Chase Tower Observation Deck

Not working downtown, I rarely have an opportunity to enjoy a view of downtown from other than street level. I recently learned about the Chase Tower’s observation deck on the 60th floor, with a great view of the western side of Houston. Since it’s only open during regular business hours on weekdays, it takes a bit of an effort to visit, especially if you don’t work downtown. I made that effort recently with my daughter, who wanted to explore downtown. The weather was cloudy, with rain in the forecast for later, but our luck held. It wasn’t crowded this day and we spent a few minutes enjoying the great view. From a photographers viewpoint, the windows were dirty, which made it tricky to find a clean view to shoot through. I wonder if just after a really good rain might help, both for the windows and clear out the haze and pollution that you get in the distance.

 

 

The Chase Tower has a great observation area on the 60th floor to enjoy a view of Houston from above.

Yellow Iris

Continuing with my garden theme, this yellow iris was just down the fence from my roses. The yellow petals were so bright, I waited for a cloudy moment, so the details would show up better. This small iris is a pretty flower, but many times it can look wilty (is that really a word, wilty?) or can look unbalanced as it hangs awkwardly on the long stem. I had to look for a good angle and wait for the wind to stop blowing to capture this pretty example.

 

 Continuing with my garden theme, this bright yellow iris was just down the fence from my roses.

Springtime Offerings

Springtime is a fun time for photographers, if you like flowers that is. I didn’t expect to, but I have acquired an appreciation for the simplicity of flower images.  For a few weeks, my backyard offers up a selection of roses and lilies that make good candidates for the camera. I have to hurry though. A good rain, a few bugs or a hot spring day can change things in a hurry.

 

Spring offers up a rose from my garden.

San Antonio Skyline Panorama

Standing on the Hays Street Bridge, you can see the entire length of the San Antonio skyline. It is not as condensed as some cities, but there is still a lot to see. This pano was taken from nine images, stitched together. The final image of this San Antonio pano is 16,000 pixels wide!
This pano, stitched together from nine images, lets you see the entire length of the San Antonio skyline at night.

Landry’s

On a recent visit to Galveston, Texas, I spent much of my day in meetings, so I did not have much opportunity for exploring the area. The one evening we did go out, I traveled with a group, but took my camera anyway. Our one and only stop was Landry’s Seafood on the Galveston Seawall. The evening was a fun time and w enjoyed a great meal. On the way back to the car, I hung back and grabbed several bracketed exposures of their neon sign. Good thing too, as one exposure would never had brought out the rich color and broad exposure values a scene like this contains. Landry’s is one of the must-go-to places on your trip to Galveston.

 

Landry's Seafood on the Galveston Seawall offers great food and this large neon to greet you at the entrance.

Landry’s by Tim Stanley Photography

 

Home for Dinner

I guess this is a good thing. A die-hard, business person would look at this and see an empty office complex. They might think that business is going undone and profits are being lost. What a waste.

But others might see the late hour and the empty lot, meaning that workers were home enjoying dinner with their families. I understand that the country runs on commerce and money makes the world go round, but a happy home life translates to a happier person. Happier people mean better job performance, which leads to better productivity and higher profits.

That business person should be smiling now.

 

The late hour and the empty parking lot may mean that workers are home enjoying dinner with their families.

Yesterday and Tomorrow

If we could speed up time (without the negative effect of growing old) it would be interesting to see how things would change. How tall and large will our cities grow? How will technology change us? Will mankind find a healthy balance with our environment? Will we ever get along and live in peace. I can pose a guess to some of these question, but that’s a discussion for another day.

This scene is from Glenwood Cemetery, west of downtown Houston. It is one of the oldest and most historic cemeteries in the area. Though located right off a major freeway, it is actually a very peaceful area to walk around and contemplate such things.

 

This scene is from Glenwood Cemetery, west of downtown Houston. It is one of the oldest and most historic cemeteries in the area.