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crazyBobcat PRO 11:29pm, 2 January 2007
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leroyer 12 years ago
Wow, did you get this cat as a christmas gift ?
:)
zesty house [deleted] 12 years ago
Big scary kitty looking awfully pretty.

I feel like he does. A bit in need of a nap. =) Nice shot.

-Sontra (A Day In My Life)
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 2
Wife's Camera v1
Back on the first day of the ancient Celtic new year (November 1), my wife and I began something very similar to what Phillipe is doing here - that is, a Photo Journal. My wife is much better at staying current with it than I but we both try. In that journal she frequently refers to her "three-legged alien." This is the camera that she is uses and her little alien friend.
;-)
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 3
Cormac v2
My little boy Border Collie. He's a chaotic curse-blessing.
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 4
Looking Up with Reflection
I drive the same 16 miles to and from work every day. The view is monotonous and never-changing. I only hope there's enough on the drive for a year's worth of photos. This is one of the numerous radio towers on the drive. I took it through the windscreen of my vehicle while waiting at a light; you can see my reflection.
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 5
Statue v1
On that same drive is this marvelous house that has one of the more amazing English gardens this side of "the pond." This is but one of the numerous statues they have scattered throughout.
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Ladybadtiming PRO 12 years ago
so your day lokked like a half naked lady then ?
was it half a good day ?
:-)

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 6
Light Fixture at Mexican Inn
I've recently taken a new position within my corporation. with that comes longer hours and less time to post. So, I'll get stuff up when I can, but there may be days at a time when i go missing.
This photo is of the interior of a lightshade hanging over a booth in a Mexican Inn restaurant. I liked the pierced metal look.
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 7
Cormac in the Mirror
This grand handmade mirror stands proudly in the living room. Walking the hall, I saw the reflection and my little boy border collie staring at my reflection through the sheer curtain. It made me smile.
oddityinabox PRO 12 years ago
_so pretty... at first glance it looked like I was looking through it rather than a reflection!

_ravi | *life through pictures
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 8
Bedside Lamp

Sometimes, especially when experiencing the thrill/joy/pain of a new position, the days just get away from you. I was just headed to bed when I realized that I'd yet to take my photo for the day. So, I grabbed my wife's camera (the one with the little three-legged alien attached to it) and snapped this shot of a really pretty lamp we have next to the bed.
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 9
My Drive Home

After a long day at work, this is what the drive sometimes looks like. This is one of those instances where, once again, it was late enough that I wasn't sure I'd get another opportunity at a photo. So, I took several night-time-while-driving photos. This was the best of the batch.
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 10
MB at NFG

One of my senseless-yet-priceless joys in life is to join my wife for a beer and a burger while playing trivia. In this photo, she's actually finishing up her journal entry over at the Daily KRuMB and I'm trying to snap a photo that's worty of both the Daily KRuMB and this fine essay on Life I'm involved in right here.
Cheers.
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 11
One Tree Hill
(I'm a week behind, but trying to catch up)
I drive through the Arlington Bottoms each day on my way to work. The bottoms is a flood plain currently occupied by a sewage treatment plant and a single two-lane rough road for passage. The old path through was destroyed a number of years ago when they built the new Trinity Boulevard. However, there are still bits of it that are accessible. On this cold, dreary day I drove down into one of those hidden roads and took this photo. The dead tree stands on top of a bluff that has been created by suburban development. It seems to stand almost in defiance of encroachment. I applaud it's stance.
Cheers.
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 12
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It's January, and if there's one thing that folks here in North Texas do not do well, it's weather. Weather of any sort seems to weaken already addled brains and driving becomes treacherous. This heavy rain storm began on this Friday morning and turned over the weekend into a Winter Storm that is still playing havoc with the traffic and transportation systems in the area nearly a week later.
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 13
Dinner
It's Saturday night and we're iced in (well, truthfully we're not, but I don't trust the folks on the road in this kind of weather), so we decide to stay in, watch some telly and have a pizza. I'm not the kind of person to ask a delivery driver making minimum wage to put his life on the line if I'm not willing to do the same, so frozen pizza it is. Not good nutrition; heck, not even good food; but a fun photo I think.
Cheers.
sunshinecity 12 years ago
only just discovered your diary today!!
Cool pics, the pizza made me ungry now!!


~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 14
Frozen in Arlington
Still iced in, but an urgent need forced out of the house (I truly forget what that need was now). So, typically, I found my way to No Frills Grill for a much-needed (ok, really just much-wanted) beer. This little bush was alone and frigid in the parking lot, so I grabbed some shots. I like this one best, although the other two are alright, too I think. I had neglected to grab my camera so this one was shot with my wife's (admittedly) superior camera.
Cheers.
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 15
MB Takes a Photo
My wife rode with me to work on Monday morning because she was flying on to MCO to visit her family (I wouldv'e gone, too had it been possible). She'd been moaning that I kept taking photos of this beautiful English garden, so I drove her by it so she could grab a shot or two herself. Turns out she didn't use any of the ones she took over at the Daily KRuMB, but I get to use this one in my Daily Photo Diary. She's trying to take a photo of the frozen fountain (a bad photo of it can be seen here).
Cheers.
sunshinecity 12 years ago
love the iced branches!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 16
Back Entrance to the Bar
Between business trips, long days at the office (or at off-site meetings) and, most recently, an out-of-state funeral, I'm way behind on my photo-taking and uploading. I've just uploaded everything, so hopefully I can play catchup. I've had to steal some time on a laptop to do so, but I'll try. This photo is the back entrance to Wilhoites in Grapevine, TX. My colleagues and I had a vendor-dinner in Grapevine this evening, so we went a little early and visited this bar prior to engaging the vendor over at the Silver Fox. Wilhoites is an aging, but enjoyable hang-out that in it's hey-day was a well-thought of family dining establishment.
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 17
Snow and a Chiminea
I woke this morning to an unusual scene in my part of Texas; all this white stuff dusted across the landscape. What do you do with it? There're no hills, so no downhill skiing. There's not enough to snowshoe or cross-country. All this stuff does is make the drive to and from work long and miserable. But, it is what it is. Right now, I'm in Florida far away from the white stuff.
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 18
Well, somehow, I managed to completely miss taking a photo on this day. Out of batteries, our to ideas, out of time? Probably a combination of the above.
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 12 years ago
January 19
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I've no idea what this is. Perhaps I'll clean it up enough to see the reality of the photo someday. But, right now, in an effort to get caught up from my woefully-behind state of being, I'm just putting it up and damn the consequences. I'm a better photographer than this, but sometimes I get limited by the constraints of time and camera.
Cheers.


