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Saturday - May 30, 2009

Can you hear me?

[Hamilton Greenbelt elephant ears]

Elephant ears. Taken last October along the Hamilton Greenbelt Trail.

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Friday - May 29, 2009

Creek

[Hamilton Greenbelt creek]

It's a crick. Okay. A creek. Taken along the Hamilton Greenbelt Trail in late October, 2008.

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Thursday - May 28, 2009

Sunflower #2

Another couple of takes on the sunflower photos:

[Sunflower]

[Sunflower]

I always have such a hard time deciding how to crop these things. So, you get two crops today.

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Wednesday - May 27, 2009

Sunflower

Driving away from Pedernales Falls last October, I couldn't help but pull the car over and take photos of these gorgeous sunflowers.

[Sunflower]

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Tuesday - May 26, 2009

Beetle-bop!

So, I'm walking along the trail at Pedernales Falls and I see this bug pushing along a big ol' round rock. What? So, I take a closer look:

[Dung beetle]

[Dung beetle]

Not a rock. Dung. It's a dung beetle! Gross. Yet, kinda cool. Did you know they apparently push the dung along with their haunches? Weird.

I have to say, I never thought I'd post a picture of dung here. Nope. 'Never thought it.

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Monday - May 25, 2009

Memorial Day 2009

[U.S. Flag]

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Sunday - May 24, 2009

Purty little birdie

[Little bird at Pedernales Falls]

Yep...taken near Pedernales Falls in October. Such a cutie. He was sitting in the sun so things are a bit washed out. No time to put a polarizing filter on my camera. I can live with it. Can you? Heh.

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Saturday - May 23, 2009

Fungus!

[Pedernales Falls fungus]

Another photo taken along a trail at Pedernales Falls in October. That thing was enormous. Well, perhaps "very big" is a bit more accurate. Regardless, it was much larger than the average mushroom/fungus you see when you're wandering around the trails in and around Austin. And, it was basking in the sunlight. So pretty and so yellow. Cool.

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Friday - May 22, 2009

Fern!

[Pedernales Falls fern]

Taken in October at Pedernales Falls. Is it a fern? I was so sure about that and now that I'm about to post... I'm not so sure. Heh.

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Thursday - May 21, 2009

Bee Creek

[Bee Creek]

I didn't take many photos on our second hike around Pedernales Falls. I guess the vistas weren't quite as striking as they are at the falls. But, I rather liked this creek scene.

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Wednesday - May 20, 2009

Pedernales Falls moon

It was back to Pedernales Falls after Hamilton Pool. This time, we hiked a trail that doesn't really go near the falls. The moon was out in the middle of the day:

[Moon over Pedernales Falls]

Can you have too many photos of the moon? 'Cause I seem to have a lot of 'em.

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Tuesday - May 19, 2009

Public art

Back in September, some workers showed up outside our building at work. They started digging 4 holes in the grass. Then, late in the month, they took a couple of days to install this:

[CPE Art]

[CPE Art]

It's part of an initiative to develop a collection of public art on campus. This piece is called Clock Knot and is by the artist Mark Di Suvero. I rather like it. But, some folks don't. I especially like it late in the day when the sun gets low on the horizon.

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Monday - May 18, 2009

From the archives...6-Sep-1997

My trip down memory lane yesterday prompted me to post another photo from the old Photobox archives. One of my all-time favorite photos:

[TomTom]

I took this back in '93 on that trip to Hamilton Pool. And, I posted it to my old Photobox site in '97. Here's what I wrote about it at the time (Sept. 6, 1997):

This is TomTom, my best friend's nephew. 'Course, TomTom is just his nickname...don't be silly. Several of us went to Hamilton Pool about four years ago and, by a great stroke of luck, happened to be the only people there. We walked around enjoying the scenery and the quiet. The boys took time to have a bit of a stone skipping contest. 'Looks to me like TomTom was doing his best to find the perfect rock at this point. Or, maybe he'd found a bug that needed special attention. He's much older now and still has an incredible eye for detail. I've never known anyone quite like him. What a great kid.

Here it is, nearly 12 years later and my opinion has not changed. He's a great kid. About to graduate from high school and moving on to college. I can't believe it. I really can't.

I now feel compelled to tell one of my favorite stories about TomTom. He was probably 4 or 5 when he had an entertaining conversation with an optometrist as he was looking through one of those devices where they flash things on a screen and you let the doctor know what you can and can't see:

Dr.: "Which is in front?...the circle or the square?"
TomTom: [silence]
Dr.: [repeat question]
TomTom: [more silence]
Dr.: [repeat question...with a bit more force]
TomTom: "Actually, it's a rectangle."

Heh heh heh. Really, doctor, if you expect an answer to your question, you must be more precise...and ask the proper question.

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Sunday - May 17, 2009

The pool

I've posted several days worth of photos from our hike around Hamilton Pool without ever actually posting any photos featuring the pool. Time to rectify that situation!

[Hamilton Pool]

[Hamilton Pool]

And...

