Month: December 2012

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12/17/2012 Daily Photo – Austin State Capitol Sunset

The Capitol building in Austin is a dramatic structure, especially as the sunset glow enhances the effect of it’s pink granite exterior. I wanted some drama in capturing this architectural and historic marvel, so we arrived at sunset to get this effect.  Discovering the massive skylight over the north extension, I felt shooting it from…
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This Day in Texas History: J. J. Schott Opens Galveston Pharmacy

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) J. J. Schott Opens Galveston Pharmacy December 17, 1867 On this day in 1867, Justus Julius Schott opened a drugstore in Galveston. Schott, born in Germany in 1846, came to Galveston with his family in 1851 and was orphaned two years later when both his…
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12/16/2012 Daily Photo – Denton Courthouse Holidays

Texas is famous for it’s ornate historic courthouses and the Denton County Courthouse is one of the finest examples.  Constructed in 1896, it’s classic Second Empire / Romanesque Revival architecture is striking from any angle.  However… Given the large oak trees surrounding the courthouse, Winter is the best time to photograph it. This time-exposure, slated…
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This day in Texas History: Republic of Fredonia Stillborn in Nacogdoches

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Republic of Fredonia Stillborn in Nacogdoches December 16, 1826 On this day in 1826, Benjamin Edwards and about thirty men rode into Nacogdoches (the oldest town in Texas) and declared the Republic of Fredonia, thus instituting an attempted minor revolution known as the Fredonian Rebellion. Benjamin…
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December 15, 2012 Daily Photo – Angel Tears

In 2009 we made the trip to Denison specifically to find this monument.  While exploring and photographing the town of Collinsville in 2008, I had been told about this angel by a kindred sprit who also enjoys exploring cemeteries. As good fortune would have it, out of the 11 cemeteries in Denison, I selected the…
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This day in Texas History: Railroad Runs Excursion Train to Lure Settlers

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Railroad Runs Excursion Train to Lure Settlers December 15, 1887 On this day in 1887, the Fort Worth and Denver City Railway, the first rail line to penetrate northwest Texas, ran an excursion train to the new community of Cheyenne in Oldham County to bring…
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12/14/2012 Daily Photo – Station 6 Sculpture at Xmas

Slated for inclusion in Volume II of Texas As I See It, capturing Station 6 at Xmas proved to be initially frustrating.  After spending the evening photographing a nearby development which was elaborately decorated for the holidays, I parked behind Fire Station 6, grabbed my camera, fitted with an ultra-wide-angle lens – and a heavy tripod…
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This day in Texas History: Leonard Brothers Opens in Fort Worth

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Leonard Brothers opens in Fort Worth December 14, 1918 On this day in 1918, J. Marvin Leonard, “Mr. Marvin,” opened his first store in Fort Worth. Leonard was born in 1895 near Linden, Texas. During World War I he moved to Dallas, where he worked in…
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December 13, 2012 Daily Photo – Tree Line in Snow

In North Texas we don’t get a lot of opportunities to photograph spectacular snow scenes.  However… the Winter of 2010 provided some spectacular opportunities across a wide area.  The third and most impressive snowfall of 2010 occurred in February, with more than a foot of snow dropped in most areas. This shot was taken in…
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This Day In Texas History: Spanish Mapping Expedition Heads for Texas

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Spanish Mapping Expedition Heads for Texas December 13, 1777 On this day in 1777, Luis Antonio Andry and a crew of thirteen sailed on the schooner Señor de la Yedra from New Orleans on a mapping expedition. Andry, a French engineer in the pay of…
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