5 Photos in This Gallery
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These images are from the the beautiful island of Kauai in the US state of Hawaii.
10 photos in this gallery, click through to the original to view them.
How about some photos from exciting Rome, Italy?
Up in the high plains of Nevada sits Reno, not far from the shores of beautiful Lake Taho. On Independence Day weekend Reno hosts the All-American Barbecue Festival in conjunction with the Firecracker 500 off road race. The event has several homage bands, and iss held downtown on Virginia Street just outside the wonderful Silver Legacy hotel. Monster, makers of the energy drink showed up with a bunch of models in costumes that were no more than bikinis with a tiny skirt and vest to cover things up a bit, accompanied by motorcycle boots. In the heat of the afternoon the girls went out on the tarmac while two wild freestyle bikers on 600′s did wheelies and burnouts around them. I can tell you it did not do their beautiful hair any good. Although these girls are models who instinctively pose, I did manage to get a few shots in street candid style.
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Some of the monumental attractions from Rome, Italy.
Over the Independence Day weekend Reno hosts the All-American Barbecue Festival and the Firecracker 500 off road race. Bacardi showed up with a bus load of pretty girls decked out in mini dresses and shorts to promote their rum. Girls wearing hoods were promoting Wolfberry flavored rum. Some of the girls are models, others college students earning money to get through school. One told me she got three full days of work out of the festival. Pretty girls giving out free shots of rum is a great combination.
Some of these were captured at festival sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Houston and held in Hermann Park. Much of the entertainment was paid for by the Japanese Consulate here in Houston. The remaining photos are from a small art festival held at Houston’s beautiful Elizabeth Baldwin Park.
Photos of people, places and things in my home town.
This inaugural kite festival was held in conjunction with Hermann Park’s centennial. The giant fish kite does not fly well on its own, so it was assisted by the more efficient rainbow colored kite behind it.
Start with a big parking lot, add a bunch of award winning food trucks, craft beer, Texas skies and you have Haute Wheels. This year’s festival added a small Via Colori to the mix. It was 86F and humid on this first weekend of Spring.
Photographed at the reflecting pool in Houston’s Hermann park. The water is less than two feet deep.
Afterglow was exhibited at Sicardi Gallery. Gilbert Hsaio’s show was at Gallery Sonja Roesch. I bought a venison sausage sandwich from the chef outside of Hardy and Nance Street Studios and went inside to find a girl taking pictures with her mobile phone held high.
Art in the Park is series of large scale outdoor installations in Houston’s beautiful Hermann Park.
These were photographed on lower Westheimer and along Dowling Street in the Third Ward.
These were photographed at various Houston locations, but mostly along Dowling Street in the Third Ward.
In Houston a bayou is a glorified drainage ditch. I live close to Braes Bayou and often use its hike and bike trail. Sometimes I take my camera along and shoot while walking or bike riding.
Houston artist Ivete Lucas is pictured wearing colorful hose. She and her husband constructed the tree sculpture which stands behind her, at Lawndale Center for the Arts. Her friend Zahira is to her right and the other two girls were the most interestingly dressed ones I could round up for the shot. Claudia is a friend and the shot is a set up.
Many photos are of recognizable places, like the Manhattan skyline. None of these landscapes are of instantly identifiable locations. The two aerials were photographed somewhere between Houston and LA, but I can’t tell you even what state is pictured. Remaining images are from Kauai, but without the Hawaii tag, nobody would ever know. [A fellow blogger who is also a pilot identified "Farmland II". See the comments.]
Just a few photos I grabbed downtown and in Montrose while stuck here in Houston. I asked a couple if I could take their picture and they immediately started kissing. It was the day after Valentine’s day. “Photographer in a Dress” won Picture of the Week at the highly competitive Nikon Gear photo forum.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Janavi in her studio. She is also a scuba diver and we had an acquaintance in common in India. Of this group, April Murphy is the only one that I have known for a while. She appears with a work in progress. Vincent Fink’s work is all about fantasy. Paige does abstract floral paintings. All of these artists were photographed at the Winter and Spring Street Studios Second Saturday open house.
On my last full day on Kauai I went up to Hanalei Bay to see the high seas. Someone tried to go surfing. Paramedics took him away in an ambulance. Locals say it is possible to get swept off the dock by a rouge wave.
These were photographed on the Mahaulepu Trail, at various beaches or in the hills behind Kapaa. I did eat every bite of the delicious Ronald Burger at Joe’s on the Green in Poipu.
These were photographed around the hotel, in Kapaa or in the hills behind the town.
Here are a few views on the way up and from the top of Wiamea Canyon. I was a bit disappointed when the clouds came rolling in, but managed to make the best of it.
Hanalei Bay was featured in the movie The Descendants. It is the location of some of the most expensive beach homes in the world.