Thursday, July 31, 2008

Cash Crops


Two cash crops out in this field! I love the early morning colors and this field plus the bright yellow on the pump "horse" just caught my eye.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

ABC Wednesday -- B is for Bowling in Corsicana





I've been wanting to shoot this interesting entry way to the bowling alley for some time and waiting to catch the morning light/no cars/no banners posted on it, etc. Yesterday I decided the time had to be right, because I could use it for my "B" post on ABC Wednesday! Click the ABC Wedneday logo above to see MrsNesbittsPlace and her posts, as well as others. She will also direct you to the shiny new ABC Wednesday blogspot!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Odd Shots Monday --- FOD or Not?



Back in the old days when I was in the U.S. Air Force, birds and planes were a really undesirable combination. A bird sucked into the wrong orifice or crashing into a windshield became deadly FOD -- Foreign Object Debris. But it seems that these pigeons are enjoying the ride! Of course, if you take a look at the next shot, you'll see that this plane has served her time and has been retired to the campus of Navarro College in Corsicana. I hope she's not feeling degraded by becoming a pigeon roost, but realizes that she still has a role to fill and can now peacefully co-exist with them!

Fly on over to Katney's Kaboodle to find more Odd Shots.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Westminster Presbyterian Church



I promised a better photograph and a bit of history on this lovely church. Because of it's location between downtown and the county courthouse, it's a bit difficult to find a spot to take a good photo without a lot of other interference (or getting hit by a car!). Hope you get the general feel. The lovely trees and the brick street in front really complement the architecture.
From RootsWeb: Click to see a "Brief History" of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Corsicana.
There's actually quite a bit of information on the history of the Presbyterian Church in general and in Texas as well as how this particular building came to be.

Friday, July 25, 2008

SkyWatchFriday --- not in Corsicana!


I'm unexpectedly stuck away from home and my folders full of Sky Watch Photos....so I'm running through the CF cards in my camera bag and decided to post this one from a trip last May. This was taken from the airplane window. How many can identify the peak? Bet Raf and Kim and Chuck know! Click the SkyWatch logo above to see hundreds of sky shots from around the globe!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

A friendly little corner bank.....



I have no idea whether or not that's true, but it sure LOOKS like one! I was just passing through the area and happened to look to my right at the stop sign. The scene just struck me as very pleasing, so I lowered the window and shot through it then had to move on. You can see the shadow of my car in the 2nd. I'm posting both photos because I just can't decide which one is best. Your opinion, please??

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

ABC Wednesday -- A is for Allyn



The Allyns were one of the early families of Corsicana. Here's a family marker found at Oakwood Cemetery and the placque displayed outside the Corsicana Visitor Center.
I've had internet issues today and haven't had a chance to figure out the new ABC Wednesday posting process, but check out the new site for other ABC Wednesday entries!

Lover of Liberty....Foe of Despotism





I had a request to show the words engraved on the back of the statue that I featured on Father's Day. I am so glad for the opportunity because I don't think I'd ever read them! Please click to enlarge.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sky Watch Friday




I was mesmerized for a few moments by what looked like a mirror reflection of clouds! Just had to pull over and capture it. When it came time to post, I debated with myself about this one. To Crop or Not to Crop? What do you think????

Please click the Sky Watch Friday logo above to see our sky all around the world!

Westminster Presbyterian Church

I'm digging through archives this morning for an emergency post! See my Gun Barrel City site to see why I'm posting very quickly today! This is not a great photo of this lovely church, so I promise to submit a better one later, with some history.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

ABC Wednesday-- Z for Zion in Zephyr




From thefreedictionary.com:
Zi·on
(zn)
n.
1.
a. The historic land of Israel as a symbol of the Jewish people.
b. The Jewish people; Israel.
2. A place or religious community regarded as sacredly devoted to God.
3. An idealized, harmonious community; utopia.

For the last entry of Round 3, I had to resort to photos from one of my trips to West Texas. This very small town (Zephyr) had some wonderful photo ops. See another on my Gun Barrel City Daily Photo blog.

