Dallas State Fair with the Texas Star at the State Fair with a vintage look. This fair is an annual event held at the Fair Park in Dallas from the last weekend in September for 24 days. The Texas Star is one of it most popular and longest running rides. The fair run along the same time as the college football game which is traditionally between Texas and Oklahoma. We love the Texas Star Ferris wheel with a vintage look in this image. This ferris wheel can be seen from a distance being that it is one of the largest in the US. We felt that we wanted to represent the long history since the late 1880’s with a vintage look much like what you would seen on a postcard at the early years of the fair with these two photographs. We also have none vintage image of the Texas Star.
The Houston Discovery Green Park was officially open to the public in 2008 in downtown area of the city. This 11.8 acres park is located across the street from the George Brown Convention Center with a parking garage underneath the park. This Houston park has Kinder Lake for kayaking and remote sail boating racing, along with a band stand for weekly music event and a children’s play area including a splash wet area, also there are many restaurants in and near the park. Special events are held here year round they even have ice skating in the winter time in the park. The Houston Discovery Green park is also near many hotels and is also walking distance to the Toyota Center and Minute Maid park. We prefer to stay in this area because there is so many restaurants and thing to do nearby. The Discovery Green park was funded by private and public money.
Houston latest street art “The Wings Over Water” sculpture that is locate in front of George Brown Convention center in downtown Houston taken after dark in BW. I like the detail that this version brought out in an geometric patterns in black and white. We have many different phases and colors of this water feature Wings Over Water in our selection, this sculpture is one of the largest at 30 by 60 ft high in the world and is kinetic with moving parts however on the night we were there it was not working, but we will be back. To see more of Wings Over Water be sure and check them out on our website at beecreekphoto.com
This is another capture of the mansion and oak trees right before the sun was fully up and before the mist lifted on this early morning at the Oak Alley Plantation which I thought worked best as a black and white image. This misty look give this image a moody feel with the mansion and large old oaks in BW as the the morning mist settles over the property seems to transport you back in time. The Oak Alley plantation is a popular spot for tourist looking for history of the deep south and a feel for what life long ago was like on these plantations. The plantation was created in the early 1800’s as a surgar cane plantation and was worked by slaves so it rich in historic value. The plantation got it name from the many live oak trees that were planted over 300 years ago prior to the plantations existance. Some refer to this area as Oak valley or Seven Oaks and it is near the community of Vacherie St James Parish in Louisiana. Many movies has been made here especially including anything releated to the deep south civil war era along with many spooky movies. The Oak Alley Plantation is a National Historic Landmark as it is rich in history and is visited by many toursit yearly. The Foudation maintains the property today for the this historic site.
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.
Milkyway At the Ranch – In Texas we say everything is bigger that includes the stars in the Milky Way we just capture in this nightscapes in this summer sky over this ranch land in the Hill Country. These days it is now getting harder and harder to capture those stars images because of light polution from even small towns so we have to travel farther and farther out in the Texas Hill Country to capture a night sky where there a lot of stars without a lot of light pollution. In this image we had to go west past Llano Texas just to find an area where we could even see the milky way. We did manage to find a ranch with a nice gate and waited till the Milky Way was just right and light paint gate just enough so we had a soft light on the gate with the galaxy behind.
Oak Alley at Sunrise – This was a look into the past that has been frozen in time at our visit of Oak Alley Plantation this last year. To get the feel of the place, we stayed on the property in one of the freed slaves cottages on the property which really helped you get a feel of what life might of been like in the past. In these images we captured the great old oak trees at Oak Alley Plantation at sunrise including the mansion and the other great oaks which have been here for more than 300 years. The Oak Alley plantation landscape is really a beautiful place to visit with a great sense of history both the good and the bad as it pertains to slavery. Our visit to the Oak Alley plantation left us with a sense of what was like for all that live there from the one who lived in the Mansion to the families that were enslaves and work and lived on the property. The property was designated a National Historic Landmark for its architecture and landscaping, and for the agricultural innovation of grafting pecan trees, performed there in 1846–47 by an enslaved gardener.
This is an sunrise landscape image of the wonderful live oak trees at Oak Alley Plantation. These old live oak trees are known to be over 300 years old and they were there even before there was a plantation or house on the property, but no one seems to knows who planted them, but we are glad they did. The plantation runs along the side of Mississippi river in the community of Vacherie, St. James Parish, Louisiana, U.S. This plantation was planted with sugar cane by slaves who live in the southern US and years before the grand old mansion was built these tree were already in place and somehow they knew right where they needed to be for the walkway from the house to the mississippi river. The trees there are amazing and we wanted to show you can do a triptych or multiple panel image from one image on our site to add that punch to a room. There are several reasons you might want to do a mulitple frame image; it allow the image to cover more wall space than a single image, it has modern look, also a mulitple panel images add a unique look to a photo and will be a show stopper and add that wow factor to the room. Please contact us if your interested in one of the split images style of photos.
Iconic Dallas skyline panorama after dark. This cityscape has the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the Bank of America, Fountain Plaza, Reunion Tower, Omni, along with many other high rises in the downtown area. Dallas has an impressive number of skyscraper in the downtown part of the city and is the third most populous city in Texas. The tallest building is the Bank of America Plaza which stands at 921 feet and the second tallest is the Renaissance Tower at 886 feet. Out of the top ten of the tallest buildings in the southern United States Dallas has three of the tallest buildings in Texas and Houston has seven. The downtown sits along the Trinity River where the town was founded and the city grew from it oil and cotton industry along the railroads, now business is mostly banking, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare and medical research, and transportation and logistic. This metropolitan area lead the nation as one of the nations largest employer and metropolitan area’s economy is the 10th largest in the world. We loved this image because we were able to capture such a large area of the downtown area of the city however this area is no longer available to photograph from. So we can only hope next time we go back we can find a similar site to capture the city from.
Another one of my favorite Austin skyline panoramas we have captured along Lady Bird Lake. Just as twilight began you can still some of the sunset colors still in the sky as the cityscape lights the high rise buildings along the shoreline of Lady Bird Lake in downtown area of the city. For years now high rise building along Austin Lady Bird Lake have made it difficult to capture a good skyline because there are so many cranes and still we have many new skyscrapers on their way. However, from this view you can still capture a decent skyline image along Lady Bird Lake at least for now.