And Scientists Say Smoking is Hazardous to Your Health

And Scientists Say Smoking is Hazardous to Your Health

Well, at least we got away from hurricanes and tropical storms I took this photo Friday afternoon after the smoke blew in during the night. The tall tree on the left is 315 yards from the back door. If you squint real hard you can see a small white square just below the center of the photo. That’s the wrap on a wall of a house under construction. It’s 720 yards away. Love my laser rangefinder. We have the southern edge of 3 separate fires just 40 miles to the northwest of us that cover 450,000 acres, one fire 40 Read more »

Aerial Abstractions

Aerial Abstractions

And Now for Something Totally Different I was looking back through my phone pics catalog this morning and stumbled across these shots taken from some flight somewhere. If the date on them is correct then they’re from Australia. But who knows. As a geologist, I’m always looking out the window and taking pictures of the earth. They usually look like crap because of clouds, glare, fingerprints, etc. Lynn said she might want some abstract photos for a bathroom, so here’s my take on aerial geology abstractions.

The Time Traveler, Episode 4

The Time Traveler, Episode 4

Way Out West Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam, Where the deer and the antelope play, Where seldom is heard a discouraging word, And the skies are not cloudy all day. Well technically they’re bison but it just wouldn’t sound the same would it? And obviously the weatherman didn’t get the cloudy skies forecast. This is just a quick look-back at our 2015 trip to Wyoming. Our first stop was to visit with our friends, Beth and Jeff, in Jackson Hole. We stopped for a few days in the Yellowstone area before continuing on to Cody for Read more »

Angels of Glenwood

Angels of Glenwood

A Little Background This post is part of a long term project for me about Glenwood Cemetery in Houston. I first visited Glenwood in 1960 0r ’61 for the funeral of a distant relative. I was 13-14 years old and didn’t pay any attention to it’s location. As I recall, all us cousins were in a limo and none of us were from Houston. We had all come from San Antonio where we were staying with Aunt Lucille and Uncle Jack. They had a day camp for kids called River Ranch Day Camp. I went there from age 4-17. I’ll Read more »

The Time Traveler, Episode 3

The Time Traveler, Episode 3

Short trip to the UK, 2011 Lynn and I made a quick trip to the UK over Thanksgiving that year. Quick as in I think we may have only spent 3 nights there. We found a nice little B&B in Norwich and just walked around the town like the tourists we were. Norwich is home to two beautiful cathedrals, Norwich Cathedral and the Cathedral of St John the Baptist. Construction of Norwich Cathedral was ongoing from 1096 to 1145. Talk about job security. St John the Baptist, a Roman Catholic church, is a recent addition to Norwich having been completed Read more »

On the Road Again

On the Road Again

Stayin’ at Home Well, here we are on the umpty-third day of stay at home but I ain’t complaining even if it is 49° and raining. Sitting here in my studio with the aspen trees along the drive budding out, lots of little birds flying around, and some good music filling the room. I’d turn on the fireplace but there’s a damn woodpecker that’s drilled a hole in the chimney and I’d hate to roast him. I do have a slingshot though. Gonna nail that sucker one day. Hope this finds everyone safe and secure in these perilous times. I understand Read more »

Christmas in Paris, 2012

Christmas in Paris, 2012

Lynn and I journeyed to Paris for Christmas in 2012. As you can see from the photos, the weather was dreary most of the time. We still had a good time with lots of food and good French wines. We stayed at a wonderful small hotel, the Hotel Jeu De Paume on the Île Saint-Louis. We liked it so much we returned in late November, 2013. Notre Dame is just a few blocks away on the Île de la Cité. If you’re hungry for steak while in Paris, you have to go to Relais de l’Entrecote. They’ll bring you a Read more »

Scenes from the Bay

Scenes from the Bay

Remembering Thanksgiving, 2017 I must have been feeling a bit nostalgic this afternoon. I was stumbling through my catalog of images trying to find something to occupy my mind when I came across the ones you see here. It was a beautiful Thanksgiving evening on Matagorda Bay at Port O’Connor, TX. The evenings aren’t always like this or like the sunrise two days earlier at the top of this post. And the water is almost always brown as the bay is so shallow. But this night was something to behold. The house sits across the street from a small county Read more »