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It was a dark and raining night on the 13th in Winnsboro, TX at the local High School football game and to top it off, it was Homecoming night. In trying to photograph this evening, I found an interesting contrast between the periods of rain and light bouncing off of the instruments. I though converting them to B+W would be the best effect to use.

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litleleague_scottgipsonAttending my grandson’s Little League ball game last night, it was way to easy spot to the kids who were “distracted”. I remember all to well my time in Little League and the Coach always calling out for us to “pay attention” which I heard a lot of last night. These boys were lined up at second base for practice prior to the game and as you can see, they were all “paying attention”.

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OGjoqUC0SjKor%jJ3mmtAASomeone I was traveling with this week made a comment on the increased amount of dogs we are seeing at airports these days. So we get on the Portland to DFW flight and what do I get to sit next to but a rather interesting looking dog with a “snort”! I was able to sneak a couple of photos while the owner was asleep and this is the best one. Talk about happy to alive and in the lap of a very attentive owner. BTW, the tongue was always sticking out, even when snorting!

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WtqHMTe4T0+EFwu0sNgk2QWhile traveling through Oregon, we stopped at Multnomah Falls which is one of the “go to” places you really have to visit along the Columbia Gorge. It was a warm day and the ice cream cones people were eating looked great, and standing in line, I spotted this Tip Jar. At least they were honest in what they would spend the extra money on but I almost told Dannielle that she could get a puppy at the local shelter for next to nothing!

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portland18_mural_sml_scottgipsonWalking recently in downtown Portland, I came across some wall art on an old building. Some of this artwork is really quite well done and very imaginative and I thought this one was worth taking a picture of. #portlandoregon #buildingart

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Late last night we were walking along the road under the Astoria Bridge and I spotted a lone Pelican on an old pilling but did not have my long lens. Up early this morning I was surprised to see the Pelican was still there, but when I finally got it in focus, I found is was metal art!!! #Astoria

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white_horse1-scottgipsonSeveral years ago, I stated a theme of photographing white horses. At that time, we seemed to have a lot of hight colored horses around and they tended to be more photogenic. ┬áIn this case, this is an Arabian who is actually a grey but looks white from a distance. I recently though that converting these photos to Black and White may look interesting and from what I can tell, they seem to take on a different “look” of the horse. Let me know what you think.

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sombrero_scottgipson_smlI have a neighbor who owns a western store catering to the Hispanic and Charro and for those not in Texas, [chahar-oh; Spanish chair-raw] a Mexican horseman or cowboy, typically one wearing an elaborate outfit, often with silver decorations, of tight trousers, ruffled shirt, short jacket, an sombrero. Anyway, was I going by his house least night and spotted all of these sombreros laid out on a trampoline and could not avoid the photo op!

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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.

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