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.

Mission Concepción Pano

Mission Concepcion, in San Antonio, Texas, looks pretty much as it did in the mid-1700s. It is still in use for worship today, which makes it all that more special. Though it may not be as large or elaborate as newer churches, the feeling of holiness still prevails in this traditional setting.



Mission Concepción Pano

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.