The Flame Sunday, Nov 11 2007 

9 November 2007
A day at the office. A rather rare thing these days; but consequently a day at the office means a day of catch-up and preparation. No photos during the day. When I left work, I headed straight home to see Marita Beth before she took off for the Texas Renaissance Festival. Since I’d just spent a week in Miami, and was soon to go out of town again, I chose a decompress weekend. So, I went home and hugged on my wife until she had to leave. She leaves later than I would if it were my choice to make, but she doesn’t have the same fear of striking a deer during a nighttime drive in the backwoods of Southeast Texas that I do. I hope she never learns the fear that comes from having struck way too many deer during nighttime drives. After she was safely on the road, I went to NFG to meet with Terrill who was kindly saving me a seat. It was just beer and burger time, and we weren’t there long. But, I was there without my camera. When I got home, I realized that I had left candles burning in my absence. My wife is a gardener, sometimes preferring candles to other forms of gardening which she also does with a great measure of skill. But, because of that, there is almost always a candle or two burning in the house. Normally I remember this, but a week outside the norm and you forget things. So, I came home to a candle burning. Instead of snuffing it as I would otherwise do, I took the opportunity to make my photo of the day:
Flame.
This candle is by Designs in Wax. They are, in my opinion, some of the very best candles you can buy. They last for an inordinately long time and the aroma is simply stunning. Joe and his wife handmake these candles year ’round, and at least once a year we try to stock up. You can get them at the Texas Renaissance Festival and Dickens on the Strand in Galveston, TX. I expect they’re available elsewhere, too, but I know you can pick them up at these places.
Cheers.

~KR (9 November 2007)

Watching:
Manchester United v Blackburn
Score: 1 – 0 at 33:19
(Come on you Rovers!)

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 125
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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Guarding the Garden Thursday, Oct 25 2007 

12 October 2007
Still playing with the new camera before heading over the pond. This is an early morning photo of a gnome that keeps one of our gardens safe. I grew up with these little guys in Germany, and my wife loves to have them around. I guess they'll just always be part of my life. I'm good with that. This one actually sits against our neighbours house watching out over our front lawn He's always a welcome sight.
The Gnome
Cheers.

~KR (12 October 2007)

Listening to:
Gun Through a Razor by Flaming Fire
on Songs From the Shining Temple

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1600)
Aperture: f/5.5
Focal Length: 23.2 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode

Garden of Angels Friday, Sep 14 2007 

11 September 2007
A day that changed so many lives and so many industries, forever. Flags flew at half-mast, prayers were said and songs were sung through the United States on this anniversary of a terrible thing. I chose as my subject for today the cemetary I drive by every day, The Garden of Angels. I've photographed it before, many times. But, I like this one a lot.
Garden of Angels...again
The people are gone, but their legacies, their families and memories of them remain. I'm not one to stand on ceremony, and I certainly don't wish to be placed in a box under 6 feet of dirt when I'm gone; but the amount of love and care that goes into keeping this little Garden clean and fresh is amazing. This dedication to the memories of those who have gone before is peaceful and happy. May those happy memories never fade.
Cheers.

~KR (11 September 2007)

Listening to:
Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
on Grace

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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Up a Tree Friday, Aug 24 2007 

23 August 2007
This day was done. I was done. Completely shattered and not wishing much in the way of company. I was nearly relieved when Terrill decided not to join me at the bar (that doesn’t happen very frequently). With no company, I decided to go home and spend a quiet evening at the house. I pulled into the driveway, got out of my little Mitshubishi and walked to this massive Black Oak that resides in my front yard. I placed the camera against the bark and shot upward not even bothering to compose. I took four shots that way, moving the camera a little each time to achieve a different view. I like this one:
Up a Tree
It sort of composed itself with the ivy moving to a vanishing point that exists at about the spot that the overhead branches diverge. I might very well have even composed the shot that way. On the left hand side there is a fuzzy little blur. That is a web-worm, or tent-caterpillar, or whatever you call those vile little parasites. I killed it.
Cheers.

