Straight Up

Walk around the downtown area of a really large city and you quickly realize how small we really are. Sure, mountains are bigger, but stand next to a large skyscraper, look straight up and it quickly puts you in your place. When you study the size of these structures, you can appreciate all the teamwork and manpower it takes to build just one. Look down the street and start counting how many you see in the skyline and you wonder how it all happened. 

This is another shot from downtown Houston.
  

Walk around the downtown area of a really large city and you quickly realize how small we really are. Stand next to a large skyscraper, look straight up and it quickly puts you in your place. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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Faster in Red

Real sports cars come in red. Sometimes they come in blue, but always in red. There is something about red that makes the car go faster. It’s a scientific fact, but no one is really sure why. It has something to possibly do with quantum physics or creating a miniature rift in the time-space continuem.

Don’t try to figure it out, just accept the fact that red sports cars go faster. 
 

Real sports cars  come in red. Sometimes they come in blue, but always in red. There is something about red that makes the car go faster. It's a scientific fact, but no one is really sure why. It has something to possibly do with quantum physics or creating a miniature rift in the time-space continuem. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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Ring-Tailed Lemur

Like all lemurs, the ring-tailed lemur is found on the island of Madagascar, just off the southeast coast of Africa. These lemurs are one of the more popular primates and their long ringed tail makes them easy to identify. You will see them sitting up frequently, as they like to sunbathe to warm their underside.

 

Like all lemurs, the ring-tailed lemur is found on the island of Madagascar and their long ringed tail makes them easy to identify.  Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

Arlington National Cemetery

Observed annually on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it started after the Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. It now extends to honor all Americans who have died in all wars.

Last year my family had the opportunity to visit Arlington National Cemetery, just outside of Washington D.C. It is a sobering experience to see such a graphic representation of how many men and women have sacrificed, so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have.

 

Arlington National Cemetery is a graphic representation of how many men and women have sacrificed, so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Monkey Business

Carnivals are a great place to play games. In many ways it’s like Las Vegas. You know the house is stacked to win, but you play anyway. Vegas has the new car in the middle of the casino, while the carnival has the large stuffed animals to entice you.  One has flashing lights and liquor, while the other has flashing lights and funnel cakes. They both let just enough people win to tease others to keep playing. They’re really very much the same, except for the amount of admission and the winnings do vary a bit. Either way, you go for the fun, not expecting to carry home an overstuffed animal or drive home that new car.

In case you missed them, here are a few other shots from local carnivals.
 

Carnivals are a great place to play games. In many ways it's like Las Vegas. You know the house is stacked to win, but you play anyway. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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Mud Cat

Like many people, I like aquariums.  Watching the fish swim with the subdued lighting, reflections and slow pace of most of the inhabitants make for a relaxing time for those peeking into their underwater world. Make it a really large tank with really large fish and enjoyment factor goes up exponentially.

I used to have three large fishtanks that covered one wall of a very small apartment. They were a mixture of tropical fish that provided many hours of entertainment and beauty.  Who needed a television, when you had three tanks to watch? It takes a very large aquarium to hold this catfish, or mud cat as it’s known in some parts of the country.

 

A very large catfish in a very large aquarium. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

The Track Less Traveled

They say the only thing constant is change. While some things change quickly, others can be a bit slower. The life of a town or city has a cycle. They start small, grow, then people start to leave downtown and spread to the suburbs. The suburbs get crowded, then folks move back downtown after a “revitalization”. 

The businesses in the cities will change too. What started as an agriculture based economy might change to tech or manufacturing. Or in the case of some suburbs, they just seem to specialize in Walmarts and grocery stores.

The vanishing lines of these seldom used tracks are by the Katy Rice Mill, west of Houston.
  

 

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