January 20
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crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 21
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At Scarborough Faire, we have this wonderful shop at the end of the lane near the list called Dragon Wings. One of the many fine products Deborah (the proprietor) produces are these fine marionettes. We have two of them in the house, this one is dressed in the same material we wore in our wedding.
Cheers.
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 22
Chili's Too at IAH
The joy/curse of my new postion is travel. A recent trip took me to MIA via IAH. Being sorely hungry, my boss and I grabbed a quick bite at the only real restaurant in the terminal, Chili's, Too before heading on to IAH.
Cheers.
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 23
Palm Fronds in Miami
We're in Miami now. We arrived in Miami last night, located the hotel, grabbed some food and went to sleep, it was going to be an early morning. Sure enough, the wake-up call came very early and off I went to work with the knowledge that I'd be back later in the day. We trudged in, worked a full day then back to the hotel to take a much-needed nap. That, unfortunately, did not happen for me as Marita Beth called me just at that time to inform me that the long-awaited phone call had arrived. Her grandmother had passed. With sleep no longer an option, I took the opportunity to wander about the hotel and take some photos. This is what you get.

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Aperture: f/5
Focal Length: 22.2 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 24
Sunset & Trees
Back in Texas, if only for a day. I've come home because I've got vendors that came in from Atlants strictly to see me. The funeral was still a couple of days off, so although the need to be with family was there, the need to pay the bills was greater. As the theme seems to have become; I take a lot of photos on my drive home from work. Here's yet another. Sometimes, I'm treated to an exceptional sunset and I truly loved the golden glow that this sunset was creating.

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 45.7 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
drab chicken [deleted] 12 years ago
i like it too
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
Janauary 25
Hoary Leaves
I'm home for but a day, and it freezes. Not that I'm against that, mind you, it's just a bit of a change from the non-jacket weather of Miami or Orlando. This photo is of the side-lawn next to the driveway that adorns the majority of front yard. Atlhough you can't really tell due to lighting the leaves are covered in a hoary frost similar to the frost that coated my windscreen.

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 26
View from the floor of a 737
Back on the plane, and back to Florida. This week it seems I spent more time in the air than on the ground. We were nearly on the ground when I took this photo; I figured I better get a snap in now, or it wasn't going to happen for the day. Not a good photo, but a photo nonetheless.

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.5 sec (1/2)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
27 January
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Back in Floriday and it's time to place my Grandmother-in-law in her final resting place. I didn't even take my camera to the services, so on this day I am content with a photo of the colourful curtains adorning the window of the spare bedroom in my in-laws house.
R.I.P. Gammy!


Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
28 January
AA Tail at MCO
Sunday morning and Marita Beth and I find ourselves at the airport trying to get back to DFW. Sad to leave family & friends who had gathered around the life of Myrtle Mulligan, but thankful to be in the same airport at the same time and headed the same direction.
The flight, and this is the actual metal on which we flew, was sorely overbooked (by some 30+ seats), but somehow the gate agent managed to get both MB and I onto the flight. Not together, mind you, but at least on the bird. Marita Beth had a lovely, cozy flight with wine, Bloody Mary's and cheese pizza up in first class; I got the lovely broken seat in 27E between a woman at the window who had to pee about every 30 minutes and the guy on the aisle with no concept of personal space.

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
29 January
Candlelight
It's the Monday after the whirlwind crazy week from hell back and forth from Texas to Florida. What did I have to look forward to? An entire week offsite at a requirements gathering meeting. I was fucking knackered by the time Monday evening rolled around. This is it; a lit candle in the house. I suppose I should just be happy I even remembered to take a photo.

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.4 sec (2/5)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 30
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The day started early, too early considering the week before up to and including the 29th. We, my boss and I, were meeting with the IPC (the International Postal Corporation) to help guide and determine the path of postal services for the future. The meeting lasted all day; but the surprise ending was great. At the death of the meeting we decided, most of us, to go the Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (well, specifically the Rodeo).
Although I took many photos that day and nearly all of them were better than this one, my wife encouraged me to use one of the group shots as my entry for the day as a "memory device." I'd never met most of these folks but if I took a photo and applied their names to it, I might just remember their names when next we met. Now, a fortnight later, it is a mental test to place names to these faces.
So, I believe that starting in the back and going left to right, we have:
Mark (Deutschepost), Meitte (DenmarkPost), Christophe (La Post), Joergen (IPC), Terrill (AA-my boss)
Front Row: I don't remember, Geitte (Denmark Post), I don't remember and his wife, an empty seat, someone who's name I never did catch with T&T.
So, that's that. I'll try to come back and edit this soon with the real names...once I figure them out.
cheers.
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/3.1
Focal Length: 10.9 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash fired, auto mode, red-eye reduction
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
January 31
It would appear that I missed the final day of January, too. Right, I know, I suck.

