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Maravilla for Mom

Bird of Paradise - copyright 2005 JRCompton. All Rights Reserved.

Photographs by J R Compton,
Anna Palmer, Mary Compton and others

Mom asked me to photograph what she always called "Maravilla," so when Dad (John T, Jack) and she (Mary) retired to San Antonio, she'd remember it. I'd shot it many times, but that time was special. I saved them all to what I thought was my most reliabe hard drive. Then it crashed, taking a half a terabyte of stuff with it. Including those precious memories.

I didn't want to disappoint Mom, so I didn't say anything. Then, the Wednesday before, Anna reminded me Sunday was Mother's Day, and I suddenly realized I could gather the photographs I did have, from Christmases, summers, birding trips and other visits to Camp Grandma and Hotel Grandpa and do what I could. This is what I did.

J R Compton                  

Pop in the Kitchen - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Julie, Jack and Jay

I tracked down every shot I could find. Anna delivered hers, and I discovered I had a 'roll' of Mom's own photographs near the end of their stay there, some of which I had shot. Those are marked here as OMC (on Mom's camera).

Mob in the Kitchen - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Jay, Jared, Joyce and Tom

What this project became is images of people in rooms and spaces in and around our long-time Lower Rio Grande Valley home. Those lost photos were of objects and places, not people, though there are plant pictures here, too. There'd have to be. Along with all of us, that's what Mom did.

Kitchen again - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Julie, John, Joyce and Jay

Zapping that hard drive may have been The Universe's way of popping me on the nose reminding it's people that make a home, not things. These photographs are inhabited by the best people in the world, family.

Julie, John, Jackson - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Julie, John and Jackson

And many of these shots have never been seen by anybody but me, and I'd forgot I even had a lot of them. (Turns out I'd also forgot another page that has about a dozen of these same photos — though not as large or nicely produced.)

Two Boys with Flags

Boys with flags

I used to think I could remember every photograph I ever shot. But I don't anymore. I do think I remember shooting this and the next pictures in Mom's kitchen the day Anna and I filled a U-Haul truck with stuff from Maravilla. OMC

Carmen, Mom and Lucha - Photograph Copyright 2008 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Carmen, Mom and Lucha

Even some people who really aren't family really are. OMC

Joyce Unlaxing - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Joyce unlaxing in the kitchen

I've delighted in mixing time and visits and people on this page that's like an informal walk around the house. First in it, then out and around it.

Patsy Finds a Bottle - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Patsy finds a bottle

Some of these are moments I remember. Like when Patsy got up on a little ladder to bring down a bottle for a special celebration. Maravilla is many moments gathered here.

Jim, John, Mom, Dale, Tom - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

J R, John, Mom, Dale, Tom

Many of these are posed pictures of who we are. The guy in on the left is me. I assume Anna shot it. In the middle is Mom, for whom this page is a Mother's Day gift. Here, I usually refer to people by their first names. To know who everybody is and how we're all related, you'd need a souvenir program, but there aren't any.

Fruit Round - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Fresh citrus

I didn't really plan this. It just grew.

I expected it would revolve around specific places in Maravilla, and that started with the kitchen, where most people — family, certainly — start at Maravilla. The hearth, the food, the social — pretty much everything begins and often stays in the kitchen, which essentially winds around three rooms.

More pictures are shot there than anywhere else except maybe the pool in summer. Oops! Just caught myself using the present tense for this place. Maybe that's how it always should be.

This adventure will wrap around the house like a person walking, room to room, space to space.

Jay,

Jay, John, Tom and Dad watching TV

As always, if you have any corrections, let me know. I'm terrible with names and might someday have to do that souvenir program I spoke of. My contact information keeps changing, but my latest email is always linked from my Contact page, and I'd love to hear from you, and I want all the info here to be correct.

Dad and John in the Rec Room - copyright 2005 JR Compton

John T and John M in the rec room

I'm not going to explain every photograph. From here on it's mostly pictures and brief captions. Thanks for taking this walk with us around Maravilla.

