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More gallery updates

I've had a chance to get some additional updates done in the gallery.  This particular update includes new pictures and some organizational changes to The Kids' gallery.

What I decided to do is reorganize all the pictures of The Kids into more specific categories.  For instance, I've moved all of the pictures of Grendel and Loki together into a new gallery called The Boys and all the pictures of Kako and Loki together into a gallery called The Ladies.

I've also started new galleries called The Stepbrothers (Grendel and Kazon), The Twins (Kako and Kazon), The Buds (Kazon and Loki), and The Lovers (Grendel and Kako).  As soon as I finish getting these galleries organized and populated, I'll make them public.

In the meantime, here are some highlights from the most recent gallery updates of The Boys and The Ladies.

Some of the original pictures from The Kids gallery have been moved to the new galleries.  You'll see some of the oldies like this picture.

Grendel and Loki wondering why the bright light keeps flashing inside the house. (the_boys_01)

You'll also see some new photos like this one.

Loki and Grendel (left to right) hanging out on the back of the love seat. (110_1010)

Those are from the new gallery of The Boys.

I then took the same idea and created a new gallery for The Ladies.  You can undoubtedly guess that Loki won't appreciate being called a lady since he's a male cat, but he's always been a prissy cat who spends quite a bit of time worrying about how he looks.  Since he is a beautiful cat and he is quite concerned about his personal appearance, we simply assumed he was gay and therefore wouldn't mind being called female.

In this new gallery you'll once again see some of the original photos like this one.

Loki on the top and Kako on the bottom of the Loki Dream Home

But you'll also see some new photos such as the one below.

Kako and Loki (left to right) sleeping on my bed. This picture is shocking in that these two rarely get this close without some kind of ugliness between them. (120_2018)

What makes that photo so interesting is that Kako and Loki are not known for being nice to one another.  In fact, any time they get that close, there's normally some ugliness between them (some hissing, some slapping, some growling, and so on).  The fact that they could both fall asleep so close together without a cat fight erupting is a rare event indeed.

Part of this reorganization of the galleries is to help me stay better organized and to help you more easily find specific pictures of The Kids.  It's also going to allow me to begin removing some of the older pictures that were originally posted out of a lack of other options.  I want to make the galleries more entertaining by reducing the clutter and leaving the better content in place.

So, take a look at The Boys and The Ladies and stay tuned for more updates and other new galleries.

A refreshed gallery for Grendel

I finally got some new pictures of The Kids posted.  Well, it's actually a lot of Grendel and one miscellaneous shot.  I'm still working on all of the new pictures I have.

There are plenty of other new photos of The Kids, but it's taking me some time to get through them all to determine what to post and what not to.  As I've been tinkering with my new digital camera quite a bit, I literally have hundreds of photos.  I generally take several photos of the same shot — using different camera settings — so I can learn what works best and under what conditions.

I'm still hoping that getting these updates done will inspire me to get going on the others.

This update was almost entirely of Grendel.  Somehow a single picture of three of The Kids wound up being included.

The one miscellaneous picture is the last picture on this page.  It's a photo of Loki, Grendel and Kako sleeping on the back of the love seat.

As for the updates to Grendel's gallery (the updated pics start with the second picture on page 3), here are some highlights.

Look at that face! (105_0508)

I absolutely love that picture!  As the caption says in the gallery, "Look at that face!"  I had just stopped petting him, so he turned and looked at me just in time for the camera flash to go off.  The result is priceless.

How many people who own cats don't have a picture like this? (105_0513)

If you've ever had a cat and tried to take pictures, you have undoubtedly found yourself in possession of just such a photo as the one above.  In the time it took me to get set and take the picture, he had come about and was heading directly for the camera.

I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but we share everything. (106_0636)

As you can tell, we share everything around here.  A cup of water is always a special treat as you can count on it to be ice cold.

I love this picture! I decreased the shutter speed on the camera and took the picture with incandescent light in the background -- and what a result. Oh, and he's very happy. (107_0712)

This picture was completely unintentional but is one of my absolute favorites.  Using a slow shutter speed with background light, it really turned out well (of course it's not what I was trying to accomplish, but oh well).

