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U is for Unexpected Texas

April 24, 2014
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U is for Unexpected Texas

Shameless Plug Day! As we near the end of the alphabet, and the April A to Z blog challenge winds down, I found myself struggling to choose a topic for the letter U. Suddenly it dawned on me; I could blog about Unexpected Texas, the book I wrote thanks to the great response I got…

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T is for Tiki Bar in Miami

April 23, 2014
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Mai Kai tiki bar in Miami, FL (photo by Tui Snider)

Mai Kai Tiki Bar & Polynesian Dance Show If you are ever in Miami, I highly recommend checking out the Mai Kai Restaurant, an authentic old-style Tiki bar that has been around since 1956. If you are a retro-enthusiast, you will really get a kick out of this place and the slice of a by-gone…

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S is for Swans at Sunset in London

April 22, 2014
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Sunset along the Thames in London (photo by Tui Snider)

Strolling by the River I try to visit London at least once a year because that is where my step-daughter lives. We don’t always do the traditional touristy stuff, but we do always take a walk along the River Thames. These shots were taken last fall as we walked home after a meal at a…

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R is for Reflections

April 21, 2014
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Oak tree reflections in my front porch puddle (photo by Tui Snider)

Relaxing with Reflections I find photographing reflections enjoyable and meditative. It helps me reflect on things – such as why I enjoy cheesy puns so much… Seriously, though, there’s a drought here in north Texas, so anytime it rains, it’s cause for celebration. That first picture was taken after a heavy rain last month, when…

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Q is for Quickly Captured Shadows

April 19, 2014
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Shadows & light (photo by Tui Snider)

Lingering in Moments Anais Nin once wrote that, “We write to taste life twice.” I feel the same about photography. A photo snapped at the right time lets you linger in an otherwise fleeting moment. It lets you enjoy something that no longer exists. Each of these shots was taken in a busy environment, but…

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P is for Pisa’s Leaning Tower

April 18, 2014
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P is for Pisa’s Leaning Tower

Embracing my Dork Side Call me cheesy, but I just had to get the cliche photo where it looks like I’m holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa when we visited Italy last year. I like how the photo came out so that it kinda looks like there’s a wee little guy picking my pocket,…

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O is for One Arm Dove Hunt

April 17, 2014
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One Arm Dove Hunt in Olney, TX (photo by Tui Snider)

The One Arm Dove Hunt in Olney, Texas In 1972, while hanging out at the local drugstore, Olney residents, Jack Northrup and Jack Bishop, decided to have a little fun with strangers seated nearby who were obviously eavesdropping on them. I should add that around the town of Olney, Northrup and Bishop are known as…

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N is for New Orleans Street Scenes

April 16, 2014
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N is for New Orleans Street Scenes

People Watching in New Orleans Re-visiting my travel photos to choose ones for this post made me realize how rarely I focus on strangers when taking pictures. I do this partly out of respect for other people’s privacy, and partly because they aren’t that interesting or unique to the place I’m documenting. New Orleans, however,…

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M is for a Murder Memorial in Texas

April 15, 2014
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Garden of Angels Murder Memorial in Euless, TX (photo by Tui Snider)

Garden of Angels Murder Memorial At their trial, Carolyn Barker was horrified to hear two men not only confess to killing her granddaughter, but remark that they hoped to get famous for the deed. That’s when she decided something is wrong with society’s glorification of murderers, and that it is their victims who should be…

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L is for Larry McMurtry’s Booked Up

April 14, 2014
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Booked Up in Archer City, TX (photo by Tui Snider)

Larry McMurtry’s Booked Up In 1988, Pulitzer Prize winning author Larry McMurtry returned to his hometown of Archer City, Texas with the dream of transforming it into a book-themed town. He even took out ads in literary magazines proclaiming, “Miraculous birth! Visit the newly born book town of Archer City, Texas, and help the endless…

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K is for Kaleidoscopic Koi

April 12, 2014
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Koi fish & reflections at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens (photo by Tui Snider)

Japanese Gardens of Fort Worth A few weeks ago, my husband and I popped over to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens and wandered through our favorite section, the Japanese Gardens. As usual, I went snap-happy, taking lots of photos. The ones I’m sharing here show bright koi fish swimming beneath the swirling reflections of the…

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J is for Jolly St Nick Cacti

April 11, 2014
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Arizona Cactus wearing a Santa Hat (photo by Tui Snider)

Christmas in the Desert My family and I spent last Christmas in the desert. Needless to say, it was not a white Christmas, although the opening lines of that famous Irving Berlin song, did apply: The sun is shining, the grass is green The orange and palm trees sway There’s never been such a day…

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I is for Indie Interview & Icons

April 10, 2014
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Sassy restroom icon (photo by Tui Snider)

Indie Author Interview & Interesting Icons Rather than describe all the silly stick people in today’s photo essay, I decided to let them speak for themselves. Keeping with the letter I theme, however, I’m posting an interview with indie author Anthony St. Clair in which all the questions begin with the letter I. Win a…

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H is for Happy Hour in London

April 9, 2014
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Espresso martini = yum! (photo by Tui Snider)

Happy Hour Yes, H is for Happy Hour in London – which, according to the chart in my second photo, appears to be 24/7. Indeed, as I tap the keyboard for this particular A to Z entry, I see that I should be imbibing a “Fancy Smile.” What is the proper cocktail for you at…

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G is for Gondolas & Gondoliers in Venice

April 8, 2014
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Gondolas in Venice, Italy (photo by Tui Snider)

Venice, Italy Lives up to its Hype Venice is one of those rare cities that lives up to all the tour book hype. I’ve been lucky enough to visit 3 times, yet I still feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of what this ancient city has to offer. It’s not for lack of trying,…

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F is for Footprints by the Lake

April 7, 2014
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Bird footprints at the lakeside beach (photo by Tui Snider)

Footprints by the Lake Today’s photos were taken while accompanying my husband on a house call. No, he’s not a doctor, but he owns a boat shop, and often visits people’s lakehouses to make repairs. As mentioned in my post for the letter B Bricks that Tell Tales, one of my favorite places to point…

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E is for Earth from My Window Seat

April 5, 2014
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Earth as seen from my window seat (photo by Tui Snider)

I love window seats! When I fly, I always try to get a window seat. Even at night, I yearn to peer out the airplane and see the Earth and clouds below. The most beautiful flight I ever took was from New York to Seattle. As luck would have it, my plane was at the…

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D is for Desert Botanical Garden Chihuly After Dark

April 4, 2014
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Chihuly Lights at the Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona (photo by Tui Snider)

Most Parks Close at Sunset I love parks, but have you ever noticed they usually close at sunset? What’s that all about? Oh, OK. I’m sure there are good reasons for this… That said, one thing I loved about the Desert Botanical Garden’s Chihuly After Dark exhibit is that the park didn’t even open until…

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C is for Coral Castle, a Quirky Florida Must-See

April 3, 2014
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C is for Coral Castle, a Quirky Florida Must-See

Quirky Architecture OK, so it’s not quite coral, nor is it truly a castle, but the Coral Castle Museum (28655 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33033) is a delightfully quirky structure, and a great example of someone marching to their own drummer. The grounds include a variety of unusual rock buildings and furniture carved from…

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B is for Bricks that Tell Tales

April 2, 2014
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Blue-tinged cobblestones in San Juan, Puerto Rico (photo by Tui Snider)

Every street tells a story. Look down. What do you see? When we travel, my husband Larry often scolds me for stopping in the middle of the street to take photos. He’s right, of course, it’s a dangerous habit, but if something tickles my fancy, I can’t help it. (I have a very ticklish fancy!)…

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