Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Alamo

 Here are a couple of pictures from San Antonio.  Besides hundred plus temperatures with humidity, it actually turned out to be a great day.  This picture of Emily and Kate was taken around the front of the Alamo.
Remember the Alamo.  I actually do remember it when we came as a family many, many years ago.  This turned out to be a good thing because they close at 5 pm, so we didn't get to go in this time.  Too bad because I really liked the inside.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Dogs and Lights

 This is Cali.  She's one of two Goldens that my nephews Alex and Seth walk daily while their owners are out of town.  If you know me, you'll know that I love Golden Retrievers.  When I found out what kind of dogs the boys were walking, I had to grab my camera and go along to snap a few pictures.  One thing is for sure, these type of dogs make great subjects for pictures-- they are incredibly beautiful.  And plus, get a load of Cali's tongue!
 Here's Simba.  A little older than Cali, but all the heart none the less.  I have a great picture of both of them together that I'll have to post another time.  It's pretty amazing.  I don't really know when my obsession with Golden Retrievers started, but I just can't get enough of these dogs.  I don't think it's particularly a bad thing, they are such kind-hearted, loving animals
We went to the "biggest firework show in North Texas" the other night.  I'll have to hand it to them, Allen did a great job.  The only thing that would have made it better, is a couple of mountains for the loud booms to reverberate against.  I guess you can't blame Texas for being flat.  Here's Erin smiling for me with the festivities going on in the background.  She's one of my favorite subjects, it's fun to be around her again!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Pushing and Pulling

Nate and I near the end of a trek that the Morgan Stake went on.  Nate and Kristy were a Ma and Pa, my dad was an Uncle, Bruce was a doc, and they invited me last minute to be another photographer.  It was a great experience and I'm glad they allowed me to tag along.  I have always been at awe with what the pioneers went through, but going on this trek gave me a new respect for the organization, tenacity, and faith of those early pioneers.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Dreamers Who Helped It Fly

This picture was taken a couple weeks ago at my cousin Kelli's sealing.  It was a beautiful day with bright blue skies as you can see.  It was a wonderful event, I always love spending time with my cousins.  I've always looked up to Kelli.
Photo Credit NASA
I had a dream the other night where I was on the Space Shuttle heading to space.  I can't remember which shuttle it was, or why we were traveling out of the earth's orbit more like an airplane than a rocket with a shuttle on it's back.  I think I had the dream because I've been pretty obsessed lately with the Shuttle program.  I've always been very interested in space travel, but not to this degree.  Maybe it's because the Shuttle Program is coming to an end, kind of like an artist's work is more valued when he or she is dead.  My favorite Shuttle is Discovery and I have a real connection to it (as much as a man can have for a machine).  I even got choked up when it landed for the last time a couple of months ago.  The picture above is Endeavour's final touchdown last Monday.  You can see the video here.  The commentator stated it well, "And so after a journey of six and a half million miles, the Endeavour landing in darkness but illuminated by the ingenuity and dedication of every astronaut, scientist, engineer, flight controller, mechanic, and dreamer that helped it fly."  It's a wonderful time to have been alive during the Shuttle Program.  Red and Rover captured my almost boyish fascination of the shuttle in this clip:

Photo Credit NASA and Brian Basset