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.
Captured this stunning Texas coastal sunrise as it was coming up 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 texas sunrise landscape 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.
We capture this New Orleans skyline in downtown area around dusk as the high rise building light came on and it created this nice reflections in the Mississippi River. There was stil a little color in the sky from the sunset just enough to gve it some pop over the cityscape with some oranges and pinks mingle with the dark clouds. This New Orlean skyline pano was taken from across the Mississippi River at dusk. The view of the city high rise buildings along the shore line makes for a nice image as the building reflect in the water shortly after sunset. New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana population of around 1.5 million people. The city attract tourist from all over the world with its many popular neighborhoods such as the famous French Quarters, Jackson Square and many more area of interest. Beside Bourbon street and french quarter there are plenty of wonderful restaurants in the area. New Orleans also has a lot of things to do such as World War Museum, Art Museums, Aquarium, or even a visit to the city cementaries, plus you can enjoy a visit to the Superdome home of the New Orleans Saints. There are riverboats rides along the Mississippi River just some of the thing available to do in the city. Not to mention the wonderful architecture you see through out the city.
Check out this wonderful sunset over the Santa Elena Canyon from the Sotol Vista Overlook in Big Bend National Park. You can see Santa Elena canyon throught the sotols as the sun went over the mountains in the distance view looking toward Mexico from Big Bend Park. The Santa Elena Canyon are some of the tallest cliffs in the area and rise up to 1500 ft down to the Rio Grande river below. Santa Elena Canyon is the most impressive in Big Bend National Park and can be seen from ten miles away. It is a good distance from the main area of the park and will take about an hour drive. Sotol Vista Overlook is one of the places to capture the canyon which is located off the Ross Maxwel scenic drive and from this view point you can see the entire western side of Big Bend Naitonal Park. This is one of my favorite images we captured on this trip to Big Bend, we have tried to capture a good sunset from the Sotal Vista Overlook in Big Bend National Park before from this same location before but the weather and hazy skies just did not coorperate till today. The Santa Elen This evening we were rewarded with a wonderful colorful sunset over the solols at the overlook and we are very happy for that.
Last fall we visited the historic Oak Alley Plantation and captured this amazing sunrise along the avenue of oak trees lined along a path to the mansion. Oak Alley Plantation is a historic site that is on the west bank of the Mississipp River in the community of Valcherie, Louisisana. The most unique thing about this destination or these 300 year old oak trees which create this canopy over the path from the mansion to the river. We stayed at the plantation in a 100 year old free slave cottage that was on the site and had the run of the place after hours. Being on site made it possible to capture the sunrise image as the sun poke through the trees with the early morning light and a thin vale of fog which was floating in the air added to the photo. This mansion was built in the 1839 on a sugar cane plantation. These lovely 300 year old live oaks trees which were here prior to plantations existence seem to be almost been made for this path.
We capture the stars over the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis Mountains in west Texas from a distance away. The stars began to come out over the observatory and we used our largest lens to capture it from a good distance away. We capture a sun set over the Davis mountains earlier and felt like a long wait for the night sky to finally get dark enough but we were finally rewarded with these wonderful stars over the McDonald Observatory in the distance. The McDonald Observatory is located near Fort Davis in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. The facility is located on Mount Locke in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, with additional facilities on Mount Fowlkes, approximately 1.3 kilometers (0.81 mi) to the northeast. The observatory is part of the University of Texas at Austin. It is an organized research unit of the College of Natural Sciences. were happy were were able to capture this close up image of the Otto Struve Telescope on top of The summit of Mt. Locke, dedicated in 1939. It was the first large telescope built at the observatory and next to it is the The Harlan J. Smith Telescope that was completed in 1968.