a true fisheye too wide anyway, so I thought I’d be happier with this and I am.

Brown Pelican

Posted in Animals, Birds, Texas, Texas Coastal Bend on July 2nd, 2017 by judy

Pelican

A brown pelican at Goose Island State Park. We went to see the melee of pelicans fighting over fish guts at the fish cleaning station at the park. But here’s an individual…

The Big Tree

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Texas, Texas Coastal Bend on July 1st, 2017 by judy

Big Tree

We visited Goose Island State Park and the famous Big Tree. I must say it was a rather sad visit… It is said to be 1000 years old, but clearly the tree is not well and I think has declined since the last time we went there when I don’t remember thinking it looked ill. It doesn’t appear to have the normal amount of foliage. Over the years many branches have been cut off, and you can see the previously long branch on the left has been recently cut. So visit the Big Tree while you stlil can!

Nixon, Texas

Posted in Architecture, B&W, Texas on June 7th, 2017 by judy

Nixon, Texas

I love old towns with lovely old buildings. In this case I wanted to give more of an impression of oldness than a sharp color photograph would do. Did I succeed?

Basketflower

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Texas on June 4th, 2017 by judy

Purple Flower

This is a basketflower (Centaurea americana). The bud is a ball that looks like a basket, this is the bloom, and the seedpod is also interesting. The petals of the basketflower are delicate and flow around and behave like untamed human hair in the wind. At first glance they look like thistles, but they are not.

Tiny buds

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Hill Country, Texas on May 5th, 2017 by judy

Tiny buds

I like to photograph flowers, especially features that I think people may not have noticed. The small flowers are easy to miss and difficult to photograph. I often find things after the fact that I didn’t notice, like a tiny spider. In this case I’m not sure if I noticed the water droplets.

Mission of Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zuñiga

Posted in Architecture, Texas on May 4th, 2017 by judy

Mission of Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zuñiga

Playing with the fisheye lens at Mission of Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zuñiga, Goliad State Park, Goliad, TX. Hand-held with my Olympus OMD-EM1 II.

Allium

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Hill Country, Texas on April 25th, 2017 by judy

Onion / garlic family

Allium, onion/garlic family. This was taken at Rio Bonito, along the Blanco River, during Wimberley Arts Fest. Some flowers wow us by growing in masses, like fields of bluebonnets or fields of blanket flowers. Others are not so spectacular in the large, but very beautiful in their details. There are at least two bugs in this photograph, which of course I did not see when I was taking the picture.

Arcade

Posted in Architecture, B&W, Old and rusty, Texas on April 1st, 2017 by judy

Arcade, Mission Concepcion

Arcade at Mission Concepcion, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, taken with an infrared camera.   This National Historical Park is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site preserving four of the five Spanish frontier missions.