Changing colors | Manvel, Texas Photographer

I was playing with the macro lens again with oil and water.

I have posted pictures of oil and water in the past but never with this coloration. I love the way these colors look.

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Another place and time | Manvel, Texas Photographer

Here in Texas, it is quite common to see all kinds of gates and fences.

This gate is from another time probably back before the 1950’s or so. Vintage doors, windows, and gates intrigue me.

It was a just a little bit crooked from age, it had some rusted patina and a unique design.

This old gate has a story or tell but on this day it was not talking.

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Cardio and Weight Training | Texas Photographer

As many of you know last November I decided to make a change in my life. I wanted to get healthier, feel better, and look better. I started low carb dieting and walking.

After about 8 1/2 months of low carbs, my body got mad at me and I was not feeling so good. I had to change things up. For one week I ate plenty of carbs including fruit which I missed so much when I was low doing the low carb. I did this for one week only.

I try my best to eat healthy now and to keep my carbs below 100 grams a day. If you remember before I was below 30 grams a day so 100 grams a day really does seem like a lot to me. By increasing it to 100 I can have a piece of fruit every day.

Since I have been walking all this time I needed to add in some resistance training and weight training to my routines. When you lose more than just a few pounds  your skin will hang so you need do weights to tighten it up. Weight training and resistance training will help with this but ONLY if you are about 10 pounds from your goal weight. If you start this too soon it will slow down your weight loss.

My daughter and I joined a gym and now I have access to the weight machines again which I love.

I still use the fit bit I find the phone apps do not count correctly. Have you ever heard someone say “I went to the grocery store that should count for about 5000 steps” well going up and down every single aisle might get you 1500 – 1700 steps.  It takes a lot of effort to reach over 10,000 steps a day.

I can walk 2,277 steps in 20 minutes walking 3.0 – 3.4 mph. It is fast enough I am sweating while walking this fast.

In the past when I worked out at a gym I spent a lot of money on personal trainers teaching me what to do and what not to do. Lucky for me I remember what they taught me so I can use that now.

I am at a new phase in my healthier lifestyle with 10 months behind me I feel like a new person. Getting healthy and being active is only part one.


The color of cranes | Manvel, Texas Photographer

Cranes remind me of some sort of modern-day dinosaur.

I processed these pictures three different ways so I could see which one I liked the best. I prefer the color one but if I were printing it out to use in my home I would most likely print the black and white. I just prefer industrial type pictures in black and white.

When I was taking the pictures I did not realize there was a checkered flag on the top of the crane.

When the sky is bright blue and there are a lot of white puffy clouds that is when I love to take pictures.

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Tired out Daisy | Manvel, Texas Pet Photographer

I used the macro lens again this time on Miss.Daisy. I had no idea her eyelashes were so long.

She takes Trifexis one time a month to kill fleas, ticks, worms, and heartworms. For some reason, it makes her tired the next day. This is one of the best times to get her pictures because normally she is not this still.

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Lantana and the bumble bee | Manvel, Texas Photographer

There have been so many bumble bees around here lately. I love watching them bounce flower to flower they are very busy bees.

They are hard for me to capture on camera. I will think I have a good picture and then it is not clear enough. The problem with the bumble bees is they land for about 1 second so you have to be so quick to get a picture of them.

The colors of the Lantana are so bright and beautiful and the bumble bees seem to love them.

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