Friday, September 30, 2011

Taming the "Mawnstah"

Eileen and I recently took a trip to the east coast and I'll talk more about that in subsequent posts. However, one of the things we did while out that way was see the last home game of the Red Sox at Fenway Park. I can see why Red Sox fans are Red Sox fans. That's a beautiful stadium. Also, two nights ago was a huge day in Major League Baseball history. The Tampa Bay Rays came back from a 7-0 deficit to beat the Yankees 8-7 in 12 innings while the Red Sox lost to the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. The Sox were something like 9 games ahead of the Rays in the wild card race starting in September and they went 7 - 20 and lost their chance to make the playoffs. The Rays are in and the Sox are out. Analysts are saying it was the biggest collapse in Baseball history. And, since the Sox lost to the Orioles, that's who the Sox were playing the night we went to Fenway. That's an Oriole in front of "The Green Monster" wall in Fenway. BTW, the Orioles won that game 6-4. Hope you like the photo and thanks for visiting. Oh, and the next bunch of posts will be from our trip out that way, enough for you to get sick of, but I hope you keep dropping by anyway!

PS.. I'm a big Detroit Tigers fan so I'm glad they are in the playoffs!  Beat the Yankees!  It's on tonight at 7:30 CDT!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


I would like to introduce you to my nephew Dylan! He's a great little guy! He's 8 years old and just started the third grade. It seems like just yesteday he was crawling and now he's almost grown up! Well, maybe not grown up, but he's definitely growing up fast!

Eileen and I met Dylan, his friend Connor and Dylan's Mom, Annette at a Round Rock Express baseball game out at the Dell Diamond a couple of weeks ago. We got to see the Express trounce the Albuquerque Isotopes 8-6! It was a great time and that's where I got this shot of Dylan. I tried to get a candid shot of him talking with Connor to get a natural look. Hopefully I succeeded.

Dylan is getting to that age where he knows some pro sports teams. And since he's from here, he's becoming a Texas sports fan. Nothing wrong with that, but... To his Mom's dismay, he's not a big Yankees fan, while Annette is! Back in May, we all went to see a Rangers - Yankees baseball game in Arlington and the Rangers won that one, I think by almost the same score as the Express game. Anyway, Dylan gave his Mom a hard time about that and I think he still does!

Eileen and I being his aunt and uncle are trying to get him to like some of the teams we like. Eileen is a big Dallas Cowboys fan and I like any team out of Detroit, yes, even the Lions. Speaking of which I am a big Michigan Wolverines fan, so I try to get him to go for the blue team whenever Wolverines football is on TV. Of course, he always asks me about "the blue team" which is funny, but he's getting there! Hopefully he'll start liking one of the teams we do, but I bet he will eventually like the Cowboys since they are a Texas team!

Anyway, that's a little bit about the guy you see here! I hope you enjoyed reading a little about him and I hope you enjoyed the shot. It's not a type of shot I normally post, but I had to put this one out there because it's Dylan! Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"The Land" Food Court

In keeping with my recent Epcot pictures, I thought, what the heck, I might as well put out one more.  This is of the food court inside a place called "The Land".  I'll be honest, I thought it was just a food court when I got there so I didn't spend a whole lot of time investigating the place.  But, after looking at the website, I guess there's more to do than just eat.  There are rides for kids that show agricultural-type stuff on how food is grown and what advances are being made in food production.  OK, boring for me, but maybe fascinating for someone else.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fake France

Here's one more shot from Epcot that I thought I'd post from the archives. It's similar to my previous shot in that it has hedges in the foreground and buildings in the back. Plus, it's representation of a France instead of England. It's processed a little differently as well, but you get the gist. Anyway, I hope you like it and thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

English Castle

OK, so it's a touristy replica of one that's really a gift shop and located at Epcot Center in Florida!  I've been going through some of my archival stuff and thought this might be blog-worthy.  The world showcases at Epcot  are a little kitschy, but are pretty fun at the same time.  At least they give you a little inkling of what it might be like in one of those countries, but really it's mostly shops and restaurants.  It's great for photography though!  If you're ever there, check it out!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Round Rock Express Pitcher

