Assassin Bugs Take Flower

Smart Cameras

The iPhone 11 and Google Pixel 4, among others, are the latest smart cameras that happen to also make phone calls. Their sample images in reviews look fantastic! But picture this, not long ago, cameras didn’t have phones built into them. My first digital camera was a 3.2 Megapixel Canon PowerShot A400. It wasn’t much, but I was able to take a shot with it that, to this day, is still one of my all-time favorites.


Shooting Bugs

One day, before the iPhone existed, my wife and I visited Maas Nursery in Seabrook, TX. The place was huge, full of pottery and plants and photographic opportunities. I happen to like macro shots with flowers and bugs, so that’s what I aimed for.

Of the many pictures I captured with bugs on flowers, one takes the prize for me. I don’t know what kind of flowering plant this is called, but the insects are Assassin Bugs. This image is awesome to me because of the composure of the bugs within the full framing of the flowers, the pose of the main bug, and the secondary color complements of orange, purple-ish, and green.


Smart Photography

Given this example of a photo made with a low resolution, tiny sensor in a “dumb” camera, it goes to show that specs and hardware are not the most important parts of the art of photography. A good subject with good lighting and good framing is what counts the most.

But imagine if macro lenses became standard on the newest smartphones! My wallet is ready to open.


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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!


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Water Tower Sunset

The joy of photography for me happens when the wonder of creation surprises me, like a kid still discovering nature for the first time. Some of my favorite photos are ones that turn out better than expected. That happened in this picture I took of a water tower.


My family had been hiking Abilene State Park one day several years ago, and we were headed down a trail from Buffalo Wallow. This path took us by the small water tower.

I looked up, noticing the many birds gathering on the tower’s steel bracing. The sight of them really caught my eye. My camera was hanging from its black strap around my neck1, so I lifted it up, composed the image, and snapped away.

My aim was to put the tower off center and at an interesting angle; it’s structure, as I recall, was more of my focus after the birds. The tower’s dark silhouette against the setting sun was kinda nice. Otherwise, it’s just plain old white in full sun.

It was during the edit phase that this photo became one of my favorites. I remember tweaking it in Lightroom. I like vivid color, so as I sought to bring out the sky more – it was washed out looking – I saw colors that I had no idea were in the sunset!

It was truly surprising. I was able to bring out more color than I imagined. It was the last thing on my mind when making the picture in the field. I went for the birds, then the tower. But the colorful sky, with its beautiful gradient, is what won me over here.


This is one reason I like photography. The ability to see, discover, and capture the wonder of creation. There’s glory exhibited around us, if only we take the time to stop and behold. And sometimes it will surprise you like a young child. Don’t lose your sense of wonder!

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  1. This was before everyone’s camera was always in their pocket!

An iPhone Sunset

Back in 2012, I got the iPhone 4. It was my first smartphone. Cameras on phones were not very good, but they we’re on the cusp. Instagram was pretty new and hot back then. I enjoyed a bit of iPhoneography.

One day at sunset, I went out snapping. Across from our house was a field with wide open space and an angle towards the sweeping horizon.

I think I got kinda lucky that day, blessed with the right conditions. Right time of day, right place, right time of year when crops were green…

This sunset photo is one of my favorites because of the vibrant colors I was able to bring out in editing. Lots of lush green, vivid blue, and warm orange/red.

I composed the horizon just above the centerline of the shot and the sun offset left, kinda following rule of thirds. There were not really any clouds, so this was less of a sky shot and more about the field over which the star of our solar system can shine on some photosynthesis.

That’s kinda cool, literally “light synthesis,” right? Sure, plants do that. But that’s like photography, “light writing.” Graphing the light, synthesizing light with other objects.

Anyways, enjoy the photo! It’s also in my Gallery.


What do you like about sunrises and sunsets? How do you like to soak up the sun? Comment below. Write me here. Thanks for reading.