(This story is copyrighted and planned for a future children’s book. We are looking for an illustrator to collaborate with. Contact us if you are interested. Meanwhile, don’t you dare infringe on Winston’s rights or your anus will burst into flame right before your own hand mysteriously reaches into your mouth and jerks you inside out. … seriously…)
Winston, In His Own Words
Hi. My name is Winston. I’m a Mockingbird and this is how I wound up here…
It’s not easy growing up. Initially, your mom takes care of everything and then one day she boots you out of the nest and then everything changes.
And one day that’s exactly what happened. Mom thinks it’s time I learn to fly and gives me the heave-ho. I tumble unceremoniously to terra firma (I know… big words for a little bird, but mom is big on education) and, dazed by the fall, scurry aimlessly in every direction, flapping my little useless wings, looking for shelter.
I spot this big black blob with some room underneath, plenty big enough for me and dart inside.
Whew! That’s a lot better. Out in the open I’m pretty vulnerable, even though mom says she’s looking out for me (easy for her to say – she can FLY).
So I’m just hanging out in the shade of this big blob (mom says it’s a Smart Car – doesn’t seem very smart to me – it just sits there – doesn’t even flinch when I run under it) when big feet come walking up to me. Then I hear a lot of noises I can’t make sense of – and this Smart whatever-it-is starts to rumble and shake. This is scary enough, but then it LEAVES.
And I’m out in the Open again!
Geez. Now what do I do?
I’m trying to figure out my options, which is really difficult with mom flapping all around the roof and yelling at me to “Run, Winston, Run!” when some even bigger feet come up really CLOSE to me and a BIG head comes even closer. This Giant, seems really interested in me. Not particularly menacing, but mom is yelling even louder that it’s dangerous and I need to Run!
Then the Giant leaves. Whew! That was close.
Before I can figure out which way to run, the Giant is back.
And it’s got some kind of machine or something pointed right at me. It keeps clicking and the giant peeks around it every now and then, and clicks the machine some more. Meanwhile mom is really freaking out. I can’t even think with all this racket going on, so I just stare menacingly at this big Giant, hoping it will go away.
And it does. Seems it’s lost interest in me. Or it’s going to go get a net and have me for dinner! Either way, I’m out in the open and mom is about to have a stroke.
So I run. Mom is flapping and hollering and shooing me across the street and into the park. Then across another street and into a yard, where I find some nice big bushes to hide in. And then mom takes a break from shrieking at me.
And I can catch my breath.
It seems the Giant was not so bad after all. It came back out to look for me again and saw me dart for cover at the last minute. It didn’t come after me and seemed kind of protective in a way.
So mom and I set up housekeeping in the Giant’s yard. I found lots of good bugs to eat on the Giant’s windowsill and he’d talk to me while I foraged for breakfast. Summer was really HOT, but at least we had some rain. Then it started to get cold. Mom said we needed to fly south.
We spent the winter in Mexico, which was pretty cool – and came back to find the Giant still there. I sing for him and he talks to me every time I come by. I’ve hopped into his workshop a few times. It’s a scary place, but the Giant is always friendly and tells me I’m famous. I’m not sure what that means, but it sounds like a good thing.
I think he loves me.
The book I’ve been working on for so long is finally a reality.
I am taking delivery of the initial shipment on my first photography book “Texas As I See It” in November.
An 11×13 coffee table book with 204 images spanning 168 pages, it retails for $34.95 and is published by Brown Books in Dallas.
You can pre-order the book from the website. Anyone who pre-orders, not only gets the first books, but gets a signed copy hand-delivered (if they’re within 15 miles of Frisco …or so…)
Click the button below to buy Texas As I See It for only $34.95!
But wait, there’s more!…
Due to numerous requests, we are now producing a series of Fine Art Giclée 5×7 Note Cards with Texas themes. The quality is strictly gallery level with color and depth that actually appears 3-dimensional.
They retail for $3.95 each. I have samples if you would like to see them.
The Note Cards are being produced in a variety of themes:
- Frisco, Texas
- Water Towers
- Route 66
- Flora and Fauna
- Music and Lifestyles
with more to come…
I’ve just wrapped up the e-commerce page for our current lineup of cards to facilitate purchasing any assortment you prefer.
These all make excellent, reasonably-priced Holiday gifts!
Ever since it opened, I’ve wanted to photograph Mattito’s Cantina in Frisco. The exterior is brightly painted in fluorescent colors and the marquee is done in vivid neon. I have seen several published images of this edifice over the years and every one has left me entirely underwhelmed. Seeing it at night, the colors are most impressive. You would think a photo of it would virtually jump off the computer screen. Or off the page.
Not until today (actually last weekend…) after I braved 45 degree weather with a 20 mph wind chill to photograph this year’s installment of Jeff Trykoski’s holiday light show spanning all the Frisco Square / Simpson Plaza buildings. Since I was schlepping a 15 pound camera rig through the frigid arctic blast anyway, I figured I might as well get this little project off of my bucket list.
And so, I moseyed on up to Mattito’s and settled into place with an ultra wide-angle lens on a very short tripod, calculated my settings and tripped the shutter. And waited about half a minute for the results. Perfect. And vivid. Just what I wanted. Just to be sure, (not my first rodeo) I decided to take a couple more. I fired the shutter… and the door opens to the restaurant (not what I want) and stays that way. As (I’m not exaggerating) around 20 people exit the premises while a member of their party holds the door. It was like the clown car at the circus — except a LOT slower. I know everything seems like it’s going in slow motion when your freezing in a gale, but this was silly. I don’t think I’ve ever seen people move this slow. Two or three minutes later, the crowd has cleared in time for the third shot. And I’m done now.
