Sunset Over Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend

Check out this wonderful sunset over the Santa Elena Canyon from the Sotol Vista Overlook in Big Bend National Park. You can see Santa Elena canyon throught the sotols as the sun went over the mountains in the distance view looking toward Mexico from Big Bend Park. The Santa Elena Canyon are some of the tallest cliffs in the area and rise up to 1500 ft down to the Rio Grande river below. Santa Elena Canyon is the most impressive in Big Bend National Park and can be seen from ten miles away. It is a good distance from the main area of the park and will take about an hour drive. Sotol Vista Overlook is one of the places to capture the canyon which is located off the Ross Maxwel scenic drive and from this view point you can see the entire western side of Big Bend Naitonal Park. This is one of my favorite images we captured on this trip to Big Bend, we have tried to capture a good sunset from the Sotal Vista Overlook in Big Bend National Park before from this same location before but the weather and hazy skies just did not coorperate till today. The Santa Elen This evening we were rewarded with a wonderful colorful sunset over the solols at the overlook and we are very happy for that.

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Another image of the beautiful and colorful sunset over the Santa Elena Canyon in Big Ben National Park.

Night Stars At the Ranch

In Texas we say everything is bigger that includes the stars in the Milky Way we just capture in this nightscapes in this summer sky over this ranch land in the Hill Country. These days it is now getting harder and harder to capture those stars images because of light polution from even small towns so we have to travel farther and farther out in the Texas Hill Country to capture a night sky where there a lot of stars without a lot of light pollution. In this image we had to go west past Llano Texas just to find an area where we could even see the milky way. We did manage to find a ranch with freshly cut haybales and waited till the Milky Way was just right and then waited for the cars to go by and light paint the haybales just enough so we had a soft light on them.

Milkyway Over Haybales

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This is another capture of the milky way over the haybales deep in the heart of Texas. The milkyway can be seen from this angle in Texas late at night in the evening only a few times a year so we took advantage and capture a few shots. The milkyway is the galaxy that contains our solar system. The term milky is derived from the appearance from earth of the galaxy. The stars that make up the milky way are giant, luminous spheres of plasma and the galaxies consist of stars, stellar remnants, dust, gas, and dark matter, bound together by gravity. It is not alway easy to see the stars or the milky way because of light pollution in our area so we travel west where there is less pollution but you have to go to Big Bend area inorder to get really dark skies in Texas. For us this time it was not possible to go there, but we were able to capture the milky way out past Llano Texas.  We alway like to have something in our images that has meaning that shows a sense of place to our images.  We came across this simple traditional Texas scene of haybales in a field at  a ranch in the Texas Hill Country west of Llano Texas and like the look.  We like this field of haybales with the backdrop of the milky way in the view what could be better.   In this image we allowed the cars to light paint the haybales so we could bring it out better in the image.  Every starry nightscape in the Texas Hill country we have  photographed has some light pollution however when we are photographying it you don’t see any lights not sure where it is coming from.  Even in this photo you can see the light pollution creeping in but the awesome milkyway over rides a little light pollution in this Texas night skies image with the milkyway of the galaxy clearly in view. 

Oak Alley at Sunrise

Oak Alley at Sunrise – This was a look into the past that has been frozen in time at our visit of Oak Alley Plantation this last year. To get the feel of the place, we stayed on the property in one of the freed slaves cottages on the property which really helped you get a feel of what life might of been like in the past. In these images we captured the great old oak trees at Oak Alley Plantation at sunrise including the mansion and the other great oaks which have been here for more than 300 years. The Oak Alley plantation landscape is really a beautiful place to visit with a great sense of history both the good and the bad as it pertains to slavery. Our visit to the Oak Alley plantation left us with a sense of what was like for all that live there from the one who lived in the Mansion to the families that were enslaves and work and lived on the property. The property was designated a National Historic Landmark for its architecture and landscaping, and for the agricultural innovation of grafting pecan trees, performed there in 1846–47 by an enslaved gardener.

