The Alamo at Sunrise in San Antonio

The Alamo at Sunrise in San Antonio – Our latest early morning capture of the Alamo in San Antonio at sunrise with this wonderful color in the sky. The Alamo was originally known as Misión San Antonio de Valero and was founded as a Catholic mission in 18th century as a mission and fortress compound along with educational purpose for the American Indian. Today it is part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and is a World Heritage Site. This historic landmark site is part of the San Antonio cityscape which draws thousand of tourist year round to come to the mission and discover the historic significance of this place. The Alamo is treated with a lot of reverence so be respectful when inside at all times. Today it is part of San Antonio greatest tourist attraction because of it contribution to history. During the revolution a small number of Texians were at the compound when the Mexican Army attacked and kill most who were left inside and burned some of the place down. Many know the history of Battle of the Alamo as William Travis and his men like Daniel Boon and Jim Bowie fought Santa Anna Army. The Alamo was brought back to life when the Daughter of the Republic in 1835 started trying to preserve it and had maintained until 2015 when the Texas Land Office took over the site. Today it is probably one of the most popular tourist spots in the state of Texas.

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The Alamo at Sunrise –  Another capture of the Alamo at sunrise in San Antonio with the early morning color in the sky. The Alamo was originally known as Misión San Antonio de Valero and was founded as a Catholic mission in 18th century as a mission and fortress compound along with educational purpose for the American Indian. Today it is part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and is a World Heritage Site. This historic landmark site is part of the San Antonio cityscape which draws thousand of tourist year round to come to the mission and discover the historic significance of this place. The Alamo is treated with a lot of reverence so be respectful when inside at all times. Today it is part of San Antonio greatest tourist attraction because of it contribution to history. During the revolution a small number of men 187 Texians were at the compound when the Mexican Army attacked and executed all the men who were left inside and burned some of the place down. Many know the history of Battle of the Alamo as William Travis and his men like Daniel Boon and Jim Bowie fought Santa Anna Army to the end. This was the what started the revolution with the battle cry of Remember the Alamo. Most remember ‘The Battle of the Alamo from their history books which took place in 1836 when San Anna with 5000 men took on the 187 men of the Alamo and executed them all. However it was a short lived victory for Santa Anna and his men who were later defeated by General Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto. The Alamo was brought back to life by the Daughter of the Republic which started trying to preserve it and had maintained until 2015 when the Texas Land Office took over the site. Today it is probably one of the most popular tourist spots in the state of Texas. Most remember ‘The Battle of the Alamo from their history books which took place in 1836 when San Anna with 5000 men took on the 187 men of the Alamo and executed them all. However it was a short lived victory for Santa Anna and his men who were later defeated by General Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto. We have many more mission please contact about other San Antonio Missions. Today we captured the Alamo at sunrise, but we have many more from images if the Alamo at dusk, sunset and twilight.

Mission Espada San Antonio

The Mission San Francisco de la Espada or just Mission Espada, which it is called by most, was established in 1731 in San Antonio Texas near the river. It was originally in Weches Texas in 1690 but was transfered to San Antonio in 1731. The area that house the priest and the church were established later part of 1700’s. The mission was set up to resemble a Spanish village with Spanish culture. The mission inhabitants mostly Native Americans ended up needing to learn skills like masonry and carpentry and blacksmithing along with needing to learn weaving skill to make clothes for the people in the village. The Mission Espada chapel has a unique door and archway and this style can bee seen around the city today. In 1836 there was fires that destroy most of the mission only the chapel, the granary and two compound walls were left at the Mission Espada. This site has been preserved to what it is now and it now part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park that officially open in 1983 and has now become a world heritage site. There is still Just north of the mission is the Espada Aqueduct which is still well preserve today which brought the water to the mission and the area. Today there are five missions including the Alamo which are some of the most visited site for tourist to visit in the city of San Antonio as each mission is different with their unique architecture. The Mission Espada chapel has a unique door and archway. All the missions still hold church services today along with weddings and funerals. The Mission Espada is one of four missions, along with the Alamo, which have been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO). The Land for the Historical Park was donated by the city, county, state, Catholic Church and San Antonio Conservation Society. Today this is one of the most popular sites to visit when tourist visit the city of San Antonio.

