Monday, January 31, 2011

New clock donated to the citizens of Paris, Texas

The Hagood family donated and dedicated a clock to Paris, Texas, on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm. The clock was placed on the downtown square near the fountain.

The square was filled Sunday with an appreciative audience. What a wonderful gift to the citizens of Paris.

Thank you to all the Hagood family.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Mirabeau Square

Boy, you never know when it is going to be your last time to take a picture of something. I had no idea when I took this picture of the sign at Mirabeau Square that it would be gone the next week.

This was taken with a Holga camera using color 120 film. I obviously did something wrong but it came out kind of neat.

I try to take pictures of the signs in and around Paris, Texas. If you know a sign is about to be taken down, would you give me a call?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

James and his bandage!

James took a tumble today at the playground. Seven staples later he was ready for a burger at Jack-in-the Box!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Snow at night

Being from Texas I have not had much experience taking pictures of snow. It is really pretty silly that when it snows I usually run outside like a small child with my camera in hand to take pictures of that pretty white stufff on the ground.

This time I found that it was our porch lights shining on the newly fallen snow that captured my attention. The dark shadows on the white snow looked different at night. The bark on the trees reflected the light and seemed more appealing than in the light of day.

So, here are my snow pictures from the snow of January 2011.

I must say that it was my photography class with Vaughn Wascovich at TAMU-Commerce that made me look at and appreciate the modulated light and shadows upon the snow. I realize that I still can't take outstanding landscape images yet but I am beginning to see the light differently.

Thank you Vaughn.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The birds in our backyard

I feel so sorry for my sweet husband sometimes. This is a man who reads bird field guides like others read the stock reports. He participates each year in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and is invited to go with the Pat Mayse Lake park ranger to ride in the boat to count the eagles. This man knows birds.

When we were snowed in on Monday, David took the screen off of our kitchen window and we sat our tripods in the sink with cameras attached to take pictures of the birds who visited our birdfeeder.

Here is why I feel sorry for David. I don't know the difference between a Junco and a Chickadee. And really, I don't care. I care about if they are pretty or not.

David rattles off their names and marks them in his book if they have never appeared in our back yard before or not. But I can tell you that we had so much fun sitting by the sink taking pictures and commenting on the antics of the different birds.

This is what I learned from our bird adventure. Cardinals are polite. All the birds clear out when the Bluejays arrive. They make room for the big boys who are the bullies in our backyard.

I loved the snow and I really enjoyed David's enthusiasm for the birds.

Hope you like my pretty pictures!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snowmen on the streets of Paris

For the past several years I have driven up and down the streets of Paris, Texas, taking pictures of snowmen. This year seems to have the least number of snowmen since I began taking these shots. My thought is that kids are staying in the house playing video games instead of going outside and playing in the snow.

At the risk of sounding old, I remember when there was a sort of pride in having the best dressed snowman on the block!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Three New Year's Eve Revellers

New Year's Eve is our anniversary. Eric and Heather joined us for dinner at a quaint little restaurant in Lake Charles, Louisiana named Harlequins. Eric's friend, Morgan, stopped by and bought a very nice bottle of wine for us to celebrate the evening.

After we rang in the new year at L’Auberge, David and I called it a night. We met up with Heather, Eric and Morgan the next morning. Here are pictures of the young revellers on 01,11,11.
Now I wish I had taken pictures of everyone gussied up for New Year's eve!

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