Nail on the Head

A few weeks ago we took a little road trip near the Texas, Oklahoma border. Carpenters Bluff, Texas is not really there anymore. Very few houses are left. Most all the buildings are demolished, but the bridge still crosses the Red River.

I was there several years ago on my motorcycle and it could still be driven. Today it is closed except pedestrian traffic and graffiti. On the Wooden side, moss has all but taken over several yards of the bridge.

We had a nice time but the wind was blowing so much, we didn’t stay long.

I can’t wait to see what the next adventure might be!

Photographed: Carpenters Bluff, Texas 2020.05.23

Texas Bluebonnets

Spring has sprung in Texas when you see the Bluebonnets on the sides of the road and in the open fields.

Even with the crazy Coronavirus, there is beauty to be found by “Social Distancing”. With everyone staying indoors and apart, I went to get a few pictures of this Bluebonnet field in Richardson. While I did see some people, they were at least 40 feet away or further.

The Bee’s were buzzing!

Yellow, Blue make Green. God’s complementary colors.

Stay safe!

Photographed Richardson, Texas 2020.04.05

Flower Photogtaphy

Which way?

Over the next several weeks, I am going to start an abstract project. This was taken a few weeks ago early one morning a the Hagerman Wildlife Refuge. The early morning glass smooth water made the reflection more interesting to me.

It could be a family, the Daddy, the Mama, and the 4 children all heading West!

Photographed Near Sherman, TX 2020.02.01

Smokeless

A few days ago we took an unexpected trip to South Texas. It was a lengthy trip in hours so we spent the night. While the others were getting ready, I took a stroll to the car wash next door. Funny what you can find when casually walking around.

In my opinion, the best cigarettes are the ones that can’t be smoked.

Photographed: Pleasanton, Texas 2020-02-08

Merry Christmas

My Wife and I have our Wedding Anniversary five days before Christmas, thanks to me (long story!). This year we went to Las Vegas.

Neither one of us came back with a lot of money, but it was nice to get away for a few days.

I found one of the Free things to do while there. Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden. Over a million lights on Cactus. Although it sounds different, it was actually very nice, AND they had really good hot chocolate!

Merry Christmas everyone.

Photographed: Henderson, NV 2019.12.21

Back on the Saddle: Follow-up

Last Saturday, our son, Fred and I rode the Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo bike race and rally. Over 1600 cyclist test their endurance in some challenging area roads across Lavon Lake.

Fred signed up for the 22 mile Ride 22 and I did the 41 mile Picollo Fondo. At one point I almost called it in and was looking for a sag wagon. For those of you that do not follow cycling, a sag wagon is a vehicle that will carry the riders and bikes back to the staging area in the event you can’t finish the ride for various reasons.

I stopped with 6 miles left to go. Juanita, my wife, was at the finish line and I text her saying, “I’m done”. Fortunately for me, another couple stopped in the same place as well. You may think 6 miles? But the we had already ridden 33 miles in some 5 and 6% grade hills and it was getting hot. At 11:15 am, the humidity was nuts!

After we talked, rested and waited, we never saw a sag vehicle and finally decided to persevere. I stopped a few more times on the way in but I finished!!

Afterwards we found the couple. They finished the ride too and the gentleman said he went straight to First Aid because he got chills. The temperature was in the mid 90’s and humidity was high as well.

Overall it was fun and I’ll do this ride again, but I will also prepare myself better next time.

Oh, I didn’t get my picture with Emmitt either.

Photographed by Fred: Parker, Texas 2019.09.14