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Oak Alley Sunrise –  Early morning at Oak Alley plantation. The sun is just filtering through theses 300 year old trees on the plantation and light the path to the mansion.  The house was positioned to enhance the trees presence on the plantation and they seem to create this wonderful canopy over the house and sidewalk area. No one knows who planted these oaks trees but they seem to know exacty where they thought the house should be place because they seem to have are perfect path to the Mississippi.  This was a working sugar plantation which was manned by slavery as was the case during this era in the deep south.  The slave live on the property on the other side in their own housing area while their home may have mulitple familes living under the same roof in crowed miserable conditions.  The historical property is beaufiful today and has been well maintained and these oak are what drew us there. These are big and beautiful live oak trees on very nice grounds some refer to this area as oak valley or seven oaks.   This part of the community of  Vacherie St James Parish in Louisiana located on the west bank of the Mississippi River. The property was purchase by Varlcour Aimes in 1830 but exchanged with Jacques Roman and he started building the mansion the following year the style of the house is Greek Revival with his father in law Joseph Pilie as his architect. Later on the property was sold several time and finaly ended up in the hands of Josphine Stewart as a gift from her husband.  She started extensive restoration of the old mansion which had fallen into disrepare over the years but ended up not being able afford the cost to keep it up. Josephine Stewart ended up leaving it to the Oak Alley Foundation in 1972 which open it to the public.l  Oak Alley Plantation is like a world frozen in time with it history dating back to the mid 1800’s. Oak Alley became a National Historic Landmark for its architectural and landscaping along with it grafting of pecans done by an enslaved gardner in 1846-47.  

Oak Alley Live Oaks

This is an sunrise landscape image of the wonderful live oak trees at Oak Alley Plantation. These old live oak trees are known to be over 300 years old and they were there even before there was a plantation or house on the property, but no one seems to knows who planted them, but we are glad they did. The plantation runs along the side of Mississippi river in the community of Vacherie, St. James Parish, Louisiana, U.S. This plantation was planted with sugar cane by slaves who live in the southern US and years before the grand old mansion was built these tree were already in place and somehow they knew right where they needed to be for the walkway from the house to the mississippi river. The trees there are amazing and we wanted to show you can do a triptych or multiple panel image from one image on our site to add that punch to a room. There are several reasons you might want to do a mulitple frame image; it allow the image to cover more wall space than a single image, it has modern look, also a mulitple panel images add a unique look to a photo and will be a show stopper and add that wow factor to the room. Please contact us if your interested in one of the split images style of photos.

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This is a three split panel of the trees at Oak Alley plantation at sunrise from a single image. This tree landscape image of the oak alley live oak trees are available as a three panel image.  This style is call a split panel or a Triptych image.  In a triptych each image will have two or more panels of the images. This is the sample of how the panel would be broken down to give you an idea of what it would look like once it is printed.  If you need to fill a larger area with one photo a triptych image is perfect because it can cover a much larger space than a single image can. Please contact us if your interested in a split panel image of a photograph we will be happy to discuss your project with you. Watermarks will not appear on the images.

Dallas Skyline Panorama

Iconic Dallas skyline panorama after dark. This cityscape has the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the Bank of America, Fountain Plaza, Reunion Tower, Omni, along with many other high rises in the downtown area. Dallas has an impressive number of skyscraper in the downtown part of the city and is the third most populous city in Texas. The tallest building is the Bank of America Plaza which stands at 921 feet and the second tallest is the Renaissance Tower at 886 feet. Out of the top ten of the tallest buildings in the southern United States Dallas has three of the tallest buildings in Texas and Houston has seven. The downtown sits along the Trinity River where the town was founded and the city grew from it oil and cotton industry along the railroads, now business is mostly banking, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare and medical research, and transportation and logistic. This metropolitan area lead the nation as one of the nations largest employer and metropolitan area’s economy is the 10th largest in the world. We loved this image because we were able to capture such a large area of the downtown area of the city however this area is no longer available to photograph from. So we can only hope next time we go back we can find a similar site to capture the city from.

