Contrail Patterns Wednesday, Jan 9 2008 

8 January 2008
On Sunday my wife told me of a documentary she had watched on the History Channel. Always eager to learn, I perked up. But, I don't think I perked up quite as much as my BS meter did. The documentary centered itself on contrails and a particular theory surrounding their creation. It seems, according to this show (which I've not seen, I hasten to add, making this 2nd hand theory-rousing), that the wide, flat contrails that maintain themselves sufficiently long enough to become cirrus clouds are in fact put there on purpose. See, our government is loading military jets full of toxic chemicals and creating these massive contrails in an effort to control or reduce Global Warming. Unh-huh.
Contrail_Patterns

Whether you subscribe to this theory (which apparently has been around since early 2001 or so) or not, you have to admit they do make pretty patterns in the sky.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on: 9 January 2008)

Listening to:
It's Time They Knew by The Swimmers

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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Lone Tree Hill Sunday, Dec 23 2007 

17 December 2007
The Lone Tree Hill. This is one of Marita Beth's favourite photos that I've taken in recent times. I like it, too, but not so much as I think she does. The tree stands directly behind Our Garden of Angels on the hill overlooking the Arlington Bottoms. In a different framing you could potentially see the Ft. Worth city skyline just to the right of the tree itself. I didn't choose to post that photo as MB preferred this one.
Lone Tree Hill

Cheers.

~KR (17 December 2007)

Watching: Ghost Rider

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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Stop Sign Silhouette Saturday, Dec 8 2007 

26 November 2007
I worked from the relative comfort of the bed while Marita Beth & her workers (thanks everyone) packed up the booth. By 6 pm, after a long hard day with no breaks for the workers, she was done and we left. TRF was over for another year. The three day weekend starting the Friday after Thanksgiving was deemed a success and forevermore TRF will end on a three day weekend. As a mercenary money-coveting merchant, it entices and intrigues me. As a human, with a family and a life outside of faire, it pisses me off. But, when you sign the contract with a festival, they pretty much have you by the bollocks. You play their game by their rules, or you don't play. I guess we're playing. On the way home, we drive through Anderson, TX. I've taken many a photo there over time, but never of a particular house. The house, Marita Beth covered in her photos. While she was doing that, I was taking photos of a simply stunning sunset. Sadly, the car was idling and the photos are all a bit shaky. But, I like this one:
Stop Sign Silhouette.
Cheers.

~KR (26 November 2007)

Listening to:
Bad Man's Blunder by Kingston Trio
from Very Best of the Kingston Trio

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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Palm Tree Sunset Friday, Nov 9 2007 

6 November 2007
Like I said in my last post, what's a trip to Miami without a photo of a palm tree. Right? So, here's Palm Tree Deux.
Palm Tree Sunset
The work we do is by no means glorious, glamorous or high-paying. But, sometimes, just sometimes, it's rewarded by moments like this. The sunsets in Miami can be just spectacular and when you couple those fleeting bits of time with the "good for the soul" palmtree, you get rare, and wonderful, moments. I'm only sorry Marita Beth couldn't be there to share it with me. Not that I'd ever really want to take her to Miami. The people there are mad, as in crazy-mad. I'm not sure I'd be happy with her trying to drive through the insanity that is Miami traffic while I'm at work in a terminal somewhere. She's a fantastic driver in and of herself. But I'm relatively sure that no one who lives in Miami is a sane driver. And that hypothesis is based on experience. So, while I'll take her pretty much anywhere in the world, I think she'll have to visit Miami through my photos. 🙂
Cheers.

~KR (6 November 2007)

Listening to:
Hear our Prayer by Patrick O'Hearn
on El Dorado

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Sunset on Our Garden of Angels Monday, Mar 12 2007 

9 March, 2007
Sunset on the Garden of Angels
There’s this place that I pass two times every day I drive to & from work. It’s called “Our Garden of Angels.” It sits on a relatively desolate section of the drive, but is next to an industrial complex of some sort. “Our Garden of Angels” is built around the memory of a young girl named Amy Robinson who was murdered on this spot on her way to work one morning.