Haley on the Couch - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Haley trying to sleep

Olivia and Child - copyright 2005  J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Chaz and Olivia

OMC

Looking Out Onto the Patio - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Out onto the patio

 

Joyce in the Rec Room - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Joyce in the rec room

 

Dad Counting Cash in the Dining Room - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

For his birthday, Dad gets as many $1 bills as he was old

 

Jackson Sets the Table - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Jackson sets the table

 

Joyce and Mom at the Keyboard - Photograph Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Joyce and Mom at the keyboard we got her

 

Note to Grandpa - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Note to Grandpa

 

A Christmas Star - copyright 2005  JR Compton  All Rights Reserved

A Christmas Star

 

Todd and Mary Ann - copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Mary Ann and Todd

 

Christmas Tree - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Looking in at the tree and the Jimmy Stewart movie

The whole movie's online and full-screen.

The Puzzle-master - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Tom, the Puzzle Master

 

Sean and __ - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Sean and Amanda

 

Christmas Lights on the Front Porch - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Christmas lights

 

The Living Room - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

The fireplace

 

Through the Living Room Window - copyrigth 2005 JR Compton

The patio, the pool and the pump house

 

watching tv

Jared and Jay watching TV

 

John Measures the Living Room Floor - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

John measures the living room floor

 

and Libby - asd

Brian and Livvy

 

Jackon on a Chair - Photograph Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Jackson Renard Firecracker Compton

 

Flowers by the Front Windo - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Flowers by the front window

 

Unfurling the Butterfly Flag - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Unfurling the Butterfly National Flag

OMC

The Great Maravilla Archive Program

Jennifer, Jay, Joyce, Patsy and Julie

The Great Joyce and Jennifer Maravilla Archive Project to save all the photographs and memorabilia from the long back hall. OMC

Blue Bowl - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Blue bowl and green plant

 

Mom & Dad in the Back Hall - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Mom & Dad in the back hall full of family pictures

OMC

Anna Sleeping in the Middle Bedroom - copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.
Anna sleeping in the middle bedroom

 

Tulips in there, too - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Tulips in there, too

 

Tangle of Sheets - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Tangle of sheets

 

Madame Butterfly - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Mom as Butterfly

OMC

Shower Curtain in the back bath - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Shower curtain in the back bath

 

Mary Ann's Room - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

"Mary Ann's room"

Except, of course, that when it was last Mary Ann's room, it was green and purple. Always seems strangely comforting to see white instead.

Robe in Mary Ann's Room - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

My robe with end of hall on right

 

Mary Ann in the Sewing Room - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Mary Ann in the Sewing Room

 

Threads

Colored threads

 

Cocks and Doodle-doos - copyright 2005 JR Compotn

Cocks and Doodle-doos

 

Hawaiian Print in The Boys' Room - copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Hawaiian Print in The Boys' Room

Now we'll wander around some of the more outdoor spaces starting, of course, from the kitchen end of the house.

Pop in his Workshop - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Pop in his workshop

 

Same Guy - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Same Guy — but busier

 

Citrus - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Citrus ready for distribution

 

Established 1963  Copyright 2005 Anna Palmer

Welcome sign on the garage

Photo by Anna Palmer

Me and Dad Ratcheting - copyright 2008 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Me and Dad doing some serious ratcheting

Usually when I do a page of photographs, there's none of me, because I'm behind the camera, but somehow I got a whole roll (er... memory card load) from Mom's camera, and this and the next and some others here are by her or on her camera. If I don't credit me or Anna, somebody else did it. OMC

John, Julie and Jennifer

John, Julie and Jennifer

OMC

Anna, J R, Toothpick and Uhaul

Anna, J R, toothpick and U-Haul truck

OMC

The Driveway - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

The driveway unusually wet with rain

 

Dad and Dale in the Driveway

Dale and Dad

OMC

Mom with Lucha's kids and Carmen

Mom, Lucha and her kids and her sister Carmen

I may have shot this one, too. OMC

Clare and Dale in the yard

Clare and Dale

OMC

Cactus Garden - Copyright 2005 Anna Palmer

Mom's cactus garden

 

Ladybug Mailbox - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

The Ladybug mailbox

Anna Palmer photo

The Driveway - Photograph Copyright 2009 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

The driveway to Compton Drive

 

Palms in front of house - copyright 2005 Anna Palmer

Palms on Compton Drive

 

3308 Compton Drive

3308 Compton Drive — fruit for sale

Anna Palmer photo

Front Entrance on Compton Drive - copyright 2005 Anna Palmer

Compton Drive looking toward the Two-mile Line

 

Two Palms in the Clouds - copyright 2005 Anna Palmer

Palms and a blue sky

 

Aloe - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Aloe Vera Forest

 

The JCs on the porch

The JCs on the Porch

Left to right: John Compton, Julie Clifton, John Compton, Jennifer Connor, Jackson Compton, J R Compton, Jared Connor, Joyce Culbertson, Jay Culbertson posing on the front porch. My camera. Anna must have shot it.

