The Circle Up Daily Cap

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Field meetings and conversations have always been a part of my work. I am always intrigued by how the sometimes subtle forces of human nature sees conversations conducted in a circle and often times finds the humans with hands on hips, thumbs in pockets, and arms crossed. It’s like the huddle in football (old school football that is), the lawn chairs around the campfire, the 10-top banquet table (at which no one can reach the salt and pepper shakers), the group hug, Hollywood’s wagon train defense strategy in old Westerns, Camelot’s Knights of the Round Table, or in this case, the Parks staff, architects, engineers, planners, and landscape architects each communicating their ideas. When circling up happens, all the “like whens” happen. It seems we always tend to “circle up” and talk, plead, direct, emphasize, get stern, or tell bad jokes, or any combination of that. And everyone quickly learns there is always someone in the circle that can reach the salt and pepper shaker….

The Meeting Sketch Idea Daily Cap

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Sometimes…others think I’ve lost interest and engagement when I let a 1 minute idea sketch divert my eyes from the meeting conversations. Then they see what I’m up to and a lot of times go “Yeah, like that”…. Should have added color!

The Coastal Sunset Daily Cap

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Sunset over the Texas Intercoastal Waterway from Louie’s Backyard restaurant at South Padre Island via hand held iPhone – turned out better than the moonrise photo the night before; ….

The Full Moon Rising Daily Cap

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The full moon rising over Pier 19 restaurant at South Padre Usland Tuesday evening, and captured via a hand held iPhone! I know, it is such an amateur and lousy photography technique, but I took it all in anyway

The Grands Daily Caps

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Humorously knowing that the helmet and jersey can probably be worn again next year, the OFGs played his final T-ball game of the “Small Fry” season, and he did so with impressive hitting skill and intensity on the base paths.

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With a similiar intensity from the bleachers, the OFGd, at times, offered up some T-Ball coaching suggestions for her Bubba, or maybe those suggestions were meant for Papa’s photography….

The FD At The Boathouse Daily Cap

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Even though this picture is a bit out of season (not to mention its lack of focus), it is still one of my favorites of the FD. I t was a weather-dreary day for a walk in the park, but she still had plenty of “Sunshine” to share (and no, that is not a fake backdrop scene despite it’s appearance). Tiff was in town for holiday last week. It is always good to have her home. Photo taken at NYC’s Prospect Park Boathouse on a misty, foggy, and chilly afternoon.

 

The Jones’ Daily Cap

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Meet the Jones’. We had an unplanned yet enjoyable reunion with good friends and used-to-be neighbors at a mutual friend’s wedding several weeks back. Combined with a relaxed pose, all wearing great colors, and a bold backdrop, a candid and casual portrait photograph captured their family and personalities well.

The Apprentice Photographer Daily Cap

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Here is the 4 year old Favorite Grandson, aka FGs, finding PaPa’s camera on a tripod and taking straight to it with the entire photographer routine, posture, and frame composition….

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And here is the 4 year old Grandson, formerly aka FGs (just kidding), figuring out the collaborative working between a camera and lens with one hand on the camera controls and the other marking the equipment as his own…after a brief “Oh No Lincoln!” moment, we came to an ah-ha understanding of proper equipment care…. He’s gonna be good with a camera in spite of his PaPa’s occasional heart palpitations.

The Pants Required! Daily Cap

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What tha heck! Proud to live where a local merchant has moral decency and expectation of the clientele, but a bit concerned that there is an apparent need to have it posted on the front door….

The Stand-Up and Catch A Bird Daily Cap

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Now don’t email or comment hate to me because I can appreciate a good taxidermy as much as any sportsman, but this one – oh the things you find in someone’s living room when shopping for a pre-owned house – well, it’s just comical, dumb, and down right stupid to put atop a whiskey barrel an outstretched, upright, standing erect and walking-on-two (or one in this case)-legs bobcat ankle deep in a pile of poo while striking a Michalangelo Sistine Chapel pose to catch a lame bird that can’t even spread its wings for flight (yeah I know that description is just as dumb as this taxidermy).

The Cloudy Day Daily Cap

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While in Houston…thunderclouds rise over an evening sky yesterday. I’ve always tried to look behind me during a sunset for this very kind of photo…but know I don’t always hold the camera all caddywhompus when I take the shot. So how many shades of color do you see in just the clouds (I’m at 10 and still counting)?

The Patterned Daily Cap

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Whether intentional or not by design, winter can create interesting and artful deciduous tree shadow patterns across the ground plane. Shadows can look vastly different than the object’s three dimensional self…ok now, let’s see a show of limbs if you too cast your attention on this sort of obscurity.