The Splendors of Italy – Part III

This third and final post of a three-part series about our trip to Italy will focus on our stay in Venice.  As you may recall, my Part I post was focused on our stay in Rome, while my Part II post was all about our travels through the regions of Umbria and Tuscany.  Although our stay in Venice was not nearly long enough to satisfy us, I hope the photos that follow will provide at least a glimpse of the sights that make Venice such a unique and beautiful city.

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The Splendors of Italy – Part II

This post is the long overdue second part of a three-part series about a recent trip my family and I took to Italy.  As explained in my Part I post, which was focused on our stay in Rome, our tour with the Cosmos tour company took us on a journey stretching from Rome to Venice, with many fascinating stops in between, before completing the return trip to Rome where we tacked on an extra day beyond the scheduled tour. In total, we were gone for 11 days, with two of those days being very long travel days between Texas and Italy.  In this Part II post, the focus will be on the regions of Umbria and Tuscany with their fascinating medieval villages, cathedrals and landscapes in the cities and surrounding countrysides of Orvieto, Assisi, Siena, San Gigminano, Montecatini, Florence and Pisa.  The third and final post in this series will focus on our stay in Venice.

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The Splendors of Italy – Part I

My family and I recently completed a trip to Italy with the Cosmos tour company which took us on a journey stretching from Rome to Venice, with many fascinating stops in between, including places like Florence, Pisa, Siena and several others, before completing the return trip to Rome where we tacked on an extra day beyond the scheduled tour. In total, we were gone for 11 days, with two of those days being very long travel days between Texas and Italy. The name of the tour was “The Splendors of Italy,” which seemed appropriate enough, so I’ve borrowed the title to use for this blog post.

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Charlie Daniels and the Las Cruces Country Music Festival

On April 25, 2014, my wife and I made the short drive from our home base in El Paso, Texas to check out the Country Music Festival being held up the road in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Although this was a four-day affair from the 24th to the 27th of April, we chose this day to visit because the concert headliner that night was the Charlie Daniels Band. Considering that I had been a CDB fan since my college days back in the late 1970’s, this was a show I didn’t want to miss.

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Kemah Boardwalk

On a recent trip to Houston, we decided one evening to take a short drive down to the Gulf Coast to have dinner at the Kemah Boardwalk. For those not familiar with the area, the Kemah Boardwalk features an entertainment district with carnival rides and restaurants overlooking Galveston Bay. Although we weren’t there very long, we had fun capturing some HDR images there just after sunset.

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A Trip to the Johnson Space Center

My family and I recently took a trip to the Johnson Space Center in Houston to catch a glimpse of the science and engineering that have been a part of the NASA space program for the past several decades. Among other things, we were able to take a close-up look at a Saturn V rocket plus see the mission control center used for the Apollo lunar missions, and the training area used to acquaint astronauts with equipment used on the space shuttles and international space station.

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Life is Fleeting

As I usually do each February 14, last week I bought my wife some red roses for Valentine’s Day and, unlike some years past, this year I hand-delivered them to her in her office. In just three more months, she and I will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and I figure if she’s been able to put up with me for that long then a dozen red roses on Valentine’s Day is the least I can do. Although she had told me earlier that I didn’t need to get her anything, I know she enjoyed getting them and I was happy to give them.

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Christmas Card Photo Shoot

I recently did a photo shoot for my sister-in-law for the purpose of creating some images for her 2013 Christmas card. The most challenging part of the shoot involved capturing an image of her 12 dogs posing in front of her Christmas tree. If you’ve never had to get 12 dogs to sit still for a portrait before, I can assure you that it ain’t easy. The expression about “herding cats” comes to mind, but fortunately my sister-in-law and her daughter were up to the task and they finally managed to get them all to sit still long enough for a group shot.

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Franklin High School Volleyball

I recently had the opportunity to shoot photos at a couple of high school volleyball matches at the request of a neighbor that has two daughters (one senior, one freshman) who play for the girls’ varsity volleyball team at Franklin High School here in El Paso. Although I had never before attended a volleyball match at any level and really hadn’t done very much sports shooting before, I welcomed the opportunity as a new experience.

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Engagement Photos: Paula and Jacob

I recently had the pleasure of taking some engagement photos for some young friends of ours, Paula and Jacob, and here are a few images from that session.

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