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The Alamo

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , on June 7, 2011 by bayouphoto

I always pre-scout any of my photo destinations using any resource I can find. State tourism pamphlets, internet and the library. I have been enamored with the Alamo every since seeing the Disney film with Fes Parker. I had planned my Alamo and Spanish mission trip to the T. We would arrive around 4 and look over the sites and plan on parking. Then spend some time at the river walk before shooting the mission trails. I knew the Alamo would be crowded so I planned to shoot the exterior after dark, along with the river walk. Those plans ended up in the VA hospital along with me.

I got out late afternoon on Thursday and told Beth to drive me by it, because I might not get to see it again. Sure enough this prophecy was true. when we got down there we found out it was $10 to park and VERY hot. we made one block around it with no place to stop. On the second loop I told to to let me out in the back then to make the block and pick me up in the back.

I walked up the sidewalk toward the main entrance.

Around to the frontseeing this front facade gave me the same feeling a when I first saw Iwo Jima

I had a Texas park ranger take my photo. I wonder why he looked at me so funnyI went inside and straight out the back. I was surprised how small the main chapel is.The old post officeI wish I had more time to explore but I was fatigued. At least I saw where John Wayne, Crockett, Bowie and Travis died.

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HDR: Texas trip

Posted in HDR, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2011 by bayouphoto

I didn’t get to do nearly as much HDR work as I wanted too. I had planned to do the San Antonio skyline, the Alamo and the Spanish missions but due to 3 days in the hospital and then feeling like crap the rest of the time. I did not return to San Antonio.

These are all 5 shot HDR photos processed with Nike filters HDR efex and other Nik filters.

As always click the photo to see a larger version.

This is an old abandoned house on HWY 6 between Natchitoches and Many, La.Guest housesDance hall.

The wind was blowing so hard you will see a lot of ghosting in the trees. This was an old abandoned resort, dance hall and motel high on a hill above Bandera, Tx.

The most miserable week ever

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2011 by bayouphoto

My friend Beth was going to San Antonio to help her daughter cater a reception. I thought I would go along to take advantage of the great birding and camping.

It started out great then went downhill quickly.

I had a defibrillator installed in ’06 and there was a recall on the leads. seems they tend to break. So in ’07 they turned on a warning tone to alert me of any problems.

On Friday I started to hear this tone and thought I was going crazy. I could not find that truck that kept backing up. It sounded just like a back up warning. BEEP BEEP BEEP.

Finally it dawned on me what it was but I thought it was a low battery warning.

We left early Saturday morning, with me intending to call the VA hospital on Monday. The trip was uneventful but I should have realized how things would go as time went along.

I wanted to go to Zwolle for the best tamales around. We made a side track only to find they were closed on Saturdays, of all day. We then proceeded to purchase the worst BBQ ever sold. Chalking it up we headed on SW. Our intentions were to drive halfway and camp at the ONLY campground in the Davy Crockett National forest. We arrived around 3PM to find the campground closed due to tornado damage. We finally found another campground 40 miles out of the way.

The next morning we headed for our main campground at Guadalupe river state park between New Braunsfel and Bandera, Tx. The crosswind was unbelievable and made the driving a chore. We finally made it around 4 PM and got the camper set up.

The next day was going to be a birding day but low clouds and misting rain forced us to stay close to the camp. I called the VA in Shreveport and they advised me to go to the San Antonio VA ER. So Tuesday morning I fought the commute traffic to get there.

They called in the Medtronics rep and they checked my implant and found the lead was broken. I first decided to wait till I got home to have it fixed but after further thinking I decided to check in there and have it done.

I was first told it might be Wednesday but probably Friday. Since the lead was broken the device would not work in the event I had an episode so they hooked me too a monitor.

They then told me if it couldn’t be done Wed. it would be the next Tuesday and I would have to stay there to be monitored. They did end up doing it Wed. and I got out Thurs but by that time our plans were ruined. We stayed an extra day and returned home Sunday.

My luck continues to run true to form