February 1
Swimming Pool Fence
The night after the rodeo with the Europeans and I'm back at the La Quinta stuck in a meeting I know not much about. At this point in the meeting agenda I was rebelling pretty hard; I was unhappy and feeling mighty stupid being surrounded by all these folks whose average airline tenure had to be counted in the decades. And...it was snowing outside.
Yep, February 1st and North Texas has its third (3rd) snowfall of the year. So, what'd I take a photo of? You guessed it, a swimming pool.
Truth be told, it was cold outside, and I didn't want to brave it. So, this photo is from our meeting room which looked right out over the pool.
I'd actually intended to take two shots to make up for yesterday, but failed because my batteries failed immediately after this shot. That's it...no more photos for the day.
Cheers

~KR (1 February, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
February 2
Broken Plate Wall
I found myself in Razzoo's in downtown Ft. Worth one evening sitting at the bar. At the end of the bar between the bar area and the restaurant was this wall of broken plates. I suppose if you are going to break plates as part of a daily restaurant happenings, you might as well decorate with them. Overall the effect is clever, bright and pretty.

~KR (2 February, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
February 3
Knight in the Mirror
It happens so often it's becoming embarassing. The day ends and I still haven't taken a photo. So, it's dark & cold outside, I'm not leaving the house, so I grab my camera and scout for suitable subject. For good or bad, this "Knightlight" and its reflection in the mirror was my object of the day.

~KR (3 February, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.25 sec (1/4)
Aperture: f/3.1
Focal Length: 10 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
February 4
Marita Beth Photographs the Ferris Wheel
For the second time in a week I found myself at the Ft. Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. A spur-of-the-moment decision the day before and with the generosity of American Express points I have been accumulating over the years we "purchased" tickets to the final show of the Ft. Worth Rodeo. In all my years of living here, I've never been to the Stock Show more than once in a season. This was a fun treat.
The photo is of Marita Beth in her duster and brand new red cowboy hat taking a photo of the midway - in specific of the ferris wheel.

~KR (4 February, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
February 5
Abandoned Lorry
For years I've been seeing this abandoned lorry on the side of the road parked in a small copse. The trees have begun to grow through the vehicle now it's been there for so long. This was the best I could do on a short-notice decision; I'll stop again soon and get a better photo.

~KR (5 February, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/800)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 25.4 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 12 years ago
February 6
Hooligan
My dear friend, Mary, gifted me with this Hooligan. His belly hides a soccer ball. He's apparently a figure in a recent movie entitled "Flushed Away" (or something like that). He guards the entrance to my new cube at work with his fierce scowl and humongous presence of being. And since it seems that pretty much all I do these days is work, drink beer and play soccer, he pretty much fits me. Thanks, Mary.

~KR (6 February, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.125 sec (1/8)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 7.5 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
7 February
Drunken Ness at the Office
Another photo at work, because it seems that's where I spend the majority of my waking hours these days. And another guardian of the cube. This guy was also a gift, but this gift came from Ed while I was taking a holiday in Scotland with a bunch of close friends. Thanks, Ed; it pretty much sums up who I am: a Scottish wastrel.
Cheers.

~KR (7 February, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.125 sec (1/8)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.9 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
8 February
Pool Balls
Ok. So, when I'm not at work or at a soccer game or sleeping, I'm at a bar of some sort. Here I'm at Rob's Billiards and Sports Bar playing pool. I was playing with someone I didn't know and I kept disturbing his game by taking photos. I won.
cheers

~KR (8 February, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.1 sec (1/10)
Aperture: f/3.1
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 2 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
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
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
10 February, 2007
Artemis Relaxing
I fear I had to take a page from Marita Beth's playbook. It was the end of the day and I'd yet to take a photo, so the cat to the rescue. This is a cat that rarely is still when I'm around, because she's hissing at me and running away, or rubbing against my legs just to prove her bipolarness (?). She stayed still long enough to get the photo, and that's that.

In order to not have a diary full of shots of the house and house-inhabitants, I've got some soul-reaching to do. I'm hung up, for some reason, on what others think about me when I stop on the side of the road to grab a photo. It makes no sense, and I've fought it; but more often than not I fail and hence don't stop to capture that slice-of-life moment I wanted. Therefore, I frequently get stuck at the end of the day still not having taken a photograph and regretting all the missed opportunities. Advice welcome.

Cheers.

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/3.1
Focal Length: 10.5 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash fired, auto mode, red-eye reduction
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
11 February, 2007
Red Light District ?
We have new neighbors across the street. I've not seen them, but I know they're there by virtue of the lights that go on and off in the house and the constantly opening & closing garage door. For some reason, they felt that a red-light in this street-facing room was a good idea *shrug*. Who'm I to say it isn't, but the image is intriguing.
Cheers

~KR (11 February, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.1 sec (1/10)
Aperture: f/3.1
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 2 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
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
Exposure: 0.067 sec (1/15)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 36.6 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
13 February, 2007
MIA Airport, again
Another Tuesday afternoon and another city in another state. I'm back in Miami to help sort out some issues at our facility there. There are positive things to say about Miami there really are. The sky is a beautiful colour, palm trees are lovely, the people (if they're not driving) are generally helpful and somewhat friendly-if a bit opionated. None of that however takes away from the fact that it's bloody humid and hot...even in February. I stepped out of the airport into a sauna that I hadn't remembered ordering. I immediately took off my sweater I'd been wearing (it was 40 degrees Farenheit back home); there was just since in getting multiple layers of clothing slick with sweat.
This building is a part of the MIA Airport structure. I'm not sure of it's purpose, but it warranted a photo against the incoming afternoon clouds.
Cheers.

