Except as noted, all images copyrighted by and should be attributed to E. Bourland Hawley.
I had become many eons ago a traveling literary gnome, inquisitive about places I had and had not visited,
walking the same paths of peoples from the past, through places once grand and still grand,
photographing images that now show me the places about which I still dream . . .

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Saint John

Sacred Heart Church in Wichita Falls.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Cayenne on Figs and Peaches, and Tomatoes, Too

       Squirrels do not share our fruit, even in bountiful crops. We heard that they do not like cayenne pepper. In an attempt to have some produce this year, we sprinkled cayenne pepper on some of our growing fruits.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Poetry: Waiting for the Green Light

Waiting for the Green Light

West on misty Scott Street

I waited alongside buildings

still standing, still in use

since the oil boom of the 20s.

Warm pockets of spring air

lifted strands of my brown hair 

like a caress for having lived

through another North Texas winter.

Scott Street bends across an old bridge

walked by people who have left the bars

tossing their Red Draw over its rails before 

turning straight on Iowa Park Road

following the train tracks rumbled upon

by the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe.

Like the Mesquite plant

I bloom green every spring

just after the last freeze.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Just Ahead in Archer County

         Not too far from where we sat to relax we spotted Purple Martins, Cedar Waxwings, Starlings, Robins, Mockingbirds, Blue Jays, the Ash-throated and Great-crested Flycatchers, Great White Egret, White Heron, Great Blue Heron, Eastern Phoebe, Scissortail, Turkey Vultures, Canada Goose, Great-tailed Grackles, Cowbirds, Western Kingbird, Cardinals, thought I spotted a Carolina Chickadee, and heard the song of a flicker. Nikon V 1, 10mm, Auto, post processed for black and white, contrast, and cropping in the digital darkroom.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Singular Parking at Love Field

Flying on the downwind into Love Field in Dallas. Nikon V 1, 10mm, Auto.

They signaled us to park our Bonanza under the roofing at the front door of Business Jet Aviation. 
Nikon V 1, 10mm, Auto.

What usually parks under that roof . . . 
I have written on my "bucket list" to park my Cherokee 180 under that roof, too. Someday . . .
Nikon F2, Lomography Color Negative 35mm film, ISO 400, f5.6, 50mm.

Saturday, May 12, 2012


Nikon F6, original color photograph post processed in the digital darkroom.


Fair Warning 
OK,  Now let's be very clear about something you posted on your photo blog.
I left my 1974 silver Jag in Berlin when I came back to the states in 1985 (mostly a money issue, but there it stayed).
If I EVER see you driving the Jag around town, you will find yourself sitting on your you-know-what in the middle of the street and I will be off for a fun afternoon on the interstate (till the cops catch me!).
You have been warned.
I loved the shot of the squirrel tail in the flower garden.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Some Things Unfolding

Nikon V 1, 10mm, auto, minor cropping during post processing in the digital darkroom.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Mayor's Flight in the Jenny

     The Call Field Aviation Museum flies the Jenny once per month. In April, piloted by David Martin, she took up a passenger, Mayor Glen Barham. Nikon F6, 35mm, and Velvia.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Wind Sheer Plus Turbulence Plus Students in Aviation

