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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.


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


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.

Rusty Truck

Posted in Old and rusty, Texas on June 1st, 2016 by judy

Rusty Truck

Another old vehicle I found in Cuero, TX.

Rusty Lady

Posted in Old and rusty, Texas on May 24th, 2016 by judy

Ford Coupe 1920s

This Rusty Lady is a Ford Model A Coupe found in Cuero, TX on our way back from Rockport. Of course I had to put a little work into fixing it, I mean the picture, up…

The Model A was introduced in 1927, replacing “Tin Lizzie”, the Model T.  The Model A was the first Ford to use a conventional clutch and brake pedals, throttle, and gearshift.  The Model T was shifted with pedals and accelerated with levers on the steering wheel.

Soon a song written by Walter O’Keefe became very popular: “Henry Made a Lady Out of Lizzie”.

The last stanza reads:

When she’s coming down the street,
All the boys say “Ain’t she sweet”?
Every man will go for her,
She’s the kind that men prefer,
Why even Thomas Edison,
The wizard that he is,
Could not resist her charms,
And was the first to take out “Liz”
He said “She’s Okay to me,
All she needs is company”

Cypress Reflections

Posted in Hill Country, Nature, Texas, Water on May 21st, 2016 by judy

Cypress Reflections

Cypress Creek taken at Blue Hole in Wimberley, processed to convey the mood I felt when I took the photograph.  This is one of the most beautiful places in Wimberley.  Plus, in summer, a swimming hole!

Great Blue Heron Pair in Flight

Posted in Birds, Nature, Texas, Texas Coastal Bend on May 20th, 2016 by judy

Great BLue Heron Pair in Flight

This photo of a pair of Great Blue Herons was taken at the endangered rookery near Goose Island State Park, near Rockport, TX

Inside a Magnolia Blossom

Posted in Flowers and Plants, Texas on May 19th, 2016 by judy

Inside a Magnolia

Magnolia trees are ancient. Wikipedia says they evolved before bees, although bees love them!  Before the bee dieout, we could easily hear the millions of bees visiting the Magnolia from inside the house.

Magnolia flowers are so different from modern flowers! They not only look quite different, they also don’t bloom all at once, but spread out over quite a bit of time. The tree is huge, but some of the branches are low, so Gil was able to cut this one off so we could photograph it indoors.

Wikipedia about magnolia trees: