Sunday, March 18, 2012

Downtown Fort Worth

Photos © Mark M. Hancock /

One of the two 48-foot tall angels on the Grand Facade of the Bass Performance Hall appears to blow its horn in Fort Worth on Saturday, July 7, 2010.

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Fayrouz Hancock visits some sites in downtown Fort Worth on Saturday, July 7, 2010.

Catching up in 2012

If y'all haven't guessed, I'm forcing myself to catch up on old files this year. Some of these folders literally contain thousands of images to cull, edit, tone and (sometimes) caption before I make the slideshows.

Additionally, I'm still shooting assignments for newspapers, magazines and businesses while editing and publishing as many as three books each month. I also have two other major projects (unrelated to PJ) in the works.

Once I catch up, I'll start digging through my archive. As noted in December, I got a negative scanner and have several million images on the shelf.

Consequently, I have plenty of images to present in the future. Stay tuned and thanks for your patience.

Enough for now,

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Dallas Zoo under new ownership

Boudreaux, a nine-foot-long albino American alligator, comes into the light in the Ghosts from the Bayou exhibit at the Dallas Zoo in Dallas on Sunday, May 30, 2010.

Photos and music © Mark M. Hancock /

The Dallas Zoo was recently transferred from city ownership to private ownership in Dallas on Sunday, May 30, 2010.

Named in this slideshow are: Parrots, black-and-white ruffled lemur, ring-tailed lemur, collared lemur, blue and yellow macaw, great egrets, flamingos, golden lion tamarin, cotton-top tamarin, spectacled langur monkeys, Sumatran tiger, red kangaroo, Harpy eagle, bald eagle, Andean condor, red-crowned crane, tortoise, great anteater, rhino iguana, Oustalet's chameleon, veiled chameleon, Caiman lizard, Perentie monitor lizard, Fayrouz Hancock, albino American alligators, Mexican bearded lizard, Cape cobra, crocodile monitor lizard, Burmese python, collared lizards, timber rattlesnake, Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake, sailfin lizard, Asian yellow-spotted climbing toad, blue poison dart frogs, mandrill, African elephants, warthog, ostriches, giraffes, cheetahs and Boudreaux, a nine-foot-long albino American alligator.

A Co. 6/31st reunion planned

"OPFOR BRIEFING" by Patrick Farrell, Fort Irwin, California 1988

*** Polar Bears, Attention ***

This post is for former soldiers of A Co. 6/31st Infantry and/or A Co. 1/52nd Infantry (32 Guards Motorized Rifle Regiment OPFOR infantry) stationed at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California who served honorably during the 1980s (177th Armored Brigade).

A reunion is planned for Sept. 6-9, 2012. We will rally in Las Vegas and travel to Ft. Irwin via vans on Sept. 7, 2012 for a guided tour of the new facilities, tip a drink in Barstow to our fallen brothers and return to Las Vegas that evening.

Even if you can't attend the reunion, we'd like you to join our Facebook group and share your experiences. Please contact either Mark M. Hancock or Geoff Cottrell via Facebook to be added to the group.

If you're opposed to Facebook, there is also a discussion board on the 31st Infantry Association website.

These are some Polar Bears who will be missed forever.

Phillip Albert
Terry Blanford
Steve Busch
Larry Caudy
Mack Garret
Col. Tom Hagen

Col. Jerrell E. Hamby
Greg Nicholson
Ron Paiva
Don Worland

Pro Patria! For Country!