Saturday, June 27, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

in transit

Queen Alia International Airport
Amman, Jordan
@trryan June 22 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Lemur Love for Earth Day

Happy Earth Day from Madagascar!

Brown Lemur

Indri Lemur

Black and White Ruffed Lemur

Bamboo Lemur
Diadem Sifaka

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015

the morning after

San Antonio River
San Antonio, TX
I love the mornings after, when I have the entire place to myself if I arrive early enough. Among the gray skies and mist and fog and placid waters of this crisp, cold morning - there still remains a hint of what passed the night before.

Happy New Year

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

remembering the alamo

The Alamo
San Antonio, Texas
On the occasion of working the Alamo Bowl
December 2013

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

a snowdrop by the road today bowed gracefully - celebrating the solstice with a walk in the stinchcomb wilderness

Celebrating the Solstice with a Walk in the Stinchcomb Wildnerness
Oklahoma City
December 21, 2014

WINTER, a sharp bitter day
the robin turns plump against the cold
the sun is week
silver faded from gold
he is late in his coming and short in his stay
Man, beast, bird and air all purging, all cleansing, 
earth already purified awaits the rite of spring
Her bridal gown a virgin snow and frosts in her hair
A snowdrop by the road today bowed gracefully 
and high upon the wing up in the sparkling nothingness, 
a lone bird began to sing
Can gentle spring be far away?

WINTER - by Tommy Makem

Thursday, December 18, 2014

zacatal ranch cemetery

Zacatal Ranch Cemetery
Hidalgo County, Texas
Zacatal Ranch was located in the Llano Grande Land Grant allocated to Juan Hose Hinojosa in 1790 by the King of Spain. Named for a small tribe of Tejones y Sacatiles Indians who inhabited the area, it was the largest settlement of the Hinojosa family.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

incidents of travel through the south texas coastal plains

Out of the paleozoic muck rises a stunning, subtropical and very much endangered ecosystem of salt marsh, sabal palm, thornscrub and spartina grassland habitat that is home to such exotic endemics as ocelots, green jays, jaguarundis, tropical kingbirds, chacalacas and american alligators.

The Road at Chacalaca Bend
Los Fresnos, Texas

Queen Butterfly
Danaus gilippus

The Inn at Chacalaca Bend
Rio Grande Valley
Los Fresnos, Texas

Tropical Kingbird
Tyrannus melancholicus

Green Jay
Cyanocorax yncas

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

Sunday, December 14, 2014


French Lake
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Winter raised its ugly fist early in this part of the world - record breaking cold slammed into Oklahoma mid-November. The harvest of fall color was frozen in its midair reverie and left hanging lifeless on the trees like worn prayer flags still daring the soul to swoon to the seasonal and now frozen beauty.

Fog lifting in the Charon Garden Wilderness
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Fortunately that polar mass ushered in an early winter whose bark proved worse than its bite - it has been wet and warmish in the days since and two of my friends and I could not pass up an opportunity to hike in the Wichita Mountains as part of a road trip stop along the way to a wedding in Austin.

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We slipped out of Medicine Park in the early dawn under the veil of fog so thick we could only see 100 yards.

But once unveiled - the five mile hike toward Treasure Lake in the Charon Garden Wilderness proved to be the most magical of hikes.

Independently of each other, we've hiked all over the world. As childhood friends and former classmates who now travel and hike together - we've renamed ourselves the Fab Five and have most recently rendezvoused in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park and Joshua Tree National Monument in California for some absolutely spectacular hiking.

But nothing prepared us for the exquisite beauty that was revealed once the veil of fog lifted on this incredibly unique mountain range. We've traveled long and far only to discover that some of the richest beauty in the world is right here in our own backyard.

We said our goodbyes to this sacred part of the world and quickly headed due south to Austin to meet up with the two other friends that collectively complete the Fab Five.

And it was the beautiful daughter of one of the Fab Five whose marriage we were celebrating this weekend in Austin. I have to admit it is an incredibly rich feeling, at this juncture in my life, to be able to experience such exquisite beauty -- be it a blushing bride or a breathtaking landscape -- among the comfort of the equally exquisite beauty of childhood friends.


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