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Dallas Skyline Panorama Night – Dallas skyline panorama after dark with all the cities skyscapers and iconic sites. This cityscape has the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the Bank of America, Fountain Plaza, Reunion Tower, Omni, along with many other high rises in the downtown area.  Dallas has an impressive number of skyscraper in the downtown part of the city and is the third most populous city in Texas.  The tallest building is the Bank of America Plaza which stands at 921 feet and the second tallest is the Renaissance Tower at 886 feet.  Out of the top ten of the tallest buildings in the southern United States Dallas has three of the tallest buildings in Texas and Houston has seven. The downtown sits along the Trinity River where the town was founded and the city grew from it oil and cotton industry along the railroads, now business is mostly banking, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare and medical research, and transportation and logistic.  Dallas metropolitan lead the nation as one of the nations largest employer and metropolitan area’s economy is the 10th largest in the world. We loved this image because we were able to capture such a large area of the downtown area of Dallas however this area is no longer available to photograph from.  We hope next time we go back we can find a similar site to capture the city from.  

Austin Skyline

Another one of my favorite Austin skyline panoramas we have captured along Lady Bird Lake. Just as twilight began you can still some of the sunset colors still in the sky as the cityscape lights the high rise buildings along the shoreline of Lady Bird Lake in downtown area of the city. For years now high rise building along Austin Lady Bird Lake have made it difficult to capture a good skyline because there are so many cranes and still we have many new skyscrapers on their way. However, from this view you can still capture a decent skyline image along Lady Bird Lake at least for now.

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Austin Skyline Twilight Panorama – We captured this Austin Skyline twilight panorama of the city right after sunset as their was still some light and color in the sky from along the Ladybird Lake hike and bike trail in downtown. We thought the modern Austin skyline twilight with the high rise building were brilliant against the violet colors at twilight with just a hint of the sunset colors still viewable along with the many skyscraper buildings like the Frost, Austonian, Four Season Hotel, Austin 360 and the W along with many others high rise building all crowding together along the shoreline. You can see the reflection of the skyline in Ladybird lake,  but come back in a year or two and it will likely be different. The city skyline has been changing very fast over the last four or five years as new construction is popping up with new high rise buildings almost every six or seven months in this town.  Austin is home to the Texas Capital and the University of Texas along with many tech companies including Apple, Amazon, IBM, Oracle,  google, intel to name a few and the growth has been crazy it is fastest growing city in the US in 2016.  The metro plex of Austin-Round Rock is over two million people and all you need to do is drive on IH35, or MoPac  you will swear all two million are on the roads with you.  Austin has government employees, students, teachers,  tech companies, tech workers, musicians, plus blue collar workers.  Austin is also where the slogan of Keep Austin Weird, which was the city attemp to protect small business and restaurants from its incredibly fast growth. Austin also refers to itself as the Live Music Capital for it many musicians and venues where you can hear live music around the city. Austin also has plenty of lakes with Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin in the city limits and Lake Travis is within 20 miles to the west in the hill country. 

Texas Sunrise Bluebonnet Field

We captured this field of Texas bluebonnets at sunrise with these wonderful colors in the sky over this large crop of flower along the Colorado river. One of the better sites for bluebonnet fields this past spring that we captured right at sunrise. Not every year is bumper crop for bluebonnets and other wildflowers and this crop in the Texas Hill Country was not as good as years past but every years spring flowers are different. I like this one best for this past years bluebonnets because we had nice clouds that were back lit as the sunrise came over the hills and briefly had this nice golden glow in the clouds in the sky and warmed up this wonderful field of spring bluebonnets. Thanks for looking, enjoy!

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Captured this at sunrise as the sun came up it cast this golden glow over the clouds and lake with a little light on the bluebonnets.  We thought it made a nice texas landscape image of this great field of blueblonnet at the lake in the texas hill country. Springtime in Texas is my favorite time because of the wildflowers we can all thank Lady Bird for help in making spring special every year.

Colorful San Antonio Riverwalk

Colorful San Antonio Riverwalk – San Antonio riverwalk is a great place to visit when you come to the city. This image capture the colorful umbrellas along the river walk. The San Antonio riverwalk is with a mile of river with shops and cafes and hotels all along the river banks in downtown area of the city. Near this area is the Towers of America which was part of the Hemisfair park which stands at 750 feet with a revolving viewing area. San Antonio is located in central Texas and has a rich history from the battle for Texas Independence with Mexico at the Alamo. Other historical landmark in the city include the San Antonio 18th century Spanish Missions which have been preserved as museums as part of the citys history. In any case coming to the riverwalk is one of the top places to visit while there. San Antonio has a strong mexican heritage which can be seen through out the city with it architecture and restaurants, market, colorful places along the riverwalk and many other examples of it mexican heritage. The city offers you many activities and the riverwalk is a must see if you want to get a feel of what San Antonio is all about. The river walk is one of the most popular places to visit for tourist and locals alike there is many different flavors of cusines to pick from, hotels, shopping, and music venues along with the city water taxis to take you anywhere along the river you need to go.

