Texas Coastal Sunrise

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.

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Captured this sunrise as it was coming up under the fishing pier at Port Aransas sea shore as we walked along the beach where the surf brought in some red sea weed on to the beach with the tide from the night before.  This is the Caldwell pier along the Texas coast, a favorite for locals and tourist to enjoy this little piece of paradise. The summer brings all kinds of water activities like swimming, surfing, sailing, boating, fishing, etc.

Bluebonnet and Mesquite Sunset

Bluebonnets with mesquite makes for a very Texas Hill Country look since ever spring wildflowers bloom among the mesquite and cactus. Theres a reason they are so special even our Legislature felt the need to declare the bluebonnet or Lupine the state flower of texas. In this image we were able to capture the sun rays through the mesquite tree over this field of bluebonnet wildflowers in the Texas Hill Country for a scenic landscape. The Texas bluebonnet or lupine were declared the state flower by the Texas legislature in 1971 that along with the Lady Bird Johnson Highway Beautification Act have helped the wildflowers in the southwestern United State become a favorite thing to see every spring. People come from all over to see them and enjoy these wonderful wildflowers. It has become a ritural to search for these wonderful field of flowers every spring. Many bring their children, their dogs, their favorite items to put in the wildflowers to be photographed. We have seen boots, high heels, cowboy hats and stuffed toys.

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Bluebonnet Star Burst Sunset – Bluebonnets are the most photographed wildflower in the Texas Hill Country. Theres a reason they are so special even our Legislature felt the need to declare the bluebonnet or Lupine the state flower of texas. In this image we were able to capture the sun rays through the mesquite tree over this field of bluebonnet wildflowers in the Texas Hill Country for a scenic landscape. The Texas bluebonnet or lupine were declared the state flower by the Texas legislature in 1971 that along with the Lady Bird Johnson Highway Beautification Act have helped the wildflowers in the southwestern United State become a favorite thing to see every spring. People come from all over to see them and enjoy these wonderful wildflowers.

Bluebonnet Sunrise Along the River

Bluebonnet sunrise along the river just as the sun ray pop over the horizon to wish us good morning. The Texas bluebonnet is the most popular wildflower as people come from long way off just to see them. I have met people who traveled from California who came to see the bluebonnets here. Of course not all years are great it has to do with the fall rains not enough and these hardy plants may not show their best, but just wait a year and maybe the next year will do it. In any case the Texas bluebonnet is still the most popular wildflower people have festival for them, name their towns as the bluebonnet capital so who are we to question them. We loved the tranquility of this image with the sunrise over the water and a nice field of bluebonnets with a tents along the river edge. Spring time in the Texas hill country can be magicali f your in the right place and it bluebonnet season. Lady Bird started this with her Highway Beautification Act and we are so happy she did!

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Blue Bonnet Sunrise Along the River –  Bluebonnet along the river at sunrise just as the sun ray pop over the horizon. The Texas bluebonnet is very popular wildflower as people come from long way off just to see them. I have met people who traveled from California who came to see the bluebonnets. Of course not all years are great it has to do with the fall rains not enough and these hardy plants may not show their best, but just wait a year and maybe the next year will do it. In any case the Texas bluebonnet is still the most popular wildflower people have festival for them, name their towns as the bluebonnet capital so who are we to question them. We loved the tranquility of this image with the sunrise over the water and a nice field of bluebonnets with a couple of tents along the river edge. Spring time in the Texas hill country can be magicali f your in the right place and it bluebonnet season. Lady Bird started this with her Highway Beautification Act and we are so happy she did!

New Orleans Skyline at Dusk Pano

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.

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New Orleans Skyline Pano  –  This is the New Orlean skyline pano which 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.  In any case this is one of the few images of the New Orleans skyline pano we were able to capture in our short visit.

Sunrise at Santa Elena Canyon2

A Texas sunrise just before the sun pop over the nearby mountains from this vantage point in Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park. Even before sunrise it rewarded me with these beautiful colorful clouds over the Rio Grande landscape from my vantage point high in the Santa Elena Canyon. Another good capture of some great Texas landscape scenery. Big Bend is an isolated area and for us it is an eight hour drive just to get there but it has always rewarded us with some magical scenery. Big Bend National Park is located in southwest Texas and includes the Chisos mountain range and a large swath of the Chihuahuan Desert. The area gets very little rainfall so don’t expect a lush scenery it is a desert landscape. In Texas you don’t have a lot of mountains and this is one of the few areas you can see them. The Chiso mountain range are some of the tallest mountains in Texas second only to the Guadalupe Mountains. The Santa Elena Canyon were carved out by the Rio Grande river with it soft limestone rock wall which allowed the waters to carve out a path downstream towards the gulf of mexico. On this day the pre sunrise was spectacular with the colorful clouds over the Rio Grande river and Big Bend Landscape from this vantage point looking through the octillo along the limestone cliffs.

