I’ve been absent from this blog for a while, and several of my followers on Facebook have messaged me to ask what’s the deal. So, here’s an update on what’s been going on in my life.
About 2-1/2 years ago, my oldest son and his wife told us that they were planning eventually to quit their jobs in Houston and move to Central Texas to start a business. Since our other son and his wife had careers in Dallas, my wife and I really didn’t have a reason to stay in Houston any longer.
So, we started looking at properties in and around Austin. We finally bought a home in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Over the next 12 months, I supervised the gutting and remodeling of that home. I drove to our new Hill Country home several times each week during that year (3 hours each way, door-to-door) to oversee the work. A year later, after 39 years in Houston, we finally moved to our new Hill Country home. My wife retired as CEO of Encore Health Resources a few months later.
And what did my son and daughter-in-law do? After looking at properties for over a year, they bought a ranch near Wimberley, Texas, 34 miles from our new Hill Country home. They and our little granddaughter moved in with us temporarily while they spent the last year building a beer and wine garden that is truly the jewel of the Texas Hill Country! They opened their business 2 weeks ago to wild crowds and great reviews. You can follow them on Instagram at @theshadyllama.
We’ve spent the last year or so spoiling our beautiful little granddaughter (she has named me “Bop” for some reason), helping take care of the 5 llamas and 2 mini-donkeys at The Shady Llama, and traveling.
I’ve also spent time photographing in Iceland, along the Danube, in Italy, and in California.
You may have already noticed some changes in my website. There are more coming soon, as well as some exciting news. Be sure and check in from time to time to see what’s happening!
I was very flattered and honored recently to have been interviewed by Exhibitions Without Walls. EWW is an international organization that showcases the work of select photographers and digital artists.
I’m in Atlanta for my first ImagingUSA, the national conference of the Professional Photographers of America. The pre-conference activities began last Thursday, January 7, and the main part of the conference started on Sunday. The conference ends tonight, Tuesday, January 12. I don’t know the estimated attendance, but it’s definitely up in the thousands. There are people here from all over the United States, and probably the world. However, over half of the people I’ve met are from Texas, several of them from within 30 miles of my home. I don’t know why that is. I know they sell cameras in other parts of the country, too.
I’m occasionally asked by friends if they should take photos in RAW or .jpeg formats? It seems this question comes up more often around the holidays. People are getting new cameras, or else they’re pulling out old ones and trying to get up to speed on using them again.