Many Mummies

When you enter the mummy room at Hall of Ancient Egypt  at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, you feel like you are in a Raiders of the Lost Ark movie. The highlights are all focused on the exhibits, while everything else is bathed in darkness.

This only adds to the mystery of the artifacts and helps you to reflect that these belongs to the royalty of their day. This shroud casts reflections on the side of the display case, giving the effect of many more artifacts. There were about a half dozen other sarcophagi next to this case though.

 

This shroud casts reflections on the side of the display case, giving the effect of many more artifacts. There were about a half dozen other sarcophagi next to this case though. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography

This photo is part of my Pixel Party collection from HMNS.

No Bling Here – Just the Real Thing

It’s always a treat for a once in a lifetime opportunity to see something out of the ordinary. Maybe it is a foreign land,  a famous entertainer or a piece of art. Whatever it is, you want to take it in and appreciate it for its uniqueness, talent or beauty. The “Bvlgari, 130 Years of Masterpieces” exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is an opportunity to see up close, the jewelry that you rarely see, except by Hollywood’s most famous.

With a huge collection of jewelry with precious stones, diamonds, gold and much more, nothing in town on public display can compare to it.

View many more photos from the Houston Museum of Natural Science Pixel Party of the Blvgari collection HERE.



Blvgari Necklace

Texas Sunset

Recently, the time between my posts here has increased for various reasons. First, life gets in the way. There are family events and day to day things that need to come before a photo blog like this, or even my desire to go shooting when I would like. And this past year seems to have had it’s share of events.

Secondly, and maybe more relevant is that when I look through my photo library, I do not seem as inspired as I used to be. This may be because I have seen my photos too many times and have gotten use to, or bored with them. I have posted images before that I thought were just “filler” material, but they would generate more comments on social media, like Facebook, than I would expect.

As I learn more about photography, I may be thinking that I can do better than the images I have shot and not posted. My self-imposed standards have gone up and I get more selective in what I want to post. Not to mention that my taste may be slowly changing too.

I know for the viewer, it is not clear if I post am image because I really like it, or because I think I “have” to post something. Either way, I still enjoy the photography and this blog, as it continues to motivate me to shoot more and improve. I guess I am still a work in-progress.

Today’s Texas Sunset photo is more in the “filler” category, though I still like the colors. I hope you do too.

 

Texas Sunset by Tim Stanley Photography

Castle Above the Town

Windsor Castle is located, as luck would have it, in the town of Windsor, in Berkshire, England. What are the odds?

We have all seen the movies of the villages at the base of a castle. What was strange was seeing buildings, with streets and cars, sitting around this medieval castle. Maybe I was expecting horses and carriages, and street vendors with their goats and chickens. After my brain finally kicked in, I could appreciate the contrast of the old and newer. (Very few things in England truly felt new. Some buildings were just ‘newer’ than their older counterparts).

 

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Bvlgari Comes to Houston

Bulgari is an Italian jewelry and luxury goods company. The trademark is usually written BVLGARI in the classical Latin alphabet, and is derived from the surname of the company’s Greek founder, Sotirios Voulgaris.   Wikipedia

If you like jewelry, I mean really like jewelry, then you need to find your way to the Bvlgari exhibit in Houston, or when it comes to your city. At last night’s PixelParty at HMNS, I had the opportunity to see more diamonds and gold in one place than I will probably ever see again.

The presentation of 150 show-stopping pieces from the Bulgari archives, Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces showcases Bulgari’s innovations in jewelry design and includes several striking pieces from the Elizabeth Taylor collection.

 The addition of several interactive displays and video walls enhanced the elegant atmosphere this collection creates.

 

The presentation of 150 show-stopping pieces from the Bulgari archives, Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces showcases Bulgari's innovations in jewelry design. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

The Eye Across the Thames

The London Eye stands proudly across the river Thames from the London Clock Tower and Westminster Palace. It’s a short walk between the two and it made by thousands every day. I’m not an expert on ferris wheels, but the Eye is about asd big as it gets. Each camsule holds 25 people and the ride takes 30 minutes to complete. It is totally worth the wait in line and the cost. If you go as far as London, you might as well complete the journey and enjoy the view.

There are boat tours that you can take up the Thames also. We didn’t have time for that. Maybe next time.

The London Eye stands proudly across the Thames from the London Clock Tower and Westminster Palace. It's a short walk between the two and it made by thousands daily.  Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

First Cool Evening

When summer is long and hot, we look forward to the cooler weather of fall. The lower temperatures seem to energize everyone and you actually enjoy going back outside again. Such was the case with this sunset. It was late September and I was ready to say farewell to the humidity and heat of the Texas summer. A small cool front had come through, making this evening a pleasure to venture out and watch a pretty sunset end the day.

 

I was ready to say farewell to the long Texas summer. A small cool front made it a pleasure to venture out and watch a pretty sunset end the day. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.