Atlanta, Texas

Last week we visited my brother-in-law Simon’s family in a small town in East Texas called Atlanta. Of the 500+ pictures I took these are my 15 favorite. We came way with more stories and memories than I have the energy to write about. Suffice to say it was a wonderful experience and I would definitely go back.

15. This was taken at the Mary of Puddin Hill company store outside of Dallas. I can honestly say that, of the thousands of products available for sale, there was nothing I wanted. I think Simon’s hat is too big for Dayla.

14. This is an earthen dam on the dry side of a big ol’ lake outside of Atlanta. I forget the name. This picture is currently the wallpaper on my computer desktop.

13. This is the tree that Simon and Kristy, as well as Simon’s grandparents, got engaged under. Ironically, Simon’s Dad’s construction company is being forced by the local government to chop it down because it is less than 30 feet from the road.

12. Simon’s Dad, Tom, is a duck hunter. He asked me to take pictures of his dog, Honey, retrieving decoys. It was amazing to see this dog do EXACTLY what it was trained to do. It never disobeyed Tom.

11. Here is Honey gleefully returning with a “duck.”

10. On our first day in town Simon’s Dad asked me to climb on the roof to take pictures of the raccoon that he was about to smoke out of his chimney. I honestly thought he was pulling my leg.

9. This picture (and the next two) were taken at a bayou park. Unfortunately we didn’t see any gators but there was plenty of moss, standing water, and skeeters. This sign was helpful in case you didn’t notice you were walking off the end of A DOCK.

8. The Cavers

7. The Sundins

6. We visited the city of Jefferson which is famous for its many antique shops. This one store we visited had at least 20 separate rooms with different themes. This picture comes from the “rusted metal tools and other crap” room.

5. Hello from the hay stack! Don’t worry. My dad is holding Dayla from the back.

4. We visited a farm owned by Simon’s family. My dad spent a good 15 minutes trying to convince the cows to eat out his hands. They weren’t fooled.

3. Happy Easter!

2. Where ma eggs at? Fill er up.

1. The standard “you’re going to be embarrassed when you’re older” picture.

8 thoughts on “Atlanta, Texas”

  1. Great shots every one!!
    The raccoon one is a prize winner somewhere; (or does everyone have raccoons coming out of their chimneys?)

  2. Awesome pictures! I’ve been wanting to hear about the trip, and it looks like it was a lot of fun! Cute bunny ears and the sky in the damn pic is amazing!

  3. Daniel, good shots! I noticed from the exif data that you are branching into shutter and aperture priority modes, nice work.
    On the dam pic, I totally thought of the flower fields in the Exposure book.

  4. Thanks Justin. From a photography perspective this trip was especially fun. I had opportunities to use every setting on my camera. The landscape pictures required very small apertures, the duck retrieval required high shutter speed, and the bath pictures required high ISO (1600 I think). That Understanding Exposure book is really excellent.

  5. What a great recap of our trip. It was truly a fun & relaxing vacation. The southern hospitality was fabulous. A special thanks to Simon’s family for making us feel so welcome in their home.

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