”Beep beep, beep beep, His horn went beep beep beep…” I can’t see a Nash without thinking of the old Playmates song.
This beautiful Metropolitan was one of the many cars at the All British Car Show this weekend that I would love to have in my garage. It’s true, driving a bright pink & white Nash could tarnish my macho image, but hey, it is pretty cool!
Yea it’s Fall!
Admittedly, in order to see leaves like these in Texas you have to be in the exactly the right place at exactly the right time (usually late November) and the previous months weather and temperatures have to have been exactly right. I cheated and went to North Carolina last fall where I was virtually assured of being able to capture some great Autumn scenery.
Never the less, I love the Fall season in Austin Texas. The weather starts to cool down, the world gets a little crisper and and everything just seems right.
I finally got out to photograph the newest addition to the Texas State Capitol grounds in Austin Texas. This wonderful sculpture is the work of Texas artist Armando Hinojosa.
I photographed this deep within the hillside of the Tuscan town of Montepulciano. I am pretty sure the name of the place was the Cantina Gattavecchi. We entered the cellar and went down, down, down, till we got to this amazing cellar. It was sort of disorienting to discover after going down all those steps we were able to walk outside from this level. I suppose that is why they call them the hill towns.
Zurich is such a beautiful town. Although I made this photograph last month, I can’t see this scene without being reminded of a visit I made several years ago.
I was staying very near here when I went out for an early Sunday morning walk. The city appeared deserted. In fact, the only other person I saw was an older gentleman fishing from the bridge. While the scene was indeed beautiful & quiet and peaceful, it created a real sense of loneliness. There I was in this wonderful place, but I was alone & missing my wife.
Just as I approached the bridge, the church bells started ringing & echoing throughout alleyways of the old town. It immediately brought back a lyric from a wonderful song by Kris Kristofferson;
“Sunday Morning Coming Down”
“…Then I headed down the street,
And somewhere far away a lonely bell was ringing,
And it echoed through the canyon
Like the disappearing dreams of yesterday… ”
Mr. John Taylor (his family calls him ‘Pops’) has spent his life working a ranch that his grandfather settled in the late 1800′s. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to photograph him on his land. (I actually photographed him at a hotel.) So I placed him on a ranch I had previously shot. This technique also works great when photographing corporate clients. It takes far less time (and money) than taking the client out to a remote location.
Thank you Mr. Taylor. It was a pleasure.
United Airlines had one of the truly great ad slogans of all time. After all, most people over 20 can complete the sentence; “Fly the friendly skies of …”.
I believe it struck a chord with the American psyche because almost above all else, humans want to connect. People want a pleasant ‘friendly’ experience regardless of their endeavor, but especially when they travel. The bottom line is happy employees, make friendly employees & friendly employees make customers want to return.
This is Andy. He is a Service Director and spends most of his days on the ramp gently loading thousands of pounds of luggage on to aircraft destined for far away locations. And although he works very hard, he is virtually always smiling. Just what you would expect from ‘The Friendly Skies’ of United.
Yesterday & went & hung out with a friend, and a few thousand strangers and shot lots of photos of a ton of amazing cars at the annual Austin Lone Star Rod & Kustom Car Roundup. So many amazing creations. The Hot Rod in the photo and the car in the background were both custom built by Boerne Stage out of Boerne Tx. Truly Amazing. You can see a few more examples of my car photography here.
Last weekend we went on a wildflower quest and drove the country roads east of San Antonio Texas. I believe we may have been just past peak for that area but we did find some nice spots. My favorite was this field with various rusty farm implements surrounded by fields of bluebonnets.
You can see more of my wildflower photos here.
The Capitol 10k is being run this Sunday in Austin Texas & I’m more than a little disappointed that I won’t be available to join in the festivities. This photo was taken last year not too far from the start on Congress Avenue. If you know any long time participants in the Capitol 10K, I’m sure they would enjoy an art print on canvas or metal of this or another great shot of this Austin Tradition that you can see here.