The Whole Family - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Then there's everybody else, including the JCs. Let's see if I know these people: John T, Jackson, Julie, Mom, John, Amanda, Sean, Haley, Nathan, Mary Ann, Todd, Patsy, Tom, Anna, the digital J R, Jennifer, Jared, Joyce and Jay

Jennifer & Jared on the porch - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Jennifer & Jared

Christmas Lights on the Front Porch - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Christmas lights

 

The Front Porch - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Front of the house at Maravilla

 

Sunset Hibiscus - copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Sunset Hibiscus

 

Chimes - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Chimes

 

Tom and John out front

Tom & John

Mom must have taken this picture. It was on her camera. It's wonderful of my next two brothers. Great smiles. OMC

Little Red Flowers - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Little red flowers

 

From the Porch - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Towards the grove

 

Jackson and Jared - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Jackson and Jared

 

Dad Picking Citrus - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Dad in his little grove

 

Ring Picker - Copyright 2005 J R Compton.

Ring Picker

If they're little enough to go through the ring, they're not ready to be picked yet. Dad's ring is attached, so he doesn't lose it out there.

Amazing Finger Cloud - copyright 2005  J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Amazing Clouds

 

Big Tree - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Big tree with little grove

 

To The Back Yard - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

The back yard through the garage

 

Handles in the Outside Hall - copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Cleaning tools

 

Drooping Sunflower - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Sunflower in Mom's beautiful garden

 

Pink Rose - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Rose

 

Budding Angel Trumpet - copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Budding Angel Trumpet

 

Hose - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Hose

 

Red Flowers - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Red Flowers

 

Jennifer and May

Jennifer and Maya by Mom's Poinsettias

OMC

Big Blue Sky - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Big blue sky from the pool

 

Bird of Paradise - copyright 2005 JR Compton. All Rights Reserved.

One of Mom's Birds of Paradise

 

Patsy and Tom

Patsy and Tom smiling for Mom

OMC

J R in the Pool

J R floating in the pool

These two photos are by Mary Compton

Swimming Pool Covered - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Swimming pool covered for winter

OMC

Sego - Photograph Copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Sego

 

Out the Front - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Palms and a curling sky

 

Antannae - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Antennae

Floating on my back in the pool, when I saw this, I turned around and swam back, so I wouldn't bump my head.

Up the Papaya Tree - copyright 2005 JR Compton

Up the Papaya tree

 

Rain Gauge - copyright 2005 JR Compton

Rain Gauge

No numbers and hardly ever any rain.

Cheesecake on the Diving Board

Cheesecake on the diving board

I think I remember taking this photo and seriously wondering about the cheesecake antics of women photographed near a pool. Jennifer, Libby and Joyce. OMC

Shape Textures - copyright 2005 JR Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Palm textures

 

Yellow Canna - Photograph Copyright 2002 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

Yellow Cannas in Mom's Garden

 

The Pool - Copyright 2005 by Anna Palmer

The Pool

 

Photographing Guess Who

Julie, Jackson, Jared, Joyce, Jennifer, Maya, Patsy, Tom and Jay photographing Mom & Dad

OMC

Mom & Dad Sitting for Pictures - copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Mom and Dad sitting for photographs

OMC

Clothespins - copyright 2005 JR Compton.

Clothespins on the patio

 

Elephant Ears - copyright 2005 JR Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Elephant Ears

 

Green & Purple

Green and Purple and Pink

 

House Angel - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

House Angel in the Patio

 

Cabbage - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

More green

 

Xoria - copyright 2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Xoria

 

4 Greiners, a Compton, and a Sweeney

John and Cathy Conally, Mom, Bev and Russ Rutten and Margie Sweeney

OMC

Mom's Rock Animals - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Mom's painted rock cats

 

Stick Cactus - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Stick Cactus before the snow

 

Valley Sunset - Copyright 2005 J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

Valley Sunset

 

117 photographs by my count.
I'd be happy to entertain any corrections or additions that show Maravilla.

All contents copyright 2009 and before by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

 


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