W is for World’s Smallest Skyscraper

April 26, 2014
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World's Smallest Skyscraper in Wichita Falls, TX (photo by Tui Snider)

The World’s Smallest Skyscraper Built in 1919, the Newby-McMahon Building in downtown Wichita Falls (701 La Salle, Wichita Falls, TX) is more commonly referred to as “the world’s smallest skyscraper.” J.D. McMahon was an engineer and oilman from Philadelphia who proposed adding a high-rise section to the original building to that it could house more…

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V is for Venice at Aqua Alta

April 25, 2014
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Venice, Italy during Acqua Alta (photo by Tui Snider)

High Tide in Venice Italy Venice is known for seasonal flooding called Acqua Alta. This “high water” is especially strong when wintry high tides coincide with a Mediterranean wind called a scirocco. Normally, I would avoid traveling to a city during a flood, but Venice is different. Acqua Alta is something Venetians have dealt with…

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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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