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San Antonio River Walk  – Another great evening along the scenic San Antonio river walk in downtown. This popular tourist attraction has some wonderful places to enjoy a meal on the river or take a stroll for the several miles along this scenic site in the heart of San Antonio Texas. You can’t help but love these colorful umbrellas at the Casa Rio on the river walk.  The San Antonio riverwalk is one of SA top travel destination in the city.  If you do not feel up to walking you can alway catch a river boat along the river walk. Always something to see or do on the riverwalk in downtown San Antonio.

Houston Stunning Aerial Skyline Sunset

Stunning aerial panorama of the Houston skyline right as the sunset behind us and the clouds were backlighted with these wonderful colors of the sunset reflecting in the tall buildings that make up down town Houston. We got up close and personal in this image so we could capture it with the highway and all these modern skycrapers in the skyline from this angle of the city in downtown area looking toward the Theater District. This is a popular spot for the performing arts and it runs along the Buffalo Bayou in downtown. Using a aerial drone allowed us the ability to capture the image from a different perspective and since we use a full frame professional camera for our aerial images it has the highest resolution possible so it can be enlarged up to 108 x 35 without loss of any detail. Houston has a beautiful skyline on any day but today was exceptional with the help of our drone, so thanks for looking.

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Houston Sunset Skyline Pano – Capture this aerial panorama of Houston Sunset Skyline right as the sun was setting and as it was going down it started to back light these wonderful clouds over the city with these wonderful colors of orange, pinks and yellows. We wanted to capture downtown Houston skyline with IH45 in view so an aerial was our best option so this area of the cityscape is looking at the Theater district of the city. Houston also has a reputation of a place to see top notched performing art along with access to several museums in the area. The Theater distric performing art has nine major performing art group along with six performance halls. You can see Opera, a plays, the ballet and any number of music events including the well known Houston Symphony Orchestra. Houston is a large city with a population around 2.3 million people which makes it the fourth most populous city in the US and the biggest in Texas and the southern US. The skyline of Houston is a very impressive site with some of the tallest modern skyscrapers buildings in the US. In this image you can see the Heritage Plaza, Chevron, Wells Fargo and the tallest building in Houston the J P Morgan Chase Tower at 1002 ft and it is the 17 tallest in the US. Houston is the seat of Harris county and was founded in 1837 near the banks of the Buffalo Bayou or Allen Landing as it is called today. The city was name after General San Houston after he won the battle of San Jacinto. Houston has been a growing city because of the port of houston and railroads along with oil boom from the early 1901. Houston has other industry that have made it thrive in america such as energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. Also NASA mission control is located in the city. Houston has also taken the lead on health care with many people coming to the Medical Center for top notch doctors and hospital with the latest advancement in medical care. Houston stock.

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McLane Stadium Baylor University Waco Texas

We captured the McLane Stadium in Waco owned and operated by Baylor University and home to the Baylor Bears in this aerial panorama at sunset. Using our aerial camera we were able to capture this panorama with the Brazos river and the McLane stadium plus the cable stay bridge just as the sky picked up these wonderful colors of oranges and pinks and blue at sunset. You can see the light were on in the blue phase on the cable stay bridge on IH35 which help to enhance this image of the stadium. The cable stay bridge is slowly changing color after dusk and with this incredible colors of oranges, pinks and yellow at twilight we felt we had succeeded in a nice image of the stadium. The stadium was just complete in 2014 and has a seating capacity of 45,140 and is expandable to 55,000. The stadium is located on the north bank of the Brazos river and fan can arrive at the stadium by boat and they can tailgait in the Baylor Basin next to the stadium. Not every universtiy can boast that feature. The unique horseshoe design of the stadium leave one side open to the brazos river and the university.. The name was changed to McLane Stadium in December 2013 to honor alumnus and business magnate Drayton McLane, Jr., who provided the lead gift for the stadium construction. The cost of the stadium was 266 million dollars to complete. The goal was to build a first class stadium for Baylor University and bring it back to campus but also to serve not only as the front door to Baylor University but also as the East anchor of downtown Waco and also contribute to the growth of Waco along with development along the Brazos Riverfront.

