Monthly Archives: February 2015

On the Road Again: The Low Road To Big Bend, 2004

Heading to Big Bend at 80 mphI get bored when on long drives. And I used to go on a lot of long drives while reporting on Texas. As the song says, There are miles and miles of Texas. I used to play with the radio or pretend I was a fighter jet rocketing 18-wheelers off the road. But  not that many years ago, you’d quickly run out of radio stations to scan through during the six or seven hour drive to the Big Bend region. After you sipped through Del RIo on US 90 West,  you ran out of semis to kill. So…I started taking photos. Point-and-shoots worked best, and later the cameras in smart phones. Point toward the scenery through the windshield or a side window and click.

This is a view on the highway somewhere near Alpine sometime in 2004. It’s not art, it’s not even a great photo but it gives you an idea of the stark beauty of the region and the loneliness of the drive. Click. For a moment, it’s just you, the car and the view. I liked long drives to the Big Bend. It was never boring.

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Valentine’s Day 2015: Love Is All Around

RSCN0788Our younger son brought a bouquet of flowers for Ginny. Caught her totally by surprise. She quickly arranged them in a lovely green vase and set them out. One flower broke, falling near some tiny lead figures from the 1920s that had belonged to her grandmother.

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Whidbey Island, Late In the Day, September 3, 2013

Fishers, Whidbey IslandGinny loves the water. She’s drawn to it as a restorative and a place of enjoyment. And so, when possible, we head to water. This was the tale-end of a visit to Seattle. Her niece invited us to Whidbey Island just offshore from the city. It was a pleasant day, walking in sand and watching the niece’s kids enjoy the water. As we left, Ginny saw these fishers stand near the water, feeding out line into the amazingly still surf. It was like they had been there for an eternity and it still wasn’t long enough. I am sure she saw them as fellow believers in the power of water.

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Boats On the Water, Fulton, Texas July 2014

Boats on the water, Fulton

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