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“Million Dollar Quartet” at the Palace

On December 4, 1956, four famous, or soon to be famous musicians, including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, came together for an impromptu jam session at the Sun Records recording studios of Sam Phillips.   The Georgetown Palace Theatre opens their production of that session on their Springer Memorial Stage.  It runs through September 30.    This is a lively and fun production, directed by Palace music director Lannie Hilboldt.  There is one female in the cast, playing Dyanne, who also sings.  In the actual session, it was Marilyn Evans, a dancer who was Elvis’ girlfriend at the time.    These photos were for my friends at the Williamson County Sun.

Faces, Young & Old

These are a couple of candid portraits, both taken in early 1980s Atlanta, Georgia.   I can’t even recall why I was at Friendship Baptist Church, but this little girl, playing outside the church got my attention.   What a wonderful set of eyes she had.   It’s here for no other reason than I like it.   The other photo is someone football fans might recognize, legendary University of Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.    This photo was taken on September 11, 1982, the coach’s 69th birthday, which he celebrated on the road, playing at Georgia Tech.   With a record 323 wins, coach Bryant retired after this season.   He died a month later, on January 26, 1983.   This tells me something, friends.   Don’t retire.  Keep going. 

Another Cotton Interlude

These are photos taken the last couple of days on the Blackland Prairie.   The cotton harvests are still going strong, but I suspect farmers will be wrapping things up over the next week.  While it’s available for my camera, let’s visit some cotton patches again, shall we?

Little Anglers at Bull Branch Park

Saturday morning I paid a visit to Taylor’s Bull Branch Park for the city’s annual Kidfish, a fishing tournament for kids 16 and under.   I didn’t see many kids that qualified as teens, but there were plenty of really little folks, some catching their first fish ever.  The city, who, along with Atmos Energy, sponsors the tournament, stocked the park’s pond with 350 pounds of catfish, and from the looks of it, a few bass, too.  It’s a low-key, minimum stress event.   If families didn’t have their own fishing gear,  tournament officials provided them free of charge.    These photos were taken for my friends at the Williamson County Sun.

Waxing and Waning in Blackland Country

Tonight’s photos were taken last night and earlier this evening.  It seems I’m still chasing the moon.  Must slow down, but not tonight.  Last night’s moon phase was Waxing Gibbous, almost full at 99.8% visibility.   It was considered “full,” 100%, well before dawn today.  Since Sunday was considered to be the big day, I trolled around tonight, stopping by Wuthrich Hill, Texas, where from the hill, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, I could see the moon when it actually made an appearance.  Officially, its rise was at 8:26, but I only began to see it about 15 minutes later.  The last two images are from tonight, with yours truly on his stomach in the church cemetery.  Really, I need to slow down.  

A Visit With Some Cows Under A Waxing Gibbous Moon

Although I’ve mentioned it before, it’s not always a given that I’ll find suitable subjects for my camera, but sometimes I do.   Last night, for instance, there was a sweet Waxing Gibbous moon, close to full at 98.3% illumination.  If that weren’t enough, along comes this longhorn, adorned with one heck of a set of horns.  We visited for a few minutes while he came ever closer, curious he was.  Moments after leaving this fellow, there was a stock tank, that moon shining in the distance.  And because many of you expect a photo of the moon itself, one’s included here. 

Cotton, Cows & Storms

Let’s continue with a bit more cotton, shall we?  And while we’re at it, let’s add a cow or two to the mix.  One cotton field in particular spreads out wonderfully across land as it rises toward the western horizon.   Also included tonight: another photo taken of a really cool-looking storm on the prairie.   

Backpacks in Bartlett …. And Joyce

Not all area schools are back in session.  The community of Bartlett, a part of both Williamson and Bell Counties, begins classes on Monday.  Last week, elementary school kids and their families were able to pick out their own supplies-filled backpacks free of charge, thanks to Food For Friends and Bartlett’s First United Methodist Church.   Bartlett, with a little over 1600 people,  is a community where many families and individuals go without.   For the last ten years, Food For Friends, founded by Joyce White, 85, and her friend, Nellie Faage (now deceased), both members of FUMC Bartlett, began preparing hot meals every Friday and delivering them.  The program has now expanded where now Joyce and her many volunteers are preparing and delivering over 200 hot meals every Friday.  Since meeting Joyce in January, I’ve wanted to profile the group, but she remembers well the lessons her grandmother and great-aunt taught her:  you weren’t put on this earth to serve yourself.   So she’s humbly declined.  But when she invited me to document the backpack distribution, I reminded her that her group, and her church, were the sponsors.   These photos mostly show the happy kids, but there’s no way I was leaving out Joyce White.   These photos were taken for my friends at the Williamson County Sun.

Stormy Chicken

There’s some other things I photographed tonight, but it’s not often I get several elements coming together:  intense clouds, rich colors, lightning and a big old chicken.  This is along a favorite county road in East Williamson County, Texas, the heart of the Blackland Prairie.