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Baylor McLane Stadium Sunset Pano – This is an aerial panorama capture of the Baylor University McLane Stadium in Waco with this view looking back over the waters of the Brazos river and the IH 35 stay bridge that runs along the side of the stadium just as the sun set and the sky lite up with colors of pink, reds, and orange glow. This stadium is part of the Baylor University campus and is home to the Baylor Bears team. A wonderful new stadium for Baylor and in this image we were able to capture this as an aerial panorama with this wonderful sunset looking back up the Brazos river towards the new stay bridge with their blue lights on. Sometime you just can’t capture an image from the ground and an aerial image allows us the ability to get a better vantage point where we were able to capture a better view of the stadium plus the blue led lighted stay bridge on IH35 or Jack Kultgen Freeway which goes over the Brazos river in Waco all in one shot with this wonderful sunset as a backdrop. This stay bridge is relativity new and has the ability to change to different colored led lights that slowly cycle to different colors phases around dusk which pops much better with this nice sunset glow you can see they were in their blue phase at this time which was a perfect backdrop for this image. Good sunset are hard to find and on this day we were bless with a great one but not enough time to send the drone up again. Next time maybe!

We captured this image of the McLane Stadium at Baylor University right at twilight as the sky was lighting the clouds with these wonderful pink color over the stadium on the north bank of Brazos river. You can also see the soft green lights in the stadium that we thought made this image pop. This stadium offically open in August 2014 against the SMU where the Bears were able to defeat them 45-0. This is a good size stadium that has a capacity of 45,140 and can be expanded to 55,000 if needed. This stadium also sits on the north side of the Brazos River and their is a nice pedestrian bridge to cross over the Brazos river so people can cross from the university or can catch a ride on a boat. This is probably the only stadium that fans can arrive by boat and tailgate in the Baylor Basin next to the stadium.

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Sunset Over McLane Stadium –  Another catch of the Waco Baylor Bears McLane stadium as the sunset left these wonderful pink clouds in the sky from across the Brazos river with the cool green glowing lights on inside the stadium on this evening right after sunset going into twilight. We are so glad we were able to capture this wonderful architecture of the McLane Stadium. This stadium architecture is unique and very attractive along the seating set up to look across the Brazos river to universtiy campus. We love the beauty of this new stadium I am sure the Baylor Bears are very proud of this new iconic landmark to their city.

We wanted to show a capture after dark of the McLane stadium in Waco in a panorama. This stadium is owned and operated by Baylor University. It is a beautiful stadium day or night with the Brazos river on one side and IH35 on the other side. After dark you can see the McLane Stadium with all the lights on which gives an impressive site from across the water with nice reflections of the lights in the Brazos River and in this pano you can also see the lights on the pedestrian crossing bridge over the river from the campus of Baylor University. You will also note the soft green lights inside the seating which give a ghostly look to the stadium at night.This stadium was just completed and officaly opened in August 2014 for their first game with SMU which they defeated 45-0 a good beginning game. The stadium features the Baylor club, a dining and event spaced on the west side. In addition to sporting events Baylor and city of Waco plan to host concerts and other city events in the stadium. In addition the stadium has a large HD LED video board for viewing plays. The board is 5,029 square feet, ranking as the 13th largest college football video board in the nation at the time it opened. This new stadium is part of a plan to be the front door to Waco and enhance the growth along the Brazos and downtown Waco.

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McLane Stadium Twilight Pano – Another capture of the McLane Stadium with the building and pedestrian bridge in a pano with the lights on against a twilight blue hour sky with with clouds left over from sunset for a stunning look.  The Brazos river capture some nice reflections from the lights of the McLane Stadium where the Baylor University Bears play their games.  We capture this as a panorama so you can also see the the pedestrian bridge that crosses over the Brazos river in this panorama.