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More Texas Photos

There were so many great photo opportunities as I traveled through west Texas last week.

I enjoyed it because everything was so vastly different than it is in Orange County.

I got to photograph cowboys, truckers, lots of old cars, and desert landscapes.

It’s fun to get a change of pace.

I took a lot of photos from the car too.

(No, I wasn’t driving!)

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I was really excited when we came upon some cotton fields.

“Pull over!  Pull over!” I pleaded.

“The boys” (as I called them) were nice enough to comply.

I hopped out to take some photos of cotton fields, and close-ups of cotton balls.

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I brought a cotton ball back to the car as a gift for Thomas and Daniel.

They didn’t seem nearly as excited about cotton as I was.

I’m not much of a morning person.

All photographers know, however, the best light for photos is at sunrise and sundown.

I’ve always been glad I live in California where sunsets are the big event and sunrises are not.

In Texas,

Bleary-eyed (and with no coffee!!),

I managed to get some beautiful sunrise photos.

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The “line” you see in the above photo (by the foot of the tree) is the railroad track reflecting the morning light.

It’s so terrible to wake up when it’s still dark.

We had a long drive to go trekking out in the middle of nowhere.

But …?

Once you’re awake and there, you’re really glad you did it.

We got some rain on my last day in Texas.

Are there any other states with big, huge, skies like Texas?

The clouds were ominous and SO dark just prior to the rain.

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The wind whipped up the desert dust, and the temperature dropped.

We were actually parked alongside the Rio Grande when the rain began.

Then, the rain stopped and the sun began to come out again.

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After a few river shots, we were back on the road.

Daniel spotted the double rainbow first.

This time it was him who said, “Pull over!  Pull over!”

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I think I was halfway out of the car before it had even stopped.

So many adventures packed into such a short period of time!

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West Texas

There was a moment while I was in west Texas …

A moment when I realized cowboys still work ranches, saloons continue to exist,

And, clearly, I was no longer in California.

The man on the left is named Bailey.

My friend, Thomas (on the right,) had just bought Bailey a beer.


Well, I saw a perfect photo opportunity.

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November 21, 2014

How is it possible November is nearly over?

It’s going to take me another day or two to get everything caught up from my Texas trip.


Thanksgiving is next Thursday.


(And, no, I haven’t given Christmas a passing thought yet.)

Remind me next year not to take on an out of state photo project right before the holidays.

I’m seeing Paul Newman today and I can’t wait because my arm is BAD.

Also, all the cooking for Thanksgiving always pushes me over the edge pain-wise ….

I really, really, really, need “my” Paul Newman a lot this time of year.

Being in cold weather (and seeing snow!) put me in a holiday mood.

I wish we would get some cold, stormy, weather here in Orange County.

I’m looking forward to having my family around next week.

This year will be a little tough though because it’s the first year one of my kids will NOT be here for the holidays.

My oldest son has been assigned to a project that will prohibit him from cross country travel for a couple months.

So, as much as I look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas,

My heart is also sad we will have our first year without the entire family together.

I guess that’s bound to happen as kids grow-up?

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Texas and Colorado …

I thought I’d give you a quick summary of the last week.

I was shooting areas of west Texas last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

I took the above photo (window reflection) at a small radio station prior to going inside to meet with the radio folks.

(That’s my friend, Daniel, walking behind me.  He didn’t know he was about to be a part of my composition.)

I love the LINES in the above photo.  So many things came together to make it a great shot.

Most of the areas we were shooting were very remote.

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I got very little sleep … which is normal for these type of shoots.

I saw (and photographed) some beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

The most vibrant was a sunset in Marfa.

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The reflection of the sunset on the railroad tracks was amazing.

I arrived in Colorado in the wee, dark, hours of Monday morning.

It was a whopping 6F/-14.5C when my plane landed at the Denver International Airport.

I spent all day Monday and Tuesday with my sister.

I’m so glad I had the opportunity to spend time with her.

She is improving from her accident, but she has a very long road ahead of her.

There was snow in Colorado … which thrilled me beyond words.

I can’t remember the last time I saw snow, but it must have been at least ten years ago.

