Covered Bridge Reflections – We decided to photograph this covered bridge from below along the Buffalo creek inorder to get this reflections in the water. We had this wonderful maple tree with it fall colors on display along side of the bridge with this creek flowing into a larger pool of water and giving us this wonderful reflection of the bridge. This area of the country is part of the national forest in the Ozarks and is beautiful in fall with so much color. We were pleasantly surprised that their was so much color left in the ozarks national forest. We had planned to go to the Smokie mountains but the weather was not going to work so we re-routed to Arkansas and happy we did.
While on the way back from the far reaches of the Texas Hill Country chasing fall colors we came across this windmill just as the sun was setting. I have been looking for a windmill with a sunset for along time and finally caught one at the right time and place. We took a different route back from taking images of the fall colors and had seen many nice windmills on the way but they were in the wrong direction. Most had wires or were too far from the road and such. On the way up the last hill before the highway I saw this windmill but it appeared to be on the right side of the road as the sun was setting with a beautiful sky but at the last turn it ended up being to the west as we drove by. I wiped a u-turn pulled off the road jumped out of the truck grabbed the tripod and camera and ran over to the fence just in time to capture this image of the windmill in silhouette as the sun was setting.
Austin Skyline Panorama – We captured this aerial Austin skyline panorama of the cityscape looking straight down Congress Ave using our drone to photography over the city. This wonderful Austin skyline was capture looking up congress avenue all the way to the Texas Capital. In this Austin skyline you can see many of the city high-rise buildings including the Frost, Austonian, W Hotel, Austin 360 CondosOne Congress Plaza, Radisson Hotel, Marriott, Four Season Hotel, along with the Ashton Condos, and One Congress and a bit of Lady Bird Lake. Looking up congress avenue you can the Texas State Capital which is the hub of Central Texas. Austin is the location for the University of Texas flagship campus, high tech companies, and is also known for its live-music scene centered around country, blues and rock. Its many parks and lakes are popular for hiking, biking, swimming and boating. West of Austin is Lake Austin plus Lake Travis and South of the city, is the Formula One Circuit of the Americas raceway to name a few thing around town.
Houston River Oaks Movie Theater -The Houston River Oaks Movie Theatre is a historic movie theater located in the River Oaks Shopping Center in the Neartown community in Houston, Texas, east of the River Oaks community. We were excited to find the River Oaks Theater is still in business. The River Oaks theater is a historic landmark and according to my other half its where she spent a good deal of her time in her early twenties so we had to stop and take a photo for nostagia sake. Just another street scene of this vibrant cityscape in downtown Houston. This was in the downtown part of Houston not sure if it is considered downtown or uptown Houston I don’t know where the line is located between the two areas.
Sam Houston Monument Hermann Park – Sam Houston Monument which sits at the entrance to Hermann Park in downtown Houston overlooking the park. Sam Houston is sitting on top of his horse Saracen over looking the beautiful Hermann Park in downtown Houston and is recognize for his victory over San Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. This is bronze statue which was sculpted by Enrico Filiberto Cerrachio and has been sitting at Montross and Main since 1925. The arch it sits on was made out of a hugh granite slab and was sculpted by artist Frank Teich. This monument is one of the many Houston landmarks in the city. Sam Houston was recoginized for his victory over Santa Anna in the Battle of San Jacinto which secured the independence of Texas from Mexico in one of the shortest decisive battles in modern history.
Houston Skyline at Twilight – Houston skyline at twilight right after the sun goes down and the lights come on the buildings in downtown Houston light up and you have the blue hour or twilight. The blue hour or twilight is when the sky is still blue and the lights shine through to show this vibrant city in downtown with this great skyline in the background. The Eleanor Tinley Park run along the Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive with the Buffalo Bayou snaking it way through the park. After dark you can see the lights at the Jamail skate park along the townhouses next to the Allen Parkway with a little light still from the sun set earlier still reflecting off some of the buildings. Houston has some of the tallest skyscrapers in the south, it is a city that was made from the energy industry. Some used to say Houston has it cows and it oil, but things have changed a lot since I grew up here for this vibrant diverse city with many business including banking, tech and several universities like Rice, University of Houston not to mention a top place for art, music, museums, and some top knotch sports team like the Astros and along with many others things to do and see in the city. This is our latest capture of Houston using our drone to capture another great Texas aerial. Also available as a panorama.