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Mission Espada2 – Mission Espada is one of the spanish mission which are part of the San Antonio National Historical park. Included this well on the beautiful ground with these lovely trees of the mission.

Texas Hill Country Wildflower Landscape

Texas Hill Country Wildflower Landscape – Texas Wildflowers Landscape on Canvas, Metal, or Prints –
A field of firewheels or indian blanket wildflowers as far as the eye can see in the Texas Hill country. We lucked upon this field of wildflowers as we were on a road trip into the hill country to capture river images. However getting off track presented us with this endless field of beautiful indian blankets wildflowers with this great tree. The firewheel another name for the indian blanket is an annual flowering plant that blooms through May through August in Texas. The flower can be red with yellow on the tips to completely red. They get their name because they seem to form a blanket over the landscape. They grow up to two feet high and are very drought tolerant so they can hang around in the hottest and driest terrain, if they have enough water and the right soil they can pop up all summer. This field of texas wildflowers seem to be endless. We went back a week later hoping to take some more photos and they were pretty much already going to seed so glad we capture this while there.

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A field of firewheels or indian blanket as far as the eye can see in the Texas Hill country. We lucked upon this field of wildflowers as we were on a road trip into the hill country. It was a endless field of beautiful indian blankets wildflowers with this great tree. The firewheel another name for the indian blanket is an annual flowering plant that blooms through May through August in Texas. The flower can be red with yellow on the tips to completely red. They get their name because they seem to form a blanket over the landscape. They grow up to two feet high and are very drought tolerant so they cna hang around in the hottest and dryest terrain.

Guadalupe River Sunset Landscape

Guadalupe River Sunset Landscape – Canvas, Metal, and Prints Landscape –
A waterfall along the Guadlupe river at sunset in the Texas Hill Country. Using a long exposure of the waterfall coming over the dam soften the water as it flow over the dam in the heart of Texas Hill Country. If there is anything Texan like it their outdoors activities on the rivers and lakes. When you our out in nature with the birds, trees, and running water it give you sense of adventure as we listened to the roar of the river as it flowed over the dam head on the guadalupe river today. The guadalupe river run from Kerr county to the gulf of mexico. The upper part of the river is mostly smaller faster streams with bank of limestone usually lined with Pecan trees or bald cypress. The lower part begins at the Canyon Dam and run through New Braunfel where even more rafting takes place then down to the coast to San Anotonio Bay. The water flow is controled by Canyon Dam depending on the amount of rain it has received.

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Sunset on Texas Guadalupe River – Canvas, Metal, and Prints Landscape –
A waterfall landscape along the Guadalupe River at sunset in the Texas Hill Country. Using a long exposure of the waterfall coming over the dam soften the water as it flow over the dam in the heart of Texas Hill Country.  If there is anything Texan like it their outdoors activities on the rivers and lakes. When you our out in nature with the birds, trees, and running water it give you sense of adventure as we listened to the roar of the river as it flowed over the dam head on the guadalupe river today.

Texas Hill Country Sunset Panorama

Texas Hill Country Sunset Panorama –
Texas hill country sunset panorama along the Pedernales river landscape. The sun was just setting and back lit these clouds which were reflected nicely into the water along the river. The pedernales river is a tributary of the Colorado river and flows approximately 106 miles through the heart of the Central Texas region. The river flow through the hill country from springs near Kimble County east through Fredericksburg, Blanco County, Stonewall, LBJ Ranch, Johnson City, and continues it flow into Lake Travis on the west side of Travis County in Central Texas. Pedernales watershed represents the diverse culture, hydrology and landscape of much of the greater Hill Country region. Also along the river many species of birds live including the federally endangered black-capped vireo and golden cheeked warbler along with the Pedernales spring salamander. Today we​ got some nice colors in the sky as the sun set through the trees along the banks of the Pedernales river a gem in the heart of the hill country in this rural landscape scene.

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Texas Hill Country Sunset Panorama –
Texas hill country sunset panorama along the Pedernales river landscape.  The sun was just setting and back lit these clouds which were reflected nicely into the water along the river. The pedernales river is a tributary of the Colorado river and flows approximately 106 miles into Central Texas region.  The river flow through the hill country from springs near Kimble County east through Fredericksburg through Blanco County through Stonewall, LBJ Ranch,  Johnson City, and continues it flow  into Lake Travis on the west side of Travis County in Central Texas. We got some nice colors in the sky as the sun set through the trees along the banks in this rural landscape scene.