[Hamilton Pool]

Somehow, I managed to not take any photos from the "beach" at the pool. So, I went looking through my old photos and found some I took with my old 35mm SLR back in the spring of 1993. Geesh. 16 years ago. Wow.

Anyway, I didn't find any I liked from the beach but this one struck me:

[Hamilton Pool]

Look at all the water falling back then...versus what was falling this past September. Interesting.

PS: I think that's Katie and Carolyn standing at the railing. And, it must've been a rather cool day since they're both wearing light jackets. My, how time flies by.

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Saturday - May 16, 2009

More trees

Two more shots of trees taken last September on our hike along the Hamilton Pool trail. First another reflection:

[Hamilton Pool tree]

And, something truly wacky. A tree growing out of the stump of another tree:

[Hamilton Pool tree]

How crazy is that?

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Friday - May 15, 2009

River reflection

[Pedernales River]

Taken at the end of the trail from Hamilton Pool to the Pedernales River.

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Thursday - May 14, 2009

Soar!

As I've mentioned (once, twice, a few more times than that?), I rather like taking pictures of birds in flight. Here are a few I caught at Hamilton Pool last September:

[Buzzard]

[Buzzard]

[Buzzard]

Catching 2 together is pretty unusual for me.

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Wednesday - May 13, 2009

Dragonflies!

A couple of dragonflies spotted last fall at Hamilton Pool.

[Hamilton Pool dragonfly]

[Hamilton Pool dragonfly]

There are focus problems with both of these photos. I found the coloring contrasts to be fascinating, though, so decided to go ahead and post the photos.

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Tuesday - May 12, 2009

Orange moon

As I was driving home on Sunday evening, I wondered about the moon. I couldn't see it. About 10 minutes later, I noticed it rising above the horizon. And, it was very orange. As soon as I got home, I grabbed my tripod and camera. And, shot this:

[Orange moon]

It wasn't as dark as that. And, neither was the sky. But, that was the best I could do with such short notice. About a minute later, power lines were in the way. And, once I found a spot where the lines weren't in the way, the moon had risen enough that it was clear of whatever it was in the atmosphere that was turning it orange. Oh well.

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Monday - May 11, 2009

Butterflies!

'Saw these butterflies last fall at Hamilton Pool.

[Hamilton Pool butterfly]

[Hamilton Pool butterfly]

[Hamilton Pool butterfly]

Purty.

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Sunday - May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Rather than deliver cut flowers on Mother's Day, I'm sending out some photos of flowers to my favorite moms. Especially my mom. I took these last September at Hamilton Pool.

First, another Turk's Cap in the wild:

[Hamilton Pool flower]

And,then...you know...some others:

[Hamilton Pool flower]

[Hamilton Pool flower]

[Hamilton Pool flower]

Anyone wanna offer some help with IDs on the kinds of flowers in the last three photos?

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Saturday - May 9, 2009

Hamilton Pool rock formations

As you walk down the creek trail from Hamilton Pool to the Pedernales River, you see some cool rock formations along the bank of the creek. To wit:

[Hamilton Pool rocks]

[Hamilton Pool rocks]

[Hamilton Pool rocks]

Cool, eh?

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Friday - May 8, 2009

Cool trees

From McKinney Roughs to Hamilton Pool...where we found some cool trees.

[Hamilton Pool trees]

[Hamilton Pool trees]

[Hamilton Pool trees]

Look at all those exposed roots. Wow.

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Thursday - May 7, 2009

Cactus pear

[Cactus pear]

'Saw this cactus pear at McKinney Roughs back in September.

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Wednesday - May 6, 2009

River critter

At one point, on our hike around McKinney Roughs, we get close to the water's edge so we could take photos like this:

[River scene]

We were taking these photos and Jennie suddenly shrieked and ran back up the bank to the trail. I turned and spotted this guy:

[River snake]

A couple more shots:

[River snake]

[River snake]

Notice his tongue in the middle photo? After looking at us for a few seconds, he got bored and swam away. Heh.

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Tuesday - May 5, 2009

Still life with leaf

[Leaf]

Taken at McKinney Roughs last September.

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Monday - May 4, 2009

Pretty purple

[Purple flower]

A pretty purple flower found at McKinney Roughs last September.

UPDATE. Mom wrote in to say she thought the flower is probably a wild morning glory. She's probably right. Thanks, Mom.

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Sunday - May 3, 2009

Bluff Trail Overlook

Another view from the same overlook...

[Bluff Trail Overlook]

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Saturday - May 2, 2009

Larry and Jennie

See? Larry really was with us at McKinney Roughs. Here he is with Jennie at the Bluff Trail Overlook...

[Jennie and Larry at McKinney Roughs]

That's the Lower Colorado River behind 'em.

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Friday - May 1, 2009

McKinney Roughs berry

The week after we visited the Longhorn Cavern State Park we went over to McKinney Roughs (an LCRA park). Larry joined us for the hike and picture taking. I'm sure he got some great shots.

This was one of the first ones I took:

[McKinney Roughs berry]

Those look kinda like blueberries, don't they? Needless to say, we did not taste 'em so can't tell you if they tasted like blueberries.

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