It's SUMMER! by Brian Maschino

It's been great splashing into summer (excuse the terrible pun). But after a rainy, cloudy few weeks, it's nice to see the sun out again, as well as seeing the troves of people going out to enjoy the weather and party together.

I had the chance to spend an afternoon with the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Dallas at their pool, which on this given Sunday attracted well over a thousand people to. 

Lots of crazy, soaked fun to be had.

We can't forget, however, the true kickoff to summer for so many more: graduation. I spent this season, as I usually do, camped out over at UNT's Coliseum shooting schools from across Denton County.

In years past, I've been used to photographing anywhere between 14-17 high school graduations across DFW. It was quite nice this year to only be responsible for six, although seriously made me wonder: How in the world did I manage that many graduations and come out alive? Graduations very much are an exhausting season, but rewarding to see all the big and small success stories walking the stage.

This year's ceremonies included: Argyle High School, The Colony High School, Flower Mound High School, Hebron High School, Lewisville High School and Marcus High School.

So here's to you, the graduating Class of 2017.

Argyle High School

Valedictorian Annabel Thorpe

Salutatorian Max McWhorte

Marcus High School

Valedictorian Hope Anderson

Salutatorian Jaeyoon Cha

Lewisville High School

Valedictorian Nathan Hoang

Salutatorian Madison Lopez

The Colony High School

Valedictorian Grace Perry

Salutatorian Madeline Roy

Hebron High School

Valedictorian Claire Boschert

Salutatorian Jun Jang

Flower Mound HS

Valedictorian Aditya Iswara

Salutatorian Kirtana George

Thin Line X by Brian Maschino

Ten Can Riot at Dan's SilverLeaf.

Denton's everything-film-music-art Thin Line Fest wrapped up Sunday, April 23, after a successful 2017, extended-weekend run.

In its 10th year -- Thin Line X -- the festival shows more and more promising growth from the ghosts of Thin Lines' past, with the bar set even higher for next year.

So, here's to 10 more.

Friday. April 21:

Supersonic Lips on the Square Stage, Friday.

Featured: Supersonic Lips, Ten Can Riot, The Holler Time, Mind Spiders and Hoof.

Saturday, April 22:

Donning full Sasquatch, PPL MVR on the Square Stage, Saturday night.

Featured: PPL MVR, Mydolls, Thrill Bill, Raelyn Nelson, Felt & Fur and BLXPLTN

You can view the full gallery over at the Dallas Observer. And definitely give Ed Steele, Thin Line's director of photography, a look through for some more great photo coverage.

Decatur gets "trashy" with Glitzy Girls Trailer Park by Brian Maschino

Moseying around the gay rodeo by Brian Maschino

I spent two days this weekend covering the Texas Gay Rodeo Association's "Texas Traditions Rodeo," a gay rodeo up in Denton at Diamond T Arena. First time at this arena, and first time at a gay rodeo.

The TGRA knows how to put on a fun rodeo, and I'm now eyes-wide-open to the gay rodeo world and would love to see more.