Monday, January 30, 2012

Man Over the Melt Shop

Man over melt shop
Here's what my office mate and I saw out our window while we sat on a conference call...that crane was so high up in the sky! Wow. And we couldn't imagine being the person in that cage. Yikes. We watched it descend. Too fast for our taste. And then later during a break, we had a slightly brighter, more mellow view. Thanks, J, for the lovely, tasty distraction!
Flowery cakes

Friday, January 27, 2012

Working Up High

Man on bridge
Hello there. Way up there. WOW! I was driving back to work after lunch and I had to turn around for this shot because it so captured my attention. The picture doesn't really convey the height in my opinion. There's something about driving under this man as he worked way up there. That's the bridge on Interstate 10, above New Braunfels Avenue along the railroad tracks. See what he's doing up there? Chipping away at that ledge. That man has some guts. One wrong step and it could be bad. Did I mention that cars are zipping by him on the other side of that wall? Likely going 70+ miles per hour.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lightning, Thunder, Wind, Rain

App: Camera+
It has been a wonderful time of year because we've actually gotten rain in South Texas. Great news for the wildflowers and bees, not to mention every other living thing around here. Last night we had a marvelous storm packed with flashes of lightning and claps of thunder. Thankfully we didn't have any limbs come down from the pecan nor did we get struck by lighting or fierce winds as others suffered. We only lost power for a few hours I believe. I tried to sleep through most of it with a pillow over my head to muffle the thunder. Didn't work great but it helped. This is FM464 on the way to work (well, one route anyway).
And this is what I call Lake Caterpillar - it's at the stoplight for FM464 and Kingsbury/Hwy90.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Clear Springs

App: tadaa
Last week we went to Clear Springs, which doesn't seem like the healthiest of choices BUT if you get the chicken club salad and a soup or the grilled fish tacos on corn tortillas, it's not tooooo bad. Right? :) I liked this darker look - gives the place a totally different feel. As compared to the color shot below. I am really enjoying snapping shots with the iPhone and then using one of these apps to create new looks: Camera+, tadaa, and Instagram.
App: tadaa

Monday, January 23, 2012

Chúc mừng năm mới!

App: tadaa, PS Express, Diptic
Today is the first day of the Lunar calendar and it's the Year of the Dragon. I wish everyone a very happy and blessed new year ahead. Here are some of the things that I enjoy each year to ring in the new year with Mark. The green rice cake is a tradition for this holiday. My mom has made this every year as long as I can remember. She's not able to make them anymore but she can oversee my older silblings making the cakes. They did a great job and we sure are glad they took on the project. It's about the equivalent of making tamales here in this area. Labor and time intensive but well worth it. The ancesteral table holds offerings to those who have passed on already that they will watch over us and bless us this year.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sunset Over Our Home

App: tadaa
I shot this last night as I came out of our Honey House. The weather has been unusually mild for winter. I believe the meteorologist said we are about ten degrees warmer than normal. Boo. I want more winter before the heat returns. Please. Check out the other sky shots for this week at Sky Watch. I haven't had time to participate lately but I'm going to try and make time this year. I love looking at the shots posted there!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New Subway In Town

Progress on new Subway on Hwy 46
No, not transportation - food! We're getting another Subway shop in town. This one is next to the Whataburger on Highway 46 at IH-10. One day, it will be completed. Meanwhile, we're all watching to see who can possibly move slowest on construction. Schlotzky's or Subway. :)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Apps: Hipstamatic & Instagram
Last night we went on a cruise about town as we both needed to get out of the house for a bit. I was happy to see the Texas Theatre all lit up - they are showing Driving Miss Daisy, great movie. If only the other theatre downtown was lit up a few nights a week (the Palace). I just love seeing their lights on at night.

By the way, this was shot with my iPhone and then I used two apps to play with filters - Instagram and Hipstamatic. Both are free and are a lot of fun.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Foggy morning

Good morning everyone. I sometimes enjoy a foggy morning. It makes everything soft. Lovely in a way. I just wish I could capture it more fully in this photo. It doesn't appear very foggy but it is.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Oh What a Sky Does

Good morning, clouds.
I'm back at work now after a nice long break for the holidays. Ten days off was awesome and our visit with my family in Florida was really wonderful. I am refreshed and ready for work now - this is the field across from the steel mill. I love it in the different seasons. It has a different loveliness based on the sky as well as what's growing or not growing in the field. :-)
Green grass, gray skies
And on a beautiful, sunny day...the greenness of the field right now just takes my breath away! The contrast in grass and sky colors is spectacular. Green grass, blue sky