Trees from Above Sunday, Dec 23 2007 

14 December 2007
Friday, the 14th of December woke cold, damp and foggy. Many of my peers had taken the day off; in fact it seemed that much of the Dallas – Ft. Worth metropolitan area had taken the day off. The traffic was blissfully quiet and the drive was quick – for a change. I took the opportunity of a quiet office to walk down to my boss's corner and snap a few shots of the Bradford Pear trees under his window. Aside from their horrendous rotting meat smell for about a week in the early spring, these are lovely trees. They cause my allergies to a go a little nuts (at the same time they smell like rotting meat), but it's a short-lived irritant. The rest of the year, they're simply beautiful.
Bradford Pear Trees from Above

Cheers.

~KR (14 December 2007)

Listening to:
Super Mario's Sleigh Ride by the One Ups

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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Reflection in a Gazing Ball Saturday, Dec 15 2007 

8 December 2007
A Saturday. Hoorah. Despite a few emotional bits, I did manage to get out of the house. At least as far as the front yard.
Tree Reflected in Gazing Ball with Leaves
Yep, that's just a decoration in the front yard. It sits in a garden area under a big Black Oak. It's pretty.
Cheers.

~KR (8 December 2007)

Listening to:
Pieces of You by Raintree
from Just Live

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode

The Colours of Bradford Pears Saturday, Dec 15 2007 

7 December 2007
As if to put paid to all my whinging about fall in North Texas, these Bradford Pear trees decided to colour my world, at least for a few days.
Beautiful Bradley Pears

I just love the tri-coloured hue they achieved: red on top, yellowing in the middle while maintaining a summer-like green at the bottom. These trees are in the courtyard I walk through each morning on the way into my office. Today, when I walked through, those trees have lost all their red, and the majority of the leaves are of a sickly yellow colour, although some green still tinges the fringe of the foliage.
Cheers.

~KR (7 December 2007)

Listening to:
Peak by Dayplayer
from Dayplayer

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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The Colours of Fall Saturday, Dec 15 2007 

4 December 2007
I mentioned elsewhere that the North Texas autumn was devoid of colours. The leaves fall off the trees like they do everywhere else, but here they don't seem to change colours first. I stand corrected. The Black Oaks in my yard don't change colours first. But, the Black Oak in my neighbours yard certainly did. When we returned from our weekend in Galveston, his tree was a wonderous conglomeration of colour. Witness:
The Colours of Fall

Cheers.

~KR (4 December 2007)

Listening to:
Love Will Tear Us Apart by Bis
from Return to Central

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

5 November 2007

Palm Tree


What would any trip to Miami be without a picture of a Palm Tree. We’re staying at a different hotel this time around, and just outside the backdoor is a beautiful, if small, lake. Ringing the lake is, like pretty much every lake in Miami, a series of Palm Trees. Now, I’m not much into the tropics. I’m not a water- or a sun-baby, so I don’t get the fascination of Southern Florida. But, like Terrill says, “How can you not like palm trees? Palm trees are good for the soul.” I agree. I think they’re pretty.
Cheers.

~KR (5 November 2007)

Listening to:
Little Star by Madonna
on Ray of Light

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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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
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Aperture: f/4.5
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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

Field O’Green Friday, Jun 8 2007 

7 June 2007
Day three of week one in a 5-week study in corporate ineffectualness.
This is the Flagship University, a corporate hotel & convention center where I am holed up for 27+ hours a week right now.
Field o' Green
I couldn’t be bothered to take a better photo today even though when MB and I went out for dinner I did take my camera. I just couldn’t work up the necessary drive. I’m still sick and very weary. I’m not sleeping more than a couple of hours at a time due to nasty coughing/gagging fits and now I’m finding that many of my co-workers are coming down with some sort of crud. I certainly hope I wasn’t the catalyst, but I fear I am.
That’s all for now; I really can’t be bothered.
Cheers.

~KR (7 June 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
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Springtime in Ft. Worth Wednesday, Mar 7 2007 

6 March, 2007
Springtime from the Boss's Window
Ahhh, Spring. That beautiful time of birth & rebirth; that glorious time of growth & green; that horrible time of hacking & wheezing, sneezing & coughing, asthma attacks & red-rimmed eyes. Yes, Spring is here. This view is from my boss’s window looking out over the freshly bloomed Bradford Pears and the walkway that leads to the parking structure.
I treat Spring with an uncomfortable gleam because although it is remarkeably and unmistakeably beauteous, it’s a miserable 2-3 months for me here in North Texas. Personally, I prefer my beauty without the need to have a tissue constantly to hand or being so doped up on allergy medication I can barely function. And my allergies aren’t nearly as bad as some folks I know. So, to all of my fellow sufferers, look out…it’s coming and coming quick.
Cheers.

~KR (6 March, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
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Buds on a Tree Sunday, Mar 4 2007 

2 March, 2007
Blossoming
Another day and another photograph in that location I spoke about yesterday. This is a close-up of the top of the tree. Yesterday it wasn’t blooming, at least not quite so noticeably. Today, however, a veritable explosion of buds was present when I arrived. I had my wife with me as well. She took this photo of the same tree; but the camera she was using, although an excellent camera, did not have the ability to zoom in on the tree as far as mine would. So, I took a photo very similar to the one she took, but I’m choosing this one for the day. I love the blooms against the sky.
If anyone knows what kind of tree this is, I’d like to hear from you.
Cheers

~KR (2 March, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/800)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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