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Wednesday - April 30, 2008

Texas State Flower

[Bluebonnet]

Another wildflower photo taken a few weeks ago near Bastrop.

Posted by Joanna at 11:36 PM | Permalink

Tuesday - April 29, 2008

Sunset Number 13

[Sunset on FM 969]

I took this photo a few weeks ago (the same day I took most of the recent wild flower photos) near my favorite spot on FM 969...as I was driving home from my folks' house.

Posted by Joanna at 11:38 PM | Permalink

Tuesday - April 22, 2008

Evening primroses

I spotted these evening primroses (also known to some as pink buttercups, I believe) on Sunday on my way to the miserable game:

[Evening primroses]

I love it when wild flowers show up in unexpected places. Here's a close-up of the middle flower:

[Evening primrose]

Purty, eh?

By the way, check out that "miserable game" link up there for some fun shots of kids running the bases after Sunday's game. The game was miserable but a heck of a lot of kids had fun afterward.

Posted by Joanna at 9:58 PM | Permalink

Monday - April 21, 2008

Gaillardia pulchella, take 2

Another shot of an Indian blanket taken a couple of weeks ago:

[Indian blanket]

I think it's the same flower...just taken from the other direction. At least, it looks like the same flower to me.

Posted by Joanna at 7:19 AM | Permalink

Saturday - April 19, 2008

Gaillardia pulchella

When I was out shooting wild flowers a couple of weeks ago, I came across a few Indian blanket flowers (aka gaillardia pulchella, apparently) amongst the blue bonnets. Here's one of 'em:

[Indian blanket]

I was torn. I couldn't decide how to crop the photo. Here's a second crop:

[Indian blanket]

See what I mean? How am I supposed to pick? There are some very nice things about both crops. So, you get both. And, I don't have to worry about it.

Posted by Joanna at 9:37 AM | Permalink

Thursday - April 17, 2008

Back to the green anole

I said I'd be back with more shots of the lizard and...here I am! I usually stick to just one or two photos per post here on the Photobox. But, my little green friend was doing something that really justified using video. I don't got no stinkin' video, though. So, you get a bunch of photos today.

The lizard (aka green anole) skittered (is that a word, do you suppose?) around the corner of the deck. So, I followed him (her?) around the bend. And, he (I'm just gonna assume it's a "he" from here on out, 'kay?) gave me the evil eye:

[Green Anole]

Evil. Right?

I didn't scare off, though. So he decided it would be best to switch tactics in his efforts to scare me away. He started bouncing his head up and down:

[Green Anole]

And, then this happened:

[Green Anole]

Yikes! I looked it up. That thing's called a dewlap.

He started to calm down and relax:

[Green Anole]

[Green Anole]

And, then (!)...back up, more fierce than ever:

[Green Anole]

And, even taller:

[Green Anole]

You can almost hear the silent roar, can't you?

I bothered him for 5 or 10 minutes and took way too many photos. I was just mesmerized. But, I finally relented and let him be.

Here you go...one last shot:

[Green Anole]

His best side? Heh.

Posted by Joanna at 11:37 PM | Permalink

Tuesday - April 15, 2008

Rockin' Robin

[Robin]

'Took this photo on Sunday at the Mear house. I'm told this robin hangs out in their front yard quite a bit. But, this is the first time I'd seen it. I'm guessing it's a "she" since the belly's not bright red. But, I really have no idea.

Posted by Joanna at 10:19 PM | Permalink

Monday - April 14, 2008

April moon

[April moon]

I stopped at the post office this evening on my way home from work and could barely look away from the moon. Which meant, of course, that I had no choice but to take a photo of it. This does not do it justice. So sad for you. Oh well.

Posted by Joanna at 10:13 PM | Permalink

Sunday - April 13, 2008

Felled

[Felled tree with white flowers]

Also taken along Highway 71 near Bastrop last Sunday.

Posted by Joanna at 9:18 PM | Permalink

Red and blue

[Indian paintbrush]

Taken along Highway 71 near Bastrop last Sunday.

Posted by Joanna at 9:58 AM | Permalink

Saturday - April 12, 2008

Foul ball

We went to the Texas State game at Dell Diamond on Tuesday and I took a lot of photos. I think this one might be my favorite:

[Foul ball]

Tommy Harmon tossed a foul ball to the kid across the aisle from me. I'm guessing the little boy was about 6. He was there with his dad and a glove, ready to catch a foul ball. When he got this one...near the end of the game. He showed it to his dad, studied it carefully, and then tucked it safely under the toe of his shoe on the ground so he could have his glove free in case another one came his way.

Posted by Joanna at 10:16 PM | Permalink

Tuesday - April 8, 2008

Green anole

I went out to my folks' house on Sunday. Two goals in mind: hang out with them and have a yummy dinner (pot roast...very very good!) and take some wildflower photos.

I was out on the porch with Dad when I spotted a very bright green lizard. I grabbed my camera and followed him out onto the deck:

[Green Anole]

I looked him up. He's a green anole. More photos of my little green friend to come...

Posted by Joanna at 10:54 PM | Permalink

Friday - April 4, 2008

From the archives...9-Aug-1997

When I converted my old Photobox web page to this here blog, I promised that I'd eventually move the old content to the blog. I have not followed up on that promise. 'Til now.

[VLA]

This was the first photo I posted to the old page. And, here's what I wrote about it at the time (Aug. 9, 1997):

I had a tough time deciding what to use as my first photo. I'm sure that problem won't go away anytime soon! But...I was flipping though the possibilities and landed on some photos I'd taken of the VLA (Very Large Array) a few years ago. And, since the movie Contact is such hot stuff right now, it seemed a good choice. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I have seen the trailers and everytime I see the scene with Jodie at the VLA, I think of home. My folks' home. Magdalena, New Mexico. It's a small town about 25 miles east of the VLA. You can actually see all 27 antennae in the photo if you look closely. I remember it being tough getting an angle that allowed us to see each antenna. But, we found it and I snapped a few photos. Look at those clouds...they almost look fake, don't they?

My take now? I never did see the movie. And, the whole thing looks kind of fake to me now. The mountains and the clouds, though? Beautiful. The old photos, by the way, were all taken with a traditional 35mm SLR. No auto focus or auto exposure or anything. The good ol' days, eh? Heh heh. I dug that camera out the other day and got all nostalgic. I was tempted to shoot a roll of film just for fun. And, maybe I will sometime this summer. Take some shots with the old camera and some with the new and see which ones I end up liking better.

Posted by Joanna at 12:12 PM | Permalink


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