Texas State Capitol 2 – The Texas State Capitol is a really pretty place with beautiful grounds and today was an exceptional nice sky. We saw these pretty white puffy clouds with a blue sky and said we need to go get some photo of the capital. The flowers were lovely from this view on the grounds with the capitol behind. This is the north side where they added some underground area for the offices, and a cafeterias which is open to the public. The Texas Capitol is visited by thousand of tourist every year and it is one of the top tourist attractions in Austin and is an iconic historical landmark site. The Capital building was built in 1888 of granite in the italian renaissance style and it is a National historic landmark. The Texas Capitol is located in downtown Austin on Congress ave. This captiol view is looking south toward the city The capital grounds sit on 22 acreas and are very lovely lush place to ejnoy the day.
Horseshoe Bay Lighthouse View – Horseshoe Bay Lighthouse View in Marble Falls on this peninsula on Lake LBJ in the Texas hill country. This is a popular place for people to come for the Horseshoe Bay Resort with lots of recreational swimming, fishing, boating along with other activies. In this aerial you can see the wirtz dam, Horseshoe Bay Resort, along with the many of the condos and vacation homes along this lake. This lake is one of the few constant level lake along the highland lakes which makes it nice because in this area of the Texas hill country we are subject to a lot of droughts which can drop the lake down. Downtown Marble Falls is just a heart beat away for all they have to offer in this quant downtown area with restaurants, shops, and art galleries.
Texas Hill Country Waterfall 2 – We came across this beautiful scene as the springs were flowing and created nice waterfalls over the rocky limestone in the Texas Hill country landscape from all the excess rains lately. It was a nice capture with this aqua blue green pool at the bottom as the water flowed in from over the rocky outcrops along it way creating theses great waterfall cascading down to the pool below. The the Texas hill country we have some wonderful places where you can find these nice waterfalls after a good spring rain like we had this year that created this wonderful oasis landscape.
Sunrise Under the Pier – We had started working our way down the Texas Coast beach in Port Aransas early morning before sunrise and just as the sun was slightly above the horizon we shot this one and loved the look of the underside of the Caldwell Pier. Today the sunrise under the pier was just peeking above the horizon reflecting off the clouds and surf below as it gently rolled in carry some sea weed with the morning light for a nice coastal scene. The sun light was also reflecting off the water and wet sand which reflected the sunrise colors back under the pier to make for a pretty texas coastal landscape scene. The texas coast is located in the gulf of mexico and Port A has about 18 miles of beach with plenty to do from sport fishing, parasailing, swimming, surfing, birding, and many other event on the island to keep you from getting board. Just to get to the island can require a ferry ride to get to the island or you can come around the long way as we call it through Corpus Christi maybe a thirty drive down the shoreline of mustang island.
Dallas McDermott Bridge Reflection Pano 007 – The new Margaret McDermott Bridge in downtown Dallas with skyline at twilight. We captured this after a rain storm so there was water in the Trinity for a nice reflection of the city and bridge. This is a steel bridge suspended with two arches over the Trinity River previously IH30 and is part of the Trinity project. This bridge is also designed to accomodate a pedestrian and bike path to join the area other hike and bike trails. This city skyline has all the usual iconic dallas buildings most promenant like the Reunion Tower, Bank of America, to the alway colorful Omni Hotel in view plus many other high rise buildings in the city downtown area. Dallas is located in north Texas and is a modern city with many varieties of commercial business along with being cultural hub of the region. Downtown’s Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza commemorates the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. The city has a large Arts District, with the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection of Asian Art and many other art, music and culture entertainment areas. We stumble upon the Deep Ellum area on a Saturday night and I can say this place was a happening place with restaurants and music venues all through out this area. This is a vibrant city that offers a lot to tourist and local who visit the downtown. was a twilight view from here but not an easy shot I had to climb up the side of levy then down again on the other side and then wade into the water to capture this image of the Dallas skyline with the McDermont bridge to create this nice reflection.
