Texas Capitol from Austin SOCO Sunrise – A view looking up Congress toward the Texas Capitol in downtown with the Austin skyline at sunrise. This was taken from an area refered to as SOCO which stand for South Congress. The soco area is a hip and trendy spot full of restaurants, shops, and night life which just happens to be in view of the Austin downtown along with the Texas capitol. There are very few times you can stand in the middle of the road in this area without being hit by a car so we haven’t been back here in years. Austin Texas is a vibrant active city it is hard to find times where you can photograph some scenes because this city doesn’t seem to stop. In this view you can see the capitol, the Frost Tower, the Austonian the second tallest building along with many others. The dividing line for south congress to north congress is Lady Bird Lake.
Sunset over South Padre from Laguna Madre. South Padre Island is one of the few places along the gulf coast you can take a sunrise and a sunset photo. We had been out earlier trying to capture the wind surfers on the flats, but they lost wind. While we were trying to decide what next the sun started setting and it was a big orange glow. The sky was incredible as the sun began to set and sky got more orange taking over the entire sky so of course we continued taking photos did it went dark. It seldom you get these magical kind of moments over the Texas coast. The Texas coast has some beautiful coastal scenery no matter when you come. My favorite time to visit Padre island is in the winter but no matter when you come its a great place to kill some time. Sunset Over Laguna Madre on South Padre Island : Prints Available /no_width_caption]
South Padre Island is one of the few places along the gulf coast you can take a sunrise and a sunset photo. We had been out earlier trying to capture the wind surfers on the flats, but they lost wind. While we were trying to decide what next the sun started setting and it was a big orange glow. The sky was incredible as the sun began to set and sky got more orange taking over the entire sky so of course we continued taking photos did it went dark. It seldom you get these magical kind of moments over the Texas coast.
Austin Skyline Dawn Pano -Lady Bird Lake Austin Texas – We captured this Austin Skyline before sunrise which is the best time to get some color in the sky right at dawn. Butler Shores was the only place where you can park now as many parking lots are closed in downtown due to the covid19. We wanted to capture the latest Austin skyline before downtown Austin has another transformation as we have two more high rises that they have started on in the last year that will change the skyline again very soon. The two new skyscrapers will be two hundred feet taller than the Independent or Jengal building seen in this image. The Independent now has the top crown lit which many had been waiting to see. In the last couple of years the skyline has added at least a dozen new skyscrapers along the shoreline, many which have blocked some of the old high rise buildings like the austin 360 and the Frost Bank Tower. The frost can still be seen from this angle but in many cases it is not visible any longer. This area is popular because of the many parks and hike and bike trails that are so easily usable in downtown. The city of Austin had a thriving convention business till the covid19 virus that brought many to the area which I am sure will come back soon. Austin has a population of a million people and it sometimes seem they are all downtown with all the condos they have built. Austin Texas has alway had a reputaton of a city with a vibe with it music industry like the SBSW and the ACL festives along with so many small events it too hard to name them all. We have taken many of the Texas skylines and non have had the transformation that Austin Tx has, especially along Lady Bird Lake or town lake as many old timers call it which is part of the highland lakes colorado river chain. Austin is also the home to theTexas Capitol which is one of the largest employer in downtown Austin, along with the many high tech company like Amazon, IBM, Adobe, Google to name a few. Today Austin’s population has reach one million and is one of the fastest growing city in the south.
Austin Skyline Sunrise – We captured this image Austin skyline before the sun acually broke the horizon on this morning in the downtown area of the city. The sky painted the sky with some pinks, yellow, purple and blues which was a lovely backdrop on this day. We have been trying to capture this shot from congress bridge for some time but there was so much going on with the protest and constant building that we waited for break. Austin Texas is a popular place for tourist to visit with so many things to do, with a great music scene, art events, sporting events and many parks and lake in the area. Austin is on the edge of the Texas hill country another popular place to visit especially in the spring for the wildflower season. Downtown Austin is beautiful modern city with some unique architecture and new high rises almost yearly. We will need to come back in a few years as their are plans for two more buildings in the city that will be two hundred feet taller than the tallest building the Independent in Austin now. Austin skyline has been constantly changing so we have tried to catch it as the latest batch of building have been finished. This images captures the congress bridge that leads your eye to the Texas Capitol in downtown Austin. The Texas Capitol is a landmark and favorite tourist attraction to visit when people come to town. Also University of Texas is the largest university in the city and draws a large crowd for their many sporting and school events. In this Austin aerial image you can see the second tallest building the Austonian and the Frost and many others along the water front. Lately the Lady Bird Lake which is this portion of the Colorado river has been getting more and more crowed as they are constanly building new high rises along the colorado river water front. In any case it is a constantly evolving City of Austin skyline.