~KR (23 August 2007)

Listening to:
Coverville-051018 by Brian Ibbott

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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The Gazebo Tuesday, Jul 24 2007 

23 July 2007
Typical Monday after work drive, especially this year. Thunderstorms brewing in the distance, occasional drops on the windscreen and I’m just making the drive home. With Marita Beth gone, I have no great desire to head home on any given day, but at least I do have the company of two dogs and a wizard by the name of Potter.
Gazebo

This photo was taken at the corner of Trinity & Mosier Valley and is of the relatively newly erected gazebo near “Our Garden of Angels.” It overlooks the Arlington Bottom (a 50-year flood plain) and onto the city of Ft. Worth. On clear days, you can see the attractive Ft. Worth city skyline; on this day, not so much. I wanted this photo to better than it is, but if you don’t look too closely you can almost pretend that I got the shot I wanted.
Cheers.

~KR (23 July 2007)

Listening to:
What She’s Doing Now by Garth Brooks
on Ropin’ the Wind

The Cone Flower Tuesday, Jul 10 2007 

10 July 2007
I should’ve known what kind of day it was going to be when I took my first step outside the door this morning and almost immediately dropped my coffee cup shattering the lid and spilling coffee all over everything. Frustrating. The rest of the day was spent trying to debug and isolate badly written code and get some routes submitted.
Not to be completely dissuaded however, by the coffee-cup incident, I went ahead grabbed my camera and took the photo that I had intended to take this morning. Cone Flower
We have several beautiful cone flowers that have been flourishing in our front garden for a number of years now. Most recently we’ve had, what the media termed a Web worm attack, although I believe they were actually tent caterpillars rather than web worms. These so-called web worms, destroyed all of the softwood foliage in both front and back yards and all of the neighboring houses; including the cone flowers. This beautiful one however, somehow survived. The brilliant orange and pink on a background of green just really spoke to me and I decided to use it as is the photo of the day. I took other photos of the coneflowers, but typical of the way the day started, the first couple of photos were obscured by this crazy layer of condensation that had formed on the camera lens when I stepped outside. I was dealing with near 100% humidity on an 80 plus degree day making it pretty darn miserable, but it did lend a really nice soft focus filter quality to the image. I’m now home to spend some time with the dogs, and to change clothes before I head back out to a bar to join some friends of mine. You see, it is after all, dollar beer night.
Cheers.

~KR (10 July 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 7.5 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Sunlight on Flowers Friday, Jun 15 2007 

13 June 2007
One of Marita Beth’s great solaces is gardening.  I love it because she creates a beautiful environment that I get to come home to every day. This Wednesday, the 13th, the sun was breaking through clouds and creating rich shadow and deep light on things. The front garden (which is soon to undergo a massive change) caught my eye and I took a number of photos. I settled on this one:
Sunlight on Flowers
The yellow flowers dangling over the daisy stepping stone composition I liked best.
Cheers.

~KR (13 June 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 13 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Standing Watch Sunday, Jun 3 2007 

2 June 2007
Another day confined to the house and another trip to the front yard for a photo. One day soon, I will no longer be sick and my photos will be a little more far-ranging again.
Standing Guard
This suit of armour stands in our front yard. I believe that Nicole gave it to Marita Beth some years back but don’t necessarily recall the circumstances surrounding that. It stands guard staring at our front door at the base of the birdbath. It’s one of the first things I see each morning as I head off to work, or on this particular day as I stepped outside to take a photo knowing I wasn’t going to get very far.
Cheers

~KR (2 June 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 7.5 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Garden Bauble Saturday, Jun 2 2007 

1 June 2007
I’ve hardly left the house in days. Today I did, at least to the front yard.
This image is one of the many garden baubles adorning the front yard:
Garden Bauble
The cough is starting to dissipate, but when it does rear its head it’s with vengeance and leaves me sore, dry and in pain. I sincerely hope the prescription from the Dr. checks in soon. I’m tired of the discomfort.
Cheers

~KR (1 June 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Garden Statue Saturday, Jun 2 2007 

31 May 2007
This statue is one of the pieces in our garden in the front yard.
Renaissance Child Statue
It was gifted to us by our good friend Jerry on the occasion of our wedding. The statue brings me a smile each and every time I look at it. The young boy depicted here is in very nice Renaissance clothing, but he suppresses a giggle as he stares down at his tennis shoe-clad feet. Classic.
Cheers

~KR (31 May 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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