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(I didn’t get to see snow actually falling though!)

My sister and I drank tea, and talked, and worked together on a jigsaw puzzle.

She, obviously, can’t drive so I took her out for a brief trip.

We also went for a short walk.

I think it was good for her to get a little change of scenery.

Yesterday, my first day home, was the usual get-caught-up-from-a-trip stuff.

(With a shot in the ass of Toradol thrown in for good measure.)

I’ll have more about my recent adventures in upcoming posts …..

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Prada Store, Marfa, Texas

I got home late last night.

I’ll have a “real” post for you tomorrow.

In the meantime, here’s a night photo I took at the (famous) Prada Store outside of Marfa, Texas.

The “store” is actually a lifesize art sculpture …. which stands in the middle of nowhere in west Texas.

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I love that my friend, Daniel Krieger, is in the doorway of the store.

And, Thomas Hawk’s shadow looms in the foreground.

The three of us had an epic trip.

I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

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Random Things

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on:

•  I bought hiking boots yesterday.  No kidding, I’m about twenty years overdue for a pair of hiking boots.  (I always wear sneakers while hiking.)  I was going to wear my cowboy boots to Texas, but I don’t think I could wear them 24 hours a day for three days straight while shooting.  My feet would be killing me.  Hiking boots are definitely not pretty-ish, but they’ll be a lot easier on my feet.  I bought Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots.  They don’t need a “break-in” period and they’re SO comfortable.  I’ve already worn them for several hours.  They aren’t cheap, but they’re worth the price.  I bought mine about a half size up so I can wear them with very thick socks when I’m in freezing Colorado.

•  I’m trying to get all my gear, and enough clothes/toiletries for five days, into two small carry-on bags.  It’s a CHALLENGE.  The photography gear is hard enough … but the Polar Vortex is complicating the rest of my packing.  Shorts and tee-shirts just aren’t going to cut it.  (It was 2 degrees at my sister’s house when I checked yesterday!)

•  Don’t tell anyone, but there’s a Unicorn Mask packed in my very small suitcase.  Considering the weather, it might not be the smartest decision I’ve ever made.  But, who needs room for clothes in their suitcase anyway?  Besides, if you can’t walk out in a unicorn mask in the middle of a serious shoot, what fun is life?

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•  Paul Newman helped reconnect my arm to my body yesterday.  I don’t know what I’d do without that man.  Unfortunately, when my arm pops off (and on) my body at whim, it leaves me in a lot of pain.  It’s not the best circumstances to begin a photo marathon.

•  Although I’m sworn to secrecy pre-shoot … I will be able to talk a little bit about what I’m doing once I’m in Texas.  If/when I can access wi-fi, I will attempt social media updates.

•  I’ve never driven in snow and/or icy conditions.  Ever.  My biggest worry about my upcoming trip is driving an hour from the Denver airport to my sister’s house, and then back again.  I wish I could just rent a snowmobile and drive it down the highway.

•  I hope my new phone arrives today before I board my plane.  The touchscreen on my current phone is only working intermittently.  Also?  It would be really fun to play with the iPhone 6 plus camera while I’m on this trip.

Stay tuned ….

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Adventures …

I’m preparing for (what should be) my last out of state shoot in 2014.

It’s a trip that has been in the making for about two years.

Originally, I was going to be on this shoot for six days with two other photographers.

I thought I’d be accompanied by a puppy in training also.

My sister’s accident, of course, has taken priority.

Now, I’ll be at the shoot Friday through Sunday night.

During those three days, I will probably be working 22 hours of each 24 hour period.

It will be intense because …

Well, I have three days to do six days worth of shooting.

It will be a lot of fun.

And very cold???  (Polar vortex!!)

And extremely exhausting.

I will be in Colorado with my sister Monday and Tuesday of next week.

I think I arrive in Colorado around 3 a.m. on Monday.

Did I mention exhaustion?

And do you know how cold Colorado has been this week?

(“Aaack!” says the Southern California girl who doesn’t own any warm clothes or shoes!)

But, that’s okay.

Because after this trip … comes the holiday season.

(And we all know how restful the holidays are??)

