Fred Hartman Bridge BW – This image of the Fred Hartman Bridge in black and white as a pelican flys over is our photo of the day. The Fred Hartman Bridge in black and white really brings out the architecture of the bridges structure in this landscape image. This is another one of the cable stay bridges and the longest at 2.6 miles that have been built in Texas in the last twenty or so years. The other popular cable stay bridge is the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas which has become a iconic site in the cities skyline. The Fred Hartman bridge crosses the Houston ship channel between Baytown and La Porte Texas. The bridge is the replacement for the previous Baytown tunnel because the ship channel need to be dug deeper to allow for larger ships to flow through the ship channel. I remember us driving through the Baytown tunnel on our way to the beach when I was a child and being afraid it would collape on us as we were going through. It was just my childhood claustrophobia kicking in as far as I know it never collapsed. It is certainly an impressive site to see new Fred Hartman Bridge in this Texas cityscape of the Houston ship channel.
Sunset at Fred Hartman Bridge – This cable stay bridge called the Fred Hartman Bridge is located out side of Houston Texas in the ship channel. The bridge was built to replace the Baytown tunnel when the channel had to be deepen for larger ships. This unique architectural bridge was completed in 1995. The bridge was named after Fred Hartman the editor and publisher of the Baytown Sun from 1950-1974. We had a hard time picking which image to select of the sunset at Fred Hartman Bridge on the ship channel outside of Houston to put on our website we took so many. This bridge is 2.6 miles long and spans across the ship channel from Baytown to La Porte Texas. The ship channel bridge is a cable stay bridge and is the longest bridge of it type in Texas. This bridge is the 77 largest in the world and one of four in Texas. The wonderful sunset at the Fred Hartman Bridge today made it difficult to pick which images to showcase as we had this incredible sky as sun set over the bridge.
We captured this Heavenly Texas coastal sunrise as it was coming up from under the Caldwell fishing pier at Port Aransas sea shore as we walked along the beach early morning. You never know what the surf will bring in and today we found some red sea weed on to the beach with the tide from the night before. This heavenly texas coastal sunrise landscape today with the nice waves and wonderful colorful sky is a great way to view the beach. This is a favorite vacation spot on the texas beach where many come tourist and texans come to enjoy what it has to offer. This laid back community is always fun with it many fishing, swimming, bird watching, opportunities along with many other things to do. Port Aransas is a city on Mustang Island along the Texas coast. The Gulf of Mexico has many beaches and fish-filled waterways that tourist have been visiting this area for many years. There are many things to do here like the Turnbull birding center where you can see all kinds of birds along with a alligators or two along the boardwalk. Also the Roberts Point Park offers an observation tower for bay views. You can also catch a boat out to the secluded San José Island while there. The island has a very laid back atmosphere with some great restaurants and music venues.
Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway bridge at Padre Island is the only road to South Padre from Port Isabel which connect to the mainland. Oueen Isabella Memorial Causeway is the second longest bridge in Texas at 2.4 mmiles long. The Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway crosses Laguna Madre and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Tourist come here for the blue waters and mild temperture along with miles of white sandy beaches and every year during spring break padre island is overrun with young from all around. Padre Island is located in south Texas and not far from Mexico USA border. Also in the early morning hours of Sept 15, 2001 a barge ran into the Oueen Isabella Causeway and cause a portion to collapse and eight people lost their life as they drove over the edge and into the water below. The Oueen Isabella Causeway at Padre Island was repair with additional safety feature so that this would not happen again.
If you happen to be in the area during your travels checkout the Big Bend Fossil Exhibit in the Big Bend National Park. We came upon the Fossil Discovery exhibit about 8 miles from Panther Junction in an open air pavillian. Also there is a short trail with geologic points of interest that overlooks the area. In this photo you have an large room with a T-Rey bronze cast head of a Tyrannosaurus Rex which ruled the land and a Deinosuchus, a giant alligator or terrible crocodile head as it was called which probably ate T-Rex should he get too close to the waters edge and to cover the sky we had a flying reptile named Xiphactinus with a wing span of 36 feet. The fossil exhibit contains many other creature which were part of the inland sea for exhibit and was opened to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016. It is the first addition to the park in 50 years at a cost of 1.4 million dollars. Also the fossil exhibit is fully accessible with a nearby picnic area and fossil themed play area for children.
Mission San Jose in San Antonio as the sun creates this sun burst twinkle from the steeple at the the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo is a historic Catholic mission which is located in San Antonio, Texas, United States. Mission San Jose in San Antonio is also a member of the World Heritage site since 2015. The mission was founded in 1720 after other missions were filling up and there was a need for more room. San Jose mission was set up for the native American and gave the Coahuiltecan tribe who lived in the compound a sense of security and safety. The outer wall was built around the main part of the mission and the rooms were built into the walls. Mission San Jose in San Antonio is an active church and services are still performed today including weddings and funeral. The park’s Visitor’s Center is also located in Mission San José. This one of the five mission that are part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and is heavily visited by tourist and locals in San Antonio Texas.
The Alamo at Sunrise in San Antonio – Our latest early morning capture of the Alamo in San Antonio at sunrise with this wonderful color in the sky. The Alamo was originally known as Misión San Antonio de Valero and was founded as a Catholic mission in 18th century as a mission and fortress compound along with educational purpose for the American Indian. Today it is part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and is a World Heritage Site. This historic landmark site is part of the San Antonio cityscape which draws thousand of tourist year round to come to the mission and discover the historic significance of this place. The Alamo is treated with a lot of reverence so be respectful when inside at all times. Today it is part of San Antonio greatest tourist attraction because of it contribution to history. During the revolution a small number of Texians were at the compound when the Mexican Army attacked and kill most who were left inside and burned some of the place down. Many know the history of Battle of the Alamo as William Travis and his men like Daniel Boon and Jim Bowie fought Santa Anna Army. The Alamo was brought back to life when the Daughter of the Republic in 1835 started trying to preserve it and had maintained until 2015 when the Texas Land Office took over the site. Today it is probably one of the most popular tourist spots in the state of Texas.
The Mission San Francisco de la Espada or just Mission Espada, which it is called by most, was established in 1731 in San Antonio Texas near the river. It was originally in Weches Texas in 1690 but was transfered to San Antonio in 1731. The area that house the priest and the church were established later part of 1700’s. The mission was set up to resemble a Spanish village with Spanish culture. The mission inhabitants mostly Native Americans ended up needing to learn skills like masonry and carpentry and blacksmithing along with needing to learn weaving skill to make clothes for the people in the village. The Mission Espada chapel has a unique door and archway and this style can bee seen around the city today. In 1836 there was fires that destroy most of the mission only the chapel, the granary and two compound walls were left at the Mission Espada. This site has been preserved to what it is now and it now part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park that officially open in 1983 and has now become a world heritage site. There is still Just north of the mission is the Espada Aqueduct which is still well preserve today which brought the water to the mission and the area. Today there are five missions including the Alamo which are some of the most visited site for tourist to visit in the city of San Antonio as each mission is different with their unique architecture. The Mission Espada chapel has a unique door and archway. All the missions still hold church services today along with weddings and funerals. The Mission Espada is one of four missions, along with the Alamo, which have been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO). The Land for the Historical Park was donated by the city, county, state, Catholic Church and San Antonio Conservation Society. Today this is one of the most popular sites to visit when tourist visit the city of San Antonio.