McLane Stadium Baylor University Waco Texas

We captured the McLane Stadium in Waco owned and operated by Baylor University and home to the Baylor Bears in this aerial panorama at sunset. Using our aerial camera we were able to capture this panorama with the Brazos river and the McLane stadium plus the cable stay bridge just as the sky picked up these wonderful colors of oranges and pinks and blue at sunset. You can see the light were on in the blue phase on the cable stay bridge on IH35 which help to enhance this image of the stadium. The cable stay bridge is slowly changing color after dusk and with this incredible colors of oranges, pinks and yellow at twilight we felt we had succeeded in a nice image of the stadium. The stadium was just complete in 2014 and has a seating capacity of 45,140 and is expandable to 55,000. The stadium is located on the north bank of the Brazos river and fan can arrive at the stadium by boat and they can tailgait in the Baylor Basin next to the stadium. Not every universtiy can boast that feature. The unique horseshoe design of the stadium leave one side open to the brazos river and the university.. The name was changed to McLane Stadium in December 2013 to honor alumnus and business magnate Drayton McLane, Jr., who provided the lead gift for the stadium construction. The cost of the stadium was 266 million dollars to complete. The goal was to build a first class stadium for Baylor University and bring it back to campus but also to serve not only as the front door to Baylor University but also as the East anchor of downtown Waco and also contribute to the growth of Waco along with development along the Brazos Riverfront.

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Baylor McLane Stadium Sunset Pano – This is an aerial panorama capture of the Baylor University McLane Stadium in Waco with this view looking back over the waters of the Brazos river and the IH 35 stay bridge that runs along the side of the stadium just as the sun set and the sky lite up with colors of pink, reds, and orange glow. This stadium is part of the Baylor University campus and is home to the Baylor Bears team. A wonderful new stadium for Baylor and in this image we were able to capture this as an aerial panorama with this wonderful sunset looking back up the Brazos river towards the new stay bridge with their blue lights on. Sometime you just can’t capture an image from the ground and an aerial image allows us the ability to get a better vantage point where we were able to capture a better view of the stadium plus the blue led lighted stay bridge on IH35 or Jack Kultgen Freeway which goes over the Brazos river in Waco all in one shot with this wonderful sunset as a backdrop. This stay bridge is relativity new and has the ability to change to different colored led lights that slowly cycle to different colors phases around dusk which pops much better with this nice sunset glow you can see they were in their blue phase at this time which was a perfect backdrop for this image. Good sunset are hard to find and on this day we were bless with a great one but not enough time to send the drone up again. Next time maybe!

We captured this image of the McLane Stadium at Baylor University right at twilight as the sky was lighting the clouds with these wonderful pink color over the stadium on the north bank of Brazos river. You can also see the soft green lights in the stadium that we thought made this image pop. This stadium offically open in August 2014 against the SMU where the Bears were able to defeat them 45-0. This is a good size stadium that has a capacity of 45,140 and can be expanded to 55,000 if needed. This stadium also sits on the north side of the Brazos River and their is a nice pedestrian bridge to cross over the Brazos river so people can cross from the university or can catch a ride on a boat. This is probably the only stadium that fans can arrive by boat and tailgate in the Baylor Basin next to the stadium.

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Sunset Over McLane Stadium –  Another catch of the Waco Baylor Bears McLane stadium as the sunset left these wonderful pink clouds in the sky from across the Brazos river with the cool green glowing lights on inside the stadium on this evening right after sunset going into twilight. We are so glad we were able to capture this wonderful architecture of the McLane Stadium. This stadium architecture is unique and very attractive along the seating set up to look across the Brazos river to universtiy campus. We love the beauty of this new stadium I am sure the Baylor Bears are very proud of this new iconic landmark to their city.

