My second issue of photo essay periodicals is published! It is called “Under the Canopy of Oaks and Gums – Portrait of a County Road”, in the format of a 40-page magazine with premium papers fit to showcase photography works. They are currently available at 211 Art Galleryand will also be brought to the Edgewood Heritage Festivalon November 11, 2017.
Broadening the way of seeing is exactly what this photography work sets out to do. Subjects found along a typical county road in East Texas were portrayed in “spotlights”.
Summer Some say that Texas is unbearable in summer; but I say, that one must offer some small sacrifice to the Sun Gods, in order to bear witness to the beauty of the season. Red and yellow and bronze and gold, all have their place on this summer palette so bold, that even the fiercest of Ra’s demons could not dispel the radiance that emanates from the Artist’s brush. As the emerald canvas fades to brown, the days will mercifully grow shorter, and cooler, until once again God’s festive palette bursts forth with the shades of Autumn. Some say that Texas is unbearable in summer; but I say, grab a glass of sweet tea and sit in the shade of your favorite tree, and bear witness to what may be, the most wonderful season of the year. Summer.
by Harold Burke, 2013
Embracing the 107F (41C) day today and triple-digit day in the fourteen days to come –not to mention triple-digit day in the past 9 days– I ponder upon a poem that my husband wrote in summer 2013.
The Forlorn Boat – A breezy morning by the creek, 2015
A view of the pond in a steamy-hot and still August evening
It has been so alive and active up there, lately. Cold front from the North and warm air wave from the South were fighting for a place here in East Texas. It brought few scattered thunderstorms, cool temperature one day and very warm the next. But the best thing was these spreads of playful clouds on the skyscape. One cool-ish afternoon, close to the end of June, the clouds decided to mock the shape of the tree lines – at least according to my eyesight.
“Ennis was designated by the 1997 State Legislature as the home of the “Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail” and was designated the “Official Bluebonnet City of Texas.” From April 1-30, Ennis showcases over 40 miles of mapped driving Bluebonnet Trails sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club.” Read more at their official website:http://www.visitennis.org/bluebonnet.htm
These photos were taken on April 20th, 2015, on the way to and along the trails.
Native red bud blossoms appearing from among limbs and branches in surrounding woods. They get bolder and bolder each day. The yellowish sprouting tree leaves and big blue sky only add contrast to the pink-magenta blossoms. ~ Edgewood, Texas
Daffodils and jonquils have passed the relay baton to fruit trees and ground cover. Pear, plum, and peach trees are blossoming, along with the red buds. Patches of white, yellow, and purple flowers of the wild ground cover catch the dew in a foggy morning. New young cones of the pines reflect the yellow sun rays. Bees are buzzing high and low. So is the lawn mower. Welcome, spring!
Sleet and snow hit the area hours before dawn, blessing the beholders with a glorious white, gold, and blue in the morning. The gold reflection on the creek is gone as soon as the sun climbs higher. The white takes it easy and lingers until noon. The sky is blue all day long. ~ Snow scene on March 3, 2015, in Edgewood, Texas.
Patches of white and grey puffy clouds spread all over the blue canvas of sky two mornings ago. From east to west, north to south. On the east, gleams of brilliant warmth reflected on the edge of the altocumulus where the sun tried to peek through. It was one-of-a-kind morning.
This is not Point Reyes, nor is it Sumburu Wildlife Park. This is my small world where the dog watches the sun and moon face to face in mornings. This is the land where the pruned grapevines bask in the sun, with possibilities of getting freeze the next day or so. This is a warm February morning in East Texas.
A hidden world under tangled branches, vines, and limbs in a nook of Mill Creek as it meanders along in Van Zandt County, Texas. These two pieces will be part of Going Green Show at the 211 Art Gallery in Athens, Texas, from today through April 18, 2015. The printed dimension for both are 11″ x 17″ print, 18″ x 24″ with frame.
A January , 7 a.m., morning view from the front porch. These subjects with the same point of view have been photographed over and over in different lights, time, and season. Just can’t get enough of them.
A set of 8 images of vintage handmade bunnies from the late 1980s, photographed by Ine Burke, are now available in the form of note cards. The bunnies were handmade by “The Tailor of Gloucester in Texas” who used to have a booth at the First Monday Trade Days, in Canton, Texas. The notecards are 5″x7″, matte finish, blank inside, comes with white envelope. Sold in set only. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org to order and / or inquire about the wholesale.
I’ve been observing and preserving the beauty of East Texas sky since I moved here, in Edgewood, in 2006. In 2012, I self-published my photography book, On the Edge of the Piney Woods, compiling the photographs of ever-changing Texas sky and the land’s natural beauty in four seasons. The sky and the land don’t stop amaze me with their ever-changing beauty and surprises, so I keep taking photographs of the same subjects. Like these views of one fiery sunrise in early winter in December 2013. The ray of golden sunlight caught my eyes through the kitchen window, as always, notifying me that a glorious scene was going to play out there in a few seconds. Without delay, I grabbed my camera and got out there in a crisp morning to capture it.
Our recent trip to Athens brought us to Tara Vineyard and Winery, not too far from downtown Athens. Sitting on the foreground of the vineyard is the historic Murchison home, built in 1880; and the winery is seated high on a hill overlooking the whole scene.
They are named after the characters in The Beverly Hillbillies, a TV series broadcasted on CBS in 1962 to 1971. The gelding is Jethro, the filly -the one with white mark on her forehead- Elly May. The donkey is, of course, Eeyore.