As I can't seem to find the blogging muse these days or maybe because I'm still in a sort of pre summer hibernation funk due to this cold, wet, crappy weather, I thought I'd cheat and create an easy daily theme for myself.
Many personal sites and blogs post a photo a day taken on that day but I've many thousands of photos taken over the decades that have rarely, if ever, been illuminated by the light of the internet and so I thought my theme could be to post a random photo a day and try and say a few words about it.
The downside to this idea is that with my bad memory and the lack of any data from the photos themselves (being pre digital or the data being lost due to being copied and edited many times), I may often post photos I can say little about - apart from where they were taken.
My digital experience started with a 1mp Kodak camera back in 1899 or sometime (ok 1999) and so the quality of some photos may appear a bit iffy on modern computer screens.
Anyway to not be egotistical in any way, the idea is simply to post a photo a day and if any are interesting to anyone, then that will be a bonus.
And it'll get me blogging again ! Ok maybe that's a downside too !
So first up, a scanned copy of a pre digital photo from about 1991 when my annual summer tour that year took me through Texas. Once in Dallas I just had to drive a few miles north to visit the location of the hugely popular hit TV series of the same name.
Despite the show having ended a few months earlier, it was still uppermost in many people's minds and as I'd been a fan and watched every episode, it was very cool to go there. The house and the land around it was private property and in any case, the interiors were filmed back in the studio in California so I didn't need to see inside.
There was a gift shop run by the owners to the right of the house and when I was there, the mother was serving behind the counter. Of course she herself wasn't famous but I still asked her for a photograph and she was happy to oblige. Sadly that one has gone AWOL over the years.
The photo....not the woman. Although maybe she has too !
I also managed to get a photo of myself in front of the main gates but it's in a frame and I've never bothered to scan it. It was also to the left of the gate in this photo and led straight to the front of the house and it didn't have the ranch name over it like this one does.
I've always said that was the warmest day I've ever experienced anywhere and I was sweating so much, I could hardly see to take photos. Lugging around a full size VHS camcorder didn't help either. How the actors did their thing in suits etc is beyond me. No wonder they were always drinking !
So there you have it....random photo No.1