Miscellaneous Photos and other Shout-0uts

I’m still browsing through my archives and I have come up with one that is really a self-portrait.  I remembered this image when reading Katies Camera Blog.  She had an amazing dog portrait there.  This is of me many years ago with Spike, my best friend.  Now deceased.  Picture quality not great, but it doesn’t take away the special sense of love I had for him.

"A man and his dog"

And speaking of portraits, check out Photos by Holly.   Her latest post shows that she is really an excellent portrait photographer.  I have been following and admiring her photographic exploits since she first got started, not too long ago.

Lynda, over at her Life-on-the-Farmlet blog commented that she liked that I was pulling my flying hawk images from my archives.  Well, here’s another one for you.

Red-tailed Hawk in flight

I love photographing hawks of all types, and when I can catch one in flight, I am the most happiest.

This photo below was taken several months ago at Spring Creek Park near Lake Nasworthy.  While driving through, Ann and I spotted this young Great Horned Owl in a tree.  I had published one image of the owlet back then, but I found this one that I think is a bit sharper.

Young Great Horned Owl

In yesterday’s post I talked about Luckenbach, Texas.  My good friend Ross McSwain corrected me on one point.  It was really Waylon Jennings, who wrote and sang it, that made the song famous, and by association, the village(?) of Luckenbach.  Of course, Willie Nelson, also helped in the cause as it is one of his favorite songs.

For those who have never been to Luckenbach, it is a tiny place to be sure.  It has the post office/trading post, a dance hall, and a couple of houses, and that’s about it.  It is located about 12 miles southeast of Fredricksburg, Texas.

Ross McSwain, by the way, is a local author, columnist, and a historian, in my view   His Out Yonder columns for the San Angelo Standard-Times are full of stories and facts about west Texas.  I am proud that he chose my photography for the cover of his book,  See No Evil, Speak No Evil.

I hope you enjoyed this post and the pictures.  Click on any of them to see enlargements.

Happy Christopher Columbus Day!!

I haven’t posted for a few days, so I need to catch up a little.  Today is the day that we celebrate Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America.  Actually, I read that he stumbled across it by accident when he was seeking another route to the Far East.  So when his ship ground ashore, he jumped up and down and hollered, “Hey, guys, look what I’ve found!!”

I was going to write a post yesterday, but I got lazy.  First, it took me too darned long to work the Sunday crossword puzzle.  Then after that things went down hill.  I got the bad news that the ALCS championship game between the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers was postponed until today.  That messed up my Sunday plans.  Then I was disappointed that we didn’t get more rain that was promised by the Weather Channel. (More on the rain, later in this post.)  So what is a guy to do after such disappointing things.  I decided to take a nap.

So anyway, here I am.  We did get quite a bit of rain on Saturday.  Officially, 2.83 inches.  We had received only five inches all year until this rain, so now we are at nearly eight inches.  O. C. Fisher Lake picked up a little run-off as you can see in the picture.  But don’t get too excited.  I spotted some American White Pelicans way out in the middle, and they were wading.  So that expanse that you see is only a very few inches deep.  A large puddle, so to speak.  We need a lot more on the watershed north of town to get it up where it should be.  Note the distance, a nearly quarter of a mile from this boat-ramp to the water.

Boat ramp at O. C. Fisher lake

The other picture shows the Concho River, that is the flow source for the lake.  I visited the bridge upstream on Highway 2288 and saw that there was no water flow.  Just a puddle upstream a bit from local runoff.  The land around here is so parched that most of the rain is just getting soaked in.  Some more good storms may result in the river running hard again.

North Concho River riverbed

But at least, the water, what there is, is drawing birds again.  While there, besides the pelicans, we saw, cormorants, herons, sandpipers, etc.

In other news, I did spend a little time just browsing some of my very, very old images and came across a few that you may enjoy looking at.

San Angelo Balloon Fest

Some people may remember the old balloon fests that used to be held down at Santa Fe Park.  This photo is probably around 20 years old.

"Ride 'em, Cowboy"

We also used to have PBR (Professional Bull Riding) event at the coliseum here in San Angelo.  I don’t know what happened, it seemed to draw large crowds, but for some reason we haven’t been on their schedule for a few years.  San Angelo does have the seventh largest PRCA rodeo in the country.  It happens in the month of February and has so many entrants, it takes two weeks to run it.

How about this one:

Downtown Luckenbach, Texas

How many of you have visited “downtown Luckenbach, Texas, to maybe see Willie and the boys.  As you know Willie Nelson made this place with his song of the same name.  Of course, he knows the place well, as it was one of his favorite places to hang out.  You can buy a stuffed armadillo, complete with a Budweiser bottle in it’s claws there.  A good cold beer can be bought it the back, served by a guy that will sing you a song along with it.

Red-tailed Hawk

My posts are never complete without a good bird photo.  My favorites are my hawk photos.  This one, of course, is a Red-tailed Hawk.  I don’t remember when it was photographed, but sometime in the past couple of years.

This post is for Shelly at Kamiak Creek, who likes to see Texas Tweeties in her e-mail inbox, and all of my other blogger friends.   Since this is my first post in several days, this may help with all of your withdrawal symptons. 🙂

In the great words of the famous Arnold Schwarznegger, “Ah’ll be bahhhk”.

Ya’ll have a great week. 🙂