Texas Bluebonnet Sunset Panorama

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We were lucky to capture this wonderful field of a Texas bluebonnet sunset with a sprinkling of Indian paintbrush wildflowers with these hay bales with this great colorful sky with oranges, and pinks in this rural landscape. We came across them accidentally driving the back roads of Texas and we were allowed to come on to the farm property and photograph them for several days. These were the fullest field of bluebonnets we found this year. A great field of flower so of course we came back for a sunrise photo too. You don’t see bluebonnets fields with hay bales like this in our area so this was a unique find in our quest for all images of Texas wildflowers. When it comes to bluebonnets wildflowers Texans including myself go a little nuts over them, people come from all over to see them, take selfies in them, do family portraits, and for many other reason. In any case it is a very popular spring flower and there are people who follow the yearly wildflower reports like a bible just to find the best of the best every year. Now every years is not a bumper crop so it really depends on the weather, amount of rain we receive in the fall and again in the spring. The bluebonnets Lupines or Lupinus Texensis are the state flower of Texas. However, all lupines or considered the state flower in Texas. There are several other types in Texas such as the Lupinus Havardi or Big Bend Bluebonnet, the Lupinus Argenteus or silvery lupine, and several more but the most popular for most people is the ones in this field the Lupinus Texensis. As long as there are bluebonnets in Texas we will continue our quest to capture the best of the best every year.

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Sunset over the Texas bluebonnet and hay bales panorama with this colorful sunset sky over this rural farm land.  We like that we were able to capture this  wonderful sunset just as the suns rays popped over the top of the hay bale as it got lower in the sky in this wonderful field of bluebonnets wildflowers in this rural setting. You can see some indian paintbrush through out the incredible blue landscape at this Texas farm.

Texas Bluebonnets with Haybales at Sunset

We were lucky to capture this wonderful sunset over this field of Texas bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush with these hay bales with this great sun set colors of orange, and pinks in the sky in this rural setting wildflower landscape. We came across them accidentally driving the back roads of Texas and we were allowed to come on to the farm property and photograph them for several days. These were the fullest field of bluebonnets we found this year. A great field of flower so of course we came back for a sunrise photo too. You don’t see bluebonnets fields with hay bales like this in our area so this was a unique find in our quest for all images of Texas wildflowers. When it comes to bluebonnets wildflowers Texans including myself go a little nuts over them, people come from all over to see them, take selfies in them, do family portraits, and for many other reason. In any case it is a very popular spring flower and there are people who follow the yearly wildflower reports like a bible just to find the best of the best every year. Now every years is not a bumper crop so it really depends on the weather, amount of rain we receive in the fall and again in the spring. The bluebonnets Lupines or Lupinus Texensis are the state flower of Texas. However, all lupines or considered the state flower in Texas. There are several other types in Texas such as the Lupinus Havardi or Big Bend Bluebonnet, the Lupinus Argenteus or silvery lupine, and several more but the most popular for most people is the ones in this field the Lupinus Texensis. As long as there are bluebonnets in Texas we will continue our quest to capture the best of the best every year.

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We were lucky to capture this wonderful sunset over this field of Texas bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush with these round hay bales with these wonderful sun set colors of orange, and pinks in this rural setting. We came across them accidentally and with special permission we were allowed to come in and photograph them for several days. These were the fullest field of bluebonnets we found this year.