We wanted to show a capture after dark of the McLane stadium in Waco in a panorama. This stadium is owned and operated by Baylor University. It is a beautiful stadium day or night with the Brazos river on one side and IH35 on the other side. After dark you can see the McLane Stadium with all the lights on which gives an impressive site from across the water with nice reflections of the lights in the Brazos River and in this pano you can also see the lights on the pedestrian crossing bridge over the river from the campus of Baylor University. You will also note the soft green lights inside the seating which give a ghostly look to the stadium at night.This stadium was just completed and officaly opened in August 2014 for their first game with SMU which they defeated 45-0 a good beginning game. The stadium features the Baylor club, a dining and event spaced on the west side. In addition to sporting events Baylor and city of Waco plan to host concerts and other city events in the stadium. In addition the stadium has a large HD LED video board for viewing plays. The board is 5,029 square feet, ranking as the 13th largest college football video board in the nation at the time it opened. This new stadium is part of a plan to be the front door to Waco and enhance the growth along the Brazos and downtown Waco.

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McLane Stadium Twilight Pano – Another capture of the McLane Stadium with the building and pedestrian bridge in a pano with the lights on against a twilight blue hour sky with with clouds left over from sunset for a stunning look.  The Brazos river capture some nice reflections from the lights of the McLane Stadium where the Baylor University Bears play their games.  We capture this as a panorama so you can also see the the pedestrian bridge that crosses over the Brazos river in this panorama.

Best of Houston Images

Here are some of our top images of Houston Skyline and the Cities most popular sites. Houston is one of the largest city in the Southern US it has a population of over 2 million people and is very diverse. The city is home to Houston ship channel, the art district, opera, sports teams, the medical center along with several universities, Aquarian, museums, and many parks, along with a large convention center the “George Brown Convention” in the heart of downtown with the Discovery Green Park across the street. You will also find some of the tallest skyscrapers in the southern United States located here, which make for some nice skyline images. We have many more images of the Houston area so check out our website for more images like these.

1. Fred Hartman Bridge – These two images of the Fred Hartman Bridge below are a sunset and night capture of this cable stay bridge that spans the Houston Ship Channel. The bridge is 2.6 miles long and is the main route to Baytown and La Porte. We like the first image as we captured this wonderful sunset colors over the ship channel and we also like the second version as night has set in over the ship channel with the lights on the bridge giving that moody capture.

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We had a hard time picking which image to select of the Fred Hartman Bridge on the ship channel outside of Houston. This bridge is 2.6 miles long and spans across the ship channel from Baytown to La Porte Texas. The sky was incredible I hate to say it but I think it due to all the chemicals in the air in this area. Earlier we noticed two different areas with rainbow yet it had not rained at all. In any case oil refineries make for beautiful fiery sunset. Watermark will not appear on image

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Fred Hartman Bridge Night – The Fred Hartan bridge after dark with the lights on giving it a golden glow against the night sky. The bridge span 2.8 miles across the ship channel from La Porte to Baytown Texas. The bridge was built to replace the tunnel that went underneath the water so they could dig it out for bigger ships to pass. You can cleary make out the refinery underneath the bridge even the fracking flare.


2. Eleanor Tinsley Park Day –These images are from Eleanor Tinsley Park which is along side of the Buffalo Bayou north west of the downtown area of the city. It is a favorite place to capture a Houston skyline or other cityscape images of the high rise buildings in the downtown area and this is just a couple of those images we took of the park from the ground and air using our aerial drone to capture a little different perspective. This park includes a hike and bike trail along the buffalo bayou, volley ball, and other activies along with other events sponsord by the city. dsc06029

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Houston Skyline From Above  – This is a aerial view of the Houston Skyline with the Buffalo Bayou, Elenor Tinsley Park and the Jaimal Skate Park all in the image below. You can also see the Sabine St. Bridge along with the Allen Parkway and on the other side is Memorial dirve running along the other side of the park. The city view includes the usual skyscrapers like the Chase Tower, Heritage Plaza, Wells Fargo, and the 1400 Smith St. buildings just to name a few. You can see the Houston City Hall building at the base of the buildings where it is dwarfed by the high-rise skyscrapers since Houston has some ot the tallest buildings in the southern US. We were able to capture this high quality aerial image over Houston because we use a full frame camera on our drone for out still photographs so we can get the best image which can be printed easlity as a 20 x 60 or larger size without loss of resolution.

