Austin Aerial Skyline- Zilker Christmas Tree with the Austin skyline in the background. Every year after Thanksgiving the tree is lit with over 3000 lights and since it stand at 155 ft it is the tallest man made tree in the US. Actually it is a moon tower built in the early 1900 to improve lighting in the downtown part of the city. Lucky for us it makes a great christmas tree.
Queen Isabella Causeway after Dark Pano – Looking out on the Queen Isabella Causeway after dark you can still see a little color left in the sky from the sunset earlier in the evening. This bridge is two miles long and is the only route in to South Padre Island. The light on the bridge are reflecting back in the water after dark. The Queen Isabella Causeway is about two miles long and is the sole source for getting to the island from the mainland by vehicals. In 2001 a barge hit the bridge and destroyed a 160 foot section and till it was rebuilt the people had to travel by ferry to get to and from the island for several months till it was repair. Also a special note for those who lost their lives on that tragic night.
Oueen Isabella Memorial Causeway Panorama – Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway Bridge is the only road to South Padre Island from Port Isabel. Many tourist come to Padre Island for the blue waters and the miles of white sandy beaches. The area is also supported by commercial fishing, tourism, and the petroleum industry. In 1978 the Port Isabel Ship Channel was dredged to thirty-six feet in depth and 200 feet in bottom width to allow larger barges and ship. South Padre island is located in south Texas and not far from the Mexico US border. This is in far south Texas but it is visited by many who come for all over for the nice subtropical weather and white sandy beaches every year. This is also a popular spot for spring break but it also has a large RV following especially in the off seasons.
Fall in the Texas Hill Country – Texas hill country landscape canvas and prints – This is the clear waters of the Frio River as it flow downstream from Garner State Park with the cypress trees and maple trees lining the river showing their fall color on this day. The sun was just at the right level to send it rays through this cypress tree and shine down into the river and show all the river rocks. Autumn in the Texas hill country is my favorite time of the year it can be colorful as the cypress turn this rusty shade of orange to red and the maple change from yellow to orange along the blue green waters of the Frio river in this texas landscape. In the background you can see Old Baldy from the other side of Garner State Park a favorite climbing spot for many to the area.
Fall at Garner State Park – Texas Landscape Fall Prints and Canvas – The long branches of the cypress trees stretch out their limbs over the Frio river as it flows downstream toward the Old Baldy before it makes a turn downstream. You can see the fall rusty red colors in the cypress trees along the bank of the Frio. The sun was shining on the other side and you can see the color changes of the maples and reflect the colors back into the waters. After some heavy rains the water was flowing on the Frio river through Garner State Park so the cypress were in the water so I waded out into the cold waters and capture this image so I could capture Old Baldy in the back ground in this photo.
Austin Zilker Christmas Tree and Trail of Lights – This is image of the skyline with the Austin Trail of Lights along with Zilker Chrismas Tree in view. We capture this image with all the iconic high rise buildings like the Frost, the Austonian, Austin 360 and many of the new building recently built. This is an Austin tradition since the 60’s. Every year starting in December the trail opens to the public with all of the holiday christmas themes along the trail or you can go dazzle yourself by spinning under the oversize Christmas tree of lights! This makes an excellent christmas card too for your employees, friends, and family.
Ozarks Covered Bridge in Fall – We came across this covered bridge in the back road of the Ozarks with it fall orange colors of the maples were on display next to the covered bridge that crossed over the Buffalo River. There is a mix of orange, reds, and green from the pine nearby to give this capture a cool fall vibe.The Buffalo River, located in Northern Arkansas, was the first National River to be designated in the United States. The Buffalo River is 153 miles long. In my neck of the woods you don’t come across these wonderful coverered bridges so it was a cool find. On the back roads of the national forest you come across so many different thing along with the added bonus of a bridge almost in the middle of nowhere in it nature state and still be used.
Rural Covered Bridge Fall – On the back roads of the Ozark we found this covered Bridge with all the autumn colors around it. In this scene this old bridge sets the stage for this wonderful fall scenery as it cross over the buffalo river below. The sugar maples seem to surrounded this old bridge just for this picture perfect moment for a beautiful scene. This area is part of the Ozarks National Forest in Arkansas from some of the back roads along this scenic drive. Fall in arkansas was a real surprise as this year trees really puts on a show with some fantastic fall scenery and color that we never knew was so close to us. Our plan was to go to the Smoky mountains but the weather wasn’t working out so we reschedule for Arkansas and it did not disappoint us with great fall colors.
Covered Bridge Reflections – We decided to photograph this covered bridge from below along the Buffalo creek inorder to get this reflections in the water. We had this wonderful maple tree with it fall colors on display along side of the bridge with this creek flowing into a larger pool of water and giving us this wonderful reflection of the bridge. This area of the country is part of the national forest in the Ozarks and is beautiful in fall with so much color. We were pleasantly surprised that their was so much color left in the ozarks national forest. We had planned to go to the Smokie mountains but the weather was not going to work so we re-routed to Arkansas and happy we did.
Houston River Oaks Movie Theater -The Houston River Oaks Movie Theatre is a historic movie theater located in the River Oaks Shopping Center in the Neartown community in Houston, Texas, east of the River Oaks community. We were excited to find the River Oaks Theater is still in business. The River Oaks theater is a historic landmark and according to my other half its where she spent a good deal of her time in her early twenties so we had to stop and take a photo for nostagia sake. Just another street scene of this vibrant cityscape in downtown Houston. This was in the downtown part of Houston not sure if it is considered downtown or uptown Houston I don’t know where the line is located between the two areas.