Texas Hill Country River Sunset Pano

Texas Hill Country River Sunset Pano – The sun was just setting and back lit these clouds which were reflected nicely into the water along the river. The Texas river is a tributary of the Colorado river and flows approximately 106 miles into Central Texas region. The river flow through the hill country from springs near Kimble County east through Fredericksburg through Blanco County through Stonewall, Johnson City, and continues it flow into Lake Travis on the west side of Travis County in Central Texas. We capture this right at sunset and got some nice colors in the sky which was reflected in the waters. There are some moments when the beauty of the hill country really shine through and that is as the sun sets in the west or as the sunrises in the east.  If you have a body or water, rivers or some hills it can be a magical landscape image. Texas scenery has lots of variety it can go from the desert landscape to the  swamps of east Texas, or mountains of big bend to the farmland in the heart of the state. No matter where you go the scenery will change to something new and exciting.

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Texas Hill Country River Sunset Pano –
Texas hill country river sunset panorama landscape. The sun was just setting and back lit these clouds which were reflected nicely into the water along the river. The pedernales river is a tributary of the Colorado river and flows approximately 106 miles into Central Texas region. The river flow through the hill country from springs near Kimble County east through Fredericksburg through Blanco County through Stonewall, Johnson City, and continues it flow into Lake Travis on the west side of Travis County in Central Texas. We got some nice colors in the sky as the sun set through the trees along the banks in this rural Texas landscape scene.

Texas Bluebonnets Twilight at the Lake

Texas Bluebonnets Twilight at the Lake – We capture this along the river shortly after sunset during the blue hour as the sky turned orange and pink color at twilight.

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Texas Bluebonnets Twilight at the Lake – We came to this location along the water several times to capture both sunrise and sunset of these wonderful bluebonnet wildflowers at the lake edge. This capture of the bluebonnets at twilight was our favorite with all those wonderful colors. Capturing good bluebonnets is a matter of luck many times and we were lucky that this area had bluebonnet wildflowers again after the lake went back down which allowed them to come back. This little leafless tree that was positioned along the waters edge which added a nice element in the image and was perfect to add to our landscape capture of this bluebonnets landscape. The Texas hill country dry river bed came back to life this year after the waters went down along the colorado river and this field of bluebonnets popped up to our delight. It was delightful to see the field of wildflowers again not as much as the first time years ago, but still wonderful. Spring time in the Texas hill country can be magical when fields of wildflowers appear in great numbers. We live not far from here so we came here many times till word got out and the bluebonnet got trampled down. The texas hill country has been one of the best places to capture pictures of bluebonnets landscapes in the past and we can only hope forever. Taking pictures of bluebonnets is one of our favorite things to capture. There are many varieties of bluebonnets in Texas from the chiso bluebonnet, to the sandyland and of course the Lupinus texensis lupine, has been the state flower since the 1901 and all other bluebonnets were included in 1971 by the Texas Legislature which made all lupines in the state the state flower. For most the most popular is the Lupinus texensis or texas bluebonnet which are here in the hill country which range in color from blue to violet shade depending on the light also the texas hill bluebonnets have the white tops which are known is said to look like a bonnet.

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.

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.

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.