    Hadn't felt wind sheer as I flew or experienced its effects in the Scissortail until today. Aloft at 3,500 feet, I dialed up Flight Service on 122.0 to ask them for the altimeter at Gainesville, my destination. Reason, the AWOS recording did not clearly specify the reading at Gainesville, making me unsure whether it measured at 29.85 or 29.95. This seemed important to me at the time, a stickler for my altitudes, particularly when I'm on final to land.
    The fellow at Flight Service clarified the measuring for me, and then warned me of the PIREPs in the area, that other pilots had reported turbulence. My ears perked up at the pilot reports, but I felt that I would do okay, since the wind blew right up the runway at my destination, strong as it did, and I could land safely, as I had before with the winds gusting at twenty-two knots into my nose.
    On final to Gainesville, everything seemed fine. Then, my starboard wing lifted up, my nose skidded leftward, and I amazed myself with the calm way I handled the wind sheer. I gently brought the Scissortail's nose down, turned slowly but surely back toward the runway, and said to MyMrMallory, "Honey, that was a gust," as if he did not already know.
    But the gust had lifted my plane up so that I found myself higher than I wanted as I approached the runway. The turbulence continued to toss us as I descended, much like a butterfly in the wind, and my stall light lit.
    "Ah, the stall light came on," said MyMrMallory.
    "Yeh, I'm going around," I said, as I lowered the nose, powered up the engine, and reduced flaps.
    Perhaps anyone else would have landed, but not me, not today, not in this unusual wind condition. I am a neophyte, after all, and take precautions. On another day, I would have landed nimbly.
    So up we flew back into the sky. The unusual flight did not end as we left Gainesville, for Sheppard's tower hosted students, and with them a certain unpredictability that can seem either hilarious or nerve-wracking. At thirty nautical miles from their airspace, I checked in but was summarily checked out; so I checked in the given frequency and was sent back to the first; kind of like a ping-pong ball.
    "Sheppard approach, Cherokee 47 Romeo, 30 west, inbound."
    "47 Romeo, contact 133.5."
    "Sheppard, 47 Romeo."
    "47 Romeo, contact 118.2."
    "Sheppard, 47 Romeo."
    "Cherokee 47 Romeo, state intentions."
    MyMrMallory rolled his eyes. In view of the confusion, I asked MyMrMallory to take over the radio work. And he did, testily. He has little patience for the students. Soon the controller's voice came back over the radio.
    "Piper 7 Victor, turn heading 320 degrees."
    He repeated, "Piper 7 Victor, turn heading 320 degrees."
    Again, no response.
    "Piper 7 Victor, do you copy?"
    "Are you calling Cherokee 47 Romeo?" asked MyMrMallory, an indignant tone in his voice.
    "Uh, affirmative, 47 Romeo turn heading 320 degrees."
    "[Deleted]," said MyMrMallory. "They never get the call signs right."
   And then, it just became too much for me to bear. All the turbulence, the memory of my right wing lifting up and turning my plane, I felt frightened, and I said, "You have the flight controls."
   "I have the flight controls," said MyMrMallory. And I rested my sweaty palms on my lap, finally looking out over North Texas and noticing for the first time during the flight how green it all looks right now after all the spring rains. Still, with all the beauty beneath me, I felt like a dog limping home with her tail between her legs, head hanging down in sadness. I don't fly enough, I recognized, and would not have flown by myself today, in this wind, and that is why I have an experienced pilot in my right seat. I can still fly an airplane, and can still remain safe by having a pro in the right seat to help me land. And there is still Sheppard and all its T-6s and T-38s to watch and avoid, and the students in the tower with as few hours as I have in aviation, or fewer. Recipe for danger. In my sadness I felt grateful that MyMrMallory would fly with me.
    "47 Romeo, cleared to land 15C."
    "Cleared 15C," and so we began our turbulent descent toward the runway.
    Just at the point where we were not quite ready to touch the wheels to the ground on account of the strong winds, the controller told us to "Turn right at Golf and hold at 15R."
    Through clenched teeth, both hands grasping the yoke, MyMrMallory, focussing hard on controlling the tossed-about plane, replied to the controller that we would "Turn right at Golf, hold 15R."
    But the controller's voice came back, "47 Romeo, read back instructions."
    "Right on Golf, hold 15R," repeated MyMrMallory, grimacing, focussing, sweat dripping into his eyes.
    At that point I began to wonder if I should take over the radio, but instead held back as the controller's voice came on again.
    "47 Romeo, did you hear instructions?"
    "I just read back," said MyMrMallory, turning the yoke windward as our wheels touched down, squeaking and gently on the runway. How impressive! I could not have landed more beautifully myself!
    "47 Romeo, read back instructions."
    "Right Golf, hold 15R," screamed MyMrMallory.
    "You have the flight controls," he said, as we rolled down the runway, and so I took control of the Scissortail, mainly to push the brakes with my feet and turn right on taxiway Golf and then stop short of 15R.
    Our attempts to reconnect with the student did not yield results. Mostly, we became concerned that somehow we had lost radio contact. Switching to the ground frequency, though, brought another voice, who instructed us to hold while two T-38s took off on 15C. The voice later explained that apparently we "stepped on" each other as we communicated with the tower, not surprising but slightly unusual, and just a part of a very unusual flight.
   "Let's forget about today," said MyMrMallory. "It was unusual."
   But I will not forget today, for I will remember the difficulty of it and the grateful feeling I had to have taken off with him in the right seat.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Hodge prĂȘt a fuir

. . . as soon as I open the gate. I know that sweet look.

Asclepias viridis (Milkweed)

     Flowers have interesting histories. For instance, the white-flowered milkweed (Asclepias viridis pictured here) provided for wiks in candle-making by humans, and goldfinches employed the strands of the plant to line their nests. For more interesting histories and to enjoy further information about flowers, take a look at Geyata Ajilvsgi's book, Wildflowers of Texas, ISBN 0-940672-15-4.

Photo taken in Jack County, Texas, at the Christie's country home. Nikon F6, 50mm, Portra 400.

Let Lovely Turn of Phrase Begin

Give Me a Kiss to Build a Dream On

Listen, will you? I think that . . . literature, poetry, music and love make the world go round . . . while mathematics explains things; I fill my life with them, then go walking in snowy woods.
Let us go then, you and I
like two etherized patients floating
through life, together feeling prufrockian.
DDB Jr. makes my world go 'round; during his absence, Pachelbel fills it up.
One summer I sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, then through the Gulf of Finland to reach Saint Petersburg; I pursued Joseph Brodsky in its alley ways. I dream of making that two summers.
I read “Biking to Electra;” found my way in a Jaguar car, and glanced at the flashing steel grasshoppers at sunset. I’ll follow K.O.P.’s footsteps after he followed N.Scott Momaday’s; find warmth and inspiration on a rainy mountain.
Throw chinese coins for the I Ching.
Save the whales, the spotted owl, the woman in toil.
Cast a fly for trout; my memories of fly fishing under the sunny blue Colorado sky remain; I yearn to build more . . . with more trophy Browns.
Listen for the swan’s calls on the Baltic Sea. Feel KKII's joy, his arms spread wide in Yazilikaya.
Good night, Jimmy Durante, where ever you are.