It takes you back in time…

The Western Heritage Parade and Cattle Drive. It’s a kick-off of the Stock Show and Rodeo in San Antonio.

The cattle drive held each year in downtown San Antonio is a nod to the city’s role in herding more than 20 million cattle from Texas to railheads in Kansas in the late 1800s.

A herd of Texas Longhorns was marching up. I couldn’t get close to take a photos. The photo below (only this one) was captured last time, it wasn’t as packed as this year.

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Later, hubby found a spot for me, I was clicking happily.

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The mile long route through the streets of downtown features Fort Hood 1st Cavalry Division, Texas A&M Parson’s Mounted Cavalry, Fort Sam Houston Caisson…

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I think this handsome horse is looking at me. :)

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The parade takes us back to the history and the heritage. It takes us back in time

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Our gorgeous Miss Rodeo of Texas!

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Wanna take a close look of Miss Rodeo? :)

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This one is for you, Simon (simonjohnsonofclowne). I want to thank Simon for his western movie review series. His reviews explain eloquently why these classic western movies are timeless and great; it also taught me to appreciate the Western History and Heritage a little deeper.

“I’ll finish by including the whole of Kipling’s famous poem as much to contradict as to illuminate the heroic viewpoint of the film. And because I like it. It’s a great poem. It’s a great movie.” Simon summed up his recent review on The Tall T.

And his review of  Shane is one of my favorites: “He is the direct descendant of Theseus and Ajax, the Knights of the Round Table, Childe Roland or Caius Kent from King Lear. After much debate I have finally come down on the side of saying that the stunning portrayal by Alan Ladd is down to his skills as an actor rather than by chance. Shane is a remarkable character who straddles the boundaries between historic narrative and mythology.” 

Simon is a remarkable writer.

Thank you for visiting. Have a wonderful week! :)

Time Travel For Weekly Photo Challenge

 is leading this week’s Photo Challenge. ” …I wanted to convey a sense of time passing against the backdrop of the sign. Time — both fleeting and infinite at once.” LD’s photo indeed has conveyed the sense of time passing and captured fleeting and infinite time at once. Amazing!

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Time travel to the past from China (1500 BC), Mexico(1600 BC), Peru (1000 BC), Roman (3rd to 4th AD), and Maya (700 AD).

Time travel–at least to the future–is theoretically possible, according to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. But, time travel to the past remains impossible. The theory is beyond me. Nevertheless, I feel “time travel to the past” when I’m visiting a museum.

View more entries, click HERE. Thank you for the inspiring theme, Dragon (ETCETERA ETCETERA ETCETERA)!

Photos were taken at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

One Photo Focus: February

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 Stacy’s One Photo Focus is a monthly event, it’s the first Friday of each month. For this month, she lets us work on Lensaddiction’s fabulous ship photo. I did some basic retouching using the Lightroom and changed to B&W through Efex Color Pro 4, got the after result. Hope it looks good to you. :)

The above photo is after and below is Stacy’s original photo.

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Here is OPF version I did for January. I missed posting it as I was in Florida:

Take a look of 24 creative OPFs at Stacy’s One Photo Focus (



Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things that are Hot


Right before he was ready to perform on the street, he made a statement, “I have a serious message for all the kids here. Listen up!”  I thought he was going to say something like, “Don’t try it at home”. No, he didn’t.

“Go to college, Kid!”

“I did. Look at me!” He said :)


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge always brings fun themes for us to share photos. :)

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Thank you for visiting. Happy Thursday!

Thursday is the “Two Phrase Story” day. Dr. Hb provides the first phrase and we get to complete the sentence. It’s fun to see so many different directions people’s thought are taking. :)

Mobile Photography: Nature and Mono Madness: Curve

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This week, Sally (Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge) presents dried flowers from her garden. Her “pens” section is as beautiful as her “lens”. She said, “…Some end of season annuals and perennials become burdened with weathering and fading into the background. Still, I find magic in their presence. And their next life becomes fodder for my compost bin to enrich next year’s crops.”

Sally continues inspiring us of using mobile devices for photography. Thank you Sally!



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The above bridge image is for this week’s Monochrome Madness: Curves

The Lamar Boulevard Bridge (659 feet long, completed in 1942) is an Open spandrel arch bridge over Colorado River in Austin, Texas. The black and white image I posted (lines and angles) last week was taken from under the bridge. On any sunny or warmer day, weekend especially, you can watch kayaks and canoes paddling through the bridge and along the LBJ Lake, it’s a very pleasant scene. 

Thank you so much for visiting! :)

Monday Walk: Ca’ d’Zan


Ca’ d”Zan (located in Sarasota, Florida), meaning the House of John in a Venetian dialect — the winter residence of John and Mable Ringling.

John Ringling(1866–1936) owned the Ringling Brothers Circus; he also invested in oil, ranching, railroads, and real estate, becoming one of the richest men in America.


The Ringling mansion was built in 1924 and completed by the end of 1926, cost $1.5 million to construct, approximately $20.9 million today.


The back of his mansion faces the beautiful ocean view.


John Ringling was a night person because of his Circus business. He had his breakfast lat in the morning, and his breakfast menu was 6 eggs and a piece of steak or ham. He often ordered his breakfast to be served on his boat.



A glimpse of inside the mansion (taken with iPhone 6):

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 When the stock market crash of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression, John Ringling lost his fortune, but was able to retain his home, the museum and his extensive art collection. He died with only $311 in the bank.


For Jo’s Monday Walk. Jo is taking us to São Lourenço Trail for a relaxing walk.


Have a great week! :)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant

“Let us wash the web with a rainbow of colors to keep the winter gloom at bay.” Jen Hooks says. What a cool idea.

Vibrant means having or showing great life, activity, and energy and very bright and strong, by

Here is my take on:

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This photo shows the nightlife on the 6th Street District in Austin; it’s always active, loud, and energetic.

WPC: Vibrant

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