As many of you know, my grandfather Brian C. Brooks passed away last Tuesday. I thought I should dedicate today’s blog to him. Granddaddy was one of the smartest men I have ever known. For me, he was a walking thesaurus, a cowboy gentleman, an unbelievable cook, a cantankerous old coot, and a fierce friend. In equal parts, his generosity and his stubbornness knew no bounds. He could bargain down to the nickel with the best horse-traders yet not think twice about giving someone the shirt off his own back. He was a World War II veteran, a Texas A&M University graduate, an avid reader, and a savvy businessman. Granddaddy was fiercely proud of me, his Aggie writer granddaughter. I love and miss him deeply.
This image is one of the few candid photos that I ever took of him. He was cooking brisket at the time, which was something he loved doing. I shot the photo handheld with my old Canon Rebel XT using an ISO of 1600 with an exposure time of 1/400 second and an aperture f-stop of f/3.5. The focal length was 18 mm with no flash.
Until next time, may we each rewrite our world for the better!
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