Sunday, September 30, 2007

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Friday, September 28, 2007

Cover Story Worthy!

Adam Donmoyer is in the news
So am I. I wrote an article for the Hays Free Press and it appeared on the front page of the paper this week. It's about the Plum Creek/Lucky Cup Happy Hour tonight featuring Adam Donmoyer opening for Mark Jungers. I interviewed Adam. I also snapped this photo back in April when he last performed in Kyle.

If you are in the area, come on by tonight...and pick up a Hays Free Press (have Adam autograph it!).
If you're not in the area and can't pick up a Hays Free Press... you can read the article online by following this link.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

I found this old barn across from a neighborhood and down the road from Lehman High School.

Planning A Trip? Consider Kyle. Here's a couple of fun things coming up... both FREE:
Plum Creek Happy Hour - The Plum Creek Neighborhood and Lucky Cup Coffee House brings FREE live music every month. This Friday (9/28) quirky singer/pianist Adam Donmoyer opens for the always amazing Mark Jungers. Did I mentioned Free Beer? Well.. I should have.

Fair and Music Festival—Friday, October 19 through Saturday, October 20. Come to Gregg-Clarke Park in Kyle, Texas to celebrate Kyle's 127th birthday with a FREE music fest featuring Rick Trevino, a 5k Run, a barbecue cook-off, parade, king and queen court, Miss Kyle pageant, arts & crafts, children's games and much more. - More info at:

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Looks like the vandals left their mark right on the sign... now if we could just find this "City Okyle" guy.
(sorry.... it made me chuckle though)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

I may have to sleep on this one...


Mattresses missing, but princess and pea are fine.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Water Tower...Go Lobos

In an effort to bring you EVERY water tower in town... here's a pretty sweetly decorated one, located across the street from Lehman High School.

Have I ever told you that Los Lobos is one of my favorite bands? But they're from East L.A., not East Kyle.

East rocks.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Sunday is Church Day - #4 in the series

It seems appropriate to check on the progress of my church on a Sunday. The Kyle United Methodist Church is building a Fellowship Hall (and multi-purpose space) to accommodate the ever growing membership.

If you're in Kyle... come by and see for yourself..
If you're not.. well I'll keep providing photos...

The last post about this build is here -

Enjoy. I've got to get ready for church now. I work sound at the 11:00 service... so come say hello sometime.

Saturday, September 22, 2007


(Courtesy Information)
Claiborne Kyle Log House fried chicken dinner — 10 a.m. Saturday. September 22, 2007

Dinner served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Benefits the Claiborne Kyle Log House Commission. 2400 S. Old Stagecoach Road, Kyle. Admission and entertainment free. (512) 268-9981.

(Yes, that's my 22 week old daughter.)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Not Corny

No, this photo isn't corny.. it wheat.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

They'll level Paradise... to put up a CVS

My title is a play on the Joni Mitchell song "Big Yellow Taxi" if you didn't get that on the first read. This is one of the first places I ate in Kyle, The Paradise Restaurant. Apparently (check my facts if you will) the entire lot here, consisting of about 5 places of business, was sold in order to make room for a CVS Pharmacy. I'm pretty happy about the CVS coming in so I'll be able to pick up my perscriptions in town instead of taking an extra trip to San Marcos (about 7 miles south of us) and I think it'll be a 24-hour business.

On a sad note, this restaurant was pretty much a Kyle institution. Many a family ate dinner 'round the table at Paradise. This is the second "old town Kyle" restaurant I've noticed that closed in recent memory. Fonzie'z closed a few weeks ago, the family retired. I took a photo of Fonzie'z here in August 2006. So, Paradise and Fonzie'z will be missed.

Anyhow. I thought I'd capture a photo of this place before its torn down. Happy Thursday y'all.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Yesterday, I visited the Selma, Alabama Daily Photo and she posted a fantastic close-up of a cotton ball (is it a cotton ball when it's still on the plant?) so I was inspired to post my cotton photo. I shot this Monday night in East Kyle. There are a few cotton fields bordering the east side of the city, I snapped this one of a "closed" bud with an open one in the background. Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Lehman Lobos

The Lehman Lobos practice on a Monday afternoon.

The Lehman Lobos are the football team of Kyle's Lehman High School

Want to learn their Fight Song (mp3)?