I am very happy with the results of all the shots, but I felt the framing on the third was just a bit more to my liking.
And here is is in all it’s glory, soon to grace the pages of my fully-redesigned Nocturnal Visions website.
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Residential Real Estate Photography
is one of my favorite themes. I enjoy locating dramatic examples of architecture and finding the most profound way to convey the characteristics of the structure to my viewers. My wife is a retired Realtor (Ex-Ebby agent) and has been trying to get me to investigate Newman Village for some time. I finally listened… and this page is the project as it evolves.
As time goes on, more will be added.
Some of these images will be “dynamic” – in that you can see the Before and After results of my technique. What’s the difference? Quite a bit in most cases. When you mouse over each image you will see the “original” compared to the final result after I have processed the image to my standards. The result is high-definition imagery with enhanced texture, detail and colors not found in conventional photography.
Click the following link to see the Newman Village Gallery page.
If you’ve never been to Newman Village, and enjoy upscale living, you should come on out to Frisco and take a look. The overall design, attention to detail and variety of architecture are unique in North Texas.
Dirt Cheap Art Sale!
It’s Autumn Housecleaning (StudioCleaning, actually…) time and I need some space in my storage racks. So you benefit BIG TIME.
Thursday October 14 ONLY.
Nothing over $20.00
Drop by the Studio and take your pick from dozens of my original photographic framed prints in 8×10, 10×12, 11×14, 16×20 and 18×24 for only $10, $15 or $20. That’s right! For less than the price of the frame!
Wednesday and Thursday ONLY!
Anything not sold on Thursday is off to a garage sale for the weekend.
- 60 – 70 Prints in various sizes.
- Metal and Wood frames, all prints matted.
- All are signed.
- Most of these are left over from various art shows over the last couple of years.
- Even if you don’t like the images, it’s a heck of a deal on frames!
Please stop by and visit even if you don’t want to buy anything. The new Discovery Center is an amazing building inside and out. Be the first to explore the new center.
Saturday, October 2nd from 10am to 6pm
I will be exhibiting an assortment from my upcoming book “Texas As I See It”.
In case you can’t open the attachment: click here => http://www.warrenharris.net/FriscoDiscoverCenter.pdf
Hope to see you there.
Click on the image for a full size version
With the latest push of moisture and clashes between cold fronts and masses of wet air coming up from the gulf, our weather has been very interesting – and fortunately providing some beautiful special effects. This enormous double rainbow was seen and captured by residents of both Frisco and Plano toward sunset on September 1st.
My wife had gone out to the car for something, came back in and told me I had to see the double rainbow outside. And was she right! From our vantage point I couldn’t capture the entire 180 degree arc, but I really like the view we had, so here it is!
6/30/2010: Added several images of the Hall Office Park sculptures taken last week.
6/26/2010: Update posted to this gallery as a result of re-shooting the Central Frisco Fire Station last week.
As most of you know by now, I spend a fair amount of time studying and photographing Frisco, Texas. Partially because it’s where I live, but mostly because it’s interesting. Frisco is an architecturally diverse city with a great many intriguing buildings, parks and public art. Over the years I’ve shot a number of projects for The City, Frisco Square and numerous local publications. My old gallery went the way of the dinosaurs when the website got the “big facelift” earlier this year and, since I’ve been adding a lot of new material lately, it seemed like a good time to create a shiny new gallery.
So here’s the new smattering of images from my collection. Needless to say, this is maybe 1% of the sum total of images in my library. If you love this City and have an interest in any of these images – or something you don’t see here… Let me know and I’ll see what I have in the archives.
This will change over time and be rebuilt every time I have a significant number of images to add.
Most people who know me can can attest to the fact that I am never without a camera. For the sole reason I don’t want to miss capturing that magic moment that happens right when I don’t have a camera…
Yesterday, on the way home from the studio, I thought it would be interesting to see who would be crazy enough to be out in 98 degree heat at Frisco Commons, one of the City’s flagship public parks. This slideshow is the result of acting on a hunch. The story is on the Neighborsgo website under my profile
As the temperature climbs to triple digits, Frisco residents seek out options to stay cool – and frequently, wet. Frisco Commons Park on McKinney Rd, built in 2004, and updated with a new water feature, fits the bill nicely for a growing number of residents.
With the mercury at 98 degrees yesterday, Frisco Commons had an unusual mix of kids taking advantage of this feature. As a rule, the participants at the water park are 9 or 10 years old and under. But with Monday’s temps edging in on 100, a squad of teenagers descended on the water park for some much-needed cooling off as parents of the little ones wisely watched from the shade. One mother commented it was “nice to see the teenagers at the park.” Everyone needs to find a way to stay cool in the Texas heat and Frisco Commons is a fun place to accomplish exactly that.
Now that I have my booth assignment, here ‘s the map of this weekend’s Arts In the Square, with my booth space highlighted to make it easy for you to find me.
For the first time, I will be exhibiting a portion of my Tuscany Series, photographed in 2007. If you’ve never been to this wonderful region, this is your opportunity to enjoy it through my eyes. If you have had the good fortune to have enjoyed the Tuscan environment, now you can relive those locations from my perspective.
So make sure you carve out a little time in your weekend schedule to stop by and say hello while checking out all the other hard-working artists in our area.