Hill Country Rest Stop at Sunset

 

 

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Hill Country Rest Stop at Sunset – We captured this hill country rest stop right at sunset. This rest stop in the Texas hill country was a suprise as it was a new one along our travels in the hills. It had this lovely tree with some nice looking yuccas and picnic table all to make your rest pleasant. We love that we captured the sunset through the nice live oak tree. Live oaks do not drop their leaves in the winter and this highway rest stop in the hill country had a lot of great live oak trees. The hill country has some wonderful scenery if you know where to find it. We have travel this area for many years chasing wildflowers and fall colors but this time it was the sunset that got our attention.

Edisto Island Tree Tunnel SC

Edisto Island Tree Tunnel SC

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Edisto Island Dirt Road Charleston SC – A wonderful dark brooding dirt road going toward Botany Bay at edisto island as the sun filters through the trees. The light and shadow are intense to the point of very little light filtering though the trees that what we like about it. It a tree tunnel with a sense of magical mystery as the tree branches hang low over the road with shadow and some light filtering through the trees. These tree tunnels in the deep south are nature taking back the forest. I call it tree or forest art because they can hauntingly beautiful.

Gruene Dance Hall New Braunsfels Texas

Gruene Dance Hall New Braunsfels Texas – This vintage dance hall is still open today and is a popular spot for tourist and locals to visit.

 

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Gruene Hall – Gruene is an area located just within New Braunfels city limits which was created in the 1940a by German immigrant the Ernst Gruene family which is also the towns name. Also the name Gruene is pronounced ‘Green’. The Gruene led the way to build a community for the cotton farmers. This is the oldest dance hall in Texas built somewhere in the late 1878 by the Gruene as he started this community just outside of New Braunsfel Tx. Gruene Hall is still in business today with a saloon and dance hall where western swing is still happening. Many big name country singers have performed here like Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson to name a few. This image capture the water tower which stands behind the dance hall on a nice cloudy day. Gruene is like going back in time so from the dance hall to the general store it will take you back to a simpler time. Gruene is visited by many as it is one of the top destinations for tourist to visit in the Texas hill country year round. It is located in New Braufels which is a maybe 20 minutes from San Antonio.

CoastalTranquility

Coastal Tranquilty -This captures the beach along the Texas coast using as the surf rolls in as the clouds billow up from the horizon making for a beautiful scene of serenity.

 

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Coastal-Tranquility – Surf up, what more can I say sandy beach, ocean waves, and sky is all you need in this image to see along the Texas coast for one of those wonderful moments in time. This is mustang island State Park in Port Aransas and it was getting later in the afternoon and we did a long exposure on the water as the tide was coming in to softening the waves along the beach with a low angle capture across the wet sand. One of those perfect beachy kind of days with a great sky over the perfect ocean view. This is along the Texas coast south of Port A and looking out over the gulf of mexico. Alway love a nice blue sky with puffy white clouds and ripples in the wet sand as the tide comes in. We had planned to stay a little later but a car got stuck in the deep sand only exit and if another car got stuck well we would be on the beach for the night. Not wanting to spend the night on the beach we decided we better get out before someone decided they could help them get out of the sand and they would get stuck too. You simple cannot stop or you most likely will get stuck. The sign at the entrance said four wheel drive only but some people couldn’t read. We had to make a mad dash out before it was too late but thought we managed to capture some nice beachscapes along this stretch of the beach.

Historic Mason County Courthouse

If you have not heard, Yesterday On Feb 5th the 111 year old historic Mason County courthouse was burned down.  The courthouse was being prepared for renovation and all the county records had been previously removed, according to the Texas Historical Commission. This was the third Mason County courthouse and also sadly the third one to burn down. I’m glad we were able to photograph it when we were out chasing bluebonnets last spring.  I read this morning that a suspect is in custody for suspected arson of this historic structure.

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Mason County Courthouse Side View – The Historic Mason County Courthouse side view of the courthouse building located in Mason, Texas

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Mason County Courthouse – The Mason County Courthouse is located in Mason, Texas

Texas Capitol Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree  – Downtown Austin Christmas Tree at the Texas Capitol is just one of the many fun things to do this holiday season. Seeing the Christmas tree in downtown Austin with the ever changing lights and rotating colorful light make for a very special thing to do in Austin over the holidays

 

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Seeing the Christmas tree in downtown Austin with the ever changing lights and rotating colorful light make for a very special thing to do in Austin over the holidays. Austin has many events for the holiday with the trail of lights and the zilker christmas tree along with a bike parade and many other events.