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This is one of the many parks near downtown that also has a great view of the Houston skyline. There are many hike and bike trails with fields for playing ball or start up a game of volley ball all with a wonderful cityscape with all the skyscraper high rise buildings in the city as a backdrop. The Buffalo Bayou run along side of the trials throught out the park.

3. Eleanor Tinsley Park Night –Here are a couple of image taken of the Houston skyline downtown after dark from the Eleanor Tinsley Park. You really get the feel for how impressive this city skyline really is from here at night with the lights in buildings on it gives this sense of how close they are.

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This is one of my favorite image of the Houston skyline as the blue hour really pops the buildings and the park lights turn on which show just how close the city is to one of the many parks that run along the Buffalo Bayou in the city.

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Another Houston skyline panorama at night in the downtown area which include all the high rise buildings like the Well Fargo, Smith Street, the American Bank, Heritage Plaza and more. Houston is a city of skyscraper some of the tallest buildings in the south are located in here in the downtown area.

4. Discovery Green Park- The discovery Green Park is located right across the street from the George Brown Convention Center in the heart of downtown Houston with all the city skycrapers as a backdrop to this great park. The park has a lake, restaurants, walking trails, and many activities like music, yoga, kayaking, and even ices skating in the winter.

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This is a pano of the Discovery Green Park in downtown Houston just as the sun is being to set. The reflective high rise has picked up the pink colors in the sky as the sun sets over the cityscape of this modern urban environment. Watermark will not appear on image

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Discovery Green Skyline After Dark  –  This is the Discovery Green with the city skyline after dark. We like the reflections in the water as you can see people are still out and about on this nice eveing in the city. Watermark will not appear on image

5. Houston Rosemont Pedestrian Bridge View – We captured this image right at sunrise from the Rosemont pedestrian Bridge from this location you can see the Houston skyline. We loved the way the Houston skyscrapers were reflected back in the water of the Buffalo Bayou on this morning. The second image was used in a special edition of Texas Monthly. It was used in the face mask of the astronaut in their 2017 Superbowl edition. dsc-8581

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Houston Golden Glow – This capture of the Houston skyline was in the early morning at sunrise just after the sun came up and it gave these swirling clouds over the city a golden glow and the Buffalo Bayou also caught the reflection in the water.  You can see the sun light peaking out between the skyscraper in the downtown area.  This image was used in the Texas Monthly superbowl magazine in the astronount helment.

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Sunrise Over the Bayou – Another capture of the Buffalo Bayou in downtown Houston as the sunrise was just begining to come up with the skyline of the city in view.  You can see the reflections in the waters of the Bayou as the pink sky reflect back into the water.

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University of Texas 2017 Graduation

This years graduation ceremony for The University of Texas graduates was magical moment as the fire work ended the evening with crowds of people watching from outside the barriers which were on the other side of the Littlefield fountain along with all the graduating students tonight. UT campus is a rather large school with over 40 acreas, but it seem they were all crammed into this small area for the ceremony for the class of 2017. You can see the fireworks as they shot out of the burnt orange tower with the number 17 representing all the graduates of 2017. Even though we were across the street you could see the Texas flag on the Main building and all the lights from the students cell phone as they tried to photograph the fireworks as the final event of the evening. It was a magical moment and for many of these students and their family members that supported them for this very moment it was truely a very happy moment so congrats to all, Go Longhorns!! Below are a few of the best images we captured.

