Thomas Jefferson Rusk Building

A college campus is a very busy place during the day. But late at night (early morning actually), only the most die-hard students can be found crossing the campus, returning to their dorm or some other destination. Such was the case on this night when we visited Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, TX. This campus has a mixture of old and new architecture that finds its way between the large pine trees of east Texas. The “Rusk Building” is named after Thomas Jefferson Rusk, a famous political and military leader of the Republic of Texas, a general at the Battle of San Jacinto and later a US Senator from Texas.

Sitting across from the contemporary Baker Pottillo Student Center, it still holds its own in grandeur and respect.

 

The Rusk Building is located on Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, TX.

Old Edsel

My brother Patrick has been an old car enthusiast for as long as I can remember. His favorite has always been the Edsel and he has owned several over the years and still does. I would sometimes accompany he and our Dad to swap meets, where they were always on the lookout for old car parts they could use or resell. So it was just normal for us to take a day trip to La Grange, TX to visit Thunderbird Southwest for a part to his other car (more on that in a few days). Way out in the back, there are a few fields of various lots of old cars, most in an old and rusted condition, used only for parts. I know Patrick probably had a lump in his throat when he saw this old Edsel that had literally been put out to pasture. Many thanks to the owner, Lance Herrington, for allowing me to take some shots while my brother shopped.

 

Old Edsel, by Tim Stanley Photography

Corvette Sunset

For my second year, I attended the late evening West Houston Muscle’s “Blast to the Past Cruise In” close to Katy Mills Mall in Katy, TX. I go there with the hope I can get a nice sunset shot, since most car shows are earlier in the day. The hard part here are all the people milling about, lots of background distractions and a summer sky with no clouds. Still, I found a beautiful 1962 Corvette, owned by Todd Perry and thought it represented the quality of the vehicles there.

 

A 1962 Corvette at a local auto show at sunset.

The Aero L-39 Albatros

Half the reason I enjoy going to the Aeros and Autos show at Ellington Field in Houston, are the airplanes of course. My only complaint is that I wish there were more of them; plenty of awesome cars, just add a few more airplanes, please.

The Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance jet trainer aircraft developed in Czechoslovakia. More than 2,800 L-39s have served with over 30 air forces around the world and the Albatros is the most widely used jet trainer in the world.

This 1986 Aero L-39ZA Albatros is a great example and looks like it would be a blast to fly.

 

The L-39 Albatros is the most widely used jet trainer in the world. Photo by Tim Stanley

Red Rovers

At a recent car show with my friend Wayne Brumley, the weather was turning sour and the attendance was low. On top of that, the few folks that were there seemed to be milling about in front of only the cars I wanted to shoot. So I decided to look at pieces or sections of the whole (basically shoot areas were the people weren’t) and saw this color match.

You just can’t go wrong with a hot rod painted red.

 

You can't go wrong with a hot rod painted red.

Fluffy Petals

Some flowers are soft and some flowers are bold.
I enjoy shooting flowers and it never grows old.

Okay, I’m sorry about the campy poetry. Now you know why I’m not a writer. I do find it fun to shoot floral close-ups though that bring out the detail of these pretty subjects.

 

This flower has the feeling of soft, fluffy petals against the soft background.

Snake Bite

One of the coolest cars to come from Dodge has been the Viper. It’s one of those cars I have admired from a distance. That is, I’m no expert on the series and its features, but have always liked the appeal of the vehicle. This beautiful example pulled in to the end of the line at the 2015 Aeros and Autos at Ellington Field in Houston. It wasn’t long before more cars filled the background, but I liked the simple composition of just the car and the long runway behind.

 

This Viper was at the 2015 Aeros and Autos at Ellington Field in Houston.