Pythian Castle, Weatherford, Texas

December 27, 2011

The Knights of  Pythias are a fraternal order similar to the Masons or Knights of Columbus.  In the early 20th century, they built a home for widows and orphans of their members in Weatherford, Texas.  Considering themselves New World Knights, this home was built in the form of a castle. Eventually, more domitories were added […]

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Star on Point

December 22, 2011

My puppy Star was a year old November 29th.  Now close to 70 pounds, she dwarfs her mother.  Here she is investigating the pasture. Amazon.com Widgets

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Old Oak Tree with Old Barn

December 20, 2011

This is an old oak tree near an old barn on my property.  I love trees with character. Amazon.com Widgets

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Winter Color with Violas

December 14, 2011

I am still learning to use my digital camera as it is a bit different than the film one.  Here are a pair of pictures of violas.  The first is a regular 50 mm lens.  The second is with a 10X close-up lens added.  You can almost count the grains of pollen on the flower […]

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Photographing small merchandise

December 9, 2011

Photographing small merchandise can be frustrating.  Getting enough detail while showing the whole piece in a pleasing way may be very difficult.  There are a few tips I have discovered that help. 1)Use a light colored background for most things, unless your piece is very light.  It is easier to get a good photograph of […]

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Pleurant in Greenwood Cemetery, Weatherford, Texas

December 6, 2011

A pleurant is a weeping figure used as an ornament on a tomb or tombstone.  Apparently, they were originally the work of a French sculpture in the late medieval period.  They are rare in this country, but this one is in the Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford, Texas. Amazon.com Widgets  

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Legend of the White Crypt

December 2, 2011

I was exploring the Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford, Texas, recently and came upon this crypt.  Now, in New Orleans or places that the water table is very high, crypts are not unusual.  Here, though, they stand out.  It seems this fellow had this crypt made, then moved some where else before dying.  Supposedly, it is […]

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Macro Photography Stand

November 15, 2011

I have been trying to do macro photography and had trouble getting close enough to get good pictures.  My Dad made me a custom camera stand to hold the bug and the camera in a stable position. Pretty cool, huh?

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Halloween Bug Ghost

October 31, 2011

It sounds like any ghost story at first — I was walking through the woods on my property when I encountered this praying mantis that was ghostly white and floating in the air. After a startled jump backwards, I took this photograph: On closer inspection, this was held up by a thin, almost invisible strand […]

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Squash blossom

October 26, 2011

Not to be outdone by okra, the squash also has a nice bloom.  Some people batter the squash flower and deep fry it before eating it.  Since only the female flowers bear fruit, I guess the male flowers are fair game after pollination. Sort of like the black widow spider or praying mantis eat their […]

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