Texas Longhorns

On a recent trip to the Texas Hill Country, we had a chance to ride through the Blue Ridge Ranch, in Llano to take a few photos. (Thanks Susan!)  Not having a lot of cattle experience, we weren’t sure how their longhorns would react to several guys hopping out of a pickup with cameras. Once they realized we were not there to feed them, they soon returned to their grazing.

These guys are as big as Texas and a very stately animal. According to their website, this young bull is BRR Smoke’n Mirrors. This 2.5 year old fine specimen already has great horns and just seemed to exemplify what a longhorn was to look like. Thanks again to Blue Ridge Ranch for allowing to take a visit and admire these Texas icons.

I wasn’t sure which way to process the image, so I did it with several variations, so make sure you scroll down to see all three.

 

A Texas Longhorn at the Blue Ridge Ranch in Llano, Texas. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

A Texas Longhorn at the Blue Ridge Ranch in Llano, Texas. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

A Texas Longhorn at the Blue Ridge Ranch in Llano, Texas. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

 

Elk Alert

On my recent trip to Colorado, there were a few animals I was hoping to see. Though I didn’t see any moose or bear, I did have the opportunity to see a number of elk.

On our first day in Rocky Mountain National Park, we heard an elk bugling, then saw it from a distance. It walked out into an opening, which gave me a chance to grab these images. It would later walk behind our truck, but shooting out the window did not prove advantageous.  The following morning, we even drove pass a herd just outside of Estes Park, which apparently is the norm for this time of year. Until you see it in person though, you don’t realize how large and beautiful this animal really is.

 

An elk in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Tim Stanley.

 

An elk in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Tim Stanley.

 

An elk in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Tim Stanley.

Release the Kraken

Sailors have long told tales of a large sea monsters that could pull down large sailing vessels, never to be seen again. While such animals may not actually exist today, it may have been possible in prehistoric times. An octopus or squid back then would have been measured by yards, not feet.

This very large specimen hangs from the ceiling in the Morian Hall of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. While it might not be “the” kraken of old tales, it no doubt would bring fear to any poor sole that it happened to seek out for dinner.

 

Misty’s First Photo Shoot

Last Friday evening, my family was out at an event, so it was just me and my border collie, Misty. What to do? Photography, of course.

Trying something new, she joined me for a trip out for some sunset photos. Being a rescue dog, I’ve been playing “catch up” on training. When not on a leash, she likes to run (not run, bolt). So I brought an anchor and cable, giving her some freedom to walk around while I took a few photos. She was not as interested in the sky as I was, but did find things off in the distance to watch.

Misty is a good travel companion and will be a great one if I can train her to stay with me without a leash. Who knows, maybe one day she’ll learn to carry my tripod.

 

I took my border collie, Misty, with me on an evening of shooting some sunset photos.

Dog Days of Summer

While the summer here has not been as dry and hot as some previous years, it can still get hot. Feeling a bit guilty that I haven’t spent enough time with our dog, we packed up the car and headed for the local dog park. I wanted to go to a new one we found, but my wife mentioned that we could grab a cold milkshake on the way, if we went to the “old” park. Done deal. So off to the “old” dog park we go.

Our border collie, Misty, loves people and likes dogs, just not in large quantities. She says hi to all the people and stays away from the large packs of dogs playing together. For some reason, she loves little dogs though. She loves the pond too, but does not have the courage to swim in the middle. Instead she either lays in the shallows, or dives her face into it, as if she is looking for something. Either way, she has fun and goes home tired. We had fun watching her have fun and were tired too. Mission accomplished.

On the last trip or two, I’ve taken my camera and find it challenging to grab a good image. These dogs do not sit still and the backgrounds are very distracting, so you shoot a lot and come away with only a few you like.

If you want to see more of Misty and her friends, visit HERE.

 

A day at the dog park can be rewarding for both your dog and for the photographer. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

Moody Garden’s Sea Horse

I have always enjoyed watching fish and in the past have owned several fish tanks. My first apartment had one wall covered in fish tanks. So when I take a trip to a large aquarium, like the one at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas. I get quite a kick out of the different tanks and exhibits. Taking photos of their occupants can be quite a challenge though.

Take this seahorse for example. He is just over an inch tall and moving in a poorly lit tank. I’m probably holding up the crowd (yes, I’m that guy) and trying not to get reflections from the glass.

Moody Garden's Sea Horse

Honfleur Horses

Honfleur, France is a wonderful place to stop while visiting Normandy. The picturesque port has a carousel that I bet stays busy as children of all ages take a ride on the wild side. The antique merry-go-round has a lot of character, as these two “characters”  demonstrate.

Honfleur, France was a wonderful stop on our last leg of Normandy. The picturesque port had a carousel that I bet stays busy as children of all ages take a ride on the wild side. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.