Big Bend Bluebonnets – Last years memories of the super crop of texas bluebonnets down in Big Bend National Park We went this year and didn’t find much in the park mostly patches along the roads So decide to post this capture we took in the early morning with a bit of sun kissed texas bluebonnets on the side of this sloping hillside cascading down into this field toward the distant landmark Cerro Castellan and the Chiso mountains in view. This is a desert landscape that reguires a hardly plant to survive so these are special native bluebonnet design to exist in this harsh desert landscape. The 2019 year crop of texas bluebonnets was the best we have ever seen with thick patches of one to two foot tall lupine flowers along the roads and on the hill sides through out the park. Some call these texas lupines the Big Bend bluebonnets or Chiso Bluebonnets which only grow in Big Bend National Park and the Chihuahua desert regions. Whatever you call them it is site to see hope we will see it again in the future!
Sunrise at Port Isabel Lighthouse – Port Isabel lighthouse was built in 1852 for the sea captains to help them navigate the Texas coastal waters. While this lighthouse is no long needed as technology improve navigation it sit as a reminder of the past and a historical landmark for the city. Now the lighthouse acts as a museum with its reconstructed lighthouse keeper’s cottage which sit below. The Port Isabel’s 72-foot lighthouse is open to the public where you can the winding stairs case and enter the outside area where you can take in the view. From this site you can see the Port Isabel and beyond along with South Padre Island with the Queen Isabella Causeway in view and the coastal beach. Port Isabel is located in south Texas or as the locals call it the valley which stands for the Texas Rio Grande Valley. We loved this capture of this wonderful Port Isabel lighthouse right before the sun came up with these wonderful pastel color in the sky showing the Queen Isabella Causeway along with the down town historic district. This is a historic site and located across the street is a museum with the past history of the island. The Port Isabel Lighthouse is the last light house that is still open to the public. Port Isabel has a lot to offer for tourist, and locals from the beach, to some wonderful restaurant with great fresh seafood to all kinds of activities for all ages.
Flying Pegasus and Reunion Tower BW- We captured these two iconic landmark features of downtown Dallas the Flying Pegasus and Reunion Tower in black and white. The Flying Pegasus sit on top of a oil derick in front of the Omni hotel in downtown Dallas. This Pegasus had been on top of the Magnolia Hotel for more than half of a century till it was so rusted and damaged that it had to be taken down. The city of Dallas replace it with a new pegasus on top of the building for a cost of around 600,000. The orginal pegaus sat in a warehouse for years until a group of nostagic people came together and started the process of bringing it back to life, this city of dallas artistans came together and started to help bring it back. It was no small feat as no one seem to know where it was at first. Finally the orginal pegasus was found and then it needed a home and it was placed on an oil derrick in front of the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas. From this location you can see two landmark for the city of Dallas with the Flying Pegasus and the Reunion Tower in view.
Texas State Capitol 2 – The Texas State Capitol is a really pretty place with beautiful grounds and today was an exceptional nice sky. We saw these pretty white puffy clouds with a blue sky and said we need to go get some photo of the capital. The flowers were lovely from this view on the grounds with the capitol behind. This is the north side where they added some underground area for the offices, and a cafeterias which is open to the public. The Texas Capitol is visited by thousand of tourist every year and it is one of the top tourist attractions in Austin and is an iconic historical landmark site. The Capital building was built in 1888 of granite in the italian renaissance style and it is a National historic landmark. The Texas Capitol is located in downtown Austin on Congress ave. This captiol view is looking south toward the city The capital grounds sit on 22 acreas and are very lovely lush place to ejnoy the day.
Pennybacker Bridge at Sunrise – Pennybacker Bridge at Sunrise just before the sun came up. Many people also refer to this as the Austin360 Bridge. In this image you can see the crescent moon and Venus in the sky along with the pre-dawn glow and the light trails of the cars as they drive across the bridge. You can also see the downtown skyline in the distant view. The bridge was name after Percy V. Pennybacker jr. in Austin, Texas, The bridge is an iron arched bridge that was meant to blend into the hill side at loop 360 or Capital of Texas Highway. as many refer to it. The road is widely considered one of the most scenic urban drives in Texas, in large part due to this arched weathering-steel bridge and the rolling hills that flank the road. The bridge is heavily used and has more than double the number of cars since early 2001. The Austin 360 bridge is a landmark and many tourist, locals visit this site to climb the cliffs and try and capture a photo from here. It is one of the top places to visit when you come to Austin. This is also the beginning of the Texas Hill Country.
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.
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.
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.