Rampart Reservoir is about an hour and 15 minutes from my new home in Colorado Springs. Kimberly and I had a picnic on some of the large rocks on the shore. It’s been a while since I’ve taken some landscapes, so I brought my trusty Nikon D750. I really prefer it’s colors for landscapes over my D500. It was nice to have something new to shoot. The water level was really low, but that uncovered some interesting rock formations and sand. Too bad I was lazy and didn’t bring any good lens. Oh well, plenty of time to return.
Well, it’s been a while since my last post…been busy relocating to Colorado Springs! Took a short trip right after the move to LA to be with my daughter, Taylor. She was out there to help with the Spartan Race in Big Bear, conveniently, right near my home in Lake Arrowhead. I was totally unprepared mentally and camera gear-wise, but managed to get a few decent shots of the athletes. There were some low clouds which resulted in some spectacular views of the mountains peaking through along Hwy 18. Didn’t have my wide-angle lens, so I had to make do with what I had. Taylor and I drove down the mountain and visited with my Mom and Dad as well. Fun trip, but way too short!
A friend of Kimberly’s had one of these babys on their home and I had to take a couple photos. It’s a yellow garden orb-weaver. Supposedly not poisonous, but the sheer size is enough to frighten you to death! The whole thing was probably 3+ inches big.
On our way back from the Block Creek B&B, we had to stop at Blackbird Antiques in Comfort, TX to visit Karen Frias, the owner, and her pugs. She always has interesting antiques, home decor, bedding and other treasures. Sadly her original pugs, Molly, Hudson and Eddie, have all passed on, but there’s a new generation now: Matilda and Dexter. Read more
Kimberly and I took a spur of the moment trip to the Block Creek Bed and Breakfast located half way between Fredericksburg and Comfort, TX. I didn’t think I would be able to find anything at the last minute, but the gods were with us and this gem just kinda popped-up. The reviews were all four and five stars and it’s definitely deserved. Read more
I’ve had the Wacom Intuos Pro medium tablet (model PTH660) for a few months now and thought I’d post just a few thoughts.
First off, if you use Photoshop or Lightroom, the Wacom tablet is a game-changer. After you get used to using the pen, drawing is much more natural than with using a mouse. If you’ve ever tried to draw a circle or draw a selection around a person’s head with a mouse, you’ll appreciate the difference. Read more
Kimberly took me up to Nebraska/Iowa to meet her family. It was my first trip up to that part of the country and I had a wonderful time. Her family is just great. Spring hadn’t arrived yet, so it was pretty brown and overcast for most of the trip. There still were a few hints of winter snow. I only pulled out my DSLR at her Dad’s farm near Sioux City. Never been on a farm before. Lots of interesting stuff. Porter the cat, who is in a lot of the shots, was more dog than feline. He followed us all around just like a farm dog.
Some photos from today’s playgroup! It was a surprisingly hot day! Read more
Was out driving on Marquardt Rd in Boerne, TX and saw this!
Mission Miracle K9 Rescue was doing evaluations and running playgroup last Sunday at Kirby Animal Shelter. Lots of people and dogs showed up! Here are some pics! (Note: The people looking at their phones in many of the shots are videoing the dog interactions. They aren’t looking at their FB page ;-) ) Read more