UT Tower 2020 Graduation

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UT Tower 2020 Graduation Sunrise –  A capture of the UT Tower in Orange in downtown Austin right as the sky was lighting up before sunrise. You could see the bright orange tower from a long distance away this early morning. The tower was in full color of burnt orange this morning due to graduation for 2020. It not often you see the tower in full color in this image we choose to show this landmark building before sunrise as they turn the lights off at sun comes up. The UT Tower can be seen from many locations in downtown Austin. UT Austin is a flagship school know for it research in science and medicine along with advance educational opportunities. Austin UT campus covers over 40 acres and maintains a large student population. The UT Tower is located in the center of campus and is the tallest building at 307 feet so it can be seen from many locations.  This years graduation was different than most due to the covid pandemic so they kept the tower lite for two days.

Austin Pennybacker Bridge Sunset

Austin Pennybacker Bridge Sunset – Another aerial capture of the Austin 360 bridge as the bald cypress display their fall colors along the waters edge in a panorama at dusk.

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Austin Pennybacker Bridge Sunset – An aerial capture of the Austin Pennybacker bridge as the bald cypress display their fall colors along the waters edge in a panorama at dusk. The Austin Pennybacker bridge or Austin 360 bridge as many call it, as it crosses Lake Austin as it join the area to north and south together. This area is consider the beginning edge to the Texas Hill country. You can see the orange to red colors in the bald cypress along the lake as the still waters allow their reflections back into the water. Through out the hill side you see a pop of colors as the red oaks start to display their colors against a backdrop of the ash junipers which are green year round. You can see the Austin skyline in the distance view taken with the glow as the sunset begins to get lower in the sky. You can see the sun reflecting back from one of the buildings in downtown Austin as the sun set in the distance. Always a good day when you can capture an Austin 360 Bridge sunset with the city skyline.

Fall Colors at Austin Pennybacker Bridge

Fall Colors at Austin Pennybacker Bridge – Another aerial capture of the Austin 360 bridge as the bald cypress display their fall colors along the waters edge. In the distant view you can see downtown Austin.

 

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Fall Colors at Austin Pennybacker Bridge – Another aerial capture of the Austin 360 bridge as the bald cypress display their fall colors along the waters edge. The Austin Pennybacker bridge or Austin 360 bridge as many call it, as it crosses Lake Austin as it join the area to north and south together. This area is consider the beginning edge to the Texas Hill country. You can see the orange to red colors in the bald cypress along the lake as the still waters allow their reflections back into the water. Through out the hill side you a pop of colors as the red oaks start to display their colors against a backdrop of the ash junipers which are green year round. You can see the Austin skyline in the distance view.

Austin Skyline Along Lady Bird Lake in Fall

Austin Skyline Along Lady Bird Lake in Fall – Fall can be fleeting in Texas, but we do have a short window where the bald cypress and red oaks come togther to create this autumn landscape scenery. The bald cypress turn from an orange to a red to a rusty color along the lake the red oaks are sprinkled through out the area. This is an aerial capture looking toward downtown Austin along Lady Bird Lake or Town Lake as many that have lived here for a while still call it from Zilker park. Austin Texas lady bird lake is actually part of the Highland lakes Colorado river chain which flows from the hill country into lake travis and lake austin into Lady bird lake where it then flow all the way to the coast. Along it way create this recreational spot near Zilker park where people utilize the water with their sups, canoes, or whatever as you an see lot of people on the lake today. Zilker Park is over 350 acres where people come to enjoy all that is offered in the area including picnic tables, soccer, Barton Springs, hike and biking trails which run through the park area and beyond. Actually people were everwhere in the parks today, on the water in their canoes, sups all enjoying the nice day with blue skies and the water was flowing only slightly with allow reflection from of the clouds in the water. You can even see the state capitol dome top in the far left of skyline in the scene for another beautiful day in Austin Texas.

 

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Austin Skyline Along Lady Bird Lake in Fall – Fall is fleeting in Texas, but we do have a short window where the bald cypress and red oaks come togther to create this autumn landscape scenery. The bald cypress turn from an orange to a red to a rusty color along the lake the red oaks are sprinkled through out the area. This is an aerial capture looking toward downtown Austin along Lady Bird Lake or Town Lake as many that have lived here for a while still call it from Zilker park.