Sunday, July 3, 2016

Tornadoes, Floods, now Drought...and Have a Awesome Independence Day.....

Seasons, Birthdays, Graduations, Anniversaries, have come and gone since my last post...and that just about sums it up for me. :))

We have been taking trips to Kansas City to help with stuff up there.  It appears that the list of Medical Specialties that I frequent keeps getting longer as well as the medications they prescribe......my pharmacy keeps calling me to pick them up...so I change pharmacies..  :))


When last I wrote I was out chasing Bluebonnets and Wineries in the Hill Country....as usual rain came with vengeance and cut my trip short..it was another awesome adventure and took me to parts of the State I had not stopped to take time to enjoy on previous outings....As short as the Spring Trips are, I truly enjoy them! There is something special about finding "treasures" in your own Back Yard!



Other than the trips to KC, I have excelled at "piddling"...doing some preventive maintenance around the House...one of the central  A/C units has been leaking Freon for a couple years, so we bit the bullet and replaced it...its the larger of the two units and the "workhorse"....since we where now in a buying/upgrading mood, we purchased a new dishwasher, microwave and stove/oven unit...and this fall or early spring will get the outside of the house painted....though most is stone, it still needs the trim, etc., painted....now we're talking about new carpets and/or tile....oh well its like us...things need to be "mended" now and again...


I have done some minor modifications on the "Albino Armadillo"....enhanced the solar wiring, changed some stuff in the bathroom and closet and redid the table(desk) in the rear...when I first purchased the camper, the bride said "its your gig", so I decided to sleep on the side(small dinette) area and use the back as my work area...place to put computer, printer, camera stuff, etc...I took the original table out, and made a birch plywood table that extended out and over the other bench seat...It was large, heavy, and caused some stress problems in the "well" where the tube legs went...Soooo, I decided to redo the table...since my back was hurting from sitting on the bench seat, and it was too heavy/large, and had become a "Sanford and Son  junk haven.... I cut it in half.  I still have it covering the other bench..however the new configuration allowed me to put in a comfortable, leather office chair between the two benches(photo) below...plus I used a different leg placement setup...it now gives an "allusion" of more defined areas...I think I'm going to enjoy it a lot more...for a one person arrangement and my needs, I think its pretty close to perfect...:)


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When my  Casita A/C went on the blink,  I purchased a smaller unit and now don't require a large generator, I want to sell my Boliy inverter generator.....can now use a small 2000 watt honda or generac ...plus I am just about ready to replace my 12 volt battery and get two 6 volt golf cart batteries....I'm still looking at the best battery placement..since I have the rack on back, I may put them back there...we'll see....and while I'm at it upgrade my converter....

One of my least favorite things to do is download, sort, organize, delete, edit and place photo's on my website....well I think I got a start on it...I still need to add and subtract from what I posted...also Smugmug has revamped their  choices in creating sites, etc.... I am still wading through all the differences and need to come up with a better configuration or change from Smugmug to another keeper of the "Gold"...another thing I've just noticed is the difference in colors between my Apple and PC monitors..I mostly do any editing on my apple and when I bring photo's up on my PC it doesn't look as rich and the color is off....if anyone knows how to solve that, I'm all "ears".

If you are bored. below is the link to the 2016 galleries its the second link or if you want to see the entire site its right below.....enjoy...or not

Texas Reflections Photography website

2016 Gallery website






 I guessing I have rambled enough....Have a GREAT Independence Day and remember our Troops! ...... Horst sends

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Just Piddling....according to Jerry C. of EggRolling

I suppose another post is due....I decided to travel north somewhat and venture up to Cherokee again, then head northeast on FM 501 to Bend Texas, and while meandering around that area, checked out Colorado Bend State Park...the drive there was interesting and presented itself with some photos of Bluebonnets..to include some Llamas....The park is rather unique....it bends around and parallel with the Colorado River....to get from the main entrance to the CG is about 6 miles...Pretty dense, its isolated and is primarly a hiking, fishing and boating park......pretty rustic..has a dozen or so primative back-in "RV" sites.... and a bunch of tent sites...I just drove around a bit and put it in my memory bank for some future adventure....
I thought I was in England or somewhere in the NW...but Texas?  What a Great place!

From The Park, I headed north a bit, to Bend, Tx...Got on FM 580 and drove to Lampasas, Tx and headed south back to Camp. It was a fun outing...not many photos, but some neat viewing along the way...weather was overcast with periods of heavy drizzle...
A full field of Bluebonnets...I'm smiling

By the time I arrived back at the camp site is was getting close to dinner time...since it was still misting I decided to forego grilling and made a ham sandwich and sides of cole slaw, cowboy beans and some chips.....after that I spent some time doing "this and that" with no real objective in mind....oh well tomorrow is another day....
(c)2016Horst Kelly Photographer...The sign says it all!

