And just plain goofy.
And just plain goofy.
Usually when it comes to action photography, I believe that close is best.
But last Tuesday’s Southwest Handicap Mini was at a “new” course, the First Colony Aquatic Center. The quote marks are necessary, because the disc golfers used to play tournaments there until the city decided to add some amenities for its residents. That addition meant a subtraction of certain baskets and a wait of several years until the course was slightly redesigned, including the installation of some new metal.
Now the Aquatic Center is back in the weekly rotation. I hadn’t shot there for a couple years, but I did remember that the baskets tend to be close to one another. So I opted for my beloved Nikon 70-200mm lens, which is equally adapt at delivering those close pics as well as ones that tell more of the disc golf story.
As much as the sport is about the drive and the upshot, a lot of the drama (and, unfortunately, often the trauma) is all about the chains. My Nikon 105mm lens usually is better at focusing on just the player, which is why it stayed home.
But this time my photography was all about the baskets.
Even the ones that were far away!
Yesterday was the first day of spring. Here in the Houston area, all that means is that March 20th’s weather was virtually the same as on March 19th—beautiful.
And not cold at all, thank goodness!
The last day of what passes for winter here found me at Imperial Park at our weekly Southwest Handicap Mini series. This is the best time to play disc golf there, because the foliage is beaten down and thinned out. Discs don’t get lost as often as they do during the summer when the park regains its lushness and is more challenging.
Of course, I’m drawn to Imperial as much for the nature as watching the kid play. As I approached hole seven, my eye immediately was drawn to bright batches of phlox. I’ve seen that wildflower here before but never in such abundance.
My Nikon 105mm macro lens captured the few flora that were ready for prime time this early. We should see plenty more, though, in a month or so when the series returns to the ever-blooming park.
Wonder if this guy will stick around?
Our annual Southwest Handicap Mini disc golf series began once again Tuesday evening under wonderful mild conditions.
Almost 30 players descended on Community Park in Missouri City to throw plastic at metal baskets.
It was nice seeing familiar faces after the several-month layoff. All seemed right with the world once again.
But the highlight for me? A little Glen appearance!
Can I ever get enough of this cute toddler? No way! His little smile captures my heart.
Just like a gorgeous, glowing sunset!
Our Southwest Handicap Mini disc golf series rotates among several courses from mid-March to late September. After we’ve had lots of rain during the summer, one of those venues—Imperial Park—is so overgrown on three straight holes that spotters are as essential as accurate putting.
So last Tuesday I spent most of the 18-hole round standing in a clear area past the high weeds, potential poison ivy, and especially the hornets’ nest that Marcus’ disc found, watching round plastic sail near me on hole number 7. When one landed in the crud, I would race over and spot where it was for the disc golfer who probably had no idea where in the world it had gone. But, being extremely sensitive to poison ivy, I did not under any circumstances go into the weeds to find the exact location. Not even for my beloved bearded baby boy.
A lost disc is preferable to a miserable month of itching and swelling. Just sayin’.
In between sighting discs, I had time to also spot some of the beautiful inhabitants of our local park.
Wildflowers, of course, caught my eye and my Nikon 105mm macro lens.
Although they weren’t plentiful, the pretty petals lent nice spots of color to the overwhelmingly green landscape.
Even the weeds were vibrant.
But my favorite find of the evening was a friend who kept me company for the longest time as I scoured the sky for flying discs:
A pennant dragonfly! This little guy kept flying around and landing on a small patch of dirt near where I was standing. It seemed like he was trying to get my attention.
I’d say he definitely wanted to be spotted!
. . . do it yourself!
After lamenting the lack of action photos of my little big boy during last week’s Am Worlds, I was thankful that he and the Mister played in this past Tuesday’s Southwest Handicap Mini weekly tournament.
Now that’s more like it!
It was nice to have my beloved Nikon D700 back in hand, armed and ready to shoot the usual cast of local disc golfing characters.
Like Eric, the tournament’s terrific director.
And, of course, the ever-lovin’ Mister.
The best part about being there to experience what my younger son was going through (after missing out in Rochester, New York)? I got to see him win! Not only did he post the best raw score, but, despite his handicap, he snagged the overall victory.
Plus I got to scratch my action-shot itch.
Spring break’s theme seemed to be the brotherly bond mixed in with disc golf.
Not only did my sons have fun playing disc golf in Gonzales on our way home from San Antonio, they also were on the same card as the annual Southwest Handicap Mini began its new season last week. So they experienced the tournament together.
It was a winning combination! Thanks to the generous handicap system, my #1 son actually finished in second place. He put $21 in his pocket (#2 earned $6). Cash, exercise, and spending time with your brother—what could be better?
What could be better for me? Of course, I loved snapping pix of my boys. But it was great to see little Tristin Lee on the course. She’s a year old now and looks like she’s almost ready to start throwing discs with the big guys.
And I loved seeing so many signs of spring in the park.
It seemed like buds were all over the place.
Some were on the trees and bushes.
While others walked, talked, and solidified their brotherly bond. With a little disc golf thrown in for good measure.