San Antonio Missions

A five day project took me to Texas., where it was cooler than I expected (or wanted). But luckily the one day that I had some time to roam around was the one day that it was warm and sunny.

I’ve been to San Antonio before and discovered that one of the most interesting things to see are the historic Spanish Missions that are south of the city. Everyone knows the Alamo, but many visitors don’t know about the other beautiful locations. They are all a short drive from each other, and are in various states of decay and preservation. This first one is Mission Espada.
Mission Espada There is also a bike and hiking path that connects them all. The first time I ran across the Missions was years ago. It was quite unexpected and I didn’t have the right camera gear with me at the time (shocking, I know!) This time I was prepared and brought along a wide angle zoom to help me take it all in. The next few photos are from the amazing Mission San José, known as the “Queen of the Missions” Mission San José, San Antonio

Mission San José, San Antonio

Mission San José, San Antonio
The last images are from Mission Concepción. It’s incredible to think that some of these structures are older than the United States. I hope you try to visit the Missions if you’re in the area. Sure the riverwalk in San Antonio is nice, but I prefer the adventures that are just a little off the beaten path. And bring a wide angle lens with you. You might need it. Mission Concepción, San Antonio
Mission Concepción, San Antonio

Mission Concepción, San Antonio

Brain Research Foundation

I have some work in the annual report for the Brain Research Foundation. The BRF funds numerous areas of research; everything from autism to Alzheimer’s. For these pages we interviewed random people at several events, and almost everyone we met had a story of how brain injuries and other issues had impacted their lives.BRF_AR_sm

Winter vs Camera

I think most of my friends know that I don’t like winter. In fact, that’s putting it mildly. I hate winter in ways that are difficult to describe. But I’m enough of a professional that when duty dictates I can rise about my personal feelings towards my least-favorite season to get the job done. After all, the show must go on!
Winter forestWith record amounts of snow this year, Morton Arboretum wanted me to take the opportunity to document the wintry scene, in both big landscapes and tiny details.

Things were going well, I was getting some great images and even found some red berries that looked amazing against the white snow.
Red berries in the snowUnfortunately winter feels the same way about me as I do about it. And as I followed some deer tracks along a backwoods path, winter snuck in a little icy patch for me on the trail. I fell back into the deep snow, not hurting a thing but covering myself in wet heavy slush.

Now, I’m proud to say that I’ve never dropped a camera. And I didn’t drop my camera in this instance either. But it was as covered in the white stuff as I was. I trudged my way back to my car to regroup. My windshield de-icing brush knocked off some of the snow. And I found that a pen worked well to dig out of the eyepiece.
Snow Covered cameraAfter wiping it off as best as I could with an old t-shirt I found in the trunk, I drove home to de-thaw. The camera was dripping pretty badly. But Canon builds them like tanks. And after sitting for a day near the radiator, my ol’ trusty 5D Mark II was looking good.
Animal tracking class in the snow
I wasn’t going to let winter get the best of me, so once the camera was ready, I headed out again to finish the project. I followed an animal tracking class, and met some hikers and cross-country skiers. I may not ever be able to enjoy winter like they do, but at least I can make it look good.Morton Arboretum snow