Just Some Windmills

It’s a good night for posting windmills.   Maybe I spend too much time focusing a camera on them, but there it is.   And here they are.   The first photo was made last evening, the second over the weekend. Note the little hint of light emanating from the outbuilding in the last image. 

Light Observations

These were taken a few nights ago around Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, in Wuthrich Hill.   It’s easy to see how “hill” became part of this community’s name.  And the church sits right up there on top.   Since returning to Texas in summer 2009, there’s no telling how many times I’ve photographed this place.   For those growing weary of these observations, my apologies.   Honestly, there are many returning subjects on this site.   Keep in mind, friends,  this photographer doesn’t wander too far from home.  When these were taken, the remnants of a rain shower had moved on, leaving us with some wonderful light and Texas skies. And a nearby longhorn.   In the tighter church photos, it’s instructive to observe how the sun’s rays react near day’s end.  The two vertical images  were made perhaps only ten minutes apart.   Note that I can’t paint, or draw worth a lick, but light impressions are just dandy.

After the Rain

These three photos were taken a few nights ago after a bit of rain moved through the area east of Taylor, Texas.  The quality of light, and how it falls on the landscape  after a stor,  is soft and sweet.  Corn, wheat and cows.

Bennie and Martini

Did I spell Bennie right, Carol?  Bennie, the lighter horse, has been living at Carol Fox’s ranch in Circleville for a while.   Recently, Bennie welcomed  Martini to his pasture.   They are both beautiful horses. I recently spent time watching them bond and romp around this idyllic setting.   Note Bennie’s left eye in the closeup.  I do like that cool blue look!   These guys are destined to be good friends. 


In these times of stress and uncertainty, we’re learning to adapt as needed.    For many schools, traditional graduation ceremonies have been set aside.   Some schools, like Round Rock’s Stony Point High School, find a way to honor their kids.   Stony Point is graduating 625 students this year.  This afternoon, they gathered in their cars and held a parade to mark the occasion.   The phrase “new normal” is common now, but I’m hoping we can get beyond that and return to the “old normal.”   The students I saw today  were inspirational.  These photos were taken for the Austin American-Statesman.

Little Celebrations in Thrall, Texas

Earlier tonight, a massive sinus headache, exacerbated by seasonal allergies,  led to my usual therapy:  heading out into the countryside with my trusty cameras.  When passing Thrall Elementary School, however, I circled the block to record what you see posted here, 6-year-old twins, Maven and Eli, getting their kindergarten graduation photos taken by a family member in front of the school.  The school district’s mascot is a tiger, one I happen to like.  My high school mascot, in Texarkana, was a tiger, too.  All over the country, students have had their school years cut short by something out of their control, but families like this will persevere.  And eventually thrive.   Mom and dad were very nearby in case the little folks got too rambunctious.  Plans for those rural landscapes were put on hold tonight.  For an inspiring reason. When you see posts singing the praises of community journalism,  I mean this.  

Groups Working Together in Tough Times

The Caring Place, in Georgetown, has been assisting families since 1985.  Food for Friends, under the guidance of Joyce White and her many helpers,  has been serving hot meals every Friday for eleven years.   The pandemic, however, has temporarily sidelined Food for Friends.   It’s nice to see The Caring Place reaching out beyond Georgetown, as they did this morning at Bartlett’s First United Methodist Church, where The Caring Place and members of Food for Friends were distributing food to those in Bartlett and Granger.   70 families, including Geneva, pictured in the opening photo, were served in Bartlett.  12 families were helped in Granger.   In these tough and scary times, it’s wonderful to see two fine groups coming together for the common good.  The Caring Place will be on hand every second Wednesday of the month from 10am-noon at Bartlett First United Methodist Church.