Frosty Texas Day

The frost is here and is creating a wonderland of ice but a house of crazy people.  We are in desperate need of a - I never ever thought I would say this - Chuck-e-cheese or something like that here in Fred.  My children's outings on cold days consist of hitting up every store that sells groceries, Tractor Supply, and of course Walmart - where they pick up the most lovely of germs.  Chuck-e-cheese I'm sure could top the germs at Walmart but on the flip side it could create some very effective and desperately needed usage of bouncing off of the walls toddler energy.  But alas, I am ok with my children bouncing off of the walls at Tractor Supply.  Its actually quite fun running through the wrangler shirts and pulling out the bulk chain for sale.  Makes for a pretty good time:)  

Today though I thought I would focus on the beauty that the frost brings and the contrast that the ice brings to the plants that I associate so much with a mild winter and hot summers.  I couldn't help but visit a few of my favorite spots and snap a couple of pics to share.  I also think I appreciate the way that the ice covers the plants more than the snow would...it's almost like they have been dipped in glass.  Hope you enjoy a look into the hill country covered in a little bit of frost:)

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Live Oak Goods

The other day I had the privilege of photographing some images for some dear friends, Anna Marie and Knox.  Knox has come together with another dear friend, Robert, to start a new business focused on creating beautiful furniture, home goods, and kitchen utensils out of the Live Oaks that have sadly died from Oak Wilt, a deadly disease that has killed thousands of trees in the hill country.  Robert has dreamed of reusing the beautiful wood of the dead oaks for a long time and it is so exciting to see it coming to life (pun intended).  Knox and Robert not only can use these oaks for small projects such as benches, coffee makers, cutting boards, and coasters...they also can create the barn like feel in a home with great beautiful beams that they hand cut.  

I hope you enjoy these works of art as much as I do.  I am just itching to get a pour over coffee holder.  The ceramic piece that holds the filter in place is even hand made by another of my favorite local businesses, Guten Co.  I think it is just about the most beautiful coffee making device I have ever seen!!!

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My First Time to be Hired as a Photographer

Yesterday, I got a call seeing if I would photograph some food items at a local (and to make it even better...my favorite) restaurant in town!  YAY!!  I have ALWAYS wanted to do something like that...and it makes me excited that it could possibly turn into something more.  

Here are a couple of sneak peeks of the pics!

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chef Yoho...master of the culinary arts

chef Yoho...master of the culinary arts

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