Saturday, November 19, 2011

Oversized Load

A very large boiler was being transported to Texas City through Alvin, Texas Friday November 18, 2011. Hauling done by H Brown of Lafayette, Louisiana. Due to bridge clearances, the load had to pass through Alvin on Business 35, right through town.About 5 hours for just over a mile.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Alvin Museum Society Fall Membership Meeting 

AMS had the Fall meeting Sunday. Tom Green of Sons of the Republic of Texas and North American Vexillogical Association presented a program on "Historic Flags of Texas". Tom has collected or made over 60 historic flags. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Here is a slideshow of the Alvin High School Class of 1961 50th Class Reunion.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

GREEN enough?

GREEN enough?, originally uploaded by Noel C. Hankamer.

We will have our 50th high school reunion at Hidden Palms in Santa Fe, Texas, this October, so I went to check the place out. Looks like a great venue, with palms, ponds, gazebos, and meeting rooms. I guess the ponds keep the plants well watered in this drought.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Classic Chevy Truck

Classic Chevy Truck, originally uploaded by Noel C. Hankamer.

If you spend anytime reading truck history you will soon learn that a common design theme which is repeated over and over again is that of "massiveness." This word was used to describe the front appearance of the new 1941 Chevrolet Trucks. Especially on light-duty trucks designers continually worked to get just the right look of massiveness and ruggedness in the truck's grille, front bumper and front fenders. I'm not so sure that the ruggedness and massiveness have stood the test of time for the 1941-1946 Chevrolet pickups. John Gunnell coined the term "Wurlitzer" for these trucks, which is a wonderfully descriptive term. I think the point is clear: these are attractive trucks but maybe not all that massive. We must admit that it is hard to miss all that bright chrome, however I tip my hat to the Chevrolet designers for their work, which has stood the test of time.

The 1941 3/4-ton Chevrolet pickup was built on a 125 1/4-inch wheelbase chassis. Series AL 3/4-ton trucks were equipped with 15-inch wheels and tires.
Posted for the Monday Photo Challenge- the letter C.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Red Leaves

Red Leaves, originally uploaded by Noel C. Hankamer.

I saw the lightplay on these red leaves from across the yard while working on a car. Just had to shoot it!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Railroad Wye Switch

Railroad Wye Switch, originally uploaded by Noel C. Hankamer.

Modern Wye switch on the Burlington line south of Alvin, Texas near Liverpool. The electric switching mechanism is much more complex than one would think. We don't see these things in everyday passing or crossing railroad tracks.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Foggy Canal With Frames

Foggy Canal With Frames, originally uploaded by Noel C. Hankamer.

Our area is criss-crossed by rice canals to irrigate the important crops in the Alvin area. Looking down the canal with the rising sun off to the left, this foggy canal drew my shooting eye to it today. Here I have made multiple reflecting frames just for fun, using Picnik.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Winter Leaves

Winter Leaves, originally uploaded by Noel C. Hankamer.

A poor little sprout that might have survived the winter, backlit by morning sun.
View On Black

Monday, February 07, 2011

Crawfish Chimney

Crawfish Chimney, originally uploaded by Noel C. Hankamer.

Crawfish burrow underground and "stack" mudballs to form a "chimney" over the burrow. this stack of mud casts a long shadow in the afternoon sun.