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!

Palo Duro Photo Mojo

Photo Mojo

Remember when Instagram was about photography rather than celebrity? Yeah, me too. I don’t hang out there anymore. Instead, I share photos here on my blog, but it’s been a while. So…you’ve heard of the Grand Canyon. But what about the Grand Canyon of Texas?

Palo Duro

Texas is a big state and is kinda known for big stuff. In this case, it is outdone by only The Grand Canyon. Just south of Amarillo, Palo Duro Canyon sits nestled in the Texas panhandle. It’s a popular state park.

My family got to visit for the first time 8 years ago on a Fall vacation. And once again, this year we’re planning to enjoy this wonder of creation right after Halloween!

So I revisited the canyon in my photo library (thanks, Google Photos) and found a few nice pictures to share. One day (it’s on my bucket list), I hope to visit The Grand Canyon in Arizona to see its breathtaking chasm with my naked eyes. Okay, I’ll hold the camera up too and take a few hundred pictures.

Until then, here’s a few Palo Duro Canyon shots I took with my wife’s now broken Nikon D60. I also took some with my amazingly trusty Canon Powershot S5 IS. (That thing, after using it since 2007 and falling on it once, which damaged the lens ring a little, still takes good photos today. I used it this year for some of my Bluebonnet pictures. Anyways, I’m chasing a rabbit.)


UPDATE: I added a Palo Duro Gallery page with additional photos, and I plan to add more photos after my upcoming trip back to the canyon!

A Deck Of Clouds

My family lives in the countryside of Texas with lots of horizon and big skies. One nice thing about it is having more photo opportunities with nature.

One morning this week, I was treated to an extra nice sunrise. I stepped onto my front porch to let the dogs out when suddenly my eyes were caught by the glowing orange ball peaking out from a blue-ish cloudy sky.

Immediately I did a 180 back into the house to grab my camera (iPhone 7), thinking I had maybe 60 seconds of that golden moment before the sun was hidden behind the cloud deck.

I jogged over to my farm truck, stood up on the bed, and snapped away. I tried to frame the landscape nicely and expose the image in a balanced way.

Yeah, that means I just tapped on parts of the image I wanted to focus/expose on and let auto-HDR handle the rest. It was a snapshot moment worth getting.

Hopefully the results are appealing. There’s so much texture in the clouds, and I like the orange sun contrasted with the blues in the sky.


When was the last breathtaking sunrise you saw? Shout out below or write to me. Thanks for reading!

Friday Wireflowers

A lot of times, I’ll see something that catches my eye. It just looks picturesque. And my brain starts cranking over…there’s gotta be a way to capture that in a good photo. But often, I don’t try. Too inconvenient, too difficult. But today, I decided to try. And I’m glad I did.

Just Stop The Car

We live on a farm in the country. I drive down a dirt road everyday. This time of year, we get an awesome array of wildflowers (and weeds).

Today, while heading home, the orange and yellow flowers caught my eye beside the dirt driveway. They’re just displayed in abundance all along the barbed wire fence with its weathered posts. The sky, meanwhile, is all blue with floating storybook clouds.

Like I said. Picturesque.

I’ve been seeing these, and other flowers, for many days now. But today, in the early afternoon sun, the inner urge to try and capture the lovely scenery and showcase their small wonder was strong enough to make think, “just stop the car and do it.”

Actually, I both stopped and then backed up. I had driven past the prime spot while my brain internally quibbled whether or not to take some pictures.

So I grabbed my iPhone 7, which had been podcasting through my car speakers, and put it in camera mode. I simply snapped 4 photos only, not trying too hard. I figured they probably would not turn out great anyways.

I was content that I at least didn’t pass up the chance and, instead, just stopped the car and got out.

I don’t think these shots are gonna win me awards or make me some sweet moo-lah. But I think they’re very nice; I like them!

And I hope you like them too. Enjoy!

Have you felt like doing something yet decided not to? Or did you go for it? Were you glad you did? Comment below or write to me. Thanks for reading!