I'm guessing you could summarize today...as Jerry of EggRolling Blog fame explained in his post.....I was "Just Piddling" today.....Thanks Jerry for the reminder..  :))....Happy Trails to All.....Till next time....Soon....I Hope...Horst sends



Tuesday, April 12, 2016

.....and More of the Same

Its now Sunday evening(early) as I seat and bang out this post….I’m also in the middle of grilling some mushrooms, with onions, peppers, garlic and other good stuff…along with a pork steak…will add some Texas Cowboy beans, salad and hard roll…
(c)2016Horst Kelly Photography.. liked the Country Road

Let me back up and go to this morning….I was up early at the Hofbrau RV CG…not on my “Top 100 Hit Parade”…and we’ll just leave it at that.
Around 1000 hours I rolled out heading South to the Falls…it took me an hour…..arrived way early…checkout isn’t till 2pm…I got a site with the provision I could change it for one that I like better if and when it became vacant……it did and I got a very nice shaded, ok, a wooded site that kinda backs up to the River..though to reach it is about 1/2 mile hike, with a dead drop of 200 or more feet.. it’s a great site..and by mid afternoon not one person was around…though this evening I did get a neighbor or 3…it has rained a bit on and off most of the day, so for the most part not much activity on my part….a short hike…more like a walk to a couple of places…drove to the Falls area early after arriving and the parking lot was filled up…tomorrow is another day!
(c)2016Horst Kelly Photography... spoke to me.  :)
Its now 845pm…needless to say, I’ve eaten dinner…..and its wasn’t bad ….if I do say so….I spoke to my bride and now I thought I would finish writing to post…its being accomplished in Live Writer and I will try to send it on its “air wave” way tomorrow.
With the weather and moving again today, I didn’t get to do any photography…so I’ll try and include some from this past week..
I appreciate all that have stopped by and those that left the positive comments..Thanks!!  Happy Trails…Horst sends
(c)2016Horst Kelly Photography.... that old Barn could talk...the Memories


Sometimes the plan doesn’t come together…this(Monday) a.m. it was drizzling so I didn’t go to the top of the hill to send this post…its now Monday p.m. and time for some shut eye…..hopefully will be able to launch tomorrow morning…Horst sends again

(c)2016Horst Kelly Photography... are just starting to Bloom
                 

(c)2016Horst Kelly Photography.... old Homestead...and History


(c)2016Horst Kelly Photography...Why Not
(c)2016Horst Kelly Photography....the way it was

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Bluebonnets and More...or Less

Field of Dreams...Texas Style.....

Its now Saturday and it seems I have been chasing Bluebonnets for a month...I've been on every rural road in a 100 mile radius to try and find the unusual photo shot....and I'm still searching...buts its been a fun "hunt"....though I think I'm running out of steam and time...from today on...until next Thursday there's a good chance of rain...in fact its spitting a little as I write...
View from my camper....lst sunrise.....I never tire of them
This is Texas!

Today is moving day...so I head a little south...will stay at a RV Park(The Hofbrau) until Sunday and then head to Pedernales Falls State Park for a few days...of course if it ends up with miserable weather, I will head on home....Instead of boring you with details as to what County Road I was getting lost at, I'll just leave you with some photo's...isn't that why I'm here?..  :)) until next time...Horst sends
I can't stop!




Lillie's of the Field.....


 



It Looked Nice....



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I couldn't resist...click to enlarge

Something Different....

Another Sunrise....Campground, Llano River......Thats all Folks!!!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

My Spring Fix...Texas Hill Country

I got up around 0500 on Tuesday morning, made some coffee and went to the camper to do a final check and make sure I had everything...Bride got up and we had our early morning chat...since I had hitched up the evening before, the only item left was to check and add some air to the tires. made a couple last minute phone calls and by 0900 I was pulling out of the driveway....it was a perfect day for driving...a few clouds, nice temps., and rush hour was over...took about an hour reach l-10 and then made my exit for Fredericksburg,  going through that town is a little squirrelly as the main street isn't that wide, even with 4 lanes...made a right turn onto Hwy 16 and before you know it I was in Llano.
(c)2016Horst Kelly Photographer....ultimate solitude

I was early getting to the Campground, but they got me a spot without any wait...unhitched and I was off to the races...went North on 16 to Cherokee,Tx...Folks say there is a great BBQ joint there....wasn't opened when I got there.  The drive was magnificent Bluebonnets, Mexican Hat and Painted Brush where just getting ready to peak...while I didn't see any fields with flowers, the sides of the road where covered...amazing drive...and there weren't toooooooo many cars on the road...got back around dinner time, grilled a pork steak, salad, potato salad and sat on the banks of the Llano River enjoying my meal and listening too the hush of the evening....there'as something to be said for solitude and the soft sounds of a running river. Came in and got ready for the "Sandman"
(c)2016Horst Kelly Photographer
 