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Captured another great west Texas sunrise just before the sun pop over the nearby mountains from this vantage point in Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park. Even before sunrise it rewarded me with these beautiful colorful clouds over the west texas Rio Grande landscape from my vantage point in the Santa Elena Canyon. In this image you can see the colorful clouds through the octillo and prickly pear catus growing on the steep cliff of the canyon walls of this wonderful Texas landscape.  You can see the Santa Elena Canyon from a pretty good distance in the park and it is the most impressive in Big Bend National Park.  The Rio Grande changes direction abruptly after following beneath the  Sierra Ponce cliffs for several miles heading west, cutting through the mountains via a deep, narrow gorge.  It has national significance as the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States.

Davis Mountain State Park Sunset Pano

Davis Mountain State Park sunset Pano at the rock overlook at dusk just after sunset. This old rock building was built by the CCC as a place to rest up after a day of working the area and has a nice sweeping view over the desert and mountain landscape below. The sky picked up these wonderful colors right after sunset over the rock shelter and the distant landscape with some nice post sunset colors of pinks and oranges which made for a nice end of the day. The park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) which was created to help put young males to work during the depression. The CCC helped build structures like this rock shelter along with other building, picnic tables, fire pits in the park which was officially open in 1938, The park is 2709 acreas with an elevation between 5,000 and 6,000 feet above sea level. The nearist town is Fort Davis Texas in Jeff Davis County. Also located in the area is the National Historic site establish as protection in the area from the Comanche War Trail and Mescalero Apache war trails. It bacame a historic site in 1961 to preserve one of the best remaining military post of that era.

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Davis Mountain State Park Pano at the CCC overlook at dusk just after sunset. This old rock building was built as a place to rest up after a day of working the area and has a nice view over the desert and mountain landscape. This west Texas landscape in the Davis Mountain just as it captures the colors and residual of the sunset after dusk as the sky lights up with oranges and pink colors post sunset was a nice end to the day.

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Stars Over Prada Marfa

The middle of the West Texas desert isn’t the first place you’d expect to find a fully stocked Prada store but just a few miles outside of Valentine Texas that what you will find. Ok it not an actual Prada store its front door doesn’t open and it only has right shoes and the purses have no bottom even if you find one you want you can’t buy it. You will need to go to real Prada store for that. Needless to say there are some that will do anything to shop there and it has been vandalized several times now so the creators put in a security system with gps devices in the purses and camera and stronger glass for those considering a dark night break in. Other wise it is a great place to drive out to and get your selfie of you and Prada Marfa store to prove you were there if thats your thing. The two artist that put this together Elmgreen and Dragset decided this was the place for their art display. Maybe they were trying to prove that people will drive to the end of the planet to get a selfie not sure what it represents, consumerism, or humor whatever it has made a mark on the tiny town of Valentine. The one nice thing is that made it of biodegradable adobe like material so over time it will go back to it natural state. The spent around 80,000 on this so hopefully it will take a while so they get there money out of it.

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On our latest trip to west Texas we decided to see if we could capture the famous Prada Marfa building with a background of stars. The one thing about this area of west Texas is its wonderful dark skies where you can actully capture stars. The road between Marfa and Valentine was so dark we thought we might have missed it because it was so dark, but finally, there it was just feet from the road in all it glory waiting for the next photo or selfie, that seems to draw people out here. The permanet exhibit was created by two artist Elmgreen and Dragset in October 2005 to resemble an actual Prada store. The two refer to their work as pop architectual land art with a bit of humor. They built this structure about 24 miles outside of Marfa in a city called Valentine Texas population around 200. To make it more interesting they found the least likely place to find a store like this and stuck in in far west texas. They added only right shoes and the purses have no bottoms. They have been vandalize several times now I guess people in this area like prada more than they knew. I am not sure what they were saying or not saying about their art. Maybe they were making fun of consumerism but you would have to ask them. As a photographer it great fun to shoot such a unique image. After the latest vandalism they have install cameras and the purses have GPS devices inside that detect movement so making it more difficult to shop there in the future. We had been to see the Marfa Lights many times but never venture over to Valentine to see the Prada Art display and we were glad we finally made it. Having this wonderful starry night sky really helped it pop out as a winning venture for us. Thanks for looking.

