Carnival Time

As the weather across the country starts to cool down, many states and counties take advantage of the cooler season and hold their annual fairs. This usually coincides with activities like a rodeo, art contests, chili cook-offs, and other events that bring in the crowds. But one thing they all have is the carnival. What would a fair be without a carnival? The rides, games, lights, food and people all create a unique atmosphere that can overload the senses in an intoxicating way. 
 

As the weather cool down, states and counties hold their annual fairs. This usually coincides with activities like a rodeo, art contests, chili cook-offs, and other events that bring in the crowds. But one thing they all have is the carnival. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Tall Tops

On a recent night excursion into the jungles of downtown Houston, I did something I don’t do much. I took the wide-angle lens off. Okay, it was just for a few minutes. I was afraid I might have some sort of negative reaction if I left it off for too long. But during that time, I did mange to shoot a few telephoto shots of the skyline. It’s really quite interesting to zoom in tighter for a view of the building tops. Houston is a mixture of new and old and no two buildings are alike. It’s much like it’s population, diversified. 
 

Houston's skyline is a mixture of new and old buildings and no two are alike. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Brown Eyes

They say the eyes are the window to the soul. While that may be true for people, I don’t think that holds true for animals. Nevertheless, this little monkey has eyes that seem to draw you in. The eyes are always the focal point of any good portrait and this monkey offered a great opportunity to take advantage of the late afternoon light on a cloudy day for a nice image. Heavy wire cages around captive animals can make it very difficult to obtain a naturally looking setting. But if you position your lens just right, sometimes you get lucky.
This monkey sitting in a tree seemed about as curious to me as I was to him.

Palm Walkway

This past spring, I stayed at a Disney resort for the first time, at the Coronado Springs to be exact. The one thing I noticed almost immediately was their attention to detail and every view seemed to be purposefully planned. Nothing there is by chance. Everywhere you turned something caught your eye. Each area of the resort seemed to have a centerpiece or theme which everything revolved around. 

Having spent several hours on the airplane, then shuttle bus, I was anxious to walk around the complex. I enjoy walking around at night, not just to take photos, but to experience the quiet and calm that late night can bring. The cooler air and stillness gives a sense of relaxation that daytime does not offer. 

In this one section between buildings, a large fountain took center stage, with a line of palm trees leading the visitor to the center. 

The Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, has one section between buildings with a large fountain taking center stage, and a line of palm trees leading the visitor to the center. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Little Brown Bunny

Last month I was composing an image of a large bird, when in the background I noticed something moving in the grass. First I saw some ears, then the little bunny that was attached to them. He might have been small, but watching him was fun as he made his way through the grass.

 

I was out taking a photo of a bird, when I noticed movement in the background. Then a little brown bunny hopped over and looked up as if to say, hey, what about me? Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Pixar Pixelated

Traveling around Disney, you never know what is around the corner. In Downtown Disney, you will find one of the largest collection of Legos in one place. I played with Legos as a kid, but not like they have now. We only had the basic blocks, but now they have pieces to help you create just about anything that you can imagine. Outside and inside they had large scale replicas of famous movie characters, such as Buzz Lightyear and Woody from the Toy Store series. The challenge here was not getting the hundred other people trying to take the same photo, at the same time. The trick is to have your friend be the last person in line to pay for his purchase, giving you time to grab a quick shot with your iPhone. Though the guard at the door was giving me “the stare”, it was worth it. 
 

Downtown Disney, you will find one of the largest collection of Legos in one place. Outside and inside they had large scale replicas of famous movie characters, such as Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Pixar's Toy Store series. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Big Mouth

We all run across the type of individual that likes to talk too much. They always seem to have their mouth open, so to speak. Well, this guy is going to get no argument from anyone if he wants to keep his mouth open. Jaguars have an exceptionally powerful bite, allowing it to pierce the shells of armored reptiles, biting directly through the skull of prey between the ears to deliver a fatal bite to the brain.
 

This jaguar is showing off his teeth. They have an exceptionally powerful bite, allowing it to pierce the shells of reptiles, allowing it to bite directly through the skull of prey between the ears to deliver a fatal bite to the brain. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.