I had always converted this image to a black and white. It just seemed to lend itself to that. It just invoked a sad look which is how this old tree made me feel.

An acquaintance of mine stopped me and told of how she always liked this image, it made her happy. I had to inquire as to how she felt happiness looking at an image of a dead tree. She told me that she had grown up in the town (Coyonosa TX) near the tree. There once was an old store next to the then living green leafed tree, offering perhaps the best nearby shade. Her and friends would buy their iced down Nehi’s and a box of Sugar Baby’s. Rest in the life that simply could not be any better!

Drink ’em if you got ’em, in the shade if you can.


“Photographs open doors to the past but they also allow a look into the future”                                                                                                                                  Sally Mann

Photographs from Southwest Texas #502 – In your face close up of a small Painted Lady butterfly.


We are on our fifth day of overcast and unseasonably cool-damp weather. It certainly is not helping that “black dog” that follows me.

I feel a little like Paul (the apostle, not the beetle)  “…So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh…” 2 Corinthians 12:7. We never are told what Paul’s “thorn” is, so we get to fill in the blank with whatever affliction that fits our need. For today I choose that Paul also suffered from depression.

While the damp and lack of sun has slowed me down, the one brite spot I have found is that it also slows down the insects. At least this allows a much closer approach with the ones you  do find out and about.

I feel for the folks up in the northeast with the heat wave they are enduring. But, I for one am indeed ready for our return to the heat and the sun. Even if it makes the stalking for bugs a little more challenging.

I need to see my shadow outside my body rather than inside ††† en theos ††† jlawrence

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #246

This little fellow found a way to beat El Nino and to stay cool. It was a hot day at the beaver pond near Rio Grande Village Big Bend National Park. There was little activity, so when this guy floated by, I was happy to frame on him for a while. He was a diver and disappeared under the surface and I was lucky enough to be framed on the right spot when he resurfaced.

Cool off as needed on your journey, rinse and repeat†††††nada te turbe†††††jim