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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”?
HENRY’S MADE A LADY OUT OF LIZZIE!
Every man will go for her,
She’s the kind that men prefer,
HENRY’S MADE A LADY OUT OF LIZZIE!
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”
HENRY’S MADE A LADY OUT OF LIZZIE!

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:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia

Anacua Tree in Infrared

Posted in B&W, Flowers and Plants, Infrared, Landscapes, Texas on May 11th, 2016 by judy

Anacua tree

This is an anacua tree at Goliad State Park. Also known as the sandpaper tree because of the feel of its leaves, the tree lives in eastern Mexico and southern Texas. This is an infrared photograph.

Cypress Knees

Posted in Hill Country, Nature, Texas on May 10th, 2016 by judy

Cypress Knees at Aquarena Springs

Cypress Knees at Aquarena Springs, Spring 2011

Milky Way

Posted in Skies, Texas on May 6th, 2016 by judy

Milky Way

This shot of the Milky Way was taken in 2012 in Terlingua, Texas.  I like this one because the very small building gives the feeling of our smallness compared to the galaxy.

Sunset in Rockport

Posted in Skies, Texas, Texas Coastal Bend, Water on May 6th, 2016 by judy

Sunset

Last night’s sunset over the marshes at Cape Velero, Rockport, Texas.

Almost grown up

Posted in Birds, Texas, Texas Coastal Bend on May 5th, 2016 by judy

Almost grown up

Returning again to the rookery that is now inside a gated development… These Great Blue Heron babies are almost grown up. We can just hope they don’t build houses too close to the rookery… It is so so sad that the state park was within days of getting this wonderful waterfront area. This time someone did come up to us and ask us if we “had a problem”. Gil said no, I ignored him. It is an indication that it may not be open to birders for long.

Looking through the window

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

Mission through a window

Looking through the window at Mission of Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zuñiga, Goliad State Park, Goliad, TX.  More playing with dynamic range…