Big Bertha's Adventures

Wildflowers, motorcycles and feet in the sand!


An unexpected change of plans led to quite an adventure.  My friend Tore and I considered several options but I was inclined to go to Denison… it’s an obvious choice, given my name is Denise.

We made several stops along the way, including this bus station.  This is my second stop at a Greyhound Bus station – which means I’m now on a mission to collect more photos from bus stations.

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Side view of the bus station.  Old chairs are my favorite.

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We approached this store and I couldn’t resist asking Tore to sit on the bench.

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We spotted several retail locations that were available for rent.  I imagined them the future sites of “Denise’s Frappuccino Bar”, “Denise’s Photography Studio” and “Denise’s Lindy Hop Studio”.

Big Bertha's Adventures

Big Bertha's Adventure

After visiting Denison we decided to go to Lake Texoma….

Along the way we crossed in to Oklahoma where we photographed wildflowers.

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Big Bertha's Adventures

We left Oklahoma and returned to Texas.   Such a long trek! 😉

We stopped at an overlook to admire the view and take photos of the water.  While there we noticed two men standing by their motorcycles taking photos.  The sky and lake were the perfect backdrop for their bikes.

I wanted to take photos for them—but thought that would be a strange offer for me to make.  It’s an offer I’m often tempted to make to complete strangers but have never followed through.

As we were taking photos one of the men greeted us.  He liked our cameras.  We talked some more and admired their bikes.

Shawn:  “You are welcome to take photos of our bikes.”

I began taking photos.  Mentally I already planned on suggesting I give him the photos.

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Shawn:  “Would it be possible for you to send some photos?”

“Absolutely”, I replied.  We exchanged contact information.

With the added expectation he had of receiving quality photos, I took extras hoping at least a few would turn out.  I went all the way around the bike taking photos.

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The photographer ended up in the photo below.

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We also pulled out the reflector to see what kind of effect we could create.  Tore put Shawn to use by having him hold the reflector.

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I think these photos are among my favorites.

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The other gentleman, Chuck, mentioned he had been coming out to the lake since he was a little boy.  In fact, he remembers having his photo taken as a child at the lake.

I looked at the two men and knew what I had to do.

“Let me take your photo!  I bet it has been a long time since you’ve had one!”

The two men stood by one of the bikes for me to take a photo.  Before parting, Shawn said he never met a stranger.  I considered his words and they were certainly true today!

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Chuck suggested that since we had already made the trip this far, we should head to Eisenhower State Park to take photos of the sunset that was soon approaching.

We originally ‘planned’ on this being our last stop but clearly we had to go to State Park based on their recommendation.

Big Bertha's Adventures

Big Bertha's Adventures

I make it a habit to carry miniatures – you never know when they will come in handy.  Fortunately, I was pressed for time and only took the ONE photo below.  If I had all the time in the world, I would have produced hundreds of photos – and probably would have built sand castles for the people.

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By the end of the adventure as we looked out at the lake, Tore said, “did you wake up thinking you’d have your feet in the sand today?”

No I didn’t!

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Cameras used: Big Bertha (Canon EOS 5D Mark II), Canon G11
Lenses:  50 mm, 70-200mm
Date:  May 2014
Tips:  Adventures await you!  Find a friend, grab your camera, get in the car and go!

Special thanks to:
Fernando De Los Santos:  Your blog about Lake Lavon inspired me to write this post.
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