(c)2016Horst Kelly Photographer

I was up early...the dark sky was made even darker by a storm cloud, hanging low...the kind that could spawn a tornado....the sun woke up and the sky cleared...I again started north, but took a Country Road and then another until I was nowhere I though I would end up...I traveled north, south and east....all on back roads....didn't get that one magical photo...but got a bunch of memory makers....it was a magnificent Day...grilled a salmon, cleaned up, called my "Honey" and now its time to download some photo's and find a few to share my fellow Bloggers....
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(c)2016Horst Kelly Photographer
Its been great fun so far.  Tomorrow I think I'll head south to Johnson City, Marble Falls and points in-between...Until next time...Horst sends
(c)2016 Horst Kelly Photographer

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Solar Modifcation...and Trip Scouting for Wildflowers

Its been a while.....There has been numerous projects around the house, plus we had one of the Kids from Kansas City down here.......also dealing/helping with FIL's "new life style"...

(c)2011Horst Kelly Photographer..Million Dollar Hwy
One of the projects I wanted to do was get a new solar controller and instead of having it hooked to my panels, put it inside the camper...Finally got all the items ordered from Amazon....and to my surprise I had accumulated enough gift cards to pay for everything, new MPPT controller, remote, wiring, connectors and inline fuses....Ordered the items from Renogy...I most say they have thus far provided superb customer service.....and there products are first rate...by the way, I have NO relationships or interests in the Company. I guess I'm suppose to say that..   :)

So I put the Controller under the side dinette, by the partition, used 8 gauge to run to the battery(about 4 ft). Instead of screwing the controller into the wheel well I used velcro.....since it would be a pain in the a-- to monitor from underneath the side dinette, I got a remote and screwed it into the partition....you not only can monitor it with the remote, but also do adjustments and setting changes...I  got 40 feet of 10 gauge and ran that from the panels to the controller...you don't need heavy gauge for that run, in fact they say 14 gauge wire is more than enough...I connected wire with MC4 and MC4 Y connectors.....even got inline fuses that snap directly to the MC4 connectors...its pretty slick, sure makes easy work of it...and God knows I need it to be easy!  There are folks that have had trouble with the connectors being hard to clip and unclip....so far I have had not had the problem...I suppose it could be due to different manufactures.  I ran the wires from the solar panels(suitcase type)through the small door where the shore power cable is stored...I may look at somehow cleaning that up a bit...with both sets in there, its is a little unruly in the storage area. But overall quite happy and the MPPT is doing so much better than the PWM controller.....
(c)2015 Horst Kelly Photographer...Ilano, Tx. Bluebonnets

Its been a few days since I began this post.....I washed, and cleaned and organized the Albino Armadillo  today...prepping for my trip....since I'm not going to Bryce or Tetons this spring due to FIL's status, I thought maybe a short trip north to see if I can get some Bluebonnets and such before they go past their prime...I'm leaving Tuesday morning and plan to spend a week plus just roaming around the Hill Country and the Bastrop/Brenham area East of l-35.....I am ready for a adventure.....The weather is suppose to be just about perfect, I think we're all done with Spring Break.....its putting a smile on this old mans face and soul.
(c)2015Horst Kelly photographer...Ilano Tx. Bluebonnets

So there you have it.....I'm off and running.....with a Looong overdue trip...it may be short, but it will recharge my "Nomad" spirit  until I can venture West....hopefully I will be able to do a daily recap when on this trip...until next time....Horst sends
(c)2014 Horst Kelly Photographer...Tetons

Saturday, March 12, 2016

I'm Still Kicking......I Think

Its been so long, I had forgotten how to get into Blogger...of course I forget a lot of things of late.....
Test Photo...Mission Door

Let me try to remember what we've been up to for the last two months....Have ventured to Kansas City,  a time or three......several Day Trips in the local area....probably will need to go to KC again in the near term,  had some family visiting and a couple of the kids are coming down less than a week....So its just not  been about lying around eating feta cheese and drinking wine..

The usual  annual Doctor appts who are telling me this or that aliment is nothing to worry about...just old age...and prescribe another pill to "pop"......Mmmmmmm ..I think I am single handily supporting the "Lifestyle" of 11 Doctors and two Dentists.....

