These Instagram photos were taken with an iPhone just after dawn at Five Mile Dam Park near San Marcos back in 2015. A search and recovery effort had been launched along the river after the disastrous Memorial Day Flood. This was one of my first experiences with Texas Search and Rescue and it made a deep impression.
The poem pictured was written by Scott Andrew James. I asked him to compose a “quick” poem about searching, while we were attending a weekend benefit event for another group at The ABGB.
Where do we find the safety we seek? Maybe there is nothing so stable to hold onto as the promise of someone to come look for us when we are lost.
Maybe there is nothing so noble as to be ready to look for each other in the darkest of hours and pull each other from the brink back to the shore ready to stand and live another day.
My work for TEXSAR spanned six months, and it was funded with the proceeds of an Austin concert by Jimmy Buffett on the heels of the Memorial Day Flood. I helped establish a new office and conducted related infrastructure work in development and communications. I am pleased TEXSAR continues to do well, and it is expanding its life-saving work even further.
Not being an SAR professional, I stood behind the fence to observe this event. In the photos of the river bank, pause there for a moment. The local Sheriff and I were leaning on the fence and he said, “you see that house up on the hill? The flood waters were right up under the lower balcony.”
San Antonio is a city I enjoy visiting, and I have lived there briefly two separate times. Chalk It Up is a project of contemporary art gallery Artpace. Here I share some of my photos taken back in 2012. Even today – several years later – this Instagram photo set is among my favorites.
“The arts are essential. They teach students innumerable lessons—practice makes perfect, small differences can have large effects, collaboration leads to creativity. The arts also teach children that there a several paths to take when approaching problems and that all problems can have more than one solution.”
I have been on Tumblr since 2011. It continues to be my primary visual blogging platform. But I decided to gather together a few of my favorite iPhone photographs on WordPress as well.
“A picture is a poem without words.” – Horace, Roman poet (65 to 8 BC)
Dr. Bennett spoke in 2011.
Cactus flowers at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in San Antonio, flowers from The Domain in North Austin, Chuy’s Children Parade and Mi Trova, Flamenco in San Antonio, #NPTechClubATX at Capital Factory, Bill Bennett at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Mount Bonnell in North Austin, and a poem for TEXSAR by Scott Andrew James are pictured. These iPhone photographs span the years 2011 to 2017.
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