Bluebonnets and Hay Bales at Sunrise

This morning sunrise over these Texas bluebonnets and hay bales had a nice sprinkling of red through out from the Indian paintbrush which was a spectacular show of wildflowers on the rural back roads in our state. The morning sunrise created these nice sunrays that filter over the top of the trees and spread out over this large field of Texas bluebonnets and other wildflowers with these round hay bales in the field. We will show more of these images of the bluebonnet and hay bales over the next week in our photo of the day because they were so unique in this neck of the woods. This was the best field of bluebonnets we found this year so we came back several days to photograph it. Lucky for us the rancher gave us permission to come on his property and photograph this great field of wildflowers in this rural Texas setting. So of course we came back for a sunset photo too. You don’t see bluebonnets fields with hay bales like this in our area so this was a unique find in our quest for all images of wildflowers. When it comes to blueblonnets wildflowers Texans including myself go a little nuts over them, people come from all over to see them, take selfies in them, do family portraits, and for many other reason. In any case it is a very popular spring flower and there are people who follow the yearly wildflower reports like a bible just to find the best of the best every year. Now every years is not a bumper crop so it really depends on the weather, amount of rain we receive in the fall and again in the spring, and I have been told (not verified) they come up better every other year and if they were allowed to seed properly or not. The bluebonnets Lupines or Lupinus Texensis are the state flower of Texas. However, all lupines or considered the state flower in Texas. There are several other types in Texas such as the Lupinus Havardi or Big Bend Bluebonnet, the Lupinus Argenteus or silvery lupine, and several more but the most popular for most people is the ones in this field the Lupinus Texensis. As long as there are bluebonnets in Texas we will continue our quest to capture the best of the best every year.

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Sunrise over these Texas bluebonnets and hay bales with pops of red from the indian paintbrush through out this field of wildflowers. We got here right before sunrise and as the sun rays came over the trees we capture this bluebonnet image as the morning light lit up this field of texas bluebonnets wildflowers. This was the best field of bluebonnets we found this year so we came back several days to photograph it. Lucky for us the farmer gave us permission to come in and photograph this great field of rural texas wildflowers.

Bluebonnets at the Farmhouse

Texas Bluebonnets and Hay bales

The morning light kissed this field of Texas bluebonnets and hay bales with a pop of red from the sprinkling of indian paintbrush through out the field of wildflowers. I don’t think I had seen such a big field of hay bales with Texas blueblonnets wildflowers in them ever, it was a sight to see and the rancher gave us permission to come on his property and photograph them which was even better. So of course we were there for sunrise and sunset. Can’t get better than this when it comes to Texas wildflowers along the rural backroads of Texas in spring time. The Texas bluebonnet or Lupinus Texensis is the state flower. In 1971 the Texas legislature made all similar species of bluebonnet the state flower. We can also thank Lady Bird Johnson for her help to put wildflowers along the roadside in texas by her push to get the Texas Highway Beautification Act passed in 1965 which put the bluebonnets and other spring flowers on our roads through out the state. Every spring time Texas comes alive with wildflowers and for April you can see bluebonnets throughout the state. Ever year is different because bluebonnets tend to come out strong every two years, but it still depends on fall and spring rains which determine how good they will be from year to year. However any year with bluebonnet is good one in my view.

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The morning light kiss this field of hay bales with Texas bluebonnets and a pop of red from the sprinkling of indian paintbrush through out the field of wildflowers. I don’t think I had seen such a big field of hay bales with Texas blueblonnets through out this season, it was a sight to see and the farmer gave us special permission to come on his property and photograph them which was even better. Cant get better than this when it comes to Texas wildflowers with a rural texas setting in spring time.

Bluebonnets at the Farmhouse

Another capture of the bluebonnets farmhouse in Marble Falls in the Texas Hill Country. The Texas lupine or bluebonnet is one of the most popular things to see in the spring time in Texas. People come from all over to enjoy these colorful wildflowers. However ever year is not the bumper crop we expect some year depending on the amount of rain we get in the fall determines what we get in the spring. We have seen bumper crops of wildflowers some year which have been beyond our expectations other years not so much. I wanted to post this image because I have reason to believe this might be the last year we will see bluebonnets at this old farmhouse. This place has drawn photographers from all around both amature and pros to this spot because of it uniqeness with the old farm house and rusting farm equipment place just so in the front of the place. In 1971 the Texas Legislature declare all bluebonnets in the state to be the state flower. Also around this time Lady Bird Johnson had help push the Texas Highway Beautification Act so that we would continue to see all these wonderful wildflowers along our roads and highways. Thats what make springtime in the Hill country special.

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Another capture of the bluebonnet farm house in the Texas Hill Country from a lower angle. This seems to be an endless field of bluebonnets up to the house and then these wonderful blue skies with puffy white cloud.  We have taken a lot of photos of this house in the Hill country but today we have these nice skies brought us back for another visit. This was the last year we will see bluebonnets from here so wanted to make sure we got them out.