Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
The bottom photo is the one that came through from grandma’s email. It’s an actual photo taken from a nursery, where someone apparently didn’t know how to spell the name of the flower correctly….
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Last Friday I attended the EarthFest festival in downtown Dallas with the group of coworkers who participated on our Earth Week committee. The festival included a lot of different companies, organizations and merchants who focus on improving the environment in one way or another.
My photo for today is a close-up photo of a huge block of crushed aluminum cans. I’m not sure how much the whole block weighed, but it was enormous and the cans were tightly pressed.
Here are a couple ‘fun facts’ about recycling aluminum:
*It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than to create it from raw materials.
*Recycling one can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours or a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.
*Recycling 40 cans conserves the same energy as one gallon of gasoline.
Monday, April 21, 2008
The original sign was built in 1932 for the Magnolia Petroleum Company, and remained an easily visible sight that could be seen for miles. The often told tale is that on a clear night the sign lit up at night could be seen from as far away as 75 miles. On new year’s eve of 1999, the city rang in the new year’s and celebrated by ‘re-lighting’ the sign, after it had been turned off in 1997 for repairs.
The repairs and restoration process resulted in a whole new sign being built, due to the poor shape of the old sign and its parts. A more detailed history can be found at the Dallas Convention & Visitor’s Bureau website.
I photographed this during a work field trip on Friday, where Dallas was hosting an EarthFest festival to celebrate Earth Day, which just happens to be tomorrow, April 22nd.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
This second one is quite blurry. Since I collect elephants, I was trying to capture this one as it moved quickly around the carousel… this is the best one I could get, but I still like it…
Lastly, I took a short video clip of one of my favorite rides, the zipper – this includes the ‘Haunted Mansion’ and lots of screams and normal sounds that remind you of a town carnival….
Friday, April 18, 2008
The carnival came to Terrell on Wednesday evening, so I took a short trip down last night to catch a few of the sights for some photo opportunities. I'll be going back tonight and over the weekend as well. Over the weekend there will be booths filled with local merchants selling a little bit of everything, a rodeo, dog show/contest, barbeque cook off, and lots of other activities....
This first photo is one of the 'midway' games, where you win prizes for throwing darts at balloons. The fellow working the balloon game agreed to have his picture taken as well, but unfortunately he got a small rush of people after I took his photo and I didn't get his name. The company sponsoring the carnival and games is Talley Entertainment.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Here we are at the end of another weekend. Amazing how quickly the weekend goes when the week seems to drag on and on. The Terrell Heritage Festival begins this Wednesday and runs through next Sunday, so I’ll have lots of photo opportunities this week.
This sign I found in the window of B.H. Dave’s Appliance Store in downtown Terrell. The black and white is the original, and I’ve played around with it a little in Paint Shop to create the neon colored one above.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
In honor of my 100th post, I'm posting some before/after photos from Terrell's 100th anniversary back in 1975. Today’s first photo came out of a calendar published by American National Bank in 1975 commemorating the 100th anniversary of Terrell.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
**Update: Well, I do like to learn something new every day -- and today I found out that what I thought was a duck, is actually a goose!
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Goodbye weekend, hello new work-week… the weekends seem to pass more quickly the older I get.
This is a photo of the Canton water tower, located off of Canton’s downtown square, as seen through the people trolley that carries visitors from one side of the enormous flea market to the other – with a few stops inbetween. Canton is a small town east of Terrell that transforms into the largest flea market in Texas on the weekend preceding the first Monday of every month. Hence it’s name, Canton First Monday Trade days. I went to Canton on Saturday with Jim, from Terrell Daily Photo, and my grandmother. Jim has some additional facts about Canton posted to his website also.
Here is a short video below of me picking up my grandma to go to Canton. I did a post back in March of my grandma, and she’s quite a character… If you listen close, you can hear her calling me a ‘cheap-skate’ for not buying her a Dr. Pepper before picking her up… this also shows evidence of her flipping her fingers at me - she also sticks her tongue out, but I didn’t get that on zoom….
The bluebonnets are starting to spread and grow around town. Normally these are in full bloom right around Easter, but that holiday fell so early this year and we're just now seeing them. They call these a 'wildflower', which is a nice term for weed, I think, because they grow and spread everywhere. This is the Texas State Flower also... I'm not sure if it's true, but I always heard growing up that if they were growing in your yard that it was illegal to cut them....