Sunrise at Santa Elena Canyon Pano

Captured this wonderful west Texas landscape panorama sunrise at Santa Elena Canyon just as the sun rays pop over the nearby mountains over the Rio Grande River from this vantage point in Big Bend National Park. It is not a too difficult a climb and you get a great view looking south. Santa Elena Canyon is one of the most impressive in Big Bend National Park it is visible for many miles away up to ten miles it can been seen. The Rio Grande changes direction abruptly after following beneath the straight Sierra Ponce cliffs for several miles heading west, cutting through the mountains via a deep, narrow canyon gorge in the mountain. It has national significance as the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States. It contains more than 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and 75 species of mammals. The park has many geological features including sea fossils and dinosaur bones, as well as previous volcanic activity. The park just recently open a Fossil Discovery Exhibit to display the dinosarurs that would of live there in the past when there was an inland sea. The national park covers 801,163 acres for more than 1,000 miles, the Rio Grande forms the boundary between Mexico and the United States, and Big Bend National Park administers approximately 118 miles along that boundary. The park was named after a large bend in the river and Texas—Mexico border. The park is bordered by the protected areas of Parque Nacional Canon de Santa Elena and the Maderas del Carment in Mexico.

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Captured this wonderful west Texas landscape panorama morning sunrise just as the sun rays pop over the nearby mountains from this vantage point in Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park. It is not a too difficult a climb and you get a great view looking south.  Santa Elena Canyon is one of the most impressive in Big Bend National Park it is visible for many miles away up to ten miles it can been seen.  The Rio Grande changes direction abruptly after following beneath the straight Sierra Ponce cliffs for several miles heading west, cutting through the mountains via a deep, narrow canyon gorge in the mountain.  It has national significance as the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States. It contains more than 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and 75 species of mammals. The park has many geological features including sea fossils and dinosaur bones, as well as previous volcanic activity. The park just recently open a Fossil Discovery Exhibit to display the dinosarurs that would of live there in the past when there was an inland sea.  The national park covers 801,163 acres for more than 1,000 miles, the Rio Grande forms the boundary between Mexico and the United States, and Big Bend National Park administers approximately 118 miles along that boundary. The park was named after a large bend in the river and Texas—Mexico border.  The park is bordered by the protected areas of Parque Nacional Canon de Santa Elena  and the Maderas del Carment in Mexico. 

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Top Bluebonnet Photos from the Texas Hill Country

Bluebonnets Along Texas Dirt Road

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Bluebonnet Dirt Road – Captured these bluebonnets along this cedar fence and dirt road in the backroads of the Texas hill country.  We had to go through two low water crossing with water up to the door to get here. This is just an example of the rural landscape in the hill country and how lovely it looks especially around bluebonnet season. To catch that Texas  landscapes you almost alway have to go down the back roads.

Yucca Among the Bluebonnets

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Yucca Among the Bluebonnets – Captured this photo of a field of bluebonnets in front of a group of blomming yuccas in the Texas Hill Country on a nice afternoon with blue skys. It has been extremely overcast for ever it seems, so it nice to finally get out and get some photo and this one with the cactus and bluebonnets says Texas more than anything else.  This bluebonnet landscape was a great find as this was a great year for wildflowers in central texas. 

Wildflowers in Springtime

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Colorful Wildflowers in Springtime – This great field of wildflowers with bluebonnets, and little yellow perky sue in this colorful field of flowers make for a nice contrast along the river in the Texas hill country.  I like the little pop of red from the indian paintbrush in the middle of the bluebonnet field on this lovely day with blue sky and white puffy clouds along the tree line of the river. If you want to add a bit of spring this would make a nice wildflower landscape from the Texas Hill Country.

Wildflowers in the Hill Country

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Incredible Bluebonnet Landscape  – I pulled up this wonderful field of bluebonnets from my archives to share this great bluebonnet landscape along the Colorado river from spring a few years back.  This is Muleshoe Bend park and this was the most incredible site of texas bluebonnets I think I had ever seen.  As far as the eye could see it was acreas of bluebonnets along the river.  This area is normally under water and for a few short years during the drought this is what came up where the water had once been.  Well the water is back up and the bluebonnets are gone we just have a memories of these wonderful wildflower as they once were.

Golden Bluebonnet Sunrise

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Golden Blue Bonnet Sunrise – Captured this at sunrise as the sun came up it cast this golden glow over the clouds and river with just a hint of light on the bluebonnets.  We thought it made a nice texas landscape image of this great field of blueblonnet at the lake in the texas hill country. Springtime in Texas is my favorite time because of the wildflowers we can all thank Lady Bird for help in making spring special every year.

Bluebonnet Field at Sunrise

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Bluebonnet Images – Bluebonnet Sunrise Mist  – We capture this bluebonnet sunrise this as the sun rays were rising over this ranch with the bluebonnet and the morning mist hovering over the field. Bluebonnet pictures are one of our favorite to capture and on a good year like they were this year it was easy texas landscape to capture. Many years since the images of bluebonnets have been more elusive but we are persistant and continue to search out images of bluebonnets and other wildflowers every year.