~KR (13 February, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 13.7 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
14 February, 2007
A Solution is At Hand
How's this for a romantic photo, eh? Yeah, well that's the sort of romance I had on this Valentine's day. I had an affair with a white board, dry-erase markers and hand-held scanners. The day was spent in Miami trying to work out a solution for an existing problematic paradigm that needs to be corrected and shifted soon. Happy Valentine's Day.

~KR (14 February, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
Aperture: f/3.1
Focal Length: 10.3 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
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
Exposure: 0.5 sec (1/2)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
summersumz PRO 11 years ago
Cool shot. Haven't tried that one. I'm a fan of the porters, browns, and stouts, but, lacking those options, will definitely take a microbrew ale over the standard domestic beers.
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
16 February, 2007
D Terminal
The beautiful D Terminal at DFW. The good thing is, I'm coming instead of going this time around. The D Terminal is full of shopping, art, eateries, bars and waiting areas. It's expansive, clean and a marvel of modern architecture. All that's a very good thing considering just how much time I spend there these days.
Cheers.

~KR (16 February, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.1 sec (1/10)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
17 February, 2007
My Neighbour's Tree
The tree in my neighbour's yard. It's a young tree, only 15 or so, but in the spring and early summer it's truly a beautiful bit of life.
I liked the colour that the setting sun threw into the bark so I took the photo. Probably not the best photo I took that day, but it's what I chose as most indicative of my day. I didn't leave the neighbourhood except for footy practice in the early morning...and I didn't take my camera to the session. So, I took a home-body style photo late in the day.
Cheers.

~KR (17 February, 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
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
18 February, 2007
TCU Spinner
Another Sunday in the life of me, and I was pretty sure I wasn't going to leave the house or do anything otherwise noteworthy. Therefore, I took the camera to the front yard to capture this brilliantly purple "spinner" adorned with the Horned Frog of TCU, Marita Beth's alma mater.
I'm not terrilby in favour of these trendy, overtly kitschy yard ornaments, but anything that has TCU on it is acceptable. I guess it's a soft-spot. Since I didn't graduate from college myself, I use the colleges of my spouse, my friends and colleagues to determine who to root for in big games. TCU always comes out on top with UT and Auburn pretty close seconds.
So, TCU it is.
Cheers

~KR (18 February, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
19 February, 2007
Urban Youth
Urban youth at a gas station. This form of urban decay is becoming more and more prevalent I fear; or perhaps I'm just more aware.
The photo was taken while I was filling up with gas at a station I sometimes visit on my way home from work. I took the photo quickly so as not to be espied; I wasn't really very interested in explaining myself to this group of young men.
I took the photo simply because in the five minutes or so I was there, I witnessed no less than 3 (it could have been more) vehicles drive up, exchange something for something with one of the young men and then drive away. The drivers of these vehicles never left the car and weren't there for more than a few seconds at a time. I have my opinion of what was happening, but certainly no proof other than this single photo. I found the whole thing morbidly fascinating.
Cheers

~KR (19 February, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
20 February, 2007
Lime in a Bottle
Tuesday night. $1.00 draft night at No Frills Grill. Marita Beth, however, sticks to her normal and has a Corona Light. Diligently, she stuffs the attendant citrus into the bottle, then coats it in sprinkling of salt. It's ritualistic for her. In this image (which did not work as well in reality as it did in my mind's-eye), you can see the lime in the bottle with the foam just starting to rise from the salt. Time to drink up.
Cheers.

~KR (20 February, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
21 February, 2007
The Break
Once again, I found myself at Rob's Billiards in Ft. Worth playing pool. It's convenience to my office is both bane and blessing. Some days I stop simply because the traffic is too heavy and I don't want to bear the drive or the sun is just setting and I don't want to stare into it on my westbound trip. Other days I simply stop because it's convenient. This was one of those days; I stopped for a beer and a game of pool with my favourite bar-tender, Trista.
This photo is of her breaking the rack in a game of 9-Ball, which is not her favourite game but she will play it on occasion. This time around I didn't give her an option, I simply racked it and told her to break. Great game, Trista!
Cheers

~KR (21 February, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
22 February, 2007
Illuminated Feather
Being highly involved in re-enactment events, such as Renaissance Festivals, Victorian events and the like, there is no shortage of accoutrements scattered throughout the house. This feather, the tip end of a pen, sits on my wife's desk direcly above her computer.
I found the back-lit feather beautiful and peaceful.
Cheers

~KR (22 February, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
23 February, 2007
Telling License Plate
Sadly, the image didn't come out as clear as I had hoped. I guess the synchopation between the two idling vehicles (mine and his) was off just enough.
I took the photo primarily because the license plate amused me. It reminds me of the sort of classified you might see in the backpages of the Dallas Observer or the Ft. Worth Weekly.
It might read as follows:
4 ORGY 2
NSBC seeks NSBC for ONS
NSB only.

But, then the frame around the plate made me laugh aloud as I pondered the ridiculous dichotomy of the (un)fortunate license plate in its framing.
Cheers

~KR (23 February, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
24 February, 2007
Electric Tower
Before the massive dust-storm arrived, I shot this photo of a lone tower on the edge of the Arlington Bottoms. I had actually driven down this road on my way to soccer practice with the intent of photographing one of the cranes that are always in the boggy land at the base of this tower. But, as was almost destined to be the case, there were no birds in evidence on this morning. So, I took a photo of the next best thing at hand; a shot up at the tower. The clouds in the image are the pre-cursor to the worst dust-storm I've seen in years, but that was a couple of hours away still. In the mean-time, it was just very windy.

(and finally...I'm caught up! ...for the moment)

Cheers.

