Canyon Of Rugged Wonder

Hey There

We’re already half-way through November! I’ve missed blogging lately because, as I expected, my focus on writing a novella for NaNoWriMo has taken up my limited writing time. In fact, I almost decided to abort the novella, not wanting to sacrifice my investment and enjoyment in the blog. But I’ve stayed the course and continue to make tiny but sure progress in typing the story. This post, however, is about pictures, not words.

For Now

To kick off November, rather than writing on day one, I headed out for a family vacation to The Grand Canyon of Texas – Palo Duro Canyon. It’s one of our state parks. In August, I shared photos from my first visit to the canyon. This post is for my recent pictures, all from my little iPhone 7.

Till Later

Enjoy the pix! That’s all for this post. I’ll try to get back to more words on the blog. My plan is to keep plugging away on my novella until December 1, then I’ll regroup and get back to more blogging.

I hope all is well with my readers, take care!

How’s your November going? Comment below, or write to me here! Thanks for reading!

Favorite Fall Fotos

Welcome To The Fall

We made it, y’all! It’s finally here, the first day of Fall!

Autumnal Affections

Like many of you, my favorite season is Fall.

Traditionally, it’s a time of harvest when you reap the bountiful blessings sown in Spring and Summer.

But my favorite reasons for loving Autumn are the cool relief from the scorching Summer heat and the multicolored leaves.

The Fall also excites me because it’s the build-up to “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – Christmas! And lest I be accused of ingratitude, let’s mention Thanksgiving too.

Yet there’s two more personal pluses for my Autumnal Affection: my birthday and my wedding anniversary occur in October and November. How’s that for celebration?

The only real drawback for Fall is the overabundant proliferation nigh infestation of Pumpkin Spice – it gets into everything! Too much of a good thing…

But who can resist a steamy cup of your favorite flavored sugar and caffeine beverage on a crisp overcast Autumn afternoon?

Texas Trees

Here in Texas, we don’t have the amazing plethora of color-changing trees as New England does. But we do enjoy some yellow, sometimes orange or red, leaves of Autumn.

Over the years, I’ve tried to capture some of the beauty of Fall in my neck of the woods. I’m sharing a few select samples here to celebrate Fall 2019. Enjoy!

Hope Harvest

Here’s to hoping this Fall season 2019 will be one of the coolest in a long time and as enjoyable as ever.

By the way, there’s another special something coming at the end of Fall this year: Star Wars Episode IX!

What’s your favorite time of year? Comment below, or write to me here! Thanks for reading!

Pincushion Cactus

Several years ago, my wife and I visited Lake Brownwood State Park in Texas. We got away from the kids for a few hours and had our cameras to enjoy the outdoors.

Down in the dry dead leaves, I found some succulents known as pincushion cacti. One in particular caught my eye, so I began to work it. I used my Canon S5 point-n-shoot, it’s best feature being the vari-angle screen.

You can swivel the display out and around to almost any angle. It’s excellent for putting the camera down low to the ground to capture macros of flowers and bugs.

That’s how I snapped this photo. But to make it better, I worked it in Lightroom with a radial filter or two and some global tweaks to adjust the lighting and color. Basically, I slid the sliders until I got what looked good to my eye.

For this shot, I like the muted warm colors and the texture. I tried to spotlight the cactus to pop it out from the background and surroundings.

You can also view this in my Gallery here. You won’t find it on Instagram. I do happen to have this one on my Flickr.


What’s your favorite camera to use right now? Do you have any tips for me on this picture? What would make it better? Leave a comment or message me. Thanks!

Picturing A Yellow Fall Tree

I love the Fall! And photography is also a hobby and passion of mine. I don’t do it much these days because…busy! But my camera is always in my pocket (iPhone 6). So last Sunday walking into church, I saw the tree with it’s bright yellow leaves. My brain goes, “Ok, I gotta capture that Fall beauty.”

I took a shot or two from one angle. It didn’t do justice. Later, I tried again and thought what angle would be better. I thought, get the cross and steeple in the shot. Crop it down to the best composure. And I think I got it.

I shared this photo on Facebook and a lot of people liked it. I think it works well because it’s simple. There’s just a tree and a church. Two objects, one subject. And it’s got three main colors: yellow, white, and blue. Clean and simple.

This picture is also on my instagram; maybe I’ll put it on Flickr. But what I really wanna do is go out soon just to take more Fall pictures.

Something I used to do a lot was go out to just enjoy nature and be intentional about practicing photography. Some people like portraits of people. My favorite subject has always been the grandeur and glory of God’s creation in nature.

So about the Fall. I was thinking why I like Fall more than Spring and the other seasons. Summer and Winter are extremes. Too hot. Too cold. Spring is nice: new life, new beginnings, flowers…

But I like Fall more than Spring because the cool relief from Summer’s heat feels best, and the many vibrant colors of the trees are striking. And my birthday is in October, so Fall is a time of celebration for me. It’s also the prelude to the “most wonderful time of the year,” Christmas!!

So what’s your favorite season!? Feel free to leave a comment below! Thanks.

Is Flickr Still A Thing?

Recently I was bit by the shutterbug again! Being outside and collecting pecans, the vivid fall colors of the leaves caught my eyes. So I tried taking some photos to capture their beauty. I’m not saying I succeeded, but I enjoyed it none the less.

When I thought about sharing my pictures of late, I wondered if Flickr was still a good site to use. Short answer: I think it is!

I downloaded the Flickr app to my iPhone and iPad and visited the website, started a new account, and uploaded a sunset I happened to catch on my way home from work the other day.


After all these years and changes, Flickr is still a great place to enjoy photography with others. There’s still no other site quite like it. And I hope it stays that way.

One thing I’ve always enjoyed about Flickr is using its camera finder to see which cameras are the most popular. And a big trend was just re-confirmed. Flickr announced their 2017 year in review, and smartphones (shouldn’t we just call them smartcams now?) are the dominant camera type used by millions to capture and share their pictures online.

As much as I like the picture quality you get from DSLR cameras, the good-enough quality combined with the always-with-you convenience of a smartcam works best for me.

My iPhone 6 is my trusty camera with a built-in phone for calling a friend. Try holding up a Canon 5D Mark III to your ear and phoning someone. OK never-mind! Kidding.

If you enjoy photography but haven’t tried Flickr, give it a shot (pun not intended)! And maybe connect with me there too.