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My dad was a pretty serious photographer, mostly as an amateur, but he did work in the photography business for a while at some point after WW2. I think that was in Austin, Texas, about 1946 -- where and when I came along. I still remember his wonderful old Canon rangefinder. It was a Leica copy that he brought back from Japan and used for years. I was disappointed when I discovered, years later, that he sold it without letting me know.

As I recall, he gave me my first box Brownie as a birthday gift for my eighth birthday. I remember making a panning shot of a passing ambulance with it. I was amazed when the print came back with a really neat motion-blurred background and the ambulance was semi-sharp.


Palm at Sundown

A lone palm tree in the last reddish rays of sundown. Houston, Texas, ...

Updated: Oct 07, 2013 3:33pm PST

Red Velvet Reject

A red velvet easy chair waiting to be carried off to the dump.

Updated: Jun 22, 2012 11:07am PST

Pretty ladies

This should be pretty self-explanatory.

Updated: Jun 20, 2012 6:35am PST

Goin' through the car wash

Updated: Dec 08, 2011 5:08pm PST

Riley Road wildfire

A local newspaper report dated September 6, 2011 described a wildfire ...

Updated: Sep 08, 2011 11:19am PST

Ad Deum Dance Co. 2011-05-21

These are photographs of a performance of the Ad Deum Dance Company at ...

Updated: May 27, 2011 7:23am PST


The great flood of 2011. The first five views were taken on State Hig ...

Updated: May 15, 2011 3:00pm PST

Toys for Tots Tango

On April 30, 2011, a Toys for Tots benefit performance was held at St. ...

Updated: May 02, 2011 2:48pm PST

The Ghost Wolves

The Austin group The Ghost Wolves (with guitarist Carley Wolf and drum ...

Updated: May 02, 2011 12:33pm PST

Illinois in Springtime

Taken at a roadside stop in my trip through Illinois, April 12, 2011. ...

Updated: Apr 20, 2011 2:03pm PST

Leaves in sunlight

These are fine cases of sunlight illuminating leaves.

Updated: Apr 20, 2011 1:50pm PST


These are a few examples from a photo shoot I did for a local neighbor ...

Updated: Mar 20, 2011 6:38pm PST

Small things of no importance

Miscellaneous smallish things combined under the "Still life" category ...

Updated: Mar 03, 2011 2:25pm PST

Testing 1-2-3 ...

These are a few photos to try out new equipment, methods, and so on.

Updated: Mar 03, 2011 2:13pm PST

Hermann Park

I was on a photo shoot for a client in Hermann Park in Houston. I too ...

Updated: Feb 03, 2011 3:33pm PST

Buttermilk skies

Houston, Texas, January 7, 2011. Late afternoon, with sunlight filter ...

Updated: Jan 08, 2011 12:47pm PST


Bluebonnets in Central Texas (near Navasota), April 3, 2010. Aside fr ...

Updated: Jan 05, 2011 3:28pm PST

Memorable weather events

Weather cannot fail to interest! The date of each photo set is in the ...

Updated: Dec 29, 2010 4:52pm PST

Vanessa - 2010

Photos of Vanessa shot in October 2010.

Updated: Dec 25, 2010 11:36pm PST

My Smug Mug

Updated: Dec 25, 2010 7:21pm PST

Lake Tahoe USA, August 2009

Updated: Dec 22, 2010 4:48pm PST

Model of Soviet space shuttle

Just before the Stalinized Soviet system collapsed, they test flew, un ...

Updated: Dec 05, 2010 7:42am PST

Concrete, rocks, and wood

I found the indirect sunlight and shadows rather compelling on this li ...

Updated: Dec 04, 2010 10:22pm PST

Bernar Vernet sculptures

Photographs of an installation of Bernar Venet sculptures at Hermann P ...

Updated: Dec 04, 2010 10:14pm PST


An outdoor dance performance. These pictures were taken from a distan ...

Updated: Dec 04, 2010 8:06am PST


These were shot at Brenner's on the Bayou, Houston, October 2010

Updated: Dec 04, 2010 7:55am PST