~KR (24 February, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
25 February, 2007
LA|Fitness
I took this photo to use it as a springboard for a socio-politico commentary. This blight on the landscape; this corporate intrusion into daily sensitivities; this behemoth that has brainwashed the sheep of America into believing that the only way to stay in shape and live a long, healthy life is to subscribe to their methodologies has recently ambushed the DFW metropolitan area. There seem to be hundreds of these monstrosities opening in our area.
Bear in mind here that I am in no way against healthy living, nor exercise, nor even health clubs where like-minded folk can do like-minded things all relating to and, hopefully, resulting in a healthier life. I exercise daily, I play soccer twice a week, and I even try to walk my dogs semi-irregularly.
No. The corporate greed drives my ire. The fact that LA|Fitness has built enormous success around an out-of-date business model that will not allow even casual questions without being ambushed by a hard-sales pitch; that we, the sheep of America, the quiet dullards that inhabit suburbia allow them to dictate how & when and with whom we exercise makes my hackles raise.
I was excited when I first saw that it was a fitness club going into the location that Stripling & Cox had occupied for nearly two decades but had recently vacated. That meant that, perhaps, there would be racquetball courts as well, which is something sorely needed in Arlington. Indeed, there were courts, but my casual inquiry at the front counter as to how much the monthly fee was and how often I could visit was met by the blank stares of a pimply-faced high-school student and a gesture that I needed to visit the sales office. Which meant: I needed to go sign-in and wait until the single sales-person on duty was finished with the poor cow he had in his office. This was all to find the answer to two very simple questions. I asked him again at which time he informed me, rudely, that the information desk did not receive the prices (information?) from corporate headquarters, and that he simply could not answer my query therefore, I must speak with a sales person.
Why?
So that some over priced, commission-driven sales slug can charge what he wants to whom he wants? Does this mean the beautiful model-type that will look good in the glass windows of the facility will get a better deal than some poor unfortunate that is hideously overweight and needs desperately to lose the weight? I certainly hope not; but LA|Fitness's unwillingness to publish their rates, even in individual markets, smacks to me as a company that takes advantage of their client-base too easily and too often.
All of this is going on at the same time that the Extreme Poverty level of America is at an all time high, having risen 26% in the last 5 years to a level of ~10 million souls. Millions of families of four making less than $9000 per year (as a family unit) are struggling simply to stay alive while LA|Fitness hangs onto their financial security by lying to its clients every day.
Yes. I am mad.

~KR (25 February, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
26 February, 2007
Greenman Wall-Hanging
As I've mentioned before there is no shortage of cool & interesting thing to photograph in our house. In addition to that, I should mention that there is nowhere in the house a bare wall. Not every inch of space is covered, but certainly we have more than a fair share of wall-hangings from ceramic pieces such as this one to original works of art. Many the comment is made by first-timers to the house..."it's like a museum." Truth be told, it's not; it's more like a Victorian parlour with modern affectations and sensibilities. However, it is home and I'm proud of the the decor that my wife has so lovingling created over the years. This photo is of one of my favourite ceramic pieces in the house. It's a Greenman, a "Father Nature" if you will. There are several variations and version of him scattered throughout the house, both inside and out. But this guy I think I like best.
Cheers.

~KR (26 February, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
27 February, 2007
Barbed Wire Kisses
Many, many years ago, this was a common sight through the entire midwest. Mankind's attempt at fencing in and controlling Mother Nature and her creatures. Nowadays, it's less common, but still there if you just look for it.
Joseph F. Glidden of DeKalb, Illinois was awarded the first patent for barbed wire in November, 1874. The patent was specifically for "fencing material consisting of barbs wrapped around a single strand of wire and held in place by twisting that strand around another." This simple, single design was known as the "Winner" and was the most commercially successful of the more than 2000 barbed wire designs that followed (570 of them patented). In fact, I'm no barbed-wire expert, but it appears that this photo is perhaps of that "Winner" design. You can judge for yourself by visiting the Devil's Rope Museum where they truly are experts.
It's still illegal to carry wire-cutters on your person in the state of Texas, because you never know just what kind of mischief those cutters can be used to accomplish.
Cheers.

~KR (27 February, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
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 see 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 younster inspiring him to his later brilliant works of art using these same colours found naturally in a North Texas sunset.

~KR (28 February, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
1 March, 2007
Abandoned Lorry 2
I cannot even begin to tell you why, but this abandoned man-made structure beckons to me. Is it because nature is so desperately trying to reclaim it? Is it because I'm appalled at the fact that this eyesore has been left to rust & rot in an open field? Is it because it's just that much outside the constraints and confines of my "normal" life? Whatever it is, I seem to take a number of photos in and around this area. This one for instance, although not of the lorry itself, was taken at the same field. There's many more that I've kept Private or simply not posted due to lack of overall quality. But, there is definitely something that keeps me coming back to this area. Interesting.
Cheers.

~KR (1 March, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
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)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
3 March, 2007
Lance at NTIF
Today we attended the North Texas Irish Festival. It has been one of the highlights of my year for 20 years or so. This was the festivals 25th year and it was a right excellent blow-up. Better attended than I can recall despite the fact that it's an outdoor event and the weather was slightly uncooperative. The temperature stayed in the 50s and below throughout the day despite the abundant sunshine, and the wind was quite blustery. But, we had a marvelous time and were surrounded by exceptional music and more exceptional friends. Sadly, my batteries died, so I only managed 3 photos on the entire day, being, as I was, without backup batteries (bad, bad, bad). Above is one of them, this is another one. The third wasn't worth posting.
I chose this photo because I prefer the composition. This is Lance, he's the son of Janet, who was the subject in my other photo. Brilliant people, great friends of mine.
Cheers

~KR (3 March, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
4 March, 2007
Box of Dragons 2
The day after Irish Fest is nearly always a day of rest and recovery. This was not really different with the exception of how we rested & recovered. I did so while watching some footy on the telly and working on my laptop in the living room. My dear wife retreated to her workshop to continue working on Emily's gorgeous outfit (I can't wait to see it complete and on the bride).
So, needless to say, today's photo is of yet one more intriguing collectible bit in the house. This is a box of dragons. They live in a room in the house full of other dragons; I suppose you would call it a lair. We've, both of us, collected dragon things for many, many years. This is just a small glimpse of some of them.
Cheers.

