Friends and Family Connections 1 of 4

Do you remember a time you spent with your friends or family in which you truly felt at home?  A time when other things do not take priority and you are just in that moment of togetherness.  I find it to be a special time and looking back through my life I find it was the little things (or at least I thought they were little at the time) that matter most.  As I get older I value these times and moments now more and more.

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Strength of the Heart

I happen to head downtown for the parade a little early in the evening to get parking at see how the parade was going to be set up.  There were a number of people walking and going about their day.  As I walked down Congress Avenue I happened to cross paths with two local Artists.  I wish I would have written down their names, but I gave them my card and I hope they take a moment to read this blog.  Today I discovered the gentleman’s name is John.

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Street Cowboys

I really admire the riders who have this connection with their bike as if it was another limb on their bodies.  I cannot imagine the focus and agility that is required along with the nerves of still and not to mention the premium they may have to pay for their motorcycle policy.  🙂  They are a daring and talented group which was a joy to watch.

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A bond to not be unbroken

I noticed this gentleman and his bird at the motorcycle rally.  He was having a conversation with some friends and I could not help but walk up and ask him about this beautiful bird.  It is a  Eclectus roratus parrot from the Solomon Islands.  She is 6 months old and has 100 miles of motorcycle riding.  The man talked about this beauty and the one that he had before.  His stories were great and I could see it was a bond to not be unbroken between the gentleman and his beautiful bird.

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Kelly Boyd of Rustic Wood Arts at the Austin Rally

I noticed some beautifully carved works of art while walking around the vendor tents at the Austin Republic of Texas Rally. As I walked closer I could see the artist at work, her name is Kelly Boyd. I introduced myself and before long we were talking about the art of woodcarving. I asked her about her collection and she explained various pieces and shared stories. I admired one piece in particular in which she wood burned a portrait of her daughter and on the back of the wood, many years later, she wood burned her daughter when she was older. I could see the affection and loved instilled into the wood.

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Egret Babies

The baby Egrets are starting to appear in Taylor, Texas. I am amazed how fast they grow and mature. These are a series of captures that I have taken recently mostly using my spotting scope and 2x on my camera and hand holding the camera to the scope as well as a few with my telephoto and a 1.4x Converter. The resolution of the spotting scope may not be as clear as my telephoto, but it allowed me to zoom a little closer to the nests in the trees on the small island.

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Egret Mating Dance

Today I stopped at Murphy Park in Taylor Texas to admire the nesting Egrets in the island of the small lake.  I noticed one Egret doing a mating dance and I tried to take a short video.  I am new to video processing and this is an attempt to capture the beauty and grace of this beautiful bird performing a mating dance.  I limited the video to roughly 42 seconds.  I hope you enjoy and thank you for taking a moment to view my captures.

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