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Fire Work Over UT Tower – This years graduation ceremony for UT graduates was magical moment as the fire work ended the evening with crowds of people watching from outside the barriers which were on the other side of the Littlefield fountain along with all the graduating students tonight.  UT campus is a rather large school with over 40 acreas, but it seem they were all crammed into this small area for the ceremony for the class of 2017.  You can see the fireworks as they shot out of the burnt orange tower with the number 17 representing all the graduates of 2017.  Even though we were across the street you could see the Texas flag on the Main building and all the lights from the students cell phone as they tried to photograph the fireworks as the final event of the evening.  It was a magical moment and for many of these students and their family members that supported them for this very moment it was truely a very happy moment so congrats to all.  

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UT Tower Littlefield Fountain – Last night the UT Tower lights up burnt orange for the graduating class of 2017 on the campus in downtown Austin.  In the forefront the Littlefield fountain was flowing water with the burnt orange tower behind with number 17 for the class of 2017.  This is the classic UT graduation in downtown Austin.  You can see the tower from many locations through out the city and when it changes color it is usually because they won in some sport or other worthy events.

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UT Tower with Bevo –  We were caputuring some image of the UT tower at graduation in downtown Austin when the tower was lit up in the traditional burnt orange colors of the school and the image of Bevo appeared.  Austin UT campus is a major presense in downtown and on this night you knew it was a special night when the tower was burnt orange and with the Bevo on it  you knew this was  something unique and different to this years graduation.  I heard them say their were over 9280  graduates this year so for all of them congrat on your achievment.

Ghostly Caldwell Pier After Dark

We decided to go out around 2Am and see if we could get the milkyway as it came up over the horizon so while waiting we decided to take a photo under the Caldwell Pier in Port A to see what we would get. We have taken this pier many times but never this long after dark. At first I thought the lights on the pier would not be good but afterwards I thought the lights made the photo more interesting as it gave the pier this errie look to the waters below. We thought the image turned out pretty nice with the this sort of ghostly look to the waters and the pier with it diminishing perspective gave it cool coastal landscape. You can see the ripple of the sand under the wave along the beach as the tide came in which just added another cool layer to the image. We love to come to Port Aransas and on this trip we were visiting with our friends from Nashville who have a beach house, but we never been to beach in the middle of the night. We sat around with our friends having some wine and once they said they were going to bed then we went out to take some photos. Always have a good time here rather we take photos or not. We expected the beach to be empty at this hour, but we were surprise to find dozen of people walking in the surf and many in the waters as you could see their flash light shinning into the waters of the gulf. I don’t know what they were doing fishing, looking for shells whatever by three most were gone. Another great night in Port A Texas.

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We capture this image of the Caldwell Pier after Dark in Port A Texas with a unique look at night.  We have this texas coastal image that we took during the day and at sun rise so we thought why not try it after dark.  So around 2pm we went out to see what we could photograph and the pier had lights so we decided to try a shot here.  You can see where the lights of the pier cast this ghostly look over the waters below.  We had just enough light to see the surf flow over the ripple of sand on the beach as high tide came in with a long exposure, which gave a nice effect we thought. Hope you like our Texas pier beach scene at night.

Sunset Over Lake Travis

Check out our latest capture of a Lake Travis sunset. This is another capture of this great sunset over Lake Travis. Today we had a full lake and nice sky right before the sunset and gave us this beautiful sky. The Lake was built as a reserve on the Colorado river which holds excess waters from flash floods. Lake Travis is the largest storage of water in the Highland Lakes. The reserve was built in 1942 after the construction of Mansfield dam near Austin by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). The lake goes from Austin upstream for 65 miles along the Colorado river. Lake Travis was not designed for recreation use but it is one of the most populars places to boat, swim, fish, picnicking, suba diving along with many other activities because of it clear waters. This area of Lake Travis is also a scenic location overlooking the big bowl of the lake. Tourist and locals come here to try and capture one of the spectacular sunsets. This area is located at the foothills of the Texas Hill Country near Austin and it is a great place to capture a piece of the Texas scenic landscape anytime of the year. This image looks wonderful on canvas or metal prints click below to see pricing.