Austin Skyline Sunrise – We captured this Austin skyline image before the sun acually broke the horizon on this morning in downtown . The sky painted the sky with some pinks, yellow, purple and blues which was a lovely backdrop on this day for the austin skyline. We have been trying to capture this shot for some time but there was so much going on with the protest and constant building that we waited for break. We will need to come back in a few years as their are plans for two more buildings that will be two hundred feet taller than the tallest building the Independent in Austin now. Austin skyline has been constantly changing over the years so we have tried to catch it as the latest batch of building have been finished. This images captures the congress bridge that leads your eye to the Texas Capitol in downtown Austin. The Texas Capitol is a landmark and favorite tourist location to visit when people come to town. In this aerial image you can see our second tallest building the Austonian and the Frost and many others along the water front. Lately the Lady Bird Lake has been getting more and more crowed as they are constanly building new high rises along the colorado river water front. In any case the Austin skyline is a constantly evolving skyline when it will be completed is unknown.
Bluebonnets at the Cattle Guard – While driving the hill country looking for Texas bluebonnets we pass many cattle guards on our journey. The Texas hill country county roads have lot of bluebonnets and plenty of cattle guard and this one had a nice selection of wildflower right at the gate. In the texas hill country you find cattle guards through out these county roads, they allow the cattle to cross the road to graze but not go beyound their property line. I have heard that cattle will not cross them but dont know about other livestock. We liked this gate with cattle guard with this nice patch of bluebonnet wildflowers. Always be mindful that this is private property and do not get off the roadside.
Gruene Dance Hall B W – Gruene Hall in black and white, This area outside of New Braunfels is an old German community by Ernest Gruene which is also the towns name, oh it is prononced “Green”. Now this area is part of New Braunsfel and is the oldest dance hall in Texas built somewhere in the late 1878 as a social gathering place and a saloon for the cotton farmers in Gruene. Tx. Gruene Hall is still in buisness today with a saloon and dance hall. It still has that vintage feel of an old Texas dance hall. The water tower stands behind the dance hall in this image on a nice cloudy day. We like the contrast of the black and white in this image. Also available in color.
Lake Travis Sunset from Above – Captured this image of Lake Travis at sunset from an aerial perspective. Lake Travis is the beginning of the Texas Hill Country. Lake Travis is also a popular place for people in Austin and nearby areas to come boating, swimming, fishing or whatever water sport you like to do. Maybe you just want to hang out and watch the sun go down and drink a rita at the Oasis. Its all good on the lake! You can the edge of the Oasis in this image with it many decks for endless sunset views. Many refer to this area as the big bowl of the lake because many other areas are narrow as they part of the highland lakes which is a group of joining rivers in the area.
Texas Wildflowers Along the Fence – A field of Texas wildflowers along the fence in the hill country. The Texas hill country has some of the best wildflowers that appear from March through late summer. The indian blankets are some some of my favorite because they do seem to create a blanket effect over this area. The indian blanket or mexican hats grow to about two feet tall which allows them to be above the grasses. There are a mix of indian blankets and some yellow wildflowers that appear to be part of the aster family maybe bear foot. In any case Texas has some of the best spring wildflower in a natural landscape around.
Thunderbirds Salute – We captured the Thunderbirds as they flew over our house on Lake Travis on their way back toward Austin. The tribute they were making was for the nurses, doctors and all the staff that have been tireless working at great risk to themselves at hospitals and clinic thorugh out the USA. We were trilled to of capture these images. We were not sure if we would even see them but in hopefull anticipation we were ready with our cameras sitting out on our deck and they flew right over head. We both were firing our cameras at full speed but the big lens won the day with the best photos! The Thuderbirds came right overhead bringing this awesome sight and so we wanted to share these photo as we seldom take photos of jet because they go so really really fast!