Driving past the Flat Top Ranch near Glen Rose, TX last night, we spotted a pond full of mature Elk bulls cooling off. I suspect that their species is not used to 90+ degree days and lure of a cool pond (in Texas we call them Tanks) is not to be passed up. The Flat Top Ranch is 20,000 acres of cattle and Elk and I seem to come across a photo opportunity every time I come by. I learned my lesson last year when photographing Elk grazing just across the fence because after I waded into high brush on the fence line to get a better shot only to find my legs covered with chiggers!
So here we were last night we were at the Greenwood Saloon in Bluff Dale, TX for our friend’s retirement party from the Fort Worth Fire Department when my lady friend spotted this ‘old cowboy” leaning against the wall with a beer in his hand. This guy is right our of central casting for a Lonesome Dove character so she took some discreet photos of him and then went over to talk to him only to find out he is a Chiropractor from nearby! I introduced myself and found that he is from the area and just happened to have an old hat he wore out. Just goes to show that you never know until you introduce yourself. Full disclosure here, I took her photo and massaged it a bit.
A friend of mines owns this building and the boutique that was there is closing due to the retirement of the proprietor. So the other day, we went in to measure the square footage and I spotted this group of items being moved out and thought there was an art photo there somewhere. Thoughts?
Sometimes, driving down the road I spot a photo op that screams “take my picture” This afternoon, as the sun low on the horizon, I was driving by an old canoe rental facility just outside of Glen Rose on the Brazos River and just had to turn around and take this picture.
I have been thinking about doing a pop-up studio to focus on pet portraits that I do occasionally. It just happens that a friend of mine owns an old historic building in Glen Rose that has a top floor that is unused. There are big windows on the south and northerly exposures giving me a lot of natural light to work with. Above, I did some test shots with no flash on a cloudy day and happy with the results. Now all I have to is a little clean up and move some furniture in that I can use. Should be fun to experiment here.
My friend Conrad owns a piece of property on top of Chalk Mountain near Glen Rose, Tx that in every respect, looks like a scene from Tuscany. Conrad is a well known desinger who’s house looks like a Tuscan villa repeat with marble pillars and ornate gardens. Last year I brought my grnaddaugher here for her Senior pictures (color photo) and last week was there at night so I set up the tripod in the same place to get a sense of what a night shot would look like. Actually, I was waiting for the moon rise only to find out it would be way past my bedtime so I settled for the BNW above. We can see the Milky Way from here but there was too much light from the city. The specs in the top photo are actually stars and do look like specs on the lens. Now that fall is here and the air is clear, I will work on the moonrise and Milky Way soon.
The light in the fall is the most wonderful time for photographers. Crisp and clear with no humidity in the air allows me to work with different views and possess. Here, my friend Jean is walking along the site of the pond and with no wind, the reflection is wonderful. I do believe that black and white images convey and lovely tone of the photo and brings outs the true image I was looking for.
This is my 3rd post on the Glen Rose, TX 4th of July Parade and I wanted to highlight a few of the special moments I captured. How American is this that one of the lead vehicles his an old John Deere tractor? We see the crowds waiting in front of the Courthouse, friends gathering on the square, then a gentleman in a World War I uniform followed by the American Legion Post Color Guard (my friend Daryl Best is pictured), Uncle Sam and then another Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty in a float pulled by an old soldier and I am going to assume that he is wearing part of his original Army uniform (something I can admire because I have not been able to get into my Dress Blues in several decades). All in all, this is one of the better parades I have been to in years.
Here are more photos of the kids enjoying (or sleeping though) the Glen Rose 4th of July Parade. Lots of them were in groups watching as the parade went by because the people on the floats were tossing candy to the crowd so there was always a scramble as to who could get the best pieces. The local Fire Department brought up the rear of the parade with their spray nozzles pointed at the ground only to see several young men (showing off for the girls) getting their hair washed!
Glen Rose, TX holds a very typically “small town” Fourth of July Parade every year and considering how hot is was this year, they decided to hold it early in the day which made for large crowds, especially children. I focused mostly on the kids who seems to have a really big day and from what I saw, thoroughly enjoyed themselves. In this group of photos I found a very sheik young lady in a straw hat, two fathers holding their little girls, one very attentive dog, a flag waver, tow little boys who were watching the moon set over the courthouse and the little girl with an interesting statement on her t-shirt. More kids in Part 2.