Last Saturday night was baseball night! Eileen and I caught a Round Rock Express baseball game with my sister-in-law Annette, her son Dylan and his friend Connor. It was a great time! Round Rock beat the Albuquerque Isotopes 8-6! And, Round Rock started in the playoffs tonight, I believe. For those of you who don't know who the Round Rock Express are, they are the AAA minor league farm team for the Texas Rangers! It's just like going to see a game in the majors except I have no idea who any of these guys are. Speaking of which, I don't know who this pitcher is, but I liked the shot. I hope you do too. Also, I hope to post another shot from the game as well a little later, but I'm trying to think of a way to make it pop! Stay tuned!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Leander Rail Station

Here's just a quick post... I was going through some of my archives looking for something to publish and I ran across this shot from my employer's rail station in Leander, Texas.  I took this shot one morning on my way to work last spring.  It looks a little better to me now because maybe I remember the weather being so much cooler then.  Which I must say, we finally have a little cooler weather down here for a change... It's only in the low 90's vs the low 100's!  However there are lot's of fires happening in the area.  Which leads me to another thought... Some friend of ours, Tricia and Doug, are in the middle of the fires out in Bastrop County.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and we ask that you keep them in yours as well!

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy the photo!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Long Time, No Post - Tower Life Building

For a multitude of reasons, I haven't posted anything to my little blog here in a long time.  Some of the reasons are lack of motivation, tired of the heat and a few others that I won't bore you with.  I hoping to get back into the swing of things soon.  I really enjoy shooting pictures, but I have reached a little burn-out point lately, but that might change soon.

Also, soon, Eileen and I are traveling to Boston and other parts of the east coast.  We will be staying in Plymouth and in Charlestown.  Any suggestions on what to shoot there?  This could help me get some motivation back and you could help me get inspired!  :-)

With that, last weekend my sister Elizabeth came to town for an excellent visit.  She had a symposium to attend in San Antonio. However, with the extreme drought we're having here, we had a hard time trying to think of things to do.  We tried Volente Beach, but that was a bust, food was not very good, and we also tried Rio Rio on the Riverwalk.  Again, food no good.  We still had a great time and it was great to see her!  She's lots of fun and we're lucky to have her in the family!  Anyway, Eileen and I joined her down at the Westin on the Riverwalk.  It's a very nice hotel, I must say.  While we were there, I grabbed a couple of shots from the balcony of our hotel room.  This particular one is of the Tower Life Building (I think). The following about the Tower Life Building is from Wikipedia:

The Tower Life Building is a landmark and historic building in San Antonio, Texas.
Construction of the tower began in 1927 and the building rises 403 feet (123 meters) and has 30 floors. The building, which opened in 1929 was originally named the Smith-Young Tower and is the central component of a partially completed development called the Bowen Island Skyscrapers. The eight sided, neo-gothic brick and terra-cotta tower (complete with gargoyles) was designed by noted local architectural firm Ayers & Ayers (Atlee & Robert B. Ayers). The building also housed San Antonio's first Sears, Roebuck and Company store in its lowest 6 levels.
The other completed building in the development is the former Plaza Hotel (also designed by Ayers & Ayers), which opened in 1927. The property became the local outlet of Hilton Hotels in 1956 and was converted into the Granada Apartments in 1966. Subsequent structures in the development were never built as a direct result of the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression.
In the 1940's the building was renamed the Transit Tower for the San Antonio Transit Company, which the Smith Brothers purchased in 1943. In 1953 a television transmission tower was added to the structure. Renovations in 2010 removed the obsolete television mast in favor of the tower's original design, a copper tophouse with a 100ft tall flagpole.
The building is now named for its current owner, Tower Life Insurance Company.
In 1991 the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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