Monday, September 17, 2007

I swear I'll have some shots from the East Side of IH-35 starting tomorrow... I just don't have time to post one today. Sleep is calling.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Yes.. it's a pretty flower... but beware, it's still a cactus.

File this under "truck stop."

Friday, September 14, 2007

Ponder this

Why do they call them butterflies when they don't look, smell, or taste like butter?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Mmmmm Pie

The Texas Pie Company.... You've got to try their Peanut Butter Pie... and their Macaroons.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Utterly Good

On August 24, 2007 Marc Utter and the Blackland played a free show at the Lucky Cup Coffehouse in the Plum Creek neighborhood. Since there's a little concert happening in Austin (just up the road) starting Friday.. I thought I'd post this shot.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Some Assemblly Required Part 5 - Behind Shot

I'd been following the construction of a home in the Plum Creek neighborhood... and the final posting I had was in January...You can see it here.. and track back and watch it disassemble.

Well... I wandered by the house the other day and saw something I hadn't seen before... a BIG three-car garage. Wow... I'm guessing one of those garages is for a boat.

I swear I'll take some good shots of the East Side of I-35 in Kyle soon... (I-35 kind of splits the city and I live on the West side so most of my travels have me on that most of my photos are of that side.)

Thanks for reading!

p.s. I shared my reflection on 9/11 (a different perspective) on another blog - if you care to read.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Please indulge me... as the photo you'll see is actually from San Marcos, Texas... not Kyle. But I wanted to share some great news... Everyone needs great news for a Monday, don't they?

For those who don't know... this "Daily Photo" thing was a new adventure for me. I've spent many years in the dark of clubs and venues shooting music (and still do, if you visit - What got me started shooting "landscape" or outdoor photography was the San Marcos Naturescapes Photography Contest and Exhibition. It was held for the first time three years ago. Like the Kyle Daily Photo (which I really enjoy doing) it was a way to force me to get out there and take photos.

So.. this year was the 3rd Annual San Marcos Naturescapes Photography Contest and Exhibition. And...for the third year in a row, I've entered. Every year, I've been excited to find that some of my photos were chosen to be displayed in the Exhibit.

The first year, I actually got 3rd place for a photo I took of some canoers (that my wife has hanging in her office now). Last year I had 3 shots in the show, but nothing placed.

This year's contest winners were announced on Friday September 7, 2007 with a reception at the San Marcos Recreation Center. I was very pleased to have two shots in the show. A photo of some tubers I took, and a photo of a flower I saw down by the river.

After they went through the "Honorable Mention, 2nd and 1st Place" of each catagory, I thought the night was over except for the Best of Show... so I thought "At least the fried mushrooms rocked and I enjoy seeing everyone's photos and chatting with folks" but then My name was called along with 3 others.

My River Flower won the "Award of Excellence" meaning it was the top rated photo in my category of "Wildlife and Plants." I'm amazed. I almost didn't enter the photo... but my wife pretty much begged me to. I should listen to her more often.

So here's the shot.

You can see it in person at the San Marcos Activity Center Walker's Gallery until October 26... for details, go to:

You can also see some of the winners from the last 2 years (including my Canoers shot.. and a root photo) on that site.

Oh.. my other shot in the show hanging right now - "Tubers Tubing":

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Went for a walk yesterday and happened upon the pool near the house. Well... the Hays Swim Team Club () was holding their Swim-A-Thon fundraiser. They were raising funds for pool and equipment upgrades. Not sure how much they raised, they were going after $5,000. Many members swam 200 laps. Pretty amazing to watch.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Head back in the clouds for a Saturday Morning.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Finally got back to Luviano's Mexican Restaurant (804 W. Center Street ) for dinner last week... I was their 2nd customer when they opened. I have a thing where I'd like to be someone's first customer... but I missed it by about 5 minutes on this one. Someday. Anyhow... went to dinner there and love the atmosphere... they built a big deck and have some cool decor. I took a shot of these little dolls that were in the corner of a window.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Don't mind me... my head's been in the clouds lately.
I really dig clouds... I've been noticing them recently. Maybe it's because of the new Simpson's movie... I enjoy "Simpson's sky"

This, and yesterdays post, is photos just before a rainstorm.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Hays Performing Arts Center

The Hays CISD Performing Arts Center opened about 2 years ago. It's a pretty striking building. Good acoustics inside as well.


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