Thursday, August 14, 2008

Vietnam Veteran's Memorial

Permian Basin Vietnam Memorial

I never knew that there was a Permian Basin Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. This is located next to the Midland / Odessa airport.

Sunrise in Midland Texas

Midland Texas Sunrise

I went to Midland last week for a few days to help work on a project. As I was heading into work, I saw this spectacular sunrise and decided to stop to see if I could capture it.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Bird in flight

Lately, I've been taking a lot of cloud photos. We've been getting a lot of rain and because of that, some very interesting cloud formations have been appearing over our skies. This one shows some clouds with a bird flying through the shot.

Pecan trees


This was taken from Highway 28 or the "Old Mesilla Highway" a week ago. This is one of my favorite roads to travel on my motorcycle.

Saturday, August 2, 2008



I like the way this photo came out. We were shooting photos on the Rio Grande near Canutillo, TX.

Highway 28

The streaker

Here's a bicyclist on Highway 28 also known as the Old Mesilla Highway. This is one of my favorite highways to take on a weekend ride. It leads to Old Mesilla, New Mexico from west Texas and is very popular among bikers. It is a very scenic 2 lane road with nice stops such as wineries and farms along the way.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Transmountain road Sunset

Sunset from Transmountain Drive

This is one of my personal favorite shots. I took this while watching the sun go down from Transmountain road. Transmountain has quickly become one of my favorite shooting sites.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Once in a .......

Once in a.....

Here's another one of my more popular photos. No surprise that it is a moon shot.

White Sands

Red white and blue

This is quickly becoming one of my most popular photos. It was taken at White Sands National Monument during the solstice moon. There was a thunderstorm moving in when I shot this. The photo is looking towards Alamogordo and you can see a lightning strike in the middle of the clouds.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Red Eyes

Here are a couple of shots from my Sunday drive. They both were taken on the Rio Grande close to Canutillo TX. I really like taking photos in and around this area. I also like seeing the Rio Grande full of water. I'm not sure why but it makes me feel good knowing that some of this water is making it past the Franklin Canal.

Rio Grande

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

My first magazine published photo

Pilot Bill's silhouette

This photo was taken when I got my first ever hot air balloon ride. It also was the first photo that I took that was published in a magazine. This photo was spread out over 2 pages and made the January issue of El Paso Magazine. The person whose silhouette you see is the pilot. He is checking the balloon during inflation to make sure everything is ok and is pulling out the balloon so it can inflate properly. This experience was extremely cool to say the least and is one I'll soon not forget.

My Motorcycle

My Boulevard

This is my motorcycle. It is a 2005 Suzuki Boulevard M50. I'm not into crotch rockets. Not that there's anything wrong with them, I just don't trust myself on one. I would probably be too tempted to go zero to 200 in no time flat. At my age, a good cruise is all I need. Most of the time I stay in the slow lane and let everyone else in a hurry pass me by. Normally, if it is not raining or too windy, or if I don't have to carry anything that would not fit in my saddlebags, I will be on my bike. I like feeling the subtle changes in temperature as I hit warm or cold air pockets. I also like the smell of good food as I ride by a restaurant. These are simple pleasures you miss when you cage it.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Sunday drive


Sea Horse

Show me your best side.....


Horse reflections

Yesterday we went out on a Sunday drive along Highway 28 which runs from Canutillo through to Old Mesilla, New Mexico. We stopped at this ranch to photograph the horses. They seemed very friendly and came over to where we stood. I don't know anything about horses so I'm not sure what kind these are.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunset Grocery and Meat Market

Sunset Heights Icon

When I was about 8 years old, we moved from Smeltertown to Sunset Heights. We lived just a couple of blocks from this store which has now become an El Paso icon. For many years it was owned and operated by the Vitela family. I used to go inside the basement to look for boxes to play with. The basement was dimly lit and cluttered with empty boxes and shelves. There were things on those shelves but I can't remember what they were. It was a bit spooky and after a while Mrs. Vitela would call down for me to come back upstairs. She still is a very nice lady and it's always a pleasure to see and speak to her.

Prospect street bridge at night

Prospect street bridge
This is looking at downtown El Paso from Prospect street. We lived on this street for many years and would walk downtown using this bridge. As a kid, I would love to stand on this bridge and see the cars zooming by.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Mount Cristo Rey

Foot of the cross

This was taken at the top of Mount Cristo Rey. I can remember making the pilgrimage to the top of this mountain several times during the annual ascents in October of each year. I would see people climbing up on their knees keeping promises for wishes granted or asking for prayers to be answered. This mountain was also a welcomed site every time I came back to visit my family in El Paso during the times that I lived in San Diego, Midland, or San Antonio.
This area was once completely under water and it takes about a minute to find shell fossils near the base of this mountain. Once you reach the top of this mountain, you can see 3 states ( Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua) and 2 countries (United States and Mexico).


Soon after I started shooting photos again, I discovered how to take photos of the moon. I knew that I was hooked and to this day, many of my photographs have something to do with the moon.

Last Night's Moon


This was a sunrise photo that I took while fishing at Elephant Butte. The fisherman you see in the boat is my brother.

Sunrise at Elephant Butte

El Paso

This has been my most popular photograph. It has been viewed over 8,000 times with 207 flickr members calling this a favorite!

El Paso at night (Glowing with UTEP orange)

Elephant Butte, NM

I also love to fish so I try and get out to the lake as much as possible. This is Elephant Butte lake in New Mexico.

Blood Moon at Elephant Butte Lake