A very soft, natural light photo of him looking outside. (118_1865)

I was sitting at my desk when I heard Grendel walk by behind me.  When I turned, that's what I saw — so I grabbed the camera and captured it.  Yes, it's OK to say it was blind luck because that's exactly what it was.

Grendel likes to help with computer stuff; he's very computer savvy. (118_1869)

Grendel likes to help me when I'm using the computer (as do the rest of The Kids).  Grendel's very good with computers and can often solve complex problems that I'm just not able to resolve.  As you can see, he doesn't like for me to disturb him when he's busy.

There are plenty of other new pictures of Grendel starting on page 3 of Grendel's gallery.

2004 Valentine’s Day snow!

North Texas had an absolutely wonderful snow storm on Valentine's Day, 2004.  The snow began falling around six in the morning and continued for approximately three hours.  Although mileage varied across the area, most folks received three or four inches — and some received much more than that.  Here by White Rock Lake where I live, we got about four inches of the white stuff.  It was a fantastic Valentine's Day gift.  Of course I took pictures…

I've already opened the gallery for this story (if you want to skip the commentary), but know that there are a few large photos in this article that are not in the gallery.

Many people are often shocked to hear about winter weather in Texas.  When we get snow or ice of any kind, those who don't live here often think it's entirely bizarre and out of place.

Contrary to that popular belief, 2.7 inches of our yearly rainfall is, on average, frozen precipitation of one kind or another.  In fact, one inch of our normal precipitation in February is usually of the frozen variety.

So it's not truly a surprise when such things happen here.  The real joy comes from the fact that they don't happen often and they don't hang around for long.

In this case, the best snow only lasted about 12 hours.  By 3:00 PM that afternoon, we were above freezing and the snow was quickly melting.  By the following day, it was up to 50 degrees — and what little snow had survived overnight was quickly vanquished.

The moral is that you must enjoy it while it's here because it won't be here for long.

So I went out early that morning (around 6:30 AM) to get some pictures.  It was already gray outside with the clouds and snow, but the sun wasn't up when I first ventured out.

Billed as the biggest snow storm here since 1978 when we got eight inches (heh… he said he got eight inches…), I was not disappointed by the winter wonderland.

The walking trail crosses the creek and continues along the tree line. (127_2725)

This is undoubtedly my favorite picture.  With the bridge, the creek, the trees and all the snow, it feels almost imaginary.

There's one larger picture here (1024×768) that isn't in the gallery.  It's looking up through the tree limbs to watch the snow fall.  The problem is that, once I reduced the picture size below 1024×768, it became increasingly difficult to see the snow in the sky.  This is only a slightly reduced crop section of the original 2592×1944 image.

Looking across the creek and into private property. (127_2758_1)

Standing on the walking trail bridge over the creek that runs behind our property and into White Rock Lake Park, I snapped this photo looking over the creek and through the trees at the swimming pool area of the apartment complex next door.

A wider shot of the previous picture. (127_2760)

That's a wider shot of the previous picture.

Looking up the creek at the walking trail bridge. (127_2771)

Back in White Rock Lake Park, this is looking up the creek (away from the lake) at the walking trail bridge.  It just seemed like a very Normal Rockwell picture that needed to be saved.

Standing here (not included in the gallery), I took the next two photos trying to capture the snow falling against the dark background of the creek.

Catching a glimpse of the falling snow against the background of the creek. (127_2774)

After I took this one, I realized I could zoom in further and get a better shot.

A tighter shot of the creek showing how hard it was snowing. (127_2777)
This particular tree line is thick, but it's made even more impassable by the snow. (127_2783)

This is the tree line that is located near where our walking trail empties into the lake park.  The thicket and trees generally make this a virtual wall of leaves and branches, but the snow seemed to blend it all together and make it even more impenetrable.

I just thought this was a cool view given the snow. (127_2785)

That's actually the same tree line as the previous picture.  I had zoomed out a bit and included the tree I was standing under.  The nearness and color of the tree made for a great contrast against the snowy background.

Looking up toward the tops of the trees through the snow. (127_2786)

That is again the same view as the two previous pictures.