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Gruene Hall and Watertower

Posted in Architecture, Backroads, Hill Country, Old and rusty, Texas on January 16th, 2018 by judy

Gruene Hall in Evening

This is Gruene Hall and watertower with a lovely sky. This is said to be the oldest continuously operating dance hall in Texas, apparently still pretty much just as it always was.  Photos of this building are always marred by power lines.  I did remove a few that went right through the sky…

Gristmill Restaurant Bar

Posted in Architecture, Hill Country, Old and rusty, Texas on January 11th, 2018 by judy

Gristmill Bar

The bar at Gristmill Restaurant in Gruene, Texas. This restaurant is in a very old brick building, the sort of decor you really only see in Texas…  No, AC, heating by radiant heaters and a couple of large fireplaces. Lots of fun!

Mobil Magnolia Service Station

Posted in Architecture, Old and rusty, Texas on December 6th, 2017 by judy

Magnolia Mobil Station

This is the old Mobil Magnolia Service Station in Gonzales, Texas. Here’s a bit of history of Magnolia Petroleum Company.

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

Chapel, Presidio Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahía

Posted in Architecture, Backroads, Old and rusty, Texas on December 4th, 2017 by judy

Chapel, Presidio Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahía

Chapel, Presidio Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahía, Goliad, TX. The Presidio is across the river from Goliad State Park with its wonderful reconstructed mission (thanks to the CCC).

Mural

This is the fresco in Our Lady of Loreto Chapel at Presidio La bahia in Goliad, TX. The chapel was built in 1779. The fresco was painted in 1946.

Chapel

And looking toward the entrance.

Whizzerville

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

McMahon Texas

McMahan, Texas. It was once called Whizzerville, which is why the other building in town says it’s Whizzerville…
 
“In 1914 the McMahan community had two general stores and seventy-five residents; much of the local economy was based on goats, cattle, sorghum, and cotton.”
 
https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hlm48

Texas Pride Barbecue

Posted in Architecture, Old and rusty, Texas on October 30th, 2017 by judy

Texas Pride barbecue with motorcycles

Texas Pride Barbecue with motorcycles. Great barbecue, great antiques! It’s in Adkins, TX.

Texas Pride Barbecue

Posted in Architecture, Hill Country, Old and rusty, Texas on September 29th, 2017 by judy

Texas Pride Barbecue

Stopped for barbecue on the way from Rockport to Wimberley…

Fractured

Posted in Architecture, New England on August 21st, 2017 by judy

A little fun today. Today’s photo was taken from a car in Boston in 2013. It is reflections of buildings in a glass building, but being taken under circumstances I could not control, the original includes motion-blurred trees. I thought they detracted from the image and cropped and cleaned up to create the bottom image. But I’m not sure I dislike the blurred trees, which give context to the scene. What do you think?

Fractured-3

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.

Crescent City Cigar Shop

Posted in Architecture, New Orleans on July 15th, 2017 by judy

Crescent-City-Cigar-Shop

Crescent City Cigar Shop, New Orleans 2017
 
See the new New Orleans photographs here:
http://nichollsphoto.com/album/New/index.html