A simple post tonight, friends. Just some trees from recent ramblings. The last few days and evenings have been either misty or rainy. Perhaps some of that is noticed here. The last photo is a beautiful oak tree in Bell County, not far from Bartlett. If you’re driving east from Bartlett on F.M. 487 it’s easy to spot. Windmills make it into many of these offerings.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted something of Taylor’s St. James Episcopal Church. These were taken this evening as I continue exploring night photography interpretations. It’s a beautiful structure, built in 1893. A church organ installed in 1914 is still in use. In earlier posts, any overall photos are done from the side due to bothersome power lines marring the front facade. If you know me, you’re well aware I do not remove power lines via Photoshop. As part of the actual scene, they need to be present. My preference, however, is to use an angle that minimizes the distraction.
From Sunday evening, a cool and rainy night along South Main Street in Thorndale, Texas. The small Milam County community of about 1300 is beginning to add color for the holidays. It’s a quiet photo, as it was meant to be. Five decades ago, one of my mentors, a photojournalist I’ve always admired, offered his thoughts on photography. “It’s okay for a photo to whisper,” he said. Recently, a man I knew only by name before, engaged me in conversation. “I like your photos because they’re quiet,” he explained. If we can use this medium to tone down the noise all around us these days, so be it.
This weekend I learned that kolaches are incredibly good if done well, thanks to the volunteers at Granger’s Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church as they made 350 dozen kolaches for their 60th annual Kolache Bake. Orders for a box were placed well in advance, giving the creators a good idea of what to bake. Some of the helpers arrived at 4a.m. to get things rolling. Among the most energetic were two young sisters, working like pros alongside their mom and grandmother. Kolache choices included prune, apricot, cream cheese, pineapple, cherry and poppyseed. Kolaches are a traditional Czech pastry. For generations Czech families have continued the tradition. Growing up in Northeast Texas, doughnuts were my first choice. While they still are, the kolaches I tried at Saturday’s event made me a fan. So very good!
Since we live on the area known as the Blackland Prairie, I call this prairie grass. Farmer friends probably have another name for them. These grasses are abundant. They certainly are this month. These six photos show the same field of grass. The three daylight images were taken a week ago. The others were made tonight, the blue light of a given evening. Same grass, different interpretations.
Just some photos taken of Great Blue Herons during my daily walks this past few mornings. They’re beautiful birds, but mostly a bit wary of us humans. I can understand why. It was neat to see two herons sharing space on the water at Murphy Park. For the most part, herons seem to like their personal space. I get that, too. All photos made with my Olympus carry-around camera.
“Holiday Inn” opens tonight on the Springer Memorial Stage at the Georgetown Palace. Just a few photos from the Wednesday dress rehearsal here. For whatever reason, I thought of the Holiday Inn Hotels chain. The first Holiday Inn opened in Memphis in August 1952, the year and month I began inhabiting the planet. Growing up in Texarkana, one of my early jobs was working at a Holiday Inn there. I cleaned the pool, hauled furniture, a little bit of everything. The architect for that first hotel was a fan of the 1942 musical by that name. As a joke, he called it “Holiday Inn.” The name stuck. The Palace production was great. Still photos never do these plays justice, but one does what one can.
At the end of next week the town square in Georgetown will be filled with holiday lights, but there’s still light to be found on a given night. These five were made this evening, opening with Grace Heritage Center, originally Grace Episcopal Church (1881) at the corner of 9th and Main. Next is the Lockett building, at 7th Street and Austin Avenue, currently home to a restaurant, Goodfolks. Lights shine in the upper windows of Mesquite Creek Outfitters, on Austin Avenue. In the next block on South Austin is the Georgetown Palace, a wonderful Art Deco theater. “Holiday Inn” opens there Friday. The post concludes with a photo of the shining windows at Main Street Baptist Church, near 10th and Main. At one time I’m told it was First Baptist Church. When seeing the lighted stained glass, I took a few quick photos, but thought a tripod-mounted camera would give a better result. Alas, by the time I had the tripod in hand, the lights were turned off. I’m glad I thought to first snap a photo.
More examples of autumn color in Taylor, Texas seen during my daily walks. If memory serves, I was seeing evolving color well into December last year. We’ll see how it goes this season. Much of the color I see is thanks to the park’s cypress trees. Sometimes it’s subtle, but I prefer to think of it as quiet. As usual, these photos were made with that Olympus I carry for strolls. Much to do tonight, thus the early post.
These photos of deer at Georgetown’s Berry Springs Park & Preserve were taken late last week. When I see deer it’s either in the very early morning, or as the day’s final rays fall on the landscape. Hunters usually seek them out at the cusp of dawn. The deer pictured here are evening observations. I watched them for about thirty or so minutes, the light on the prairie grass evolving, as was the sky. The opening photo is actually one of the last ones taken before darkness set in. I liked how they effortlessly zoomed through the prairie grass, probably to a resting place for the night.