Busted out the hammocks for lunch, wildlife watching and some spectacular views at @bigbendnps!
While we might be toting around a drone and inflatable paddle board that never see the light of day, we find ways to use this purchase ALL the time. They come with us in the truck bed and take less than 10 minutes to put up or take down. We discovered them at a festival outside of Denver and love that they’re made locally by a small business there. ⠀
If you need these in your life, you can get $50 off by going to @coloradohammock , head to Package Deals on their site and use code “outofofficefamily” when you put the Complete Kit Trailer Hitch Hammock Chair Suspension System (phew!) in your cart. Happy hammocking!
🎶 On the 11th Day of Christmas my true love (@discoverfarmersbranch) gave to me (and everyone else!) a phone charging station FOR FREE!!! 🎶 .
That’s right! We now have a free and safe way for you to charge your phones in our lobby! Thanks to our good friends at @fbtx we now have a station where you can lock 🔒 your phone up with a 4 digit passcode you create. It has a charger or EVERY type of phone 📱 ☎️
The #baldcypress trees are turning red and losing their leaves now, making for some good photo ops on the lakes. They are kind of like Christmas trees decked out in red with cormorant-shaped ornaments (not visible in this shot). A beautiful sight in any case. 🌳❤️
The badlands of Caprock Canyon State Park covered in a light dusting of snow from Saturday’s snow. Snow isn’t exactly a rare sight in West Texas but it can offer a nice change from the standard sun baked landscape we are used to.
I just love a good retro neon sign! It’s the next best thing to finding a vintage one.
The @texicancourt , a new boutique hotel in Irving, has this beauty emblazoned on a front wall. It’s the first indication of a design reminiscent of a 1950s motorcourt...updated for today’s traveler. Well, “updated” is definitely an understatement in this case!
More peeks at this beauty of a hotel soon! Until then, you can take a look here: https://bit.ly/2SDI3XE
Are you drawn to hotels with original character, or do you prefer a “standard” style?
Last night, we stayed at Lake Bastrop - North Shore Park, and it was incredible! They have five brand new airstreams equipped with everything you need to have a blast. It’s also right on the lake so you can fish, canoe, or walk along the water. Thanks @lcraparks we loved our stay 🤙🏻
Milky Way over Texas~ my first photographic attempt of the Milky Way that I took 5 years ago. I still recall my jaw dropping when I first saw the playback on the screen of my tripod mounted canon 6D. It truly is an example of manifesting reality, here is the story:
5 years ago I had begun to really throw myself into photography, primarily landscape, but also eager to learn all different aspects that I could. It was at that time that I started to see some wonderful night time photos of the Milky Way! Oh my I really wanted to learn to do this and as it turned out, fortuitously I had the proper full frame camera and the necessary wide angle f2.8 lens to attempt. I studied the techniques, settings and got tips online, but what to photograph? As well I needed to wait until the Milky Way and it’s galactic core became visible in our night Sky in the Kerrville Texas area. So in my mind, I created what I had visioned, I wanted to photograph the Milky Way over a windmill and as a couple weeks had gone by one day in my studio a friend dropped in to visit me. His name was Wayne Este and while we were visiting he asked me so what’s new, Well I told him I had really started to focus on photography that year, and now I want to try and photograph the Milky Way! He said so what’s stopping you? I told Wayne well I envision the photograph as the Milky Way over a windmill! Wayne then informed me, hey I’ve got a wind mill!! And so it was, in early May around 3am that within a night of visiting with Wayne I was out on his property in Hunt, Texas under a glorious sky of stars, capturing this moment! The light emanating from the left is coming from nearby Kerrville Texas where I lived at the time. It provided the dramatic color needed to silhouette the hills. The day before a cool front had moved through and the air from the north was dried out. The old windmill had long not operated so it was not turning, it was worn and had a few bent and missing fins and a loose cable, but still standing! I suppose I related to it on some level realizing that I too could be described that way, a little beat up but still standing:) It was perfect! #wayneswindmill
As I drove through north Texas on a blustery, cold afternoon I realized I was just a short detour from Lindsay. I had heard about Saint Peter’s Catholic Church so decided to “turn that car around” and head into town. No directions were needed to the grandest structure in this small town of 1100 residents. I found myself alone inside and was overwhelmed by its incredible beauty. It was built in 1917 after a tornado destroyed its predecessor, and a 2009 restoration beautifully revived the vibrant colors, woodwork and stained glass to its original glory. This Texas treasure will warm your heart any day of the year. 🙏🏻