Austin Skyline Glow – Austin skyline aerial as the sunset leaves this orange glow over Lady Bird Lake shoreline. The high rise buildings continue to grow along the town lake or Lady Bird Lake and on this aerial we can see we are almost done with building along the lake once the Independent or Jingle as some call it, is completed next year. Not really but just thought I would say it, but the truth is there are plans for two more 800 ft plus buildings in the same area over the next few year it seem they would be out of space to build in that area I guess not. In any case the downtown view along the lake has been changing almost yearly so we will see what come next. Austin skyline is a modern since most of the buildings have been built in the last ten years or so. Austin has many things to do in the city from the many parks, hike and bike trails, boating, barton springs, museums, along with live music events and UT sporting events to keep any one satisfied. Austin is situated in central texas at the beginning of the hill country where there are two lakes close by like Lake Austin, along with Lake Travis which are less than 30 minutes away for boating, swimming and other lake activities. Austin is a high tech town with lot of business related to that along with it is home to University of Texas and the State Capital.
Austin Congress Bat Watch – Austin Bat are a tourist attraction that has been going on for many year now. Since the late 1970 when I use to watch the bats from my apartment come out at night from the downtown area it was an amazing site to see. Today it draw tourist and locals alike from all over to watch the bats come out at night. Sometimes it a no show as the the bat leisurely come out through out the evening and some night it a spectacular show of thousand of bats coming out from under the Congress Ave bridge in Austin Texas all at once. It was almost a no show for the evening but we like the sky with this orange glow from the sun set with the spectators waiting for the show to begin right as the sun was going down under the bridge. The bat did come out just as we were heading back to the car but we managed to get a few shots before they were gone. People travel to Austin to see the bats but keep in mind they are only here in large numbers from early spring time to fall after the first cold snap usually late October or early November is when they start their migration for the winter.
Houston Discovery Green Park – This is the Houston Discovery Green Park from this aerial vantage point which let us create this great pano overview of this area. The Discovery Green park is 12 acreas right in the heart of downtown Houston across from the convention center, Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park a few blocks away. There are also plenty of places to stay in the area with the the Hilton Americas and the new Marriott Marque to name just a few right across from the park. We loved that from this vantage point you could also see the George Brown Convention Center the high rise hotels and condos in the area along with the Kinder Lake and the childrens spray area for cooling down along with other areas of the park. Along with the George Brown Convention Center they recently added Avenida Plaza and the Wing Over Water water sculptuer so you can spend a day just in this area of downtown Houston. There is parking garage under the park along with many other places to park and you can spend a day on Kinder lake kayaking or enjoy many movies, and music event at the Discovery Green free events while your here. The convention center new Aveida also is a new place to come and listen to music. While we were there people were dancing on the Aveida plaza to the latin beat of a Brazilian group next to the new water feature Wing Over Water right on this new area. There is plenty to do, see and eat in the area so you don’t have to go far. The Discovery Green park in downtown host over 600 free events for all ages every year you can’t beat that.
Austin Aerial Skyline Twilight View – Austin Aerial skyline view at Twilight taken from a birds eye view. This is another Austin skyline aerial image of the Austin twilight view looking down Lady Bird Lake with the city modern high rise buildings along the shoreline of the lake and looking north over IH35 where you can see the UT stadium and Erwin Center in the distant view. You can see Austin tallest building the Austonian which for a few months longer will hold that title till the Independent is completed sometime before the end of the year. It has been hard to capture images of Austin skyline from anywhere along the hike and bike trail because they are constantly adding new building along the shoreline. About the time you think they are done new cranes show up. Just recently found out that we will have two new buildings along the town lake shoreline once more and they will be taller than the Independent so its title will not last long. Just like all good things they don’t last long you can barely see the top of the Frost building, at one time it was the tallest building in the skyline. The cityscape has been constantly changing for years and I guess until all the land is gone it will continue. Actually from this spot in the 70’s you had a straight on view of the Texas Capital those days have been gone for many years now.
Austin Skyline at Twilight Panorama – Texas Skylines Prints and Canvas – Austin skyline at Twilight panorama taken from a birds eye view. This is an aerial image of the Austin skyline at twilight looking down Lady Bird Lake with the city high rise buildings along the shoreline of the lake and looking north over IH35 where you can see the UT stadium and Erwin Center in the distant view. You can see Austin tallest building the Austonian which for a few months long will hold that title till the Independent is completed sometime before the end of the year. It has been hard to capture images of Austin skyline from anywhere along the hike and bike trail because they are constantly adding new building along the shoreline. About the time you think they are done new cranes show up. Just recently found out that we will have two new buildings along the town lake shoreline once more and they will be taller than the Independent so its title will not last long. Just like all good things they don’t last long you can barely see the top of the Frost building, at one time it was the tallest building in the skyline. The cityscape has been constantly changing for years and I guess until all the land is gone it will continue. Actually from this spot in the 70’s you had a straight on view of the Texas Capital those days have been gone for many years now.