Dallas Skyline Pano Night 0056 – This is an panorama of the Dallas Skylines after dark with only the light from the high rise skyscrapers in view in the downtown area. This city skyline has all the usual iconic dallas buildings like the highly reflective Hyatt Regency Hotel, the Reunion Tower, Heritage Plaza, Fountain Place, Bank of America, to the alway colorful Omni Hotel in view plus many other high rise buildings in the city downtown. Dallas is located in north Texas and is a modern city with many varieties of commercial business along with being cultural hub of the region. Downtown’s Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza commemorates the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. The city has a large Arts District, with the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection of Asian Art along with the Nasher Sculpture Center and many other art, music and culture entertainment areas. We stumble upon the Deep Ellum area on a Saturday night and I can say this place was a happening place with restaurants and music venues all through out this area. This is a vibrant city that offers a lot to tourist and loca who visit the downtown.
Texas Longhorn in the Wildflowers – We have come back to this location many times trying to get the longhorns in the wildflowers. They seem to like to take a siesta in the middle of the day so today we were able to capture this one just as he laid down in the wildflowers. You can see a few bluebonnets still hanging on but with all the new yellow wildflowers like I believe these may be black eye susans along with some Indian blankets and may other wildflowers. Of course the one laying in the flowers had to be the far away but no fear we put on the big lens to capture him. Wildflowers and longhorns what could be better than that.
Texas Bluebonnet Sunset Landscape Vertical – Texas bluebonnets in the hill country with cactus, a windmill, and a sunset on one of the many back roads we traveled over the last six weeks is a great last minute find. It is always a delight when we can find a nice field of texas bluebonnet wildflowers with prickly pear cactus and a windmill with a great sunset in the sky for that traditional Texas Hill country landscape. This is the iconic Texas scenery in the hill country that we have come to expect. The blue bonnet season is coming to an end for the bluebonnets in the hill country but just around the corner is the other wildflowers that should be popping up shortly to take it place.
Bluebonnets in the Texas Hill Country – We came across this lush field of bluebonnets in the Texas Hill Country outside of Llano on a back road in the hills. We had been traveling for over a month trying to find nice fields of bluebonnet wildflowers on these back roads. On this day the sun was starting to get lower in the sky and cast a golden glow over the trees as it was going down but with enough light left for the blueblonnets along this curved road. These are texas bluebonnets lupines that grow through out the state but the hill country has some of the best when its a good year. It looks like this might be an average good year for the wildflowers so we are happy to finally see more flowers this year. We have had either drought or flooding both of which are not alway good for the bluebonnets and other wildflowers, however they seem to be a little better so far this year. We love our bluebonnets in Texas we have festivals for them, we sell everything with bluebonnets on them including coffee cups, water bottles, T-shirt and pretty much anything you can think of! Bluebonnets start showing up around Texas in February down in the Big Bend area and around some coastal areas south of San Antonio. We were on my way down to beach for a friend birthday party in February and there were already blooming bluebonnets on IH35 going south from San Antonio even though that was more than a month early from when we see normally see them in the hill country. As a general rule the best time to see the Bluebonnets can be any time between the end of March and end of April. They might still be around but the grasses start to overtake the bluebonnet by the end of April, however all is not lost as other wildflowers will start showing up in May and June.
Oak Tree and Texas Bluebonnets – A wonderful old oak tree among a field of texas bluebonnets down near Poteet Texas south of San Antonio late in the day as the sun sink lower in the sky. There were a lot of field of wildflowers in this area but most had been overtaken by the poppies. The poppies were introduced accidently about ten year ago we heard and unfortunely they have become invasive and in some place you will not see the wildflowers because the poppies have over taken over the areas. There were a few in this field but it was the best bluebonnets we saw since we were a little late to the party in this area. We like this field a lot and we took a few different shot from here. This image was just our beloved texas bluebonnets, an large oak tree, with sime mesquite tree along the fringes of the field with a few poppies mixed in on this ranch in south central area of the country for a nice Texas landscape. The texas bluebonnet is the state flower and begin with a small hard seed and over time the rain, wind will soften the seed so it can germinate in the fall and slowly over time it begins to take root and it bright green leave come out every spring usually from March to the end of April. That when it all begins and the flowers start to put on a spring show. No doubt that what happen in this great field of bluebonnets out south of San Antonio. We were lucky that they were allowed to grow in this field so we could capture this image. We look forward to the yearly show of bluebonnets that come out for such a short time.