More of the Boeing Aviation Hanger

This is another view of the awesome Boeing Aviation Hanger at the Udvar-Hazy Center, part of the National Air and Space Museum. Without getting too specific, it’s home of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress (Enola Gay), the prototype 707 (America’s first jet airliner, below), a Boeing 307 Stratoliner Clipper Flying Cloud (the first airliner with a pressurized cabin) and a Concorde supersonic airliner.

The sheer size and quality of the exhibit impresses everyone, whether you’re a plane nut or not (there’s a pun in there somewhere). If you ever fly through Dulles  International Airport, take a half-day layover and take in the sights. You’ll be glad you did.
  

This is another view of the awesome Boeing Aviation Hanger at the Udvar-Hazy Center. The sheer size and quality of the exhibit impresses everyone, whether you're a plane nut or not. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Go Blow Your Horn

 Most of us city folks think that only male cows have horns, but some cattle breeds like the White Park, Danish Red, and the famous Texas Longhorn, can have horns in both sexes. In other breeds, neither gender has horns, like Angus, Polled Hereford, and Red Poll. Either way, if the cow has horns on it, don’t get it mad. 

These horns have been made into blowing horns. I bought one many years ago, but this city boy can’t quite get the sound from one that the cowboys can. 

These horns have been made into blowing horns. I bought one many years ago, but this city boy can't quite get the sound from one that the cowboys can. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Yellow Rose of Texas

The famous Texas song is based on a legend from the days of the Texas War of Independence. Supposedly, a woman named Emily D. West was captured by Mexican forces during the looting of Galveston in 1836 and seduced General Antonio López de Santa Anna, President of Mexico and commander of the Mexican forces. The legend credits her supposed seduction with lowering the guard of the Mexican army, contributing to the Texan victory in the Battle of San Jacinto. The battle ended literally in minutes, with no Texan casualties. An interesting note, she was a mulatto, which is why the song references to her as being “yellow”. 

I know many of you are disappointed in this shot. No HDR, special effects or photo filters. Just a plain, straight shot.  I do get lucky sometimes; not to mention this was from my backyard too.
 

According to the legend, a woman named Emily D. West was captured by Mexican forces during the looting of Galveston in 1836 and seduced General Antonio López de Santa Anna, President of Mexico and commander of the Mexican forces. The legend credits her supposed seduction with lowering the guard of the Mexican army and facilitating the Texan victory in the Battle of San Jacinto. The battle ended literally in minutes and with no Texan casualties. An interesting note, she was a mulatto, which is why the song references to her as being yellow. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Terry’s Rangers

They were a group of Texans that earned the reputation as one of the most effective mounted regiments in the western theater of the Civil War. The 8th Texas Cavalry, (1861–1865), known as Terry’s Texas Rangers, was a group of volunteers for the Confederate States Army.

Assembled by Colonel Benjamin Franklin Terry in August 1861, Terry’s Texas Rangers fought in some 275 engagements in seven states during the four years.

This was a challenging shot, as the statue was backlit. It never could have been accomplished without the aid of the multiple exposure HDR set.
  

They were a group of Texans that earned the reputation as one of the most effective mounted regiments in the western theater of the Civil War. The 8th Texas Cavalry, (1861–1865), known as Terry's Texas Rangers, was a group of volunteers for the Confederate States Army. Assembled by Colonel Benjamin Franklin Terry in August 1861, Terry's Texas Rangers fought in some 275 engagements in seven states during the four years. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

The Who House

It had rained all week and I was itching to take some photos. Camera and tripod in hand, we were waiting for dinner at Stubbs BBQ in Austin, when looking across the street, I saw the famous Who House.

Okay, maybe it’s not famous, and it’s not called the Who House. In fact, I don’t even know what kind of business it is, but the banners caught my eye and I thought it looked cool.

The details in the wall and the great colors you get in HDR are just a few of the reasons I enjoy this type of photography so much. Hope you do too.
  

It had rained all week and I was itching to take some photos. Camera and tripod in hand, we were waiting for dinner at Stubbs BBQ in Austin, when looking across the street, I saw the famous Who House. Okay, maybe it's not famous, and it's not called the Who House. In fact, I don't even know what kind of business it is, but the banners caught my eye and I thought it looked cool. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Austin Skyline

It had been a rainy week as we attended the South by Southwest Conference in Austin earlier this month. It wasn’t a great week to carry the camera, so it spent much of the time in the hotel room. I was determined to take a few shots though, and did manage to spend the last two evenings out looking for something interesting. On the last evening we made it to the river, just at sunset.

My first shots from a pedestrian bridge had too many foreground distractions, so I headed for the river’s edge and found a flat spot with a nice view. It was a great way to end the week.

It had been a rainy week as we attended the South by Southwest Conference in Austin earlier this month. It wasn't a great week to carry the camera, so it spent much of the time in the hotel room. I was determined to take a few shots though, and did manage to spend the last two evenings out looking for something interesting. On the last evening we made it to the river, just at sunset.

My first shots from a pedestrian bridge had too many foreground distractions, so I headed for the river's edge and found a flat spot with a nice view. It was a great way to end the week. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Driving Lessons

A naive person may think this bumper car ride is a fun day at the carnival, but it’s really the training grounds for Houston drivers.  Students are taught the fine art of switching three lanes at one time, U-turns without looking and pushing your way through for that last parking spot. Those that survive move on to Interstate 10 and the Galleria parking garage for advance training. 
 

A naive person may think this bumper car ride is a fun day at the carnival, but it's really the training grounds for Houston drivers.  Students are taught the fine art of switching three lanes at one time, U-turns without looking and pushing your way through for that last parking spot. Those that survive move on to Interstate 10 and the Galleria parking garage for advance training. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.