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Shangri La and a boat ride



On Veteran’s Day, my veteran and I decided to take a trip to a nearby garden–Shangri La–in Orange Texas.

Mr. Stark owned a lot of land and was quite wealthy–establishing an art museum with a large collection of Western Art that is frequently shared with other art museums around the country—but he also enjoyed horticulture. Shangri La was set up as a display garden; people would spend their Sunday afternoons strolling through the walkways and enjoying the flowers and assorted displays. After his death, it fell into some disrepair but has since been renovated and is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon.

A bird blind is set up especially for photography and viewing of the birds although nesting season is long over. We did see two large alligators enjoying the sun on a ramp in the middle of the pond—and then there were turtles–lots of them—everywhere there was a branch sticking out of the water–there were no less than four turtles sunning themselves.

We signed up for the boat ride despite ominous clouds but were fortunate to only be chased by mosquitoes. Our boat captain was retired from Dupont and had a lot of interesting stories to tell=–as did our guide who detailed the loss of a microscope into the water during one of the school expeditions.

A great barred owl could be heard===Who cooks for youoooo== egrets were perched on the trees and an osprey flew over us returning home from a fishing trip.

A few scarecrows remained from the recent contest—and workers were busily putting up Christmas lights as well as weeding and pruning.

Pumpkins and gourds lined the walkways–and there were plenty of mosquitos encouraging us to keep moving.

More photos are on smugmug at

I See Red

This week’s assignment was to find something RED.

I thought about this—and wanted to do something that wasn’t exactly expected–Red apples, my box of red fabric, and then there was “I see Red” as an expression, or how about closed books or newspapers. I tried a swath of red on watercolor paper but decided to use an image of Turk’s Cap, a local flower that has tiny red flowers. I photographed it from the top so it looks swirly but seen from the side it does look like a turban of sorts.

The May gallery on Ricky Tims site is full of Red objects, ranging from strawberries, trucks, lawn chairs, letters, rhubarb, necklaces, rugs, lobster, and so forth. One photo was converted to black and white with a red roof placed on a distant boat house at the end of the pier. It was an effective use of neutrals offplaying the red–similar to Remington’s painting of the wild west. Many of his images were used as book covers and I suppose there was limited ink colors used–to make them realistically priced for book imagery.

The Stark Museum in Orange Texas has a large collection of Western art that has served as the basis for traveling exhibits to other museums around the world.