Postcards from Big Bend

"Modern Vintage" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/20 sec, ISO3200
“Modern Vintage” Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは!How’s it going? Here in central Texas, not only has it gotten colder, but it’s also gotten wetter, with a light rain all afternoon. It looks like it will continue all weekend as well. I’m glad we don’t have outdoor activities planned! 🌧

Today’s photo is of the three postcards I bought at the Panther Junction Visitor Center in Big Bend National Park. I love the vintage design of these! So when I took the photo, I decided to post-process using one of Nik Software’s vintage camera presets. I like the way it came out. 😊

In looking at the designs, I realized that I took some photos of the same subjects or locations. I posted these before, but I thought it was neat to match them up with the postcards – the Rio Grande, the Milky Way, and Casa Grande.

"Santa Elena Canyon" Big Bend, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/7.1, 1/140 sec, ISO400
“Santa Elena Canyon” Big Bend, 2016
"Starry Night" Big Bend, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 18mm, f/3.2, 20 sec, ISO5000
“Starry Night” Big Bend, 2016
"Casa Grande" Big Bend, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/6.4, 1/170 sec, ISO400
“Casa Grande” Big Bend, 2016

While on the travel subject, I have to admit that I have been getting into watching YouTube videos about minimalist travel, gear, and packing. It’s so fascinating to me! It’s funny, but minimalist travel, backpacking, and motorcycle travel all have similar recommendations, most notably to use synthetic or merino wool clothing (not cotton!), dress with layers in mind, and don’t overpack!

As some of you may know, I love bags and backpacks, and I’ve been searching for the perfect backpack. I pretty much found the perfect (for me) messenger bag in the Patagonia Minimass, but I haven’t found a backpack that I really love. I think I am going to sell my North Face Router and Jansport Hatchet, and pick up an Osprey Porter 30. It looks like a perfect travel backpack! But we’ll see. It’s fun to do the research at least. 😄

I hope you had a nice Friday!


– B Barron Fujimoto

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Beef Curry

"Beef Curry" Cedar Park, 2016
“Beef Curry” Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは!How’s it going on this first day of December?

Today Mariko made a huge pot of Japanese curry. 🍛 The weather here has gotten cold ❄, with nighttime temperatures dropping into the 30’s, so when she said it was curry nite, I was so happy! A hearty dish to warm up the body!

Kare-raisu (Curry rice) can be considered a Japanese comfort food, and I like to think of it as one of the three cold-weather staples of Japanese cuisine, the other two being Oden and Nabe. But I’d have to say curry is my favorite of the three. In fact, we enjoy it at any time, not just the winter.

In the photo, you can see we like to eat curry with medium-soft-boiled egg. 🍳 I think it’s perfect with curry. When Mariko asked if I wanted her to boil eggs to eat with the curry, I said, “Would I ever answer ‘no’ to that question?” Never!

If you haven’t had Japanese curry in a while (or ever) I think you need to eat some soon! The weather is perfect for it. 😀


– B Barron Fujimoto

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