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Mostly sharing my photos but may include reading lists or whatever else comes to mind

Landscapes

Week 24 – Wind Farm Near Chickasha Oklahoma

Here are some images of wind turbines in farm and ranch land a few miles North of Chickasha Oklahoma take near and from US Hwy 81.  Once again I was using Nikon D700 with the Nikkor 28-70 f/2.8.

 

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Sunday Afternoon Drive Through Strawn Texas

Strawn City Hall

Strawn City Hall

 

Notice the red brick road.  I assume this is another example of Thurber brick that was used all over the region including Camp Bowie street in Fort Worth, Highway 180 between Weatherford and Mineral Wells, Mineral Wells, and just about all the small towns West of Fort Worth and East of Abilene.

The Old Bankhead Hotel Building in Strawn Texas

The Old Bankhead Hotel Building in Strawn Texas

 

If you are in Strawn on Friday night in the Fall you really should head to the stadium before 7:30 kick-off and take in some Texas 6-man football.   They know how to do it right in Strawn.    And afterwards you need to eat at Mary’s Café’.

Football stadium went that way!

Football stadium went that way!

Catholic Church in Strawn

St, John’s Catholic Church in Strawn

 

And of course, awesome food at Mary’s Café’.  Peggy attempted a photo bomb but that T-Bone was good and my eye still gravitates to it.  🙂

 

T-bone and small Chicken Fried Steak at Mary's Cafe'  We were eating light.

T-bone and small Chicken Fried Steak at Mary’s Cafe’ We were eating light.


23rd Week – Images From a Sunday Afternoon Drive Around Palo Pinto County Texas

Life got in the way of my 52 week project. I decided to get back at it but I had a dilemma:  start over at week 1 or pick-up where I left off.  I decided to pick up where I left off.   Yes it’s not a strict 52 week photo project but the more important point is to get out and take photos and share them here.  So here goes.

 

This set of images were all taken at the town of Palo Pinto on hot Sunday afternoon (July 17th, 2014).   I was using my Nikon D700 and Nikkor 28-70 f/2.8.  The sun was harsh plus I wanted depth of field for most of these so I was shoot with high aperture settings

 

is the entrance to the Palo Pinto County Courthouse.

Palo Pinto Country Courthouse Entrance

Palo Pinto Country Courthouse Entrance

One of several historic buildings given new life.

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A repurposed old Gas Station

A repurposed old filling station.

A repurposed old filling station.

A row of old buildings on the South side of the courthouse square.

Palo Pinto Texas South of the courthouse.

Palo Pinto Texas South of the courthouse.

 

This appears to be an old jailhouse that is now in a park with a few log cabins and antique farm equipment in Palo Pinto

Old Palo Pinto jailhouse

Old Palo Pinto jailhouse

First United Methodist Church

Methodist Church

Methodist Church

 

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Monument to the Pioneers of Palo Pinto

Monument to the Pioneers of Palo Pinto

Baker Historic Marker

Baker Historic Marker

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Week 18 – Autumn Color in the Palo Pinto Hills

Taken about 30 minutes before sunset on the first evening of deer season west of Mineral Wells Texas.  You can see we are in enjoying our two weeks of autumn in north central Texas.

On this outing my camera was better equipped for wildlife than landscapes, but the wildlife were uncooperative.  This scene was several hundred yards away from me. I was using a Nikon D300 with Nikkor 300mm f/4.0.   As the sun dropped lower on the horizon it illuminated the stone amongst the cedar and elm trees.


The Early Evidence of Fall’s Approach

This week we started seeing evidence that our two-week Texas Autumn season is just around the corner.


Week 15 – A Reminder of Earlier Times

I found this old abandoned farm-house in southwestern Palo Pinto County as a gentle rain storm was rolling in.  No doubt there are memories attached to this place.


Week 14 – Lone Liveoak

This is one of my first attempts with a used Nikon D300 that I picked up recently.  It has the same form factor as my D700 but has a DX sensor which provides for  a 50% tighter crop effect because of the smaller digital sensor.  It isn’t intended to be my landscape photography kit;  that genre rightly belongs to my full frame D700,  But when a picture presents itself you use what you have on hand.D300

Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 at 80mm (120mm equivalent)

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Focused on tree

Lone Oak in Pasture