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Foundation prepped, reinforced and covered.

Foundation prepped, reinforced and covered.

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Elsie playing in the grass at about 4 months old.

Shot with Sony NEX6, Minolta 50mm manual focus lens.

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Here’s a pic of the house when they first started framing out forms for the foundation. At the rear of the house where the hill slopes down the foundation is about 13ft tall. 

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Spent a spring day at our property to do some work. Took a break to let the dogs play in the water along with the neighbors dog. After a long play session, the dogs just wanted to rest.

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On Monday, May 26th 2014 Abby, our first dog passed away. She was a 13 year old lab mix, and it was her time to go. Being the dog people that we are, we went to the local dog shelter that same day and rescued this little girl.

Meet Elsie. In this pic she’s two months old. She’s an unknown mix, the vet says she looks to have some Australian Shepard to her. As she grows, that only seems to show through in the fuzz behind her ears. The good news is, unlike my other dogs, she seems to have no “dog odor” or shedding.

Shot with Sony NEX6, Minolta 35mm manual focus lens

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I forgot I had this photo. This was taken before the previous ones and shows the plot of land where our house is to be built. This was taken in early May of 2014. 
Note the two large chinaberry trees to the back left side of the photo. Although our construction foreman said it would not get in the way of construction, he recommended we remove it because they are short lived trees, and the large one was 75% overhanging onto our neighbors house.
It would eventually become a problem, not to mention that chinaberry tree is invasive to our native Texas habitat, so we removed both of them.

I forgot I had this photo. This was taken before the previous ones and shows the plot of land where our house is to be built. This was taken in early May of 2014. 

Note the two large chinaberry trees to the back left side of the photo. Although our construction foreman said it would not get in the way of construction, he recommended we remove it because they are short lived trees, and the large one was 75% overhanging onto our neighbors house.

It would eventually become a problem, not to mention that chinaberry tree is invasive to our native Texas habitat, so we removed both of them.

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Construction has started on our new home. To chronicle the changes, I am taking a series of panoramas along the way.

Photo 1: Here’s the view of our property from the street. Its about 90ft wide street side and falls back about 500ft downhill to a small river.

Photo 2: View from the side of the property. The land has been cleared in preparation for the foundation forms going in. To the left is the street, to the right, the land slopes downhill to heavy tree cover.

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Working on the property again; manually shuttling buckets of water up the hill for use in concrete mixtures on our next project.

A baby tree frog found its way on me, and I had to stop and appreciate its beauty. I’m use to seeing toads, but never a true tree frog. So much color!

Working on the property again; manually shuttling buckets of water up the hill for use in concrete mixtures on our next project.

A baby tree frog found its way on me, and I had to stop and appreciate its beauty. I’m use to seeing toads, but never a true tree frog. So much color!

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Spring time in the gully on our property. Lovely day to work outside.
We took the chainsaw out and cut to size trees we’ve felled in order to use them as posts for a fence for a small section of the property. Once up, we can garden and not worry about the deer destroying everything.

Spring time in the gully on our property. Lovely day to work outside.

We took the chainsaw out and cut to size trees we’ve felled in order to use them as posts for a fence for a small section of the property. Once up, we can garden and not worry about the deer destroying everything.
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Soccer practice.

I purchased a DeJUR 135mm f2.8 manual focus lens for my Minolta XG9 specifically to shoot more sports. If you didn’t already know this, shooting sports with a manual focus lens is extremely difficult. About 2/3rds of my shots were either out of focus, or focused on the wrong subject.

The lens is great, the photographer however needs some work.

Top Photo: Shot with Minolta XG9, 135mm f2.8 with Ektar 100iso film

Bottom Photo: Shot with Minolta XG9, 135mm f5.6 with Portra 800iso film