Travis High School

Many of the sunsets I take are from a local high school down the road. It’s a nice place to shoot, since the westward view is clear and unobstructed from signs, power lines and buildings. Most evenings, there are only a few cars in the parking lot and I am on the far side away from the cars and front entrance. 

On this evening, the sky looked as pretty from the south, as it did from the west. So I grabbed my tripod and scurried over to the far side of the front entrance. Yes, I scurried. You don’t really run with a tripod with your camera on top and the light was fading fast, so I scurried. 

Many of the sunsets I take are from a local high school down the road. It's a nice place to shoot, since the westward view is clear and unobstructed from signs, power lines and buildings. Most evenings, there are only a few cars in the parking lot and I am on the far side away from the cars and front entrance. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

The Engineer’s View

There are only a handful of people how have the responsibility of moving large vehicles. Truck drivers, pilots, sea captains and train engineers are a few. Each person has a special skill set to for their unique mode of transportation. Engineers certainly win for the longest mode of transportation. 

This locomotive cab is on Union Pacific 1982. You step in through a door in the front center, up some tight stairs and the station is on the left. Right behind you is a door that leads outside down the right side of the locomotive to move steps at the rear.  I was told that this is an older model, but the controls are much the same on newer ones. On the long trips, I bet the engineer wishes the monitor in the console was an HD television. Regardless, he has a nice, high view of the countryside passing by as he travels the country. 

This locomotive cab is on Union Pacific 1982. You step in through a door in the front center, up some tight stairs and the station is on the left. Right behind you is a door that leads outside down the right side of the locomotive to move steps at the rear. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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Super Slide

As far back as I can remember, the slide was always one of the top things to play on at the park. Yes, there were the swings and the jungle jim, but the slide was unique. It was the one item that stood taller than the others on the playground. If you think about it, it was the training ground for roller coasters. It was a long slow climb to the top, then you get a quick glimpse of the view from up high. You looked down with second thoughts, but you let go anyway and whoosh, down you went. 

This carnival super slide can handle eight sliders at one time. At a dollar or two per trip, someone is making a lot of money.
 

This carnival super slide can handle eight sliders at one time. At a dollar or two a trip, someone is making a lot of money. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

 

 

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Winter in Houston

It can get cold. It might even freeze once or twice, but winter in Houston is mostly just dreary.  The wind will blow and it will rain, but mostly it’s just an inconvenience. There has been a powdering of snow once or twice over the last twenty years, but you might have to wait that long before it happens again. I think I would enjoy living a little further north, where they have four real seasons. Houston has summer and not-so-summer. Spring and fall are a few weeks that fly by too fast.
 

It can get cold. It might even freeze once or twice, but winter in Houston is mostly just dreary.  The wind will blow and it will rain, but mostly it's just an inconvenience. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Can You Hear Me Now?

Long before the CD, the cassette or the 8-track, there was the Dictaphone.  By today’s standards, it was large and had poor audio quality, but in its day, it was the office tool to have if you were running with the big boys. In the beginning, its only competition was the vinyl record, which won for better audio quality and distribution, but for onsite recording and playback, the Dictaphone was the tool to use until magnetic tape became the standard. 

This Dictaphone belonged to Joseph Brown, head of traffic for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, and is now part of the collection at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum.
 

Long before the CD, the cassette or the 8-track, there was the Dictaphone.  By today's standards, it was large and had poor audio quality, but in its day, it was the office tool to have if you were running with the big boys. In the beginning, its only competition was the vinyl record, which won for better audio quality and distribution, but for onsite recording and playback, it was the tool to use until magnetic tape became the standard. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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Turkey Legs

Carnivals and State Fairs are fun for a lot of reasons. One of which is the food. Every year around spring break, the rodeo comes to Houston. Alongside the rodeo, is a huge vendor area with anything to eat that you can imagine. One of the more popular items people enjoy are the large turkey legs. For a handfull of dollars, you can walk around the vendor area or carnival and show everyone how macho you are, as you gnaw on your oversized drumstick.
 

Alongside the rodeo, is a huge vendor area with anything to eat you can imagine. One of the more popular items people enjoy are the large turkey legs. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Evening Ripples

Clouds are cool. They are like fingerprints, no two are exactly alike. My favorite are the high altitude clouds during the colder, winter weather. But I’ll take them anytime if they are cool looking (that’s an official weather term; cool looking clouds). Throw in a few cool looking clouds at sunset and you have a winning combination. The ripples in these clouds almost give it a skeletal look, like some giant dinosaur skeleton flying across the sky. What do you see? 
 

Clouds are cool. They are like fingerprints, no two are exactly alike. My favorite are the high altitude clouds during the colder, winter weather. But I'll take them anytime if they are cool looking (that's an official weather term; cool looking clouds). Throw in a few cool looking clouds at sunset and you have a winning combination. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.