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Lake Travis Sunset2 – Lake Travis sunset in the Texas Hill Country can be an awesome sight as the sun sets in the west and reflects back the oranges glow of the sky in the water. This image was taken a short time after the first similar one as the sunset was more intense. This lake is the most popular spot for people from Austin and other Texas cities to visit every summer. This lake is about 20 minutes from Austin and is a very popular location to come and watch the sunset, boating, swimming or whatever water activities you like. The water quality here is pretty good so in many places you have good visibility for snorkeling or diving. 

Oak Alley Plantation sunrise

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.

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This is the view of sunrise at Oak Alley plantation in Louisiana. We loved the light as it came through this canopy of branches to frame the path to the house. 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 made for this path. 

Stars over McDonald Observatory

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.[1] 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.

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We capture this last shot of the astronomical observatoryTelescope Dome as the the night stars were just coming out at McDonald Observatory in the Davis mountains in far west Texas. This area is considered to be one of the darkest skies in Texas so a perfect place to look at the stars.  This image may print slightly darker than seen here.

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Another great sunset image with the McDonald Observatory and the Davis Mountains in west Texas in view. The high and dry peaks of the Davis Mountains make for some of the darkest and clearest night skies in the region and provide excellent conditions for astronomical studies but also have some nice sunsets and sunrise. We capture this sunset while we were waiting for the stars to appear. It seem like the sky was never going to get dark but once it did it was very dark. The McDonald Observatory is an astronomical observatory located near the community of Fort Davis in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. The observatory is managed by the University of Texas. The facility is located on Mount Locke in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, with additional facilities on Mount Fowlkes, about 8 miles away. . Included in this image is a close up 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. Today at the McDonald Observatory is reasearch into a wide variety of topics, including planetary systems, stars and stellar spectroscopy, astronomy and many other topics.

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McDonald Observatory at sunset as the clouds light up with these colorful pinks and oranges over the tops of the two observatory in the skies over the Davis Mountains.

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Sunset Over McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis Mountains – Sunset at the McDonald Observatory in the Fort Davis Mountains in west Texas. While we were waiting for the stars to appear we captured this colorful sunset over the mountains and the two observatory telescopes. In the image is 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. This image shows the Davis Mountains with two of the the McDonald observatory as the sun was setting over the mountains near Fort Davis. The observatory is run by UT and is located in one of the darkest area of Texas. This observatory is used for astronomical research of the planets and stars and stellar along with other interest.

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 McDonald Observatory Sunset –  We captured this wonderful sunset image of the McDonald Observatory near Fort Davis in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. We loved this with the Davis Mountains sunset with two of the McDonald observatory sitting on top of Mount Locke just after sunsets. The dark skies in this area is why the McDonald Observatory is located here and on top of this mountain you have two telescope domes the Otto Struve and the Harlan J. Smith in view. This area of west Texas in the Davis mountains is known for having some of the darkest skies around it why it was located here and is run by UT. This observatory is used for astronomical research of the planets and stars and stellar along with other interest.  Down below they host regular star parties using smaller telescopes but be sure to make reservation as it is on only on certain days and it may be limited in how many people are allowed.  

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Bluebonnet Sunrise on the River

Bluebonnet Sunrise on the River – We capture this image early one morning at sunrise as the sun rose along the Colorado river with this field of Texas blue bonnets. The Texas bluebonnet or also called the Lupinus Texensis were wonderful this morning. I am not a morning person but this morning we were up at 5am and drove an hour to this special spot to capture this field of bluebonnets at sunrise along the river. After trying 3 days in a row the sky finally looked like it was going to be the one so we dashed out to this morning hoping to capture the image at dark thirty in the morning and got there just as the sky was starting to lighten up. We quickly got setup and waited for the sun to pop up over the hill side. The buebonnet or lupine are distinct to this area and is also the Texas state flower. High quality prints are available just click on the image to go the print order page. http://www.beecreekphoto.com/blog/bluebonnets-and-texas-longhorns/

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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.