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I grew up in a town with hippies, rednecks, and a reservation. My daddy was a cowboy and my mother was a Baptist. Thus, my life experiences molded me to be slightly off center at all times...sometimes right, sometimes left.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Love and Marriage

Buckingham Fountain is the fountain in the opening credits of "Married with Children." Now Married with Children is not really my picture of an ideal family show, or marriage at all, but in Chicago, Buckingham Fountain seems to be the place to take wedding pictures. I did a little covert shooting--there were about five wedding parties there taking pictures. This is my favorite.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Caught Up


I've got all my pictures into photobooks! So now I'm going to play with my photoblog template when I have time, which won't be this week...I have a business trip to San Diego from Wednsday until Sunday.

Here is a shot of Lake Michigan.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Me and Snake will watch your place...

So long Boss, knock 'em dead,
don't worry 'bout a thing
Wish that we could come along,
we'd love to hear you sing
The limo's here, your bags are packed,
the list is by the phone,
Me and Snake will watch your place
and treat it like our own

I seem to be posting pictures of creatures I am not necessarily fond of, but they are cool pictures. This verse of "Gypsies in the Palace" seems particularly good tonight because I've hired a yard man. He told me for a set (reasonable) price he would take care of my yard and "treat it like my own." That caused me a few raised eyebrows (I was definately thinking about gypsies in the palace), but three weeks later, I love him. He took down the back gate and sawed off a few inches so I could open it without hitting the ground.

Anyway, the picture is a little disconnected, but this was a friendly creature, so I'll post it.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Spider John

But here I sit ol' Spider John,
The robber man
Long, tall and handsome
Yes, ol' Spider John with the loaded hand
Taking ransom

The work retreat is over--it's been in the making for two months. We got canceled last month after I had done all the work of getting ready because of the hurricane. So, after the Heart Walk early tomorrow morning I am headed for Ruidoso for four days. It is supposed to be 63/35 there, and I am actually looking forward to that. However, that is the absolute low end of my tolerance for cold weather.

I finished my photobook for the summer last night and uploaded it to blogger. Heather has me playing with a photoblog template, which I want to get up. I'm having trouble getting the pictures the size that I want them. Heather and I are quite scary on the computer. Well, I was scary before I met her--I would mess with things I had no understanding of, but her husband is a programmer (which makes us both experts by association), so we encourage each other to mess with things. Actually Heather is quite good, as evidenced by her new template on her blog. Maybe it is because we have scientific minds and like to experiment with things.

I took this picture on the ranch tour that we went on before I went to Indiana/Illinois. I was so happy to have a photo that went with one of my favorite Jimmy Buffett tunes.


That is all my story
Been these thirty years since I took to the road
Find my precious jewel one

If you see my Lily, won't you give her my regards
Tell her ol' Spider got tangled

In the black web that he spun

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

It's October!

I love the spring and the fall. The last two weeks have been beautiful here. I've been busy working, so I haven't posted. Heather is sick of the last picture, so here is a new one. Actually an old one of the Albequerque Balloon Fiesta a couple of years ago. It is held the first two weekends of October every year, so it seems appropriate.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Boats to Build

Big Dave is pretty close to correct when he thinks it is a flying saucer. This sight was about like seeing a flying saucer when you consider how far we were from any significant body of water.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

West Texas Mystery

The weekend before I went to Illinois and Indiana, Monty and I went on a tour of historic west texas ranches. It was really awesome, and I took a couple of mystery shots. The only clue I'm going to give here is that this object shouldn't be on the high plains of West Texas.
Guess away.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Recovery

I'm not anwhere near being organized after being away from home for eight days, but I'm starting to look at my pictures. I did get some great pictures. As always, I like to have some flower shots. I took this at my retired boss's sister-in-law's house in Indiana. My old boss is a great guy (a visionary but not one who dwells in details), and we had a great visit. He turned out to be my great-aunt's third cousin. Small world.
I know that I will post many pictures from the covert funeral photo op. This is definately a mix of past and present. Of course this was taken through the car window, so it could have been better, but I have no real desire to be shunned. This wasn't covert--I figured they were at the funeral. I love the silo's--they are the windmills of Indiana. This shot was well exposed and composed, other than those pesky power lines.
Another through the window picture. I suspect that these two were Amish, although I can't see if the man had a beard from the picture. If not, they are very conservative old-order Mennonites.

Many, many more pictures to come, although I am sure progress will be slow. My Publisher has a discount through Oct. 31, so I am trying to get some picture book together. If anybody wants to give it a whirl and wants the coupon code, let me know.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales begin with, "Once Upon a Time."

Texas Fairy Tales begin with, "You SOB's ain't gonna believe this shit..."

I took these photo's while staking out my grandfathers cousin's funeral. I figure to be shunned or at least incarcerated for taking the photo's, but it was irresistible.