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A Different Christmas

This photo is from a few years back, taken while shopping for a Christmas tree. It was a scraggly little mess of a tree among a forest of others more appropriate for picking. I didn’t think much of it then, but it’s kind of the perfect symbol for our Christmas this year. It was a weird, isolated little Christmas spent without any friends or family. It was wonderful, but also not something we’d like to need to do again. Hoping that next year’s Christmas–and accompanying tree–is a bit more normal again.

Acorns

The acorns falling from the trees in our neighborhood are plentiful this year. More than normal, I think. They’ll come for you when you’re out for a walk, and they come down fast. Watch out!

State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas wasn’t meant to be this year. There was a drive through version, but we skipped it. (Don’t tell my kids.) The fair is one of the things that has grown on me over time living in Texas and I actually missed it this year.

Here are a few photos from the 2019 edition of the fair, back when we took everything in life for granted.

Madison Square Park

For a number of reasons, I’ve spent quite a bit of time in New York over the past few years. I love this city and I’m grateful for every moment within it. Travel is going to be a bit light for a while, so I’m remembering my wanderings around town from afar for now.

A few months ago walking between meetings I stopped for a bit in Madison Square Park. The views and architecture on this one corner are wonderful: the Empire State Building to the north, Flatiron Building directly behind, and the Met Life Tower buildings on the park’s eastern border.

The Flatiron Building, covered in scaffolding for its exterior renovation.
Met Life Tower

The building next to this tower, the Metropolitan Life North building, was originally supposed to be 100 stories tall and the tallest building in the world at that time. However, construction stopped in the Great Depression at just 30 stories.

I love the way the buildings appear through the trees in the winter.

Shake Shack in Madison Square Park

Commerce Street

Dear photo blog, my old friend. It’s been over a year since we last spoke. You may have thought I no longer have been taking photos. But fear not! I’m still capturing pieces of the world around me with my camera but I just haven’t shared any. This year will be different and I’ll do my best to post a few as I go. In the mean time, here are a few posts from the past year that never got around to being shared.


Dallas has some lovely classic architecture in some areas and dreadfully boring corporate architecture in others. The Commerce and Main Street areas of downtown have some wonderful examples. These shots were taken during an early morning walk around town last spring.

Included is, perhaps, the most Dallas picture of all: a Lamborghini parked outside of one of the oldest buildings on the street.

Shadows on a building in Dallas
Overlooking the friendly Mercantile building in Dallas
Lamborghini
The Joule Hotel in Dallas
The Joule Hotel in Dallas, with its pool overlooking the city to the right

Spring

Weeds and growth near Lake Texoma, Texas

Some signs of spring growing near Lake Texoma. Spring in Texas can happen in February apparently.

Manhattan Bridge

This is probably one of the most photographed areas of Brooklyn, maybe all of New York, but I still love it. Taken just beyond Water St. on Washington in DUMBO. It was too foggy out on this day last December to see the top of the Empire State Building behind the bridge, but it’s still there somewhere.

Miami Beach

Miami Beach
Shot on iPhone

It’s a cold day in Texas and I’m missing the beach. Taken last fall during a business trip to Soho Beach House, Miami. A lovely place to begin working on a new project.

Tree Shopping

It’s that time of year again for the annual Christmas tree trip. Some views from the tree farm in East Texas earlier this month.

My Favorite View

Locanda

No trip to San Francisco would be complete without at least one fantastic restaurant visit. This time we took a Mission detour to a little Roman-style Italian restaurant called Locanda recommended by some local friends. Pictured is the radiatore with lamb ragu, a fantastically-prepared simple bucatini, lamb carpaccio and a few fried olives thrown in for good measure. If you’re in the area, this place is amazing and highly recommended.

Muir Woods Beach

Muir Woods Bridge

During our recent trip to San Francisco, we took some time away for an afternoon to explore Muir Woods. Well, as it turns out, with a sleeping baby in the back seat we decided not to risk disaster and actually stop to get out of the car. So our version of exploring was to drive around the hills and take everything in from within the car. Eventually, we did stop a bit to walk around on the beach area. Here’s just a few of the scenes along our stop.

Muir Woods Fog

Dub Dub

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending Apple’s 2014 World Wide Developers Conference, aka WWDC. (Although for everyone there, it is really aka “dub dub”.) It was an incredible experience. It was a whirlwind 5-day-long nerd sensory overload that left me energized, humbled and ready for a fantastic year. Here’s just a few photos snapped along the way.

Long Winter

It has been a long winter here in Texas. Well, long for us. Typically we’ll get a few weeks of cold but it seems this year like we’ve been bundling up for months. To make it more fun, we’ve had sick kids for weeks now and are finally looking to be coming out of the fog. The weather is warming, and we’re welcoming it with open arms.

This photo was taken as part of my daily walk with our almost-two-year-old. We walk past these sad little cacti struggling to hold on everyday; just waiting for spring to get here as much as we are.

Truck Yard

One of the best new places in town is a little city block converted to an outdoor eatery called the Truck Yard. It is nothing fancy, but they have great food trucks daily and a perfect little outdoor ambiance that makes you forget you are in the middle of a modern city. And of course, plenty of unnecessarily-over-the-top neon signs.