Flagrant disregard

cmiked. Get yours at flagrantdisregard.com/flickr

Friday, June 02, 2017

Photo Blogging Challenge (May 2017): Look up

Look up! and May is gone. Look up! and we are almost half way through 2017 already. Look up and see some interesting things.

These guys have mad a complete mess of my patio. They just had their second go around so hopefull they will be flying away soon.
Nature_6911

If you look up, you may see me passing over.
I'll be right back.

It's not me, is it you? I looked up and waved.
Look up!

Look up and see some interesting cloud patterns.
Look up!

Look up 'cause the trees have snakes, y'all!
nature_6999

And another month is complete. Thanks for looking. I look forward to seeing what June brings.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Photo Blogging Challenge (April 2017): Color

Color/Colour - That is the theme for April. We were blessed with a good mix of rain and sun this early part of the year so we have some color to share.

This little guy is cute but he/she sure makes a mess. A mud wren or swallow of some kind. Nasty nest in the house and poop everywhere. I'm going to have to figure out a way to keep them away from the house next year.
April2017_6454

Again, the weather has been great but so much has been going on that we haven't had much camping opportunity. The council put on a camporee at a local college and that got some of our newer guys out to at least get a starter course in setting up camp and cooking. The morning started early!
February-1141.jpg


After a ton of work, I finally got the pool looking good and then my rock guys came back to work on the patio and it's cloudy once again due to rock dust. But at least I have evidence...
Water selfie.

I found these pretty little buttercups out on a walk.
Buttercup


Hello, Mr. Tree Frog. We have a ton of these guys around the house. Makes for quite the chorus in the evening and through the night. Also gives our hawk a bit of a snack. :o
Frog 🐸

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Photo Blogging Challenge (March 2017): Four

I'm late so please excuse my lack of verbosity, I just want to get this submitted. March was a busy month but all of them seem so these days.

March is my mother-in-law's birthday month. She was extremely sick last year at her birthday so we are happy to have her celebrate another.
NannyBday_1050269

The early part of our spring break was spent backpacking. It was supposed to be several days but the rain wouldn't let us get out to the park. Lost Maples SNA is gorgeous, especially in the fall when the leaves change. 
LostMaples2017_0713

Four cooks prepping dinner.
LostMaples2017_0615

Our back half of spring break took us to Steamboat Springs. Our skiing was well documented as you can tell.
Steamboat2017_0817

Finally, March brings out our wildflowers and our Texas favorite, bluebonnets, Lupinus texensis. And also brings our annual bluebonnet photos.
Bluebonnets2017_6420

I'll try to do better in April. Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Photo Blogging Challenge (February 2017): Love

Love is in the air... in all the photos you see. This month's Photo Blogging Challenge theme was love. I'd love to show you what I have!

I love the time I get to spend with the scouts. They tried hard to catch some trout at a pond in a state park that had been recently stocked. It was just too warm.
February_2017_1050203

I love that this one is starting to figure out how to fix his own issues. I know nothing about cars, so I'm not much help.
February 12 of 12 (5 of 12)

I love that my wife is great at making sure we have a little something for all the holidays. She can run with a theme!
Early Valentines Cake!

I love the crazy things we do as a family, even though we are missing one in this photo, like running through the streets of Austin for 13.1 or 26.2 miles depending on ones activity level. (hint: the boys took the shorter course)
February-0339.jpg

And finally, I just love to be outside whenever I can. Especially when the weather is like this!
February_0474

So, how about that. 5 photos. It's been a busy month but a good one. Go take a look at a 'lil hoohaa for the other entrys to this month. I think March is year 4! Join us. Visit my flickr stream for a daily dose of me.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Photo Blogging Challenge (January 2017): Express yourself!

January came in and went out like a light. These days just keep getting faster and faster. It's sometimes hard to keep up.

I'm kicking off my 8th consecutive Project 365. I still haven't missed a day. My goal this year is to try to be a little more thoughtful in the photo's rather than just grabbing something. I'm been mostly successful but have missed on that aspect a day or two.

