Austin Skyline Along Lady Bird Lake in Fall – Fall can be fleeting in Texas, but we do have a short window where the bald cypress and red oaks come togther to create this autumn landscape scenery. The bald cypress turn from an orange to a red to a rusty color along the lake the red oaks are sprinkled through out the area. This is an aerial capture looking toward downtown Austin along Lady Bird Lake or Town Lake as many that have lived here for a while still call it from Zilker park. Austin Texas lady bird lake is actually part of the Highland lakes Colorado river chain which flows from the hill country into lake travis and lake austin into Lady bird lake where it then flow all the way to the coast. Along it way create this recreational spot near Zilker park where people utilize the water with their sups, canoes, or whatever as you an see lot of people on the lake today. Zilker Park is over 350 acres where people come to enjoy all that is offered in the area including picnic tables, soccer, Barton Springs, hike and biking trails which run through the park area and beyond. Actually people were everwhere in the parks today, on the water in their canoes, sups all enjoying the nice day with blue skies and the water was flowing only slightly with allow reflection from of the clouds in the water. You can even see the state capitol dome top in the far left of skyline in the scene for another beautiful day in Austin Texas.
Texas Capitol from Austin SOCO Sunrise – A view looking up Congress toward the Texas Capitol in downtown with the Austin skyline at sunrise. This was taken from an area refered to as SOCO which stand for South Congress. The soco area is a hip and trendy spot full of restaurants, shops, and night life which just happens to be in view of the Austin downtown along with the Texas capitol. There are very few times you can stand in the middle of the road in this area without being hit by a car so we haven’t been back here in years. Austin Texas is a vibrant active city it is hard to find times where you can photograph some scenes because this city doesn’t seem to stop. In this view you can see the capitol, the Frost Tower, the Austonian the second tallest building along with many others. The dividing line for south congress to north congress is Lady Bird Lake.
Texas Wildflowers Along the Fence – A field of Texas wildflowers along the fence in the hill country. The Texas hill country has some of the best wildflowers that appear from March through late summer. The indian blankets are some some of my favorite because they do seem to create a blanket effect over this area. The indian blanket or mexican hats grow to about two feet tall which allows them to be above the grasses. There are a mix of indian blankets and some yellow wildflowers that appear to be part of the aster family maybe bear foot. In any case Texas has some of the best spring wildflower in a natural landscape around.
Sunset Over Hill Country Bluebonnets – These Texas hill country bluebonnets capture the natural way wildflower grow every spring in this area. We captured this sunset sky over a field of Texas hill country bluebonnets with a backdrop of mesquite, oaks, and cedar trees. This was a hugh field of Texas bluebonnets on this ranch land that seem to pop at the end of the season after a rain event that seem to renew the wildflowers. We came back here many times because there were so many texas bluebonnets wildflowers for miles and miles in this area. These bluebonnets with a few poppies made a lovely texas landscape scene in the hill country. We love our bluebonnet in Texas but you never know where they might come up one year they will be so plentiful in some area and the next year you come back to the same area and nothing. Its always a mystery as to where they will show up we have been known to drive hundreds of miles looking for them every spring.
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!
Prada Marfa Sunset – On our way down to Big Bend National Park in Texas we decided to see if we could capture image of Prada Marfa Sunset and at first we didn’t think we would see any color in the sky but a last minute bscklit color pops up. After the sunset it started backlighting all the clouds so we were able to capture a great Texas sunset with these wonderful clouds with pinks and oranges colors. You can see the scenery in west texas is pretty much flat till you get to the mountains so it is such a contrast to have this just sitting on the edge of the road in Valentine Texas about 30 miles west