The plaque, which is not in the picture but instead is on the gate of the actual memorial across Mossier Valley Rd, reads:

“This is the place where Amy Robinson was taken and murdered. She was kidnapped by two co-workers while on her way to work. Because she did not like to be alone, others decided to put their loved ones in the garden with Amy.

The voices of loved ones silenced because of murder heard in the garden. These proud white crosses speak for each of them.

The Garden of Angels is not a place of death but a place representing life. Love radiates from these very surroundings filling the night with wonderful happy memories of a time when these voices spoke with laughter and joy.

Our angels never forgotten because love for them never fades and their memories will never die. Along with the memories comes hope for a tomorrow without violence.

Welcome to “Our Garden of Angels” Where in this serene and peaceful place, if you listen, you can hear echoes of the voices of angels.”

Amy did not like, in life, to be alone. In death she will never be, as her lone memorial was soon joined by another, then four more and so on, all victims of violence who deserved better than they got.

The sun was setting on my way home this evening, and I stopped to take photos. I had done so before, but had never bothered to read about the place. Now I have, now I know that even in death those we love will never be alone.

Cheers.

~KR (9 March, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
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Sunset at a Stoplight Friday, Mar 9 2007 

8 March, 2007
Sunset at a Stop Light
As I’ve mentioned before, the sunsets in the North Texas area can be simply breath-taking. At times, you just have to preserve that beauty for posterity.
This one got captured during a stop at a light. There was an awful lot of traffic, so I sat through this stop light several times watching the sky’s glow turn more & more golden. Finally, I’d had enough and just had to get the photo.
Cheers.

~KR (8 March, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
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Sunset in North Texas Thursday, Mar 1 2007 

28 February, 2007
Trees by Sunset
There is one thing for which I am thankful here in North Texas; and that would be the beauty of the sunset most every night. I’ve lived a lot of places and seen many a sunset, but these here in my part of the world certainly rival the very best on a pretty consistent basis. It wouldn’t surprise me to find out that Maxfield Parrish studied these North Texas beauties as a youngster, inspiring him to his later brilliant works of art using these same colours found naturally in a North Texas sunset.

~KR (28 February, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
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Key West Sunset Ale Thursday, Feb 22 2007 

15 February, 2007
Key West Sunset Ale
Last night at the hotel and I finally find a beer I enjoy. The Crowne Plaza Hotel has a decent bar with a decent, if very opinionated barkeep; however they’ve been out of Red Stripe & Fosters since I got here; nor do they carry any stouts or brown ales. Well, that is, until they brought in Key West Sunset Ale. Nothing particularly special about the brew other than the fact that it wasn’t yet-another-bottle-of-water-trying-to-pass-as-beer. Little to no aroma, and I drank it out of the bottle rather than poured into a glass so I can’t judge the head. A wonderfully light flavour that would suit me just perfect on a hot day in Miami (like it was). A far better choice than Miller or Budweiser and certainly palatable.
Hooray Beer.
Cheers.

~KR (15 February, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
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Grackles on a Tree Wednesday, Feb 21 2007 

12 February, 2007
Grackles on a Tree
The common grackle, Quiscalus quiscula, is a member of the Family Icteridae. In short, they are a noisome, bothersome, irritating bird that North Texas is infected with. They become particularly populous in early fall and late winter when the northern cousins make their journeys to and from the southeast. They are a plague, a blight an noisy irksome pest…so, here’s a photo of some of them roosting in a tree.
cheers

~KR (12 February, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
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Sunset over Ft. Worth Tuesday, Feb 20 2007 

9 February
Sunset over Ft. Worth
Every so often I’m treated to a vision that makes the drive worth it. This is one of those. In the distance is the Ft. Worth skyline from the East. The setting sun dipping below the horizon between two of the downtown buildings created such an intense opportunity, I couldn’t fail to take it. Luckily, this exact image coincided with a rare stop at a stop-light. Most days I zip right through this intersection; today, I was forced to stop and managed to stay stopped long enough to grab my camera and get the image.
cheers.

~KR (9 February, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
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