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.
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.
San Antonio Skyline Dusk – San Antonio Skyline images on canvas, metal, and print. This is an aerial image of the San Antonio skyline at dusk with this colorful clouds picking up the color from sunset. In this Texas aerial skyline view you can see the Tower of America, Tower Life building, Drury, Compass Bank, Grand Hyatt, along with the new George Gonzales convention center all in view with many other new buildings in the city. The tower life building is a historic site and city landmark in San Antonio. This image include many popular landmarks in this cityscape. San Antonio is a major city in south-central Texas with a rich colonial heritage. San Antonio is the seventh most populus city in the US. The city is in the southern part of central Texas but is considered part of the souther triangle.
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.
Fred Hartman Bridge BW – This image of the Fred Hartman Bridge in black and white as a pelican flys over is our photo of the day. The Fred Hartman Bridge in black and white really brings out the architecture of the bridges structure in this landscape image. This is another one of the cable stay bridges and the longest at 2.6 miles that have been built in Texas in the last twenty or so years. The other popular cable stay bridge is the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas which has become a iconic site in the cities skyline. The Fred Hartman bridge crosses the Houston ship channel between Baytown and La Porte Texas. The bridge is the replacement for the previous Baytown tunnel because the ship channel need to be dug deeper to allow for larger ships to flow through the ship channel. I remember us driving through the Baytown tunnel on our way to the beach when I was a child and being afraid it would collape on us as we were going through. It was just my childhood claustrophobia kicking in as far as I know it never collapsed. It is certainly an impressive site to see new Fred Hartman Bridge in this Texas cityscape of the Houston ship channel.
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.
Austin Bat Watch – This image capture the Austin bat watch at Congress Ave in downtown along Lady Bird Lake in the downtown with part of the cityscape. Every night right before dusk crowds start to gather at the Congress Bridge over Lady Bird Lake for the outpouring of bats from under the bridge in downtown Austin. Not every night is the Austin bat watch a success because sometimes the bats are lazy and come out at their leisure because the food is plentiful so you never know what you will get. On this night thats what we got fat and happy bats that didn’t feel the need to rush out at dusk to put on their nightly show as they do on most days. So they came out in smaller batches after dark so trying to catch them in the dark is not always easy but the pre show of the crowds and the boats as the line up in the water on kayaks, tour boats, water bikes or whatever it takes to catch a good view of the bat can be seen here. On any given night this area becomes almost festive with music and large crowds. In this view you see the crowds of people on top of the Ann Richards Congress Ave Bridge with the Austin skyline in the background as people are waiting for the bats to come out for their nightly show. There are over a 1.5 million bats in Austin and it has become a part of the lifestyle and a huge tourist attraction to come and watch these wonderful creature fly out together every night on their search for insects. The bats eat between 10,000 to 20,000 of insects so we should all appreciate that. dsc-3640