The last time I had a chance to photograph productions at the Georgetown Palace was March. This vexing and sad pandemic has put lives and places on hold. Last night, however, the theater moved “Steel Magnolias,” their latest show outdoors, to the courtyard behind the theater. Everything was socially-distanced. Attendees, actors included, were wearing face coverings. One couple in the audience celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary here. In all the years I’ve documented live theater, last night was a first. These eight photos focus more on the setting, but a few scenes are included. Performances are weekends through November 8th.
A leftover image from Thursday evening, this a little north of Thrall, Texas. Light observations, trying to stay positive in a world filled with negativity.
I look forward to the coming of prairie grass each year. It’s not a crop, just a weed, but it’s a weed that allows evening light to dance a ballet. This scene is from tonight in East Williamson County.
Because of the pandemic, it’s hard to find pumpkin patches to photograph in 2020. This morning, I’m reprising a photo taken at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in Dawsonville, Georgia, about an hour or so north of Atlanta. An internet search tells me they’re still raising huge pumpkins. This is a photo made when I worked at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Hopefully, they’ll send someone there to take a photo this year, too.
Later tonight I’ll be occupied with other things. On this Wednesday, here are a couple of simple evening scenes. The sunset is north of Thrall, the lone tree resting on a hill is east of Taylor. Just stuff.
Photos offered tonight were made at Bull Branch Park, just down the lane from our Taylor home. As you might know, I like to dig into places and subjects. Occasionally, there’ll be just one image to post, but exploration is rewarding. We don’t get much autumn color here, but if we do, this will be the place I’ll return. This peaceful park is part of my daily walks. Note that the last three images were made with my new 50mm lens. It’s good to get back to basics.
The 27th Annual Clayman Rodeo, founded by Kelly and Jim Bob Clayman, was held Saturday night at Windsong Farm in Georgetown, Texas. Unlike other traditional rodeos, this one is comprised of students who’ve studied equestrian skills with the Claymans. You won’t see things like bronco or bull riding here. I enjoyed watching 6-year-old Kyndall, this year’s youngest entrant, while she competed in pole-bending. Another photo shows her holding onto her lariat, wearing a big smile. It’s not posed, but it’s a moment I like. And there’s 10-year-old Mason, shown in three of these photos. This young fellow is a hoot! And very good at what he does, too. Other rodeos I usually photograph were cancelled this year, but not this one! This year’s event was purposely low-key, with no advance advertising. The students demonstrated roping skills, took part in pole-bending and barrel racing. I think this is the 10th year I’ve attended. Each time, I take a few action photos, but the atmosphere is what makes it work for me. It’s a truly great event.
For several years I’ve been fortunate to take photos at the annual Blessing of the Animals service conducted by Reverend Father Bertie Pearson at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown. Since we’re in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, I assumed that wouldn’t happen this year. However, when reaching out to Father Bertie, he invited me to a drive-through Blessing of the Animals held Sunday afternoon at the church. Father Bertie was assisted by Reverend Mother Mary Ann Huston. Yes, it was a bit different, but the sweet animals didn’t seem to mind at all. So many things have been cancelled, but Grace finds a way.
Not all Texas Longhorns are willing subjects, but some Taylor friends who’ve raised them for years have some sweet ones who don’t mind the camera’s presence. On this recent lovely Texas evening I visited with (hoping I got the names right) Crybaby, Lacy, Jinx and Rocky. There’s something about longhorns and sunsets that just seems to work. My friends have one of the most beautiful back yards in Texas.
If the timing is right, there’s this elegant little red barn near Walburg I like to photograph. It’s always no more than half a dozen shutter clicks, this time just four. Nestled under a stand of trees, you might pass by without knowing it’s there. The way sunshine graces its facade as the day’s light fades is sweet. A hidden gem.