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The Wenches, Women and Girls of theTexas Renaissance Festival II

Belly Dancer II

Belly Dancer II

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The best thing about a Renaissance Festival is you can be anyone you want to be. Here are photos of ladies or wenches in costumes of all sorts.  All were shot on October 6, 2012, opening day in Plantersville, Texas.  By the end of the day cloudy skies provided soft lighting.

See all renfest photos here from 2008, 2012 and 2013: http://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com/category/renfest/

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Willow Waterhole

Tall Grass

Tall Grass

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Willow Waterhole is a flood control project on 290 acres.  There are two ponds with the larger one portrayed here.  Over 1 million yards of earth were removed during construction.  A side effect of this dig is a beautiful park and wildlife habitat.  Learn more here.

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Lamborghini Festival

Blond Model and Lamborghini

Blond Model and Lamborghini

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In conjunction with a charitable benefit, Lamborghini supercars were displayed at City Center.  There were a few models around.  The blond was not working for me, the shot is a grab.  She had trouble keeping her eyes open in the bright light.  I am not sure about the black lines on her dress either.  Be careful if you visit City Center.  Parking is scarce.  If you park next door at Town and Country you will be towed.  It has happened to two people I know.

The funny thing about these cars is I could get across town faster in a pickup truck, and much faster on a 650 cc single cylinder motorcycle.  The truck can go over curbs, and if you tailgate other drivers will get out of  your way.  They do it to me all the time.  That is how I know.  Pickups attract no attention around here.  Cops will pull over fancy cars just because they are bored.   The bike can go between lanes, so it is fastest.

Photographers, it is impossible to do meaningful automotive photography at an event like this.  Use the cars as a background or prop and make people the subject.

 

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Buffalo Bayou Shrimp Fest

Bel Air

Bel Air

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A Bayou is a glorified drainage ditch.  Buffalo Bayou flows through downtown Houston and like the other Bayous it empties into the ship channel.  This event brought out dragon boats, Karsbach, a local craft beer brewer, competition BBQ chefs and of course, boiled shrimp.  This is fun, Texas style.

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At the Galleries, September, 2014

Fruitmobile

Fruitmobile

Due to my trip to Spain, I only had half a month of cruising Houston’s excellent art galleries.  I did get to the opening of the Houston Fine Arts Fair.  It was very crowded.

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Early Fall

Catastrophic

Catastrophic

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The main difference between early fall in Houston and summer up North is it’s after Labor Day.  Kids are in school, but the temperature hits 90F most afternoons and rarely goes below 70F at night. That’s life here in the sunbelt.

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Water’s Edge

Trees and Grass

Trees and Grass

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The weather was just right, so I went over to a nearby pond and took pictures of reflections on the water.

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