~KR (4 March, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
5 March, 2007
Hats in a Corner 4
The boss is in Frankfurt, so I'm pulling extra duty making my days extremely busy. To top that off, I had a football match last night, so I left straight from work and headed to the pitch totally forgetting my camera in the process. It strikes me as odd that in the all the time I've been doing this, there is no photo of one of the few real passions I truly have...football. But, be that as it may, I again forgot my photographic instrument and was just headed to a well-deserved nighttime of sleep when I recalled I'd neglected to catalogue my day with an image. So, here you go.
Nestled in the corner of a room, is a neat stack of our Victorian bits & bobs. Topping that off, literally, is this stack of some of my hats. These are the lesser hats, my day-wear and rain-wear chapeaus. My night and formal wear hats are safely tucked away into top-hat boxes.
Cheers.

~KR (5 March, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
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)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
7 March, 2007
Self-Portrait While Driving 2
While driving home, I pulled out the camera to capture a fleeting moment. Sadly, it flit away ere I could get situated. Instead, I tried the above. I'm sure the folks around me, specifically behind me, were trying to figure out just what I was doing, I took the advice of friends and ignored them. The image turned out a little better than I expected, but not nearly as good as I had hoped. I suppose that will always be the case to some extent.
Cheers.

~KR (7 March, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
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)

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
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 "OurGarden 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)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
10 March, 2007
Gamebox
My gamebox, a box full of games, representing money-to-be-made. As the owner of an historical game shop, I am surrounded constantly by games and books on games. It's that time of year for me when I am at my busiest. It's pre-season and every day is spent with customers & orders & shipments. It's a good life, if tiring. This is part of a recent shipment that I've repackaged for transport. Since I'd spent nearly all day on the shipment, cataloguing, inventorying and verifying, I figured that it would just have to be the focus of my photo as well. So here you have a box of games to be sold by me.
Cheers.

~KR (10 March, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
11 March, 2007
A Baleful Gaze
Meet Cormac.
He's my border collie, the younger of two. Border Collie's are known for their intense, threatening, baleful glare. I'd put his stare, a stare that's never seen sheep in the real before, against any working dog on the planet. He is completely & totally obsessive about everything he does, including staring. At the moment, he's staring at the elder dog, 'Tia, because he wants, badly, the frisbee she has in her mouth. As soon as I take the frisbee from 'Tia, that gaze will shift to my hand until I throw it, and which point he's off faster than any dog has a right to run to retrieve it. It's his life.
Cheers.

~KR (11 March, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
12 March 2007
Abandoned
Another abandoned container. There's been a lot of construction along the route I drive every morning. To my mind, there's been too much construction, but who am I? This abandoned container sits in the Bottoms and is now behind a barrier erected by the construction crews. I can't quite see what it is, but it's defintely abandoned, mostly rusted out and overgrown. Some day when the light is better, I'll try again to get a good photo of it.
Cheers

~KR (12 March, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
13 March 2007
A Foggy Morning
This morning's drive to work was quite a treat. I love fog; I love the peaceful solitude it affords, it's seemingly magical ability to hold at by the world's fears and woes. I would be quite content to have fog or rain every day of my life. As it is, here in Arlington, TX, we very seldom have fog. Perhaps 4 days a day in total it appears and suppresses the atrocities that surround us in daily life.
I love the fog.
Cheers.

~KR (13 March, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
14 March 2007
No Frills Grill & Sports Bar - A Sign
Nothing to say about this. It's a point of solace for me in my daily wanderings.
Cheers.

~KR (14 March, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
15 March, 2007
A Dog in Motion
Late in the day and again I've neglected to take a photo. My pup, Cormac, afforded the opportunity to rectify the negligence when he started a game of run & chase with our other Border Collie. I set the exposure for 1 second in a darkened room and tried numerous times. In this image, Cormac stopped briefly to provide the ghostly image. Unfortunately, the full second image also illuminates a few things I'd have rather kept out of the composition. But, such is the way it is, wot?

~KR (15 March, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
16 March, 2007
Sky High Prices
I took this photo for a number of reasons.
First, this is a daily journal; and what intrudes most often into our daily lives, but the harsh, ugly reality of gasoline?
Second, the composition was to be a juxtoposition of sky versus sky-high prices, but I'm unhappy with the way that turned out.
Third, it was to be a platform for a particularly vitriolic attack on the policies and politics of big oil and how we, as an American people, allow the corporations to continue to dictate what position in life they keep us; and believe it or not, we are kept. Their artificially inflated prices coupled with the American (human?) need to have more, more, more keeps the poor, poor, the middle-class in a state of numbness closer to moving toward the lower class than the upper class, and finally the upper are ensconced safely in their ivory towers with nary a care nor worry. However, most of my anger was expelled yesterday by a completely different, unworthy experience.
So, instead, I shall just post the picture as a record that says: On this day in 2007, I placed petrol in my auto at this cost.
Cheers.