I try and not watch TV ........My big project has been to organize several thousand digital photo's and group them in such a way that  I can find a specific one without spending a couple months searching....I will tell you my strong suit is not details...so, we'll see who wins ...me or the "Grim Reaper"..  :))
Test Photo...Mission Window

I have been reading, listening to u tube about my new camera and have gone out for some shots...I really like it and can't wait to take a a photo trip...I'd like to try my hand at night and long exposures...speaking of trips...I had planned to go to Bryce and the Tetons early Spring, however my FIL has had some set backs and currently  we're finding new "Life Style" options for him....Bottom line, its just not a good time to be gone for an extended period...especially that far away...so I may just stay close by and go on a "Blue Bonnet" trip for a week or so until things settle down up North.

Ok....I took a break......Its been a couple 3 days since I started this Blog...got scheduled for day surgery...and am now back  home for a little recuperation time and waiting for one of the twins and her new "Love Interest" to fly into town for a visit....
Test Photo...Mission

Before I forget....I was to be on a liquid diet 36 hours prior to my surgical procedure....so I went out and bought some Jello, apple juice, gatorade and Chicken broth......when I returned home I noticed the broth said "Free Range" organic chicken broth..to me all that means is the chicken is out in the middle of West Texas roaming around without  being supervised/ owned be anyone...its Free Range....the bottom line its a "Road Kill"  the County Grounds and Maintenance employees scooped it up before the vultures turned it into kibbles an bits, and sold it to the soup company...The Company has a great Marketing ploy...a Road Kill becomes Organic Free Range Chicken Stock.....You Gota Love it.....haha
Test Photo...Mission

I'm thinking its time for a pain pill and a long nap.....I'm enjoying reading all the blogs and envious of those folks "making memories"....oh well, my turn will come soon enough..  :))

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Trails......Horst sends
Water Fall Colorado Springs

ps..the photo's are a couple from going out and testing with my new "Toy"..except the waterfall

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2015 ended With a Roar....and the Lion is still Roaring

...and a Happy New Year to all.....hoping this post finds all Healthy, Happy, and Safe.....Its been a Sporty month for me....I guess it "Builds Character"....as my Father use to say. Glad to be able to be using my computers again....
(c)2012Horst Kelly Photography

When I had returned from my camping trip I had some serious Sinus issues...Had it the entire trip...so I thought I would wait a while to see if it cleared up...it didn't...Jogged on down to the ENT Guy...strong antibiotics  for 10 days and a ct scan....tried to get flu shot...nothing doing until you are off the antibiotics for 10 days....next I get the word, a little gum surgery needed...more drugs...again can't get my flu vaccine...Christmas rolls around....my camera not working...very little focus... excuse to buy a new camera...Merry Christmas Horst...get flu  shot....and damn if I don't come down with some sort of Bug...not blaming the vaccine...wasn't feeling that great before...oh well that will pass....or not.
(c)2010 Horst Kelly Photographer

So here I am layed up...maybe a little computer time may perk me up....the Apple starts doing stuff as though its been taken over my demons..  :)...I close it down, thinking maybe a virus got it....make appt for the Best Buy Geeks to look at it...not to fear, I still have a laptop...turn it on, look at a couple items...and a blue screen comes on...states don't touch it, don't turn it off..call this Microsoft number...thinking its a scam.. I call Best Buy Geek squad...try to turn it off, its locked...it is a scam...they tell me to unplug it and hit the off key... it sits until they make their "House Call" on both of my computers, I still felt kinda crappy...on more than one front.  What worried me is that I had one of my photo external drives hooked up the the LT.
So basically I'm not feeling great, can't do any computer work...which included not reading blogs or writing my own post.....I tried to sleep...coughing keeps me awake most  nights....so I read the camera book ...can't wait to get out and take some shots......
(c)2012Horst Kelly Photographer.... camping in Arches area

Its 12 January....Greek Guy from best Buy arrives 0845....short story he does his magic on the Laptop and does a "diagnostic"....on the laptop and Photo external drive...gives me a thumbs up...then goes about his business to tackle the "possessed" All in One Mac.....again does his magic and another thumbs up...does recommend a new mouse....spent a good portion of the morning here and with my Geek card cost around 53 bucks... That card has paid for itself a long time ago...why has my font changed...so maybe they didn't fix it....oh bother.
(c)2014 Horst Kelly Photographer..Guadalupe Mts, Tx

....I'll get this post off...read some Blogs, play a little with my camera, take some "strong" medicine and try and get a little sleep...and maybe  by next week  I can go on some Day Trips and try out my new camera....or keep taking strong medicine and pouting..... till next time take care and Safe Travels to those that are starting some new adventures....One of my Buds, that has a 40+ foot RV headed West the other day to Quartzite...I can only wish....Horst sends






Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas......


Wishing for my entire Blogging Families a Grand Christmas and nothing but Good Health, Happiness and Magnificent Adventures for the coming year!  Thank you all for taking the time to stop by and for you comments.

Hope to see you in coming adventures....Horst sends