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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.

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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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The Best Photographic Subjects Are the Ones I Once Bounced on My Knee

My oldest Grandson Alec played catcher for one of the Millsap little league teams.   Here are a few images from a game against their future team-mates… the other Millsap Bulldogs.    The good guys won.

 

I was using the Nikon D700 with a Sigma 150-500 handheld from the outfield fence.  Low light was clearly not a problem.  Some of these were shot toward the sun and I had to adjust in post processing.  But the goal was to get a few memorable photos of my boy playing ball so I am pleased.  In this grandpa’s opinion it is nearly impossible to take a BAD photo of Alec unless I leave the lens cap on.

Large and In Charge

Large and In Charge

 

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Week 22 – Working At the Limits of My Equipment – Handheld, Low Light, Too Far

Great Horned Owl in Palo Pinto Hills

I saw the great horned owl fly over from a nearby hill and land about 30 yards northeast of my elevated stand.  He saw me and wasn’t concerned in the least.  I am sure he sees himself as the meanest thing the area, and he might be right.  This bird is beautiful and huge.  I was again using the Nikon D300 and the Nikkor 300 AF-S f/4.  This was hand-held and out of the 8 images I took this is one of perhaps tow that were of marginal value.

This is heavily cropped and processed.  It won’t be featured on a magazine cover but I think it shows how impressive these birds are.  It was fun seeing him in the wild and being just close enough to get some kind of image.

Great Horned Owl In Palo Pinto Hills

Great Horned Owl In Palo Pinto Hills

Week 21 – Working At the Limits Of My Equipment – Low Light and High ISO

  yearling whitetail after sunset

This is a young “button buck” that came by my stand after sunset.  You can only tell that he is a buck in the first image if you look close at where the antlers will be.  The light was obviously very low so the ISO is crank up to 3200.  The Nikon D300 doesn’t handle such high ISO’s very well.  The high ISO really pulls in the available light but at the cost of very grainy images.     I was about 25 yards away in a blind using a monopod with the Nikkor 300 AF-S f/4 and a Nikon 1.4 TC2.  If this guy survives the predators maybe he will be show up next year as a small 4 or 6 point.

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Yearling Whitetail 2

Yearly Whitetail 2

Week 20 – Working At the Limits Of My Equipment – Too Far, Hand Held

Great Blue Heron at Muddy Pond

I saw the great blue heron fishing at the far edge of a pond.  I stop in the side of the road and braced myself as best as I could for this hand-held image.   I was using the Nikon D300 with Nikkor 300 f/4.  I had lots of light so I opened the aperture for addition depth.  The distance was approximately 70 yards so this required a heavy crop and heavy post processing in an attempt to get a decent image out of the dozen I took.

Great Blue Heron at Muddy Pond

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