365 in 52 [2021] ~ Week Forty-Three

Day 295, Friday, October 22nd, 2021

Dinner for the Arts

The Greater New Braunfels Arts Council hosts an annual fundraising dinner called Dinner for the Arts. Though I’ve not attended before, I’ve heard wonderful things about the party. Victor, the Vice President of our photo club, the New Braunfels Photographic Society, suggested I attend this year. So Curtis and I got on our fancy clothes and had an evening out last Friday. I set up our NBPS table… complete with our new marketing cards, our PSA club service award, and our poster board. We did get one new member sign up (hi Michelle if you’re reading this!) and it was lovely to connect with Ralph (and his wife, Sandy), another member of our photo club. 

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/6.3 | 1/320 | ISO 640 | handheld

Day 295, Friday, October 22nd, 2021

Arts Champion

Ralph and I both received an Arts Champion award for service to the club and to the greater arts community in New Braunfels. There were a half dozen or so folks recognized and it was lovely to be honored. The dinner had live music, delicious food, and great company. It was a fun evening out. Thank you, Ralph, for this photo!!!

New Braunfels lifestyle portrait photographer
Courtesy of Ralph Nordenhold | Sony RX10M4 | 24mm | f/2.5 | 1/50 | ISO 400

Day 296, Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

No photos today.

Day 297, Sunday, October 24th, 2021

Rain Lilies and Teeny Tiny Spider

We were lazy over the weekend. Curtis and I had gone out the previous weekend and this upcoming weekend is Dominic’s birthday trip to Austin, so we made a conscious decision to stay put. Plus my mom and Dominic weren’t home all weekend. We were all still in our jammies late Sunday afternoon and I thought that I’d wander outside to find a photo for the day. The tiny rain lilies that pop up fascinate me. They are so delicate. I started shooting this one and realized after pixel peeping that there was an even tinier spider hanging out on a tiny web. The bloom on this flower is no bigger than 1/4” so you can imagine just how small this guy was.

New Braunfels nature macro photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/9 | 1/400 | ISO 800 | handheld

Day 298, Monday, October 25th, 2021

Teddy’s Depression Nest

Mom accompanied a friend to MD Anderson in Houston Thursday through Monday. It was Monday afternoon and Teddy, mom’s dog, was downright depressed from missing his momma. I was working at my computer and he hopped up on the bed behind me. I saw him out of my peripheral vision start knocking down pillows then he disappeared. I swear he made himself a nest in which he could hide and be sad. Awww. Just a few more hours, buddy!

New Braunfels lifestyle photographer
Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/2.8 | 1/160 | ISO 2800 | handheld

Day 299, Tuesday, October 26th, 2021


Since we haven’t had a lot going on this week, I went outside quite a few times to take photos. We have a wild lantana growing along the back fence line so I went to see if I could capture a good picture. I’ve always struggled to get a good shot of this particular plant. The blooms are very amorphous and always look out of focus to me once I download them. This time I caught a few hairy bits near the centers of the blooms and I think I captured their structure fairly well. I like that there is one yellow bloom amidst the sea of orange blooms. Sometimes I feel like an oddball, so I related to the yellow blossom.

New Braunfels nature macro photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/5.6 | 1/250 | ISO 1000 | handheld

Day 300, Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

No photos today.

Day 301, Thursday, October 28th, 2021

Buzz Buzz

I noticed a few honey bees at work on the blue mealy sage when I was out on Sunday so I went back out mid-morning to see if I could capture one. They were moving pretty quickly and it was an extremely windy morning so I didn’t get a great shot. But I like the definition of this guy’s face. I cropped in fairly heavily and because the lighting was harsh, I thought this was stronger in black and white. I also added some grain in post but now think it may be too strong.

New Braunfels nature macro photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/8 | 1/320 | ISO 200 | handheld

Day 301, Thursday, October 28th, 2021

Took My Breath Away

This small Mimosa Yellow (butterfly ID anyone?) was feeding on the blue mealy sage plant next to the one where the bees were buzzing around. I was able to get it completely isolated from the background and even though the light is harsh, I think it’s a very pretty capture. 

New Braunfels nature macro photographer
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/9 | 1/400 | ISO 320 | handheld

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