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Texas Longhorns and Bluebonnets

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Texas Longhorns and Bluebonnets – We capture this image with this family of Texas Longhorn and her calf plus friend who stopped to pose for this picture in the bluebonnets. The mother is on the right and when we came the first time she took her calf as far away as possible from us. The second visit I guess did it. We loved all the different version of horns and this calf with his little horns were just too adorable in this field of bluebonnets.

Stunning Bluebonnet Sunset

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Bluebonnet Sunset – We captured this gorgeous sunset landscape with the bluebonnets one evening while at a county park along the Colorado river in Texas. The colors of the sky that came out with the sunset were beautiful with the oranges, pinks and reds. Couldn’t ask for a better sunset over the Texas wildflowers along the waters edge.

Old Wagon and Wildflowers

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Old Wagon and Wildflowers – Bluebonnets, indian paintbrush wildflowers landscape long the road in the Texas Hill Country. We found this abundant field of flowers with this old wagon along the road in the hill country and stopped to capture it because we love the colorful mix of bluebonnets and indian paintbrushs. 

Wildflower Landscape

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Wildflowers Landscape – We love these colorful wildflowers landscape of bluebonnets, and indian paintbrush in this field with an old rusty tractor in the Texas Hill Country. The Texas lupine or bluebonnet are probably the most photographed wildflower every spring. People travel from great distances to try and capture a unique image with bluebonnets so this is just that kind of photo with the old rusty tractor and wildflowers. 

Bluebonnet Road at Sunset

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Blue Bonnets Road – Bluebonnets beside the road in Muleshoe Park which were beautiful this year with some great clouds to make for a perfect image. This area is usually under water but for the last few years we have been in a drought so instead of water we see bluebonnets. This was one of the best areas in Texas for bluebonnet landscapes for a couple of year till the lakes in the Texas hill country filled back up.  It was lovely till then to see so many texas wildflowers in this road of blue.

Bluebonnets Sunset Landscape Pano

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Field of Texas Bluebonnets at Sunset Pano – This great field of Texas bluebonnets at sunset was probably the last we will see around the Texas Hill Country for this year. This panorama of bluebonnets landscape looked like waves of blue flowers in this field and the sunset cast this nice orange and red glow over the fiield of blue wildflowers. Another successful year of bluebonnets in the Texas Hill Country.

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Austin Sunset skyline panorama looking up Congress Bridge

An Austin Sunset Skyline panorama looking up Congress bridge as it crosses Lady Bird Lake into downtown at sun set giving a little pink to the clouds over the city. Austin is the state capital of Texas, that borders the Hill Country to the west. It is also the main campus of the University of Texas. Austin is known for a lot of thing including it funky live music capital claims and keep Austin weird slogans. Austin music scene is based on it rock, blues and outlaw country music. The city has many parks and lakes which are popular for hiking, biking, swimming and boating. Austin is the captiol of Texas which is one of the largest employees of people in state government along with a high tech presents in there are many companies like IBM, Intel, Oracle, AMD, Samsung, Apple and many others. There are plenty of lakes, parks and hike and bike trails to enjoy the outdoors along with a wonderful selection of museums, arts and other events like the capital 10K where between 15 to 20 thousand people come to run the six mile race. Also the city has some great places to eat from food trucks to fine dinning. Also the Formula One was added to the list of things to do here.

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Austin Sunset Skyline Pano – An Austin Sunset Skyline panorama that looks up Congress bridge as it crosses Lady Bird Lake into downtown at the sun set giving a little pink to the clouds over the city. Austin has grown from a sleepy little college town from the 60’s and 70’s to a very modern city with all the thing that make it great and along with many things that don’t make it so great to live in like it traffic problems. Austin is the state capital of Texas, it borders the Hill Country to the west. It is also the main campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Austin is known for a lot of thing including it live music along with it saying of Keep Austin Weird  and Live Music Capital of the World slogan. Austin downtown has an eclectic live-music scene which based is on it rock, blues and outlaw country music.  The city has many parks and lakes which are popular for hiking, biking, swimming and boating in the city as well as west on Lake Austin and Lake Travis to name a few. Austin is the Capitol of Texas which is one of the largest employees of people in the city along with a large high tech presents which include many companies like IBM, Intel, Oracle, AMD, Samsung, Apple and many others. There are plenty of parks and hike and bike trails to enjoy the outdoors along with a wonderful selection of museums, arts and other events like the capital 10K where between 15 to 20 thousand people come to run the six mile race every spring.  Also the city has some great places to eat from food trucks to fine dinning. The latest edition to the city is Formula One which was  added to the list of things to do here. In any case Austin Skyline is an awesome site.