Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #883 – The simple pleasure of a leaf !

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“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.”      Henry David Thoreau

I am still getting used to the color green that dominates our landscape. I have just been in Denison TX for a little over a year. In that span of one year we have darn near had as much rain as I saw in 20 years of  West Texas.
 It brightened my day when I found some leaves that sported a bit of a warmer color.
 It is pouring again today. My rain gauge shows 2″ so far. Somedays I do so miss the desert.
monos en theos † james

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #849…Missing the wide openness of West TX (just a bit)

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I grew up in West Texas. My family up and moved to the Dallas area when I was thirteen. I can remember this feeling that came over me of feeling a bit closed in. When you grow up with the open skies of West TX, it can be just a mite claustrophobic with all the trees and hills. You throw in a few days of solid cloud cover, with rain mixed in and well…I guess it is something that only someone from the vastness of open skies can relate to.

So, under wet and grey clouds, I had to pull up an old West Texas sunset to brighten the day…monos en theos…†…jim

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #806 – Texas Tea

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Black gold, Texas Tea

A regular staple of the West Texas landscape.

I feel such a hypocrite to complain of what the whole process does to our mother earth,

as I sure expect it to be there when I fill up my thirsty Chevy truck.

monos en theos…†…jim

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #805 – The rails run both ways

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Across the street from yesterdays “Sunset Motel”, and looking west instead of east, there was a whole different view.

The rails do run both ways. Just be sure to remember to look both ways before crossing!

monos en theos…†…jim

 

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #804 – No Vacancy

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There is little to compare with West Texas skies.

The wind rattled the old sign

Thunder shook the ground

I strived to capture a lightning bolt

I grew afraid, cowered in the truck

Added the lightning via the safety of photoshop.

Everything is not as you see…monos en theos…†…jim

 

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #802 – I can almost smell the popcorn.

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As much as we sometimes feel we wish we could, you cannot go back.

But ever so often, in spite of the absolute clarity of that truth, we get a brief moment in time that we can almost feel that we have.

The Texas theatre in “downtown” Sweetwater TX is one of those places.

Driving by in late dusk, it was hardly possible to not stop.

I was lazy and didn’t even bother to pull out my tripod. I rested my Nikon against a light pole for this 2 1/2 second exposure.

Who says you can’t go back, I could even smell popcorn!         monos en theos…†…jim

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #801 – Don’t let it pass you by!

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I was shooting at a sunset when I felt a small bump at my feet and here was this lovely creation scurrying about. He was a good sized “pede” about 5-6 inches long. And this dude was fast. No time to get the macro kit. It was take it or leave it. I grabbed 3 or for frames as he moved across an asphalt trail and disappeared into the West TX weeds.

Life sometimes come at a 1/5000 of a second and sometimes as in this case a 1/30 of a second. Don’t let it pass you by…†…monos en theos…jim