A few weeks ago, my wife, Anne, decided it was time to go to the rodeo. I’ve been to big rodeos and I’ve been to small rodeos. This was the latter. What left an impression for me, along with the bulls, calves, assortment of smells and dress, is the patriotism of the folks who attend and perform. Much time was spent honoring the troops and there was an intense silence during the National Anthem. Even the animals were quiet.
So this July 4th, with the grandiose of the parades and fireworks, the little rodeo remembers the freedoms fought for, and the freedoms enjoyed.
Now, where’s the hot dogs?!
Ok, so this was actually shot last month but I love the beach in any season. Plus, it’s an entire avenue of beach. Winter where you are is probably colder than in Charlotte, but it’s pretty cold here and many days below the freezing mark just doesn’t cut it. I want to get gloves for my gloves!
Time to break out the heat lamp…More later…ML
My recent trip to San Antonio Tx for the Annual Farm Bureau Convention/Meeting was the learning experience I expected. The farmers and ranchers I meet and interact with are always generous, courteous, and well mannered. Plus they were some fabulous boots (see photo). As we do mainly commercial photography throughout the year, this trip always starts the year with good people, good food, and some great imagery.
Some of the good eats were Bananas Foster (almost caught my coat on fire…exciting stuff) and little peach empanadas.
There’s also a lot of skulls/masks here. Some are very colorful.
The main speaker of the conference was retired Commander Stanley McChrystal. This man served honorably for many years and he was a great speaker.
So now a new year begins. Lots of images to share. Thanks to Mary and Mike and Ken. They make the long hours easy to bear and are fun to be with.
Next post…a prison story! More later…
Thanks to all Veterans, past and present. Thanks for protecting our freedom, and for putting yourselves on the line and in the air.
Labor day is a celebration of the fruits of our labor. It’s also the end of summer. Resort areas close down and await next springs painting, repairing and cleanup. Places show summer’s wear and tear, some more than others. I’m just happy to get the sand out of our toes and the rugs in the car.
You get to the beach, you have your beach chairs, cooler, blankets, frisbee, lotion, radio (ipod with speakers?)…and you have to buy beach tags to play on the sand and all the other stuff has to go back in the car! You can still swim and other….things (not on the sign! Besides, sand gets everywhere). I remember the old days, where you could do all this and more as long as you were nice to your beach neighbors and picked up your trash (not on sign, either).
So have fun at the beach this holiday weekend. The beaches are open, the water is still cool and the smell of the ocean is intoxicating. Just make sure you pick up your trash and be home by dark:-)
A great weekend to go to the fresh market. It’s still strawberry time…
Location Photography sometimes requires a long day on the road, traveling, scouting, shooting. Then you end up at a place that is a temporary home. At this place, even the keys are nice!!
I wanted to post one more Architecture Photography image from my trip to Nashville TN from a few weeks ago. Now that the rains have stopped and we can see blue sky again here in Charlotte. This image does illustrate a point that you don’t always need perfect blue skies to get a great shot.
The other note on this image is that a few years ago, this river flooded…over the tops of the banks seen here in the background and up almost to the top where the bridge deck is. Massive amounts of rain in a very short time. I have other shots of this bridge and the city on Flickr and you can get a different look at the banks and imaging the water going over the bank and 2 blocks up into downtown. We’re talking “Noah” time.
If you have seen my previous blogs you might notice that our website has changed. There are a lot of people to thank for this and I will do so in later posts when we work out all the bugs. Please leave me your comments and opinions of the site.
As I said, I have more shots of Nashville on my Flickr site even the ones I posted on Facebook while I was there. Of course, a shout out to the Farm Bureau and all our local farmers. Bring a kid to a farm. Let them know their food doesn’t come from the grocery store but from the ground and a pig and a cow (just sayin’).