How long since you've seen one of these? They used to be a common sight in the old days, and seem to be making a comeback.
The next book I will read. Have a vacation next week and part of the time will be spent relaxing and reading. It is uncertain what our future holds, but I bet Sarah Palin is plowing her path to another run at office, most likely President. Despite all the negatives thrown around by the Left, I don't see much that would disqualify her for the job. Has more political experience than Obama.
A co-worker brought me some fall leaves from her vacation trip. She knew I would take some pictures of them. Sepia treatment for that "old" look.
I retreaded one of my old not-so-great photos with a little manipulation and a frosty windowpane illusion. It makes a nice wintery scene.
Seen also here---> http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3594/3691290480_e84ef830dc.jpg
Here is your intrepid photographer in a familiar pose. Taken on Thanksgiving Day at the Algoa, Texas Volunteer Fire Department where we had Thanksgiving dinner.
This lovely icon stands in the niche of the Grotto at St. John the Baptist catholic church in Alvin, Texas.
Photo done for the Monday Weekly Photo Challenge and Thursday Retread group.
I got lots of good comments for this photo, and it was featured on the front page of the group in Flickr.
Grace Episcopal Church in Alvin, Texas has a "Pumpkin Patch" each year and sells some nice pumpkins and squashes. I got this shot and some others before the public was let in.
My schedule has been off lately, but today a storm passed over our town, waking our 14 1/2 year old Dalmatian who is afraid of thunder. So, I was up at 0430 to calm her. My wife gets up at about that time to get ready for work. I am off on Fridays, so I stayed up and when the storm passed, I decided to see if I could get a dramatic sunrise. A few miles from home while heading to a favorite coastal spot of mine, I saw this view, so this is what I got this morning. Back home by 0730.
I made this fake magazine cover using Fd's Flickr Toys from http://bighugelabs.com/
Not a real magazine of course.
This was my entry in this week's challenge by the Monday Photo Challenges and Thursday Retreads ( http://www.flickr.com/groups/1091826@N21/ ) group on Flickr. The challenges are varied and keep a photographer thinking and experimenting.
this week's challenge was to find one of your photos taken last week that you would like to see on a magazine cover.
For the Monday Photo Challenge-Floral/End of Summer- This butterfly is getting the last drops of nectar in preparation for fall , when egg-laying is its last job in the life cycle. The pollen distributed by the butterfly will be spread throughout the area, and contribute to the new flowers of next Spring and Summer.
This photo is a retread of an old one that was not very exciting. I redid it for the "Weekly Photo Challenge and Thursday Retread" group on Flickr. It made the front page of the group's discussion page this week.
My entry for Monday's Weekly Photo Challenge- Around Your House. Some of my photos on the piano in front of a wall with my wife's Cat Plates and the sign from a motorcycle shop I once owned. The sign was painted by a Bandido in need of cash.
I needed to try to use my 50mm lens more, and I need more practice in capturing Bokeh by design rather than by luck and chance. Shooting in Aperture Priority and manual focus, I managed to get some results like I was looking for. The reddish clumps out of focus are some dead leaves.
I finally put my set of Bergman Queen City wrenches in a display box. These were made by the Bergman Tool Co. in Buffalo, N.Y. Patented in about 1912. I believe these five are all the curved ones they produced.
I have a dozen or so of these Santa Fe RR shop rags with the safety saying on them- "Wipe Out Axy Dent on the Santa Fe".
One of my forum members saw the picture of Axy Dent, and sent me some safety buttons he had. Two say "Safety Committeeman", and "On guard against "Axy Dent", with the little guy in the center.
In 1970 or 1971, I took a photo of my father in his recliner. This was his custom in the late evening, to sit and read or watch television.
I put the photo together with his letterhead and made a wooden plaque for him. This plaque has been on my wall or a shelf since he died.
My mother and I went up to Arkansas in 1971 a few weeks after my father died, to visit the cabin they had built there. She and I dug up a small cedar to bring home for a Christmas Tree. My father had brought home a tree every Christmas for each of us five children and planted them in our front yard. Three of them survive to this day, and this tree for daddy has survived, but never grew right. It has had plenty of problems and has been struck by lightning. It is so bad that now I am going to have to remove it. I will save a lot of the wood for projects and mementos.
Shaw Propeller Co. of Boston made these alligator wrenches patented in 1910. They came in several sizes and I have a few of them. This one is only 4" long, and may have been a salesman's sample. It was gifted to me by a member of my Tool Talk forum.
Saturday we went to the Liverpool Volunteer Fire Department Crawfish Boil and auction. Mudbugs were great and the auction was a success, though I did spend a bit of money bidding in the auction! All for a good cause, of course.
I saw this in passing this morning, just had to turn around and shoot it. It is a Bottle Brush Bush ( Callistemon ), over 8' tall and beautiful. I am told hummingbirds love this plant. I saw several honeybees around it.
One of the fun things you can do with dumpr.net , a free photo manipulation program.
Makes it look like one of my photos is in The Contemporary Art Museum.
A collage I made for the friend and co-worker from whom I bought a BMW. He was sad to see it go, so I put together the three antique plates he had had on it along with a shot of him and one of the bike.
I bought this BMW from a friend and co-worker Sunday. It will be great to have a regular ride again. It is a 1978 BMW R100/7, an antique according to the State of Texas, so it has antique plates.
We had a spill at work last week-nothing dangerous. Just some plastic pellets. I saved a box full to see if I could make some use of them. A cheap pair of gloves, plastic pellets, a round piece of wood and some staples and I have a glovehand to hold a wrench. I might use it for pictures on Ebay. I sell vintage wrenches on the web. www.papawswrench.com
This shot was achieved by playing around with "Edge Detection", an action available in Irfanview, a post processing software available at www.irfanview.com . Irfanview is freeware.
The building is the old Roark Auto Supply store in Alvin, Texas. It has been empty for a few years, and was recently to be restored as a restaurant, but Hurrican Ike damaged it so much that the city has decided that it should be demolished.
This old tree in Sealy Park here in Alvin, Texas looks old and dead, but I think it is just waiting for spring to bloom again. I will watch it and photograph it again when it does.
Crown Hill Cemetery, Pasadena, Texas-in the middle of the vast Chemical and Refinery area along Sims Bayou and Buffalo Bayou.
Permanent settlement of this area began about 1891. Lot sales in the new town of Pasadena began in 1893, and the town was officially platted three years later. The first recorded burials in this vicinity occurred about 1894, although the exact locations of the graves are unknown. This graveyard, originally known as Pasadena Cemetery and the town's only community burial ground, was established in 1906 on a knoll overlooking Vince's Bayou and Buffalo Bayou. The first person buried here was E. P. Pomeroy, who died on October 24, 1906. Those interred here include many of Pasadena's early settlers and community leaders, and veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I, and World War II. The graveyard became known as Crown Hill Cemetery following World War I, possibly as a result of its proximity to the Crown Central Refinery. It has also been referred to as the Mexican Cemetery due to the numbers of Mexican-American farmers who were interred here beginning in the 1920s. Although surrounded by 20th-century industrial development, this cemetery survives as a link to the area's pioneer heritage There is a slideshow of photos taken there Tuesday, January 6, 2009, on my Flicker Site- link on the right sidebar.