~KR (16 March, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
17 March, 2007
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Irish Ale and an Irish Dancer
This is by no means the best photo of the day in terms of ligting or even necessarily composition. However, it most adequately defines the day.
We started the morning by sleeping in a bit, then made a quick trip to Scarborough Faire to visit my East Wind Games shop. Next week is clean-up day and I needed to assess the width and breadth of the effort that will be needed next week (I hate clean-up day!). A run-in with certain members of the management staff who continually make and break promises left me hollow and angry and frankly, depressed. That any one person can care so little about his fellow beings really just rankles me and makes me shake my head in wonder, disgust and depression.
However, the day was to look up with a trip to Central Market on the west side of Ft. Worth. We arrived at Central Market, found a fortuitous parking spot and emerged just in time to hear the familiar voices and sounds of the Trinity River Whalers singing "Drink, Drink, Drink." Yes, the day was looking up.
I went inside, purchased a four-pack of Wexford Irish Cream Ale while Marita Beth found a spot to sit, where we sat for the next 3 hours. After the Trinity River Whaler's, we were treated to the Jack Burleson Trip then Beyond the Pale. All the while this young lady kept up her spirited Irish Dance routine with the occasional break to take a much-needed breather. She was oblivious to her complete lack of skill and continued at it hearing praise and encouragement from every quadrant of the patio. She was not a good dancer, but for what she lacked in skill, she made up for in enthusiasm. It made my heart smile.
Cheers.

~KR (17 March, 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
18 March, 2007
Cormac
Once again, my beautiful smiling dog to the rescue. Daylight was just beginning to fade and I hadn't left the house and had no intention of doing so (except perhaps a trip to the pub). So, I looked about and there's my pup sitting at the back door smiling at me (you can tell he's smiling when he pokes his tongue out). I snapped it, and there you go. He's an integral, important part of my life and in this, my effort to chronicle my daily journey through this year, is a fitting subject for the photo of the day.
Cheers.

~KR (18 March, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 45.7 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
19 March, 2007
Tacks of a Different Colour
I always post the day (or sometimes several days) after I have taken the photo. This prevents me from taking a photo and posting it then taking another photo that is somehow better, different or more pertinent than the one already posted. And, most days, I take more than one photo so the conundrum does occasionally arise. This morning when i awoke, one of my first thoughts was "crud! I forgot to take a photo yesterday." Boy was I thankful, and surprised, when I uploaded my photos from the 18th only to find that I had, in my hurry-flurry of a day yesterday, actually taken three photos. All three are of the same subject; this is the best of the lot.
I've recently taken a new cube at work in conjuction with my new job responsibilities and I'm not completely settled into it yet. So, with all of these interesting bits & bobs of a corporate cube life, it's no surprise that there was a subject waiting for me, even with the limited abilities of my camera. This is a box of push pins of assorted colour that has travelled with me from job to job for years. Now, it's here with me, occupying the exact same job it always has -- nothing.
I'm sure there's a corollary in there somewhere.
Cheers

~KR (19 March, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.25 sec (1/4)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
20 March, 2007
Bog
It's time to play catchup. This photo was taken 5 days ago and is only just now getting posted. I was on my way home when I espied that elusive heron/crane in the bog. It was during rush hour, so I turned the car around at the nearest opportunity and went back to try and capture a good shot of the bird. Unfortunately, because of the way the road winds through the bottoms, the bird was on the other side of this water-filled gully. In my dress shoes and work clothes, I didn't feel like braving the swamp-like conditions, so I settled for this shot of the trees emerging from the water.
Cheers.

~KR (20 March, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 27.2 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
21 March, 2007
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Travel time again; this time I was on way to Los Angeles for a client meeting. I'd only be there a couple of hours, and the flight was fairly early in the morning. So I trundled my sleepy body to the airport at 6:30 in the morning for a 7:25 flight. I got there to find out that the plane was delayed and I'd have a couple of hours to kill in the terminal. Normally, that'd be fine; I'd just head to the nearest bar, and terminal D has several good ones, and while away the hours. But, it was early enough that a) the bars weren't open and b) I was on my way to meet with a client and the last thing I needed to do was show up with beer on my breath. So, I sat down and hoped not to fall asleep as I waited for my travel arrangements to come to fruition. I amused myself with taking long-exposure photographs of the terminal. This is one of the better ones; that blur in the middle is an American Airlines pilot walking briskly to a gate.
Cheers

~KR (21 March, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.4 sec (2/5)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 7.3 mm
Exposure Bias: 2 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
22 March, 2007
"Beached"
Down the side road of the route I drive each day, this appeared. One day the road was there, the next...well, there was a boat on it. I just had to grab the photo. The bottom of the boat is essentially gone; it's rotted straight through. This thing will never sit on water again, but it seems to have taken up residence here.
Cheers.

~KR (22 March, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
23 March, 2007
Beer, Beer, Beer Glasses
What we have here is a collection of glasses, mugs & steins in varying shapes & sizes from all over the world. The one thing that all of these vessels has in common is that I acquired each and every one of them while drinking a beer out of it. The Flying Saucer, which used to be in North Arlington, used to have beer night on Wednesdays. Buy the special beer of the night and keep the glass. Half, give or take, of the glasses you see here are from that event; the remainder are items I have collected from various bars and breweries in various locations. It's a fun collection if not particularly useful.
Cheers.

~KR (23 March, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.167 sec (1/6)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
24 March, 2007
When One isn't Enough
One, Two, Three, Four, Five...Five Stop Signs...mwahhh, hahh hahhh haaaaa!
I guess TXDOT (TX Department of Transportation) REALLY wants people to STOP at this junction. The composition isn't what I would normally strive for, and perhaps some day I'll go back and re-conceptualize the photo. As is, it was taken from the driver side window of my car as I waited at the cross light. This area is under a massive amount of construction right now as they are completing a bypass that circles around to the South of Midlothian. Sadly, it seems that downtown Midlothian businesses are suffering from this new highway. In fact, the only reason I even got to take this picture is due to the side-trip we took to get food at a fantastic little Mexican food restaurant in the downtown area. Sadly, it's closed up and gone so we continued on our saddened way. It's then that I saw this row of Stop Signs. WTF?? I took the photo.
Cheers.

