Archive for the Photo Category


Posted on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at 6:35 pm

Ribs – n. – ree’-ubs – heaven on a bone, ((2 X 6)+1)




Myka in the Bluebonnets

Posted on Friday, March 24th, 2017 at 11:29 pm

I generally don’t stoop to photographing bluebonnets to avoid being in the same class of photographers who pull off on the side of the road and have their kids sit in the wildflowers for a photo op.  It’s considered rather gauche in serious photographer circles.  (Unless there is a paycheck in it.)  So this is rather tongue in cheek.


No bluebonnets were crushed during this photo op.



Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2016 at 3:17 am

Thawed and cooked the two racks of spare ribs in the freezer, replacing them with two more racks (individually wrapped this time).  One of the racks had Rib Tickler rub and the other mesquite bbq sauce.  12 packs of ribs will go in the freezer, should last me a while.



nanas in the mist

Posted on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 at 8:35 am

Went out this morning to roll up the extension cord for the wifi range extender, and found these growing right off the back porch, just out of reach.




Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2016 at 6:14 am

Well, the hard drives are all in order like ducks in a row, three 4TB USB 3.0 externals and the 500G Firewire system clone/catch all.  The backup drive still has the old folder order, but the backup files are all there, just needing a little shifting.


The desk has more room with two drives removed, making Myka happy.  That is not likely to last long, with the Mac Air addition expected this week or next.


I am trying to get the Esther’s photos retouched.  Eight have been completed and uploaded.  Almost halfway there.  My eyes are a little sore, but I did a pretty good job on the first ones.  One or two more days of Photoshop and I’ll have the existing scans delivered, internet willing.


Looks like the rain is finally drying out.  Temps will be returning to the low 90’s for summer’s finale.  Forecast is not calling for any more upper 90’s.  Not complaining.

Two years prior

Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 at 10:05 pm

Me at Liberty Lunch in 1978.  Photo by Dan Hendricks.



scans and cameras

Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016 at 11:34 pm

Been giving the new 35 mm film scanner its first heavy assignment.  Some of the film has damaged emulsion, not real bad, but a Photoshop retouching nightmare.  Not all are bad and some will have quality image alternatives.  But it adds up to extra time.


Anyway, I found the original 4X5 copy negative of the Ratchett and Rose photogram, and I shot it with the Nikon at 14Mp, then subjected it to all sorts of Photoshop, and it came out rather well.  Not quite the original, being digital, but good enough for printing.


And I fond a few photos of me in my late 20’s up to 30.  This one was taken by Jeanne Baxter at 29, upon a return trip to visit Austin.  This was the look that won me second place in a Halloween contest for “coming as myself and having no one recognize me”.





Teh Kitteh

Posted on Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at 9:43 am

Here she is, very affectionate.



Baby backs

Posted on Thursday, May 19th, 2016 at 5:26 pm

Oven roasted a rack of pork baby back ribs and a pork tenderloin, both from the freezer.  The rain storm that meandered across the area kept temps in the low 60’s for the day, so it was a perfect day for heating up the kitchen.  That is good stuff…  They came out just right; tender, juicy, and delish!




Posted on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 at 3:30 pm

The blue bonnets are popping out in Brenham, at least starting to show.  They are off to an early start, thanks to the rains last week.



Myka Cheesecake

Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 6:15 pm


Bag and brush

Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 at 11:29 pm

No explanation needed.




Posted on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Today was clean up after the remnants of Patricia day. It’s still too wet to rake the few fall leaves, but dry enough to blow and sweep the porches, decks, and brick walks.


One of the victims of the 6 inches (16 cm) of rain was Myka’s grass dish. Being a catch tray, it has no drainage other than a 90° tilt. The grass is still alive, but none of it is standing upright. A poor sight indeed. When it dries, I’ll give it a haircut and maybe throw on some more seed in the bald spot Myka made digging. Then again, I just may let it go and try some winter rye in the yard’s bald spots for the coming season.



Desk Director

Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Keeping the workflow on its toes.


Speaking of toes: The Muk Luks finally arrived today, 11 days after I ordered them.  They will definitely keep my toes warm.



Sleeping Monsters

Posted on Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at 8:14 pm


Blounts 2

Posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Photos of the bloom (blue bonnet photos are considered to be so gauche among Texas photographers.)









Walking wounded

Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 11:04 am


The Good, The Bad, and The Guilty





Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Well, Alpha and Myka are getting a chance to sniff each other out through the screen door.  So tensions are on the wane from a tense meeting the other night.  Myka gets the yard in the morning, dogs in the afternoon.  And the door is open in the afternoon when it warms enough.


So Myka is hopefully going to learn to deal with the new dog, and she can be out full time during the day again.  I don’t need all that daytime maintenance.  After dark is more than enough.



Myka Cheesecake

Posted on Friday, February 13th, 2015 at 6:09 pm

Went out and bought a cheesecake, to celebrate this cheesecake of Myka.  (Any excuse for cheesecake will do.)





Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 9:43 pm

A couple of photoshops, one new, one from Thanksgiving (Gracie).




Posted on Friday, January 16th, 2015 at 6:26 pm

*nom nom nom nom*  Coconut pudding with whipped cream (the pie hasn’t been cut yet, eating the leftover ingredients first).  Can’t buy this stuff in a store.  Pizza too, though it was split into a double semicircle, as the crust was wider than the oven.  So it has been a celebration of Π today, though a complete circumference has not been seen yet (at least in digestible form).  Π are round!


Got the hood latches on, same style hasp latch as seen on hand held tool boxes.  They are on the front edge of the hood, not to be seen from the drivers seat.  The locks are paper rings (think loose leaf).  Wondering if it will pass inspection.  But it holds the hood very well.


I have the weekend off.  It will be in the 60’s in the afternoons.


Myka is not concerned with any of this.



A parting of wallets

Posted on Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Yesterday, the wallet I ordered from Amazon arrived, and it now resides in my pocket.  The old wallet has been retired, for obvious reasons.


This is my third traveler’s wallet.  The first I acquired in the mid 70’s from a craft shop in Colorado.  It was definitely a hippy wallet.  The second (the tattered one shown below) was a Christmas present in the early 90’s.  Now my third one.  May it last twenty years, like its predecessors.


3-1 4-1 1-1 2-1


Posted on Friday, November 28th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

iPad camera and Photoshop.



Assault cat

Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Can you see the gears turning in Myka’s eyes?  (She is grounded and trying to make me pay for it.  I gave her a quick outdoor preview, and she abused it by escaping to the front yard and into the street, ignoring my calls to her.  Brat!)




Posted on Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 10:06 am

In my third week of house sitting, first in Austin, now in Bryan.  I spent ten days in south Austin caring for Pinot and Grigio (see below), a pair of very young rescued kittens, along with the tootoo girls.  Four bottle feedings a day…


Now I’m in Bryan, caring for the parrots and China Mae and Blackie (aging dogs), in the midst of rainy weather with cooling temperatures.  Fall is finally here.


Been downloading gigs, fattening the need to burn backups.  I will need to buy a new spindle of DVD blanks.  Fortunately, I have the funds.


I can only wonder how Myka is doing.  She gets spayed shortly after I get back to Brenham, which is Friday.  Then I get to go back on meds.  I wonder if construction is happening at the house in my absence, as stated.