The Little Green Snuffbox

Part of the McFerrin Fabergé Collection, this presentation box is on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science this year. 

Given in 1902 by Tsar Nichlas II to Leon Bourgeois, a French politican and statesman, it is made of gold and decorated with enamel and diamonds. It features the initials of Nicholas II on the cover. At that time, the Imperial Russian court was known for lavish gifts presented to foreign dignitaries visiting Russia. Bourgeois was one of 90 foreigners to receive a snuffbox with the emperor’s initials. It measures about four inches across. 
 

Part of the McFerrin Fabergé Collection, this snuffbox is on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science this year. It is made of gold and decorated with enamel and diamonds. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Eurocoptor AS-350-BA

It was Chopper Day at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum. Helicopters, that is. The weather was clear and very breezy, but several choppers still showed up for a large crowd that came out to see the whirlybirds. This interior of the Eurocopter AS-350-BA is a great use of high dynamic range photography, since the contrast between the cockpit and the exterior is quite drastic. A single exposure can only expose for one or the other. 
 

This scene of the interior of the Eurocopter AS-350-BA was at Chopper Day at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum in Houston, TX. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Stephen F. Austin State University

When you have kids, you think they are going to stay small forever. You blink and all of a sudden they’re grown and you realize you only have a little time left before they leave the nest. Our family has been visiting a few colleges to help our girls decide where they might decide to go after high school. Each school has been great for different reasons, but like most choices, you have to narrow them down to one or two.

Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas is not the biggest in the state, nor the smallest. But it does have a charm all it’s own. The surrounding trees, beautiful azaleas and small town feel add to its attraction. This is the Baker Pattillo Student Center with ballrooms, food courts, movie theater and more. Will either of my kids go there? Decisions, decisions.

 

This is the Baker Pattillo Student Center at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, with ballroom, food courts, movie theater and more. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

The Lonely Hammock

I love hammocks, though I’ve rarely laid in one. I once received one as a present from my wife and as much as I loved it, I always felt I was lazy for resting on it and there was something else I should be doing.

This lonely hammock was at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, just waiting for someone to come along. I would have given it a test drive, but I had more pictures to take, then get breakfast, go to a conference….  well, you get the idea.
 

This lonely hammock under a morning sunrise was at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, just waiting for someone to come along. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

A Chinese Snowball

For some reason, I’ve never been attracted specifically to nature photography. Sure, things like flowers and trees are part of landscapes, but it takes a deliberate thought process to isolate and capture the smaller items. On a visit to Stephen F. Austin State Uninversity in Nacogdoches, Texas, we ended our stay with a walk through the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden. It was a pretty spring Sunday morning and we had the place to ourselves. Many of the azaleas were still in bloom, but there were some unexpected surprises.

This flower is from the Chinese Snowball tree. The large flower heads start out lime-green before they change to white and they get 6 to 8 inches across. This tree was about twenty feet tall and full of these beautiful snowballs.
 

This flower is from the Chinese Snowball tree. The large flower heads start out lime-green before they change to white and they get 6 to 8 inches across. This tree was about twenty feet tall and full of these beautiful snowballs. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Shades of Yesterday

As much as I enjoy large sweeping images like landscapes and scenes downtown, I have to remind myself that sometimes the picture is in the details. This 1936 Buick is a beautiful car as a whole, but the individual pieces can be just as interesting. The large chrome grill, the round, detached headlights make a statement on this car found only from other cars of its era.

This Buick was taken at a recent car show in Baytown, Texas.
 

As much as I enjoy large sweeping images like landscapes and scenes downtown, I have to remind myself that sometimes the picture is in the details. This 1936 Buick is a beautiful car as a whole, but the individual pieces can be just as interesting. The large chrome grill, the round, detached headlights make a statement on this car found only from other cars of its era. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

C-47 Skytrain Military Transport

Springtime is a great time of year to get outside and visit historical parks and museums. Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama is home of the Battleship USS Alabama. There a many other things to see, including over two dozen airplanes, the USS Drum submarine, not to mention the Battleship Alabama itself.

This is a C-47D Skytrain Military Transport sitting proudly at the park.  The C-47D was a modified version of the DC-3, with a reinforced fuselage floor and the addition of a large cargo door.
 

This is a C-47D Sky Train Military Transport sitting proudly at Battleship Park in Alabama.  The C-47D was a modified version of the DC-3, with a reinforced fuselage floor and the addition of a large cargo door. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.