winter wonder 12-24-2009 5-25-45 AM_pch2

The flash reflected off the snowflakes and gave a sort of surreal look to the evening. What could have been an ordinary snowy evening was transformed.

Art is all around us, all we have to do is open our eyes and our hearts

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riding the trail




riding the trail

Originally uploaded by texbrandt

Just got back the 26th from my home town near Spokane wa. Their highs
on average were lower than the lows here in Fort Worth TX. When we
left Spokane Tuesday it was 72, a few hours later we stepped out of
the terminal in Dallas to 97 deg.(at 9p.m.) My words were something
to the effect “oh cr….. I want to go back to Spokane.”
Eastern Washington has had an unusually wet year so far and so
everything was unusually green. My home town Tekoa sits in the middle
of the rolling hills of the Palouse country, just west of the
mountains in Idaho. Looking out from my brother’s front window you
see Tekoa Mountain, rising about 1400 feet above the surrounding
hills. Just lovely in the setting sun.
The day after we arrived in Tekoa we packed a bag to go to Wallace
Idaho, (mining and logging area of North Idaho, for my nephews
wedding. Wallace is about two hours away so we had to stay in a motel
for a couple of days. It was such a treat to look out the window in
the morning and see mountains and trees. The weather was wonderful for
the rehearsal dinner,(outside at the brides parents house looking out
over a branch of the Cour d Alene river.) The wedding was on the
grounds of the Cataldo Mission church.(a historic site and quite
beautiful)
Jeremy’s chocolate lab came in as the flower girl, when she saw Jeremy
standing at the altar she barked enthusiastically and the minister
without missing a beat, said, “amen.”
We did leave the reception fairly early, it was nice but too loud and
a little too hot for me.
On Monday we hung out at my brothers house and rested. Tuesday we
packed up a grill and a 4 wheeler and went to our timberland over in
Idaho. Drove the 4 wheeler up one of the logging trails and enjoyed
just being in the place where the log cabin and the sawmill once
stood. Made a lot of memories during the summers spent there 60 years
ago.
As I sat up the hill from where the cabin had stood and looked at the
mountain it finally occurred to me that the reason so little of the
mountain was visible above the trees was that they had grown a bit in
the past 60 years.

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If Mars had water




If Mars had water

Originally uploaded by texbrandt

Image opportunities are all around us. Tire tracks in the mud with a little fiddling from a photoshop filter becomes a bit of Martian landscape, or what Mars might have looked like with a bit of water.

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fly




fly

Originally uploaded by texbrandt

First insect picture of the year. Certainly not the first to be seen in the garden, just the first one to cooperate by holding still for me to shoot the photo.

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For a good read I recommend Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons by Vera Nazarian

Buy Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons here.

For a good review of Northanger Abbey Angels and Dragons check this out at  The Billion Light-Year Bookshelf

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Annika’s book




Annika’s book

Originally uploaded by texbrandt

There’s nothing like a good book and a comfortable chair.

Annika reading

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Zamiese




Zamiese

Originally uploaded by texbrandt

If you know how to nap and when to nap you have mastered an important lesson in the Art of living.

I figure if I want to learn from a master all I have to do is watch my cat. A soft place on the foot of the bed with the sun streaming in the window or a basket just the right shape to curl up in.

The curling up in a basket is well beyond my skill level, but I can do pretty good on a soft bed with the sun streaming in.

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field and forest




field and forest

Originally uploaded by texbrandt

One of the things I love about digital photography is the freedom to keep shooting as the light changes and the camera is moved from one vantage point to another. With a film camera I was parsimonious with my shooting always conscious of the cost of film and processing.
For me it is a no brainer, I work better with digital than I ever could have or would have with film. Digital does not make me a better artist, it simply makes it possible for me to do my art in new and wonderful ways that were out of my reach before.

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New dog in the family

The kids have a new dog Huckleberry, Huck. So we get a double treat this week, we get to see the boys in a summer musical and play with the new dog.

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Here we go again.

Welcome to Life and other strange habits second edition.  I discovered while trying to rework my blogs location and looks that I had way too much stuff on the website and it was nearly impossible for me to find things.  So I emailed the friendly folks at Bluehost.com and they nuked the whole thing for me.

Much easier to start new than redo the mess.

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