Tonight I was at the high school while the band trucks were being loaded up for tomorrow night's away football game. While I was there, the thunder and lightning began, as well as glorious rain, which we need badly. The lightning provided quite a show.
The band directors are on their perch directing our wonderful high school marching band. The band is just a couple days away from their first competition of the season. I hope they have a good performance. They've been working very hard. (When I took this photo, it was just a quick snap, without thinking it might be used as my photo of the day. Composition should have been a lot better!)
This clock sits on our mantel. I bought it many years ago in an antique shop in Whittier, California. It didn't work, but I just liked the way it looked. A few years ago my neighbor's dad was visiting and he saw my clock and asked me if he could try to fix it. He did and we enjoyed it for a few days until it stopped again. Today, when I got ready to take this picture, I noticed that one of the hands was bent and stuck on the other hand. So I bent it out a bit and started the pendulum. For now, it's working again! I hope it lasts.
Tonight was a home football game, with our outstanding band (my boys are members) wearing their full uniforms for the first time this season. Here is the band (well, some of them that I could get into the photo), playing the national anthem, as the ROTC members hold the flag.
Day 265. It's hard to believe I'm at this point. I got a new toy - a set of extension tubes. I do not take enough macro shots to justify a dedicated macro lens, so I opted for tubes. I played with them a little bit tonight. This is by no means a good photo. But seeing how close I can get to a subject whets my appetite a bit. I can't wait to play with macro shots during these last 100 days.
I'm so close to being done with my mosaic birdbath. I spent several hours today, grouting the base and the bottom of the bowl. I started on the inside, then had to call it a day. I plan to actually finish tomorrow!
Today I had my first sighting of a honeycrisp apple. Oh my gosh, I love these apples. We only have them in the fall, and my friends and I let each other know when we find them. We also unfortunately report the price. These babies are expensive. Five apples cost me over $6.00. Two years ago, the first year we tried them, my teenage son declared them "abnormally good". So, for a short while, we will happily pay the price. If you haven't tried them, you should.
Today I got a new camera strap. And it's not just any plain ol' strap, it's really cute and it's made by Mod. A friend works for this company and invited me and another friend to visit her office. She gave each of us a strap to try on our cameras. What fun it was to see all the straps they have. In addition to the straps, they sell accessory bags and lens cap savers. And you can get everything to match if you want, or you can get different kinds for different seasons, occasions, etc. I chose the one that is fourth from the left, the one with squares on it. I actually have my eye on one that I want to have for the holiday season! These are just a few of the many designs available. They have several designs, including ones that would appeal to men. They also have different styles of straps, from basic to premium. You might be looking for a new camera strap. If so, here's the link to read the Mod story and see their products. You can also order online. Oh, they are made in the USA, and are of very nice quality. http://www.modstraps.com
There is a full moon tonight and I liked the clouds in front of it. This is the view I saw as I was leaving a band booster meeting at the high school. I really need to keep the tripod in the car for times such as this.
Ten years ago today, America experienced a tragedy that no one at that time, could even imagine. Today, Gary and I visited the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial in Grapevine, Texas. The words in the text are not mine. They were inscribed in a plaque at the memorial. This link explains the symbolism in the statue. https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/ThingsToDo/911FlightCrewMemorial/Symbolism/tabid/311/Default.aspx
I've passed by this car many times and today when I did, I had my camera with me. Midday lighting not ideal, and I'll probably take some more at another time, but for today, I'm happy with this quick shot.
Everyone saves seats at the football game. It's really important to save seats for the incredible, and large, Flower Mound High School Band! Last two years, I saw the area taped off. This year, these signs were on the bleacher seats.
Today was a beautiful day, after the horribly hot temperatures we've been having in North Texas. Today was in the mid-80's. So, after getting some long-needed yardwork done, we headed to Dallas on the DART train (rail system here) and went to the West End to have dinner. It was hard to choose which photo to use for my project. Gary and I both liked this one. I do not know what building it is. I just really liked the way the light was shining on it.
Most of my daylilies already bloomed back in May and June. I thought they were finished, but lo and behold, a few stalks have shot up and yesterday I had a bloom and another today. There are several buds too. I do still have a few things blooming, but didn't expect to see these lilies!
I'm in a real rut with my photo project. Tonight I saw a guitar on the wall of the restaurant we were in. I prefer when I have something in mind and make the picture happen. Maybe I'll be inspired tomorrow!