Monday, January 31, 2011

Feathers


I got the chance to shoot some feathers today...by fortunate circumstance, the birds were still wearing them.


Doing a little personal grooming.




Low Level Fly By!



Striking a (slighty mobile) pose. All these were shot just south of Rockport, Texas. There were some spoonbills close to the same location but they never got close enough for a decent shot.
Sony 70-300 G



Friday, January 28, 2011

Signs And Silvestre's Last Trip


Today was about the most beautiful day you could ever wish for in January...bright, sunny, calm and about 70 degrees. I went to the harbor to bask in all that goodness and the first thing I really noticed was this sign...right next to the cut barbed wire. Guess some people don't think the rules apply to them.
Sigma 50/1.4


While still pretty close to the sign, I got this shot of the Apache pushing a barge south on the ICW...look how close they are to that sandbar...an inch is as good as a mile, I suppose.
Sony 70-300 G



Down at the point of the harbor, on the south end, the bay boat First Born was towing the Silvestre around the point. Silvestre has been tied up at city dock for several months. A couple of weeks ago, they started cutting the rigging off then they started on the gunwales and the wheel house. They cut holes in the deck so the engines could be removed...and then today, they pulled her away from the dock.
Sigma 50/1.4



Around the point and into the channel, they headed north.
Sigma 50/1.4



They passed the wreckage of the Lady Monica and kept heading north
Sigma 50/1.4



They got out of 50mm range and by the time I got the 70-300 back on, they were turning her to push her into the shipyard at Aransas Marine Ways, on the north end of the harbor...on the outside. I guess they will probably haul her out and finish cutting her up...RIP Silvestre
Sony 70-300 G




I put the 50 back on and got ready to head home when I decided to shoot one more little sign. It was on the back glass of a very dirty truck...mine!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Toughest Of The Tough


I thought the sunflowers were all gone for the winter but I saw this one and had to go back home for my camera so I could get a shot of it. Most folks just dismiss these as weeds but they're one of my favorite flowers...such vibrant color is entirely too pretty to be dismissed as a weed!
Sigma 18-250

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

One Of Those Days



Today was one of those days! We've had rotten weather for so long and today was just beautiful...I had gorgeous weather, plenty of time with no pressing items on my to do list, half of a tank of gas...it was even my turn to use the truck. I ventured forth full of high hopes and great expectations for a good afternoon of shooting but I just couldn't find anything that captured my interest...Just One Of Those Days! I took a couple of shots at the harbor anyhow but they were pretty uninspired.


Sigma 18-250

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Yuck


My friend Wendy posted a picture this morning from early in the day. It was of beautiful blue skies and a landscape that looked straight out of Spring. I had high hopes of capturing a little bit of that beautiful day but by the time I got out...yuck, what happened? I shot this at about 4:00 PM, between rain showers and it looks like we can expect more of the same for the next couple of days.


These are the two brown pelicans that are seen beside the pier in the photo above...I think I interrupted their nap but they didn't seem too upset about it.
Sigma 18-250

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Self Portrait


I didn't really set out to take a self portrait but when the sun is at your back and you're shooting with an extremely wide angle lens...that's what ya get.
Sigma 8-16


These are the bones of the Lady Monica. She sat in the mud, on the bottom at the FEMA docks for years...they finally dragged her out, in pieces, and are slowly getting the mess cleaned up. The Lady was a unique boat for these waters...she was from Canada and how she wound up here, I don't know...maybe she just needed a warmer climate to finish out her years. 
Sigma 18-250

Friday, January 21, 2011

John And The Android


My trusty Blackberry finally died...it had been a good and faithful companion but when it's your time, it's your time and I guess it was the Blackberry's time. I got this fancy Android phone to step into the void and I have high hopes! I figure it will take me about a year to figure out all of the features...and probably another year to figure out what possible use I might have for them...should be a wild ride.
Shot in the lightbox with the Sigma 18-250

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Charms Of The Harbor


After a week of cold and three days of rain, the weather finally cleared enough for me to make a pilgrimage to the harbor late this afternoon. This old building was once part of the Gulf King empire. Gulf King was the largest concern at the harbor during it's heyday...ice house, fuel dock, supply store, diesel shop, net shop, packing plant and probably about a hundred gulf trawlers. Gulf king also had the boatyard at the south end of the harbor and that's where this old wreck stands. Gulf King moved all it's boats to central America many years ago...Guatemala, if memory serves and all the other divisions were sold or abandoned...most of the buildings are gone now but the boatyard remains in business as Mile 533 Shipyard. I figured I'd take a few shots of the old place before it falls down but as I was shooting it, it struck me that it looks the same as it has for the last 20 years...and it's still in use!


While I was shooting, along came another blast from the past. This is the Cape Town and she's been tied up at the harbor for at least 3 years and I figured her sea days were over...but here she came...and lookin' pretty good, I might add...headed for the gulf...probably recently sold and headed back to work.



Before it got too dark, I had to head back home but not before I shot this Brown Water tug pushing barges south, toward the bridge, under an amazing sky! I guess bad weather, storms, rain and the remnants thereof have their upside...beautiful evening skies and the promise of better weather to come.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Little Different


About ten days ago I shot this little cutting from a tree at my house. The cutting was fresh and the leaves were still vibrant. The weather has been so lousy for the past few days, I decided that if I was going to be able to post anything, it would have to be something shot indoors...so, I went up to the office (just up the driveway) where my home made lightbox was still set up. The little cutting of leaves was still set up in the box so I decided to shoot it again. What a difference 10 days make!
Sigma 70/2.8 macro

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Synchronized Scratching


These two brown pelicans were practising for the new Olympic event...synchronized scratching.


It was a pretty good day for beach walking but the coming week promises to be cold, wet and nasty...so be forewarned, there may be a few more shots from my box/studio in the immediate future.
Sigma 18-250

Friday, January 7, 2011

North End Sunset


I tempted fate again this evening and stayed at the harbor past my "curfew". I, naturally, heard all about this breach but I'm somewhat unrepentant..guess I'm just a bad boy at heart. This still isn't the sunset I'm looking for but...maybe tomorrow.
Sony 70-300 G



Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sunset


I used to shoot a lot of sunsets...not so many now that my eyesight has gotten so jacked up. I really have a hard time driving home if I hang around till after dark. I was at the harbor late this afternoon though and I figured I'd be adventurous for a change. The sun slipping below the horizon can be sort of hypnotic and we sometimes forget to look around to see what effect the changing light has...in other places besides the actual point of the sun. This view was off to the south. The sunset was OK but nothing special... but I enjoyed this peripheral view...and I made it home without mishap!
Sony 70-300 G

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Landing


It was a pretty nasty day on the coast...damp, overcast and with a chill in the air. It was a dark and dreary day but I had decided to get out and try to shoot something, despite the bad conditions. There were a few pelicans flying at the harbor and I managed to catch this one just as he was landing.
Sony 70-300 G

Monday, January 3, 2011

Red Leaves Of Winter


Down here on the coast, our seasons get a little confusing. A lot of the trees stay green all year long while others just turn brown and die...seemingly overnight. Some of the trees DO show some beautiful color change but don't really do it till the middle of winter. I'm not sure what kind of tree hosts these leaves but they are pretty common here. I cut this little sprig from one of the trees along my driveway, thinking it would be a good specimen to play with in my high tech, high dollar light box...I love to play in the box! 
Sigma 70/2.8 macro