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June 17, 2010 - "Lonely Bartender"  A slow night at the Badlands Hotel Saloon in Lajitas, Texas.  It's too bad I captured so much of the chair on the right.  I am still learning how to use the ultra-wide lens.
Damselfly acrobatics - Sep 2 2010  I just have to break off the dog portrait series for this one... While looking for a new spot to let the dogs have their walk I passed by a country house with a rather large pond in front of it. Some nice flowers where close to the roadside so I had to stop. Moving flower to flower I disturbed something... it flew away but not smoothly and went down quickly. Well you can see why flying wasn't easy... I started immediately taking  pictures... trying to approach after each session... I finally got that close that I could use the full potential of my 'all manual macro lens. I felt a bit like a 'voyeur' but opportunities like this are not to be ignored :-)
Homeless by choice? - Mar 13 2009  I see a lot of homeless people in our capitol... but this lady... I don't know what to think. I see her nearly every day... she sleeps in the self-service area of a bank, eats Big macs... drinks coca cola and smokes one cigarette after another. Those are thing that require money... and she never begs! Makes me curious about her story...  I'm in a rush... this evening I pass the final test with Fender so we can start in agility. Cross your fingers... Have a great weekend!
3rd year Pic 025  Dragonfly    I had to crop this pic quite a bit as had only 24-85 lens on my D700.
Damselflies; best viewed in the largest size  Thanks for the comments on my "nebula."  Much appreciated.  I'm going to have rather limited time for commenting over the next week, as my sister and her hubby are visiting us and we're going to take them sightseeing in the area.  Hope you are having fun wherever you are!
April 19 2011 Happy Birthday Dad  My Dad was born 100 years ago today so this image is a tribute to him.  It is a letter he wrote to my Mom in 1944 shortly before spending his fourth Christmas away from her. In it he describes a Christmas party that his army unit held for "about 100 little French kids". My Dad was paired up for the afternoon with an 8 year old boy. They had presents, a meal, singing and a visit from Santa.  My Dad gave the little boy an American penny, and English penny and an Egyptian coin.  He ended the description of the event saying "I fully enjoyed the whole party. Maybe some future Christmas I'll be helping a son of ours to enjoy the big day."  Nineteen months later I became that boy and my Dad helped me enjoy 38 Christmases before we lost him.  Thanks Dad. And one more thing - I got to ride a camel in front of the pyramids last year and you were right, it was amazing. http://arthill.smugmug.com/Photography/Daily-Photos-2010/5529181_hoJ5g#841425782_mwgw3-A-LB  More photos of my Dad http://arthill.smugmug.com/Family/My-Dad/16677340_SnZCC9
Some of the rays of the setting sun manage to filter through the clouds and strike Jackson Lake in the Grand Tetons; again, this was taken in June but just recently processed.  It had been raining just a bit earlier in the evening and the mountains had lots of clouds around them, which would periodically obscure the peaks.  Thanks for the comments about my shot of the cook in the diner.  Perhaps, I'll try that kind of processing again since many of you seemed to like it.  I appreciate the feedback.  Hope you week has started out well.
'Isolation'...03/07/2011...
Glassware and lemons; best viewed in the largest sizes.  Captured at Pottery Barn.  Thanks for all the comments on my shot of the mammatus clouds.   I'm glad you all liked it.  As I mentioned, we had some hail and heavy rains, but the newspaper this morning showed photos of the two feet of golf-ball-sized hail that fell a couple of miles south of us.  So the mammatus clouds were, indeed, indicative of severe weather.
Awww..Two baby nutria rats in a pond! Had to shoot through alot of sticks,but they turned out pretty good! There was a third one,but he got away!
June 17, 2010 - "Lonely Bartender"

A slow night at the Badlands Hotel Saloon in Lajitas, Texas.

It's too bad I captured so much of the chair on the right. I am still learning how to use the ultra-wide lens.

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June 17, 2010 - "Lonely Bartender"  A slow night at the Badlands Hotel Saloon in Lajitas, Texas.  It's too bad I captured so much of the chair on the right.  I am still learning how to use the ultra-wide lens.
June 17, 2010 - "Lonely Bartender"

A slow night at the Badlands Hotel Saloon in Lajitas, Texas.

It's too bad I captured so much of the chair on the right. I am still learning how to use the ultra-wide lens.

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