This first photo really needed to be multiple photos so you could see all the different expressions welcoming the new year. But I think this one has a pretty good cross section of the folks celebrating with us.
NYE2016NY2017_6213

I guess to "express yourself" a selfie is inevitable. I'm a long time out of high school but our high school dress code required socks. I still boycott socks for the most part today. But it was kind of cold this day and if you are going to wear socks, the might as well be Captain America socks!
I don't wear socks often but when I do they are Captain America socks!#murica

Two shoe photos in a row. These were my dad's boots when he was a kid. My oldest is also a JMD so I always hoped to get a photo with him in them. Unfortunately, by the time they showed up again he had outgrown them. They tell quite a story and some of it is in the comments.
January2017_6221

I have a friend who has recently decided to start a food truck. Texas is pretty picky about their barbecue and we have plenty of folks out there cooking good eats. My friend is expressing himself by adding what he calls a Global Fusion flair. This particular brisket was during his Hawaiian theme. Pineapple, mango flavors and baked beans complete with Spam. He smokes a mean brisket, I hope he does well.
January_12of12 (3 of 13)

Finally, we had a District campout this month in Boy Scouts. It unfortunately coincided with state choir and band contests so we only had a handful of guys attend from our troop. It was also the end of and era. Our local camp land changed hands and the new owners canceled the lease. The place was opened in 1974 and has handled area scouts since. Enough about that, the boys had a great time, they put together this "sled" for the klondike race. El Cuidado. It was a mess. But it worked pretty well. They were in the medals up until the very end. And they were one of the few that built there own.
TheFinalFreezoree_Braley-1050090

January...DONE! I see the February theme is up and I better start taking pictures. You can check out the rest of the particpants over at a 'lil hoohaa. And, as always, see me overshare over on Flickr

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Photo Blogging Challenge (December 2016): ‘Tis the Season

'Tis the season. December was a whirlwind of activity. We packed a lot into 31 days and got it all done. 

December started out as it should. Pretty cold. That wouldn't last, Our temps have steadily vacillated between freezing and hot all month. 20s F two or three days then back to 70s and even 80s F for more. This was a nice cold hike early in the month. 
Dec2016-9251

My oldest, John, made Eagle back in October. We were finally able to celebrate his achievement at his Court of Honor this month. It was well attended and I might have gotten a touch choked up. The gentleman on the right is a state representative and presented him with a Texas flag that was flown over the capitol. Thanks to my sister for playing photographer as I was otherwise engaged.
John_Eagle_5941

We did see some snow, kind of. This was one of those cold days and the wind was howling. The car wash had malfunctioned and was spraying a fine mist. The wind was blowing straight through the tunnel and turned it into a snow making machine. Quite a site to see.
It snowed at the Valero car wash. #carwashfail

Singing Christmas carols by candlelight is our regular Christmas eve tradition before settling in before the fire and watching some silly Mystery Science Theater 3000 Christmas riff.
December2016_9573

And it all wraps up bidding the old goodbye and toasting (with sparkling grape juice for the younguns) the new year!
NYE2016NY2017_6143

I hope 2017 brings you all great success and happiness. I always look forward to new beginnings with excitement of what tomorrow brings.

Take a visit to A 'lil Hoohaa and see what else is up. Join us in January's photo challenge. As always, you can find all my stuff over on flickr. I'm starting up my 8th year of Project 365(6) and still going strong. 

Happy New Year, folks!

Friday, December 02, 2016

Photo Blogging Challenge (November 2016): Thanks

November is the month that we set aside, over here at least, for giving thanks. We should make sure we give thanks year round but at least we know we've got a month. :) I was quite thankful in November, let's take a look, won't you.

I had a quick business trip to Bermuda. The weather was horrible two of the three days there. On Remembrance Day, the weather cleared up and I got to see a parade! And then attended my first rugby matches. You can see those pictures in my flickr stream.

Untitled

My oldest, John, finally completed all of the requirements and passed his Board of Review for Eagle Scout. He has worked very hard and I'm super proud of him!
John_Eagle_

Speaking of scouts, I'm thankful that my scouts have a good sense of serving as they helped sort food at our local food drive.
Nov2016-9076

I'm thankful that these turkeys still like each other, still make each other laugh, still make me laugh, and will still occasionally pose for pictures.
ThanksgivingTurkeys2016_5551 

Finally, I'm thankful that this big guy didn't appear to notice me sitting on the ground not 10 yards from where he came out of the woods. I haven't had a lot of experience with coyotes but I certainly waited until a brush pile was between he and I before I picked up my camera for some shots.
GnA2016_5698

I'm also thankful that I found a few minutes to get this thing together and posted. I hate when I took the photos and then just forget to post. Take a look at the others over at a lil hoohaa. See you next month!