My arm is going to be extra-challenging on this trip.

It’s been rebelling this week for unknown reasons.

And, I know, I am about to push my limits in every arm-way imaginable for five nonstop days.

I’ve learned to “manage” my disability as best I can over the past few years.

I’m seeing Paul Newman today.

I’m taking “emergency” drugs with me in case I need them.

I’m seeing Dr. Painless the first morning upon my return.

(And probably Paul Newman again too.)

I’m not sure if I’m going to have Internet available during the first few days of this adventure.

I’m going to be in some very remote locations.

If I can I will post updates.

If I can’t do a full blog post I will try to provide brief updates via:

•  Facebook

•  Twitter

•  Instagram

I doubt if I will have time for any other forms of social media …

If I can even find Internet access at all.

Did I mention I’ll be In-The-Middle-Of-Nowhere-Texas??

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How Bored Are You?

Jury duty was a nightmare yesterday.

I brought my laptop so I would have stuff to do while I was there.

The Superior Court in Orange County (Santa Ana) brings in HUNDREDS of prospective jurors ….

Most of whom sit in a giant waiting room all day and are never called.

Yesterday was worse than normal because the court’s computer system went down.

That Internet I was counting on?

Well, it wasn’t up and running.

The court couldn’t function either.

They didn’t send us home because they thought they might be able to fix it.

Eight hours later …. we were sent home.

Boredom can actually physically hurt for people like me.

(You know, the Type A people who have to always be doing something.)

There were a few moments, now and again, when the Internet would work for a fleeting second before going down again.

I made a game of trying to track my new phone – which I had recently received a shipment notification on.

First check … it was in China.

Second check … it was in Korea.

Third check … it had arrived in Alaska.

Fourth check … it had departed Alaska.

I imagine it will arrive here in Orange County later this week?

Yes, I was THAT bored.

Apparently, my exasperation was humorous to the people seated around me.

I felt the need to keep up an ongoing commentary regarding various characters in the waiting area … like Loud Talker.

After one particularly long stretch of nothingness, I informed my new prospecitve juror friends it was quite possible I had just bought a dog.

They found this hilarious.

Who buys a dog while sitting in court waiting to be called to a jury?

And okay, I might not have actually BOUGHT a dog.

But …?

Two different people have brought two different, adorable, Newfie puppies to my attention recently.

Pretty soon it might start raining Newfies?

(That’s what happens when thousands of people are aware of The Puppy Who Almost Was.)

There are so many great people out there trying to help me find the perfect service pup.

I’m almost afraid I’ll come home one day and find twenty baskets of puppies waiting on my front door.

To be honest, I’d love to have lots and lots of puppies.

The rest of my family?

Well, they might not want TWENTY (150 pound) dogs.

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Jury Duty

I’m at jury duty today.

I wish I could be virtuous and say I don’t mind, but I do.

I’ve got a super busy week and I’m SO hoping I get excused.

If I get assigned to a trial ….

I might just flip out in the juror box????

I’ve got appointments with clients  this week  tomorrow, I’m supposed to be flying to Texas for a big shoot later this week, and, and, and!!

Also, my sister has developed complications from her horrible bicycle accident.

I’m trying to figure out if I can get to Colorado before or after the Texas shoot.


I’m sure everything will be FINE if I can just get through the next ten, very hectic, days.

In the meantime, I’m wondering what I’m allowed to do while waiting around at the courthouse all day today?

The last time I was called for jury duty I was there the entire day and never got called.

I people-watched in the giant waiting area.

(There are very interesting characters at courthouses!)

I was bored out of my mind

Apparently, prospective jurors are now allowed to bring in laptops.

I doubt if they’d let me bring in my photography gear.

It’s too bad … it would be fun to do portrait shots of all the people hanging out in the giant juror waiting room.

I suppose I’ll have to settle for editing photos instead.

If you have time today, check out my Twitter stream.

I’m sure I’ll be providing an ongoing  rant  commentary on my experience.

(No, I can’t tweet trial stuff if I get assigned … but if I’m just sitting in the waiting area I’m sure I’ll have lots to say!)

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Waiting For You

I titled this photo Waiting For You.

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