~KR (24 March, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
25 March, 2007
1759 Pub Sign
There's noone that can say I don't like beer. I have many great passions in my life, but beer is one of those that seems to always sit in the first chair. When my local closed a couple of years ago (R.I.P. O'Dwyers), Tom, the owner, sold off a great majority of the decorations he had acquired for his wonderful pub. I acquired this one (along with a number of other very cool items) for a song. It now hangs proudly in the doorway of my office at the house. It's a wonderful memory and reminder of some good times.
Slainte!

~KR (25 March, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.25 sec (1/4)
Aperture: f/3.1
Focal Length: 16.9 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
26 March, 2007
Village Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
I've lived in Arlington for a very long 27 (or so) years. I'll admit to having never noticed these two stacks before. I like to think that it's simply because I've never been driving by the Village Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in North Arlington while they were burning off, rather than that I'm inattentive. I certainly have looked for this every day since to no avail.
I'm not overly happy with the photos; next time I'll get out of the car and get a closer look at things, but the fence and the guard scared me off.
Cheers.

~KR (26 March, 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
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
27 March, 2007
Keys to the House
Keys to the house? Not likely, certainly not my house anyway. Although I'd sure love to have the door which those keys actually fit. I can only imagine that it'd be as old and grandiose and rustic as these keys are.
Definitely there can never be made the case that we don't have interesting things surrounding us. These keys hang on the front porch just outside the door. They're hanging from a candle-holder that we do sometimes put a candle on. But in our neck of the world, an outdoor candle doesn't make too much sense.
Cheers.

~KR (27 March, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.8 sec (4/5)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
28 March, 2007
Top Down on a Candle
One of joys of my house is my wife's tendency to garden. She keeps a wonderful garden in the front yard of Texas friendly plants. In the house, she tends a candle garden that is beyond belief. This is one of those candles under her care.
Cheers.

~KR (28 March, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.067 sec (1/15)
Aperture: f/3.1
Focal Length: 21.3 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
29 March, 2007
View Through a Window
An amazingly violent downpour this evening. This is the tailend of the storm that ripped through West Texas spawning numerous tornados and displacing thousands of people through flooding. My windshield wipers are on and going at full speed, but with fortuitous timing they do not appear in the image. What you can see however, is the massive amounts of rain that hit the windscreen between each wipe. It was an extremley dangerous, very slow drive home.
Cheers

~KR (29 March, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.3 sec (3/10)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 55.2 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
30 March, 2007
Brigid's Cross
I tried for an artsy, DOF thing, what I got was blurry brown. *shrug*
It is what it is; and it is the best of the attempts.
Cheers

~KR (30 March, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.8 sec (4/5)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
31 March, 2007
Patron Saint of the Garden
This statuary saint looks over Marita Beth's gardening efforts in the front yard. I think he's the Patron Saint of the Garden, but I don't know that for sure, and I really don't know what that saint's name might be. But, I loved the beautiful light on him when I issued forth from the house that morning.
Cheers.

~KR (31 March, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 55.2 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
1 April, 2007
Inventory
I spent the entire day at Scarborough Faire cleaning, arranging, merchandising, inventorying and sweating...lots of sweating. Thank goodness for Joe & Cindy, they sure made the day go easier and faster. The bitch of it all is that even though the camera was near to hand and there were ample opportunities for a quality photo, I never once even thought about it. i guess the sweat was making my brain ache as much as it made my body stink. So, this photo is at the end of the day of my hand-scribbled notes on my inventory. I've showered and come back to a semblance of life and now it's time to input the newly-updated inventory into the computer. Drudgery; but it had to be done, so done it was.
Cheers

~KR (1 April, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.25 sec (1/4)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
2 April, 2007
The Arch
It's spring time alright. You can tell by the length of the grass in all of our neighbours yards. Then there's this. This wonderful iron arch that decorates these folks front yard. For about two weeks just prior to spring, this arch is just stunning as it drips with wisteria (?). What I've pictured here is the immediate aftermath of all that purple, drippy goodness; it has resorted to a tangled mass of amazing green. I love driving by this arch all year long as it goes through its various cycles.
Cheers

~KR (2 April, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 11.6 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
3 April, 2007
The Green Light Haze
This photo falls squarely into the "hrmmm?" category. As in "what the hrmmm was I thinking when I took it?" I cannot tell you why i have a hazy photograph of a green light in my collection of photographic endeavours; but I did sort of like the effect. Serendipitous. I'm guessing a better camera with better capability in low-light situations would have helped this to a better existence, but it is what it is...and I still don't know why.
Cheers.

~KR (3 April, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
4 April, 2007
After the Storm
On April 3rd, a massive storm came through the southern part of the metropolitan area in which we live. The system dumped huge amounts of rain, hail & the occasional tornado on our area. The next morning the sky was still dimpled and speckled as if promising more of the same. This photo is an attempt at capturing that. Unfortunately, due to the whole having-to-drive-to-work thing, I didn't have much time to compose the image. I did successfully capture the still violent wind gusts that were ripping through the area, and you can see, somewhat, the dimpled, ready-to-drop-a-tornado clouds that blanketed our sky and kept all planes grounded for a while. Crazy~ But, that's spring-time in Texas for you.
Cheers

~KR (4 April, 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 11.4 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
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