Random Shots Around Houston

Time for a photo “roundup”… it’s so unique to Houston to be able to have a bustling city atmosphere and then 3 minutes later see Longhorns – gotta love Houston! 🙂 

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John Bernhard, International Artist, One Of His “Displaced” Collection Creations.

Meet Mr. John Bernhard…one of those few people who you meet and just instantly adore! Everything from his French/Swiss accent, to his generous laughter and easy-going manner.

The above photo shows John holding one of his “Displaced” pieces. 

“In this series, Displaced, I wanted to bring to attention not merely the homeless case but the death of american manufacturing. The loss of the manufacturing industry manifests itself most clearly in job losses. For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, fewer than ten percent of American workers are now employed in manufacturing, and as a consequence, we are now manufacturing homelessness.”

“In a collage process, I overlaid photographs of old manufacturing plants over faces of homeless men, which I photographed throughout the U.S. The final work is printed with archival Uv cured ink directly on metal sheets.”  

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Prairie Fire – 1980 Mr. Bernhard’s “Skindream” series was featured (as shown) in LIFE Magazine in China.  He was supposed to be on the cover but was censored for nudity 🙁 

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Green Heron and Aiming With Poo!

The Green Heron is one of the world’s few tool-using bird species. It creates fishing lures with bread crusts, insects, earthworms, twigs, feathers, and other objects, dropping them on the surface of the water to entice small fish. (Source: allaboutbirds.org)

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Cattle Egret Hanging Out At Bear Creek Pioneer’s Park – Houston, Texas

Anyone else do “Car Photography”? This is what I do now in this Summer heat!! I drive around parks or back roads and when I see a fun bird, etc. I pull over and shot from my car.   Works out ok for me as my Sigma lens is rather heavy anyway and this way I can use my car window frame as a tripod and generally speaking either get to stay in my air-conditioned car or hop out for a spilt second, snap and drive on 🙂 . 

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I’ve been trying to incorporate reflections to my shots so this was a great opportunity.

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American White Ibis (Found in Galveston State Park in Texas)

Since I was in Galveston already on Saturday, I HAD to visit Galveston State Park to see if I could find any of my Roseate Spoonbills there but no luck…however, I did see quite a few of the American White Ibis.  I was shocked the first time I saw one of them as their eyes are such a beautiful, startling blue and their legs are so oddly colored too!  Really everything about this bird is rather strange looking!!

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There were about 4 of them up in a tree by some shallow, marsh land.

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Birding In Houston, Texas – A Hodge Podge Of Recent Birds

(Above photo:  English sparrow)

Thanks to my friends at the Amand Bayou Nature Center for helping me determine what kind of birds a lot of these are!!! They are such a lovely group of people!!! Thank you for always being willing to help!!! Birding in Texas has become somewhat of a new hobby for me so I need plenty of assistance trying to identify them all still! 

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Taken at Galveston State Park, Galveston, Texas – this is a Willet (Thanks Armand Bayou Nature Center for the identification help!!) this bird is part of the Sandpiper Family or shorebirds.

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Creatures of the backyard…

I’ve begun to put up bird feeders and bird baths in my backyard to see who comes to visit me… so far, this is what I’ve captured 🙂 …

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These molting Red Cardinals look so odd!

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