Thanks to Mrs Nesbitt for hosting through Round 3! Check out her site for links to "Z" around the world!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Two Fer Tuesday -- Saving old RR buildings


One day last week, I alluded to a similarity between a building I'd found in Brownsville and one I'd posted earlier in Corsicana. For the meme, Two Fer Tuesday hosted by Jonna, I decided to post both buildings together today. The first is an old RR depot now used as the Corsicana Visitor's Center. The 2nd is an old depot building in Brownwood, Texas. Both are now enjoying an easy-street retirement in city parks! I always love to see old buildings rescued and given new life, don't you? Click Jonna's link above to see more "Two fer Tuesday" posts.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Odd Shots Monday

Click on the photo to enlarge....if you look closely, you'll see why riding behind these guys can be interesting...especially in an open car or on a bike!




Not really an odd sight around here at all....but it might be to some of you around the world! As you might imagine, it takes a lot of hay to feed all the cattle in Texas! This time of year you'll find these huge round bales everywhere.....in the fields (one of my favorite sites), impaled on the back of tractors or pick-up trucks, on small flat-bed trucks like this one or on huge 18-wheelers. I came up behind this load near the small town of Marlin. Click on the Odd Shots Logo above to see the blog roll of other Odd Shots at Katney's Kaboodle.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Camera Critters Sunday -- Reflection


I've posted a photo from this location before, but this is a new shot taken on July 1. It's one of my favorite photo spots just outside of Corsicana.

Ride on over to Camera-Critters, hosted by Misty Dawn, for more critters from around the globe!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Beautiful Clock Tower


Clock Tower on the Campus of Navarro College.

From The Growl, a Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of Navarro College:
"A highlight of Homecoming 2005 was the dedication of a clock tower in honor of the first students at Navarro College who attended classes at the original campus at the Air Activities of Texas from 1946-1951. They call themselves the Barracks Bunch."

Sounds like an opportunity for some research and a future post! I've posted a photo of this tower before, along with the "UFO", but wanted to feature it by itself today.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Sky Watch Friday -- Sunset Pointe


This was taken on the 4th of July before the fireworks show ... it's no wonder our friends call their place "Sunset Pointe". Head on over to WiggersWorld where Tom is the gracious host of Sky Watch Friday and see the sky around the world!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

One more from West Texas


As Corsicana is proud of their Tigers, it looks like Brownwood is proud of their Lions. This sculpture is in front of a radio or TV station just off downtown.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

ABC Wednesday -- Y


I'm still out in West Texas and spotted these "Y's" coming into San Angelo. These lamp posts are in the medians of many of the highways around town.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Posting from the road.....



I'm out in West Texas for a couple of days and decided to post photos from my trip out here. These reminded me of the railroad history in Corsicana that I've posted, so I thought they'd be a good choice for today. These were taken in Brownwood, Texas.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Camera Critters Sunday


Scamper on over to Misty Dawn's for more Camera Critters this Sunday. Thanks, Misty Dawn, for featuring my Roger's Wildlife Rehab story from my Bird's Eye View blog!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

The big finale!


We were treated to a wonderful fireworks display at the home of great friends last night. A perfect night, a perfect location and a perfect performance! My first attempt at photographing fireworks doesn't do them justice! But you are welcome to come see more at my home blog: Bird's Eye View.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Sky Watch Friday -- cheating a little

Maybe cheating a lot....you be the judge! I didn't take this photo, my nephew Zach did. And it's not in Corsicana, but near Bryan/College Station. I just wanted to show off his talent! Hey, that's what aunts do, right? THANKS, ZACH! LOVE YOU!
Click the Sky Watch logo to see the 200+ bloggers' entries so graciously hosted by Tom and Jane at WiggersWorld!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Photography -- Then and Now



Many of you CDP photographers have inspired me to start trying to see photos in something other than their "natural" colors. This semi-abandoned building in Corsicana caught my eye the other day and I decided to take the same shot in color, black and white and sepia. Which one do you think "pops" the most? What suggestions and tips can you share with me about how you would have done this?

Below is my favorite of the day. I'll take tips on it, too! Cropping?


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

ABC Wednesday --- X marks the spot!

This one is probably familiar to all...it was inside the city limits.




But have you seen this one? It was at a rural crossing.

Head on over to Mrs Nesbitts Place to see more ABC Wednesday postings from around the world!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008