Austin Skyline From Above Pano – Another Aerial Austin skyline with the latest view along Lady Bird Lake with the hike and bike trail along the waters edge at twilight. This austin skyline includes the new tallest building in the cityscape the Independent or Jingle as some call it, plus our second tallest the Austonian, plus the Google new home, the Northshore condos which have been added recently, along with the W building, the Bowie, the Ashton and another new one at the far end the Fairmont Hotel and so many others its hard to name them all. Oh lets not forget the Frost building just barely peeping out from behind the Ashton and other new arrivals. Another city high rise you can just barely see anymore is the Austin 360 as the new high rises have almost completely block its view from here. Austin is a fast growing city with all of it sky-scrapers built in the last ten year so it is has a modern cityscape in downtown and is constantly changing for good or bad. Much of the growth of the city growth has been the large number of high tech companies which have move here to the city in the last five year or so. Austin is also the state capital and it is home to a major school the University of Texas. The city contines to draw tourist and people wanting to vist or live in this lively modern city with it well know night life being the music capital of the world and it great life style. However with that said I must mention the draw back from the increase traffic which can be a complete night mare at time. 8332
Aerial Austin Skyline – Aerial Austin skyline with the latest view along Lady Bird Lake with the hike and bike trail along the waters edge. This austin skyline includes the new tallest building in the cityscape the Independent or Jingle as some call it, along with the Google new home, the Northshore condos, and of course the W building, and so many others its hard to name them all. You can just barely see the Austin 360 anymore as the new high rises have almost completely block its view from here. Austin is a fast growing city with all of it sky-scrapers built in the last ten year so it is has a modern cityscape in downtown. The city has also attracted many high tech companies to the city not to mention it is also the state capital and it is home to a major school the University of Texas. The city contines to draw tourist and people wanting to vist or live this lively modern city and its well know night life being the music capital of the world and it great life style. However with that said I must mention the draw back from the increase traffic which can be a complete night mare at time.
San Antonio Skyline at Twilight Pano – San Antonio skyline on prints, canvas and metal. San Antonio skyline at Twilight with two of the city landmarks in view the Tower of America and The Alamo Dome plus more. Also in view is the new Henry B Gonzales convention center along with all the other cities buildings. San Antonio is for the first time starting to change it skyline with serveral new building schedule like the Frost Bank building which will be finished sometime next year. We thought this was a color view of the city with it most popular high rise buildings like the Drury, the Tower Life building, Hyatt along with with many of the new buildings along with many on the way.
Austin Congress Bridge Bats – The Austin Congress Bridge Bat come out from under the bridge on a nightly basis from March to October every year. It draws a crowd of locals to tourist to see at least once while here. The Ann Richards Congress Bridge bat watch becomes almost a festival event now with hundreds of people on the bridge, on boats and along the hike and bike trail near the American statesman. There are people playing music, selling stuff, almost nightly. The bats can be seen from anywhere in this area but our favorite viewing area is at the bridge. There are something like 1.5 million Mexican Freetail bats that come out after the sun sets but in this time of year there are many more as the baby bat are now flying so there number increase. People come to Austin and along with the State Capital the bats are right there in popularity as a must see while here. The sky picked up this wonderful orange glow as we photographed this scene at the Austin Congress
Bridge bats show as we have done so many times before only this time we had bats! Yes the bats have been very elusive to us at times but it seems this is one of the best time of year to catch them. So we took another chance and went back into downtown Austin to see if we could capture a decent shot. The bats were all coming out at the same time in waves this time so the sky would explode with bats for at least five minutes and then they were gone or separating out to go their own ways. This image capture one of the many shots of the Austin Congress Bridge Bats we photographed on this night.