Houston Skyline from the Park – This is one of our favorite places to photograph with the many parks near downtown that also has a great view of the Houston skyline from the park. 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 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 to the tallest buildings in the southern US. The Buffalo Bayou run along side of the trials through out the park. This is the Eleanor Tinsley park that is right in downtown area along the Allen Parkway a wonderful addition to the city. It was name after Eleanor Tinsley who served on the city counsel for 16 years in 1998. What is so great is the Houston skyline from the park can be seen from most areas of the park and has been a huge addition to the city and a draw for locals and tourist that come to visit.
The Texas Capital in Austin looking south with the sun going down behind the clouds which are back lit nicely from the underside making for an impressive sky over the capitol grounds. The Texas Capital is visited by thousand of tourist every year and it is one of the top tourist attractions in Austin and is an iconic historical site. The Capitalin Austin building was built in 1888 of granite in the italian renaissance style and it is a National historic landmark. The Texas Capital in Austin is located in downtown on Congress ave. This captial view is looking south toward the city with the two taller buildings the Frost Bank and the tallest building in the city the Austonian behind the captial. The capital grounds sit on 22 acreas and are very nice place to ejnoy the day.
Oasis Sunset Pano – One more image of this wonderful Oasis sunset on Lake Travis. Lake Travis is outside of Austin in the Hill Country which is a favorite place for locals and tourist to come and you can’t miss the Oasis restaurant for some good food and drinks as you watch the sunset set.The Oasis Sunset Pano – The Oasis sunset is the best place to capture a sun set which is located in the Texas Hill country outside Austin on Lake Travis. The restaurant is located in far west Austin at the foothills of the Texas Hill Country on Lake Travis. The Oasis restaurant likes to promote itself as the “Sunset Capital of Texas” with it decks facing west for maximum sunset views. The restaurant sit on a bluff about 450 feet over the lake overlooking the big bowl at the lake. Lake Travis is part of the Highland lakes, after Mansfield dam was built in 1942 it became the largest reservoir for water storage creating the largest area of water where the Oasis overlook is. The Oasis restaurant is popular with locals and tourist and it not uncommon to find buses lined up in the parking lot. It has become a destination for people traveling in this area of the Hill Country to visit to capture a peak at the sunset. Most people who live in Austin will tell you place go to see the view as the Oasis sunset is hard to beat in the area, the sunsets view from this location are great anytime of the year. The Oasis restaurant has been here for thirty years, but in 2005 a lightning fire destroyed parts of the structure but it was back in business about two weeks later, over time the portion that had burn down was re-built and expanded for maximun sunset views. This Lake is one of the largest reservoir of water along the Highland lakes. another beautiful sunset in the Texas hillcountry. Love that the sunset was almost here and they still have the umbrellas up they will take them down at sunset.
Golden Glow Over Bluebonnets – This was taken on the colorado river as the sunrise cast this golden glow over bluebonnets with these golden clouds cast their warm colors over this amazing field of wildflowers. Springtime in the Texas hill country is my favorite time because of all the wonderful wildflowers everywhere, especially when you come across a big field of bluebonnets like this it can be a magical landscape. These blueboonets were taken along the Colorado river in the Hill Country at sunrise as the sky and cloud had this golden glow. The Texas bluebonnets are a variety of blue wildflowers that grow in the State of Texas every spring which are of the genus Lupinus. Originally in 1901 the state declare only one blue bonnet the state flower however, in 1971 the Texas legislature declare that any flower found to be similar to Lupinus be declared the state flower. The name bluebonnet was from the look of the top of white part of the flower that was similar to the bonnet that woman wore on their heads in the pioneering days. The popularity of the blue bonnet grew after Lady Bird Johnson had push the Highway Beautification Act where she encorage everyone to plant native wildflowers along highways in the state. Today you can find wildflowers along many roads in Texas and the Texas Hill County has been known as one of the better places to find them. Bluebonnets love soil that drain wells and you will find them easily growing along the slopping areas along the roads. Of course some years are better than others but you don’t have to drive too far into the hill country to find them along the roads. It is almost that time for the bluebonnets to bloom anywhere between the middle of March to the middle of April depending on where and if we got the right amount of rain and sun here in central Texas. We also have other wildflowe that show up near the same time like Indian Paintbrush it changes year to year it is alway fun to see what will show up every spring.
Fort Worth Seventh Street Bridge – We capture this image of the Fort Worths Seventh Street bridge at night as the lights of the city came on in the background. Fort Worth recently added this modern architecture bridge which connects the university area of the city with the downtown area to ease traffic accross the Trinity river. The Fort Worth seventh street bridge crosses over the Trinity river in downtown which flows through the city and to the Dallas area also. The close up view of the bridge framed the the cityscape at night very nicely with it modern architectural bridge and the city skyline in the background as the light came on in downtown Fort Worth. Fort Worth is the fifth largest city in Texas and it is growing quickly. In the past the city was known as a cow town because it was once part of the Chisholm trail cattle drives and had a rough tough brawling wild west kind of place. It still imbraces it western heritage but has grown to become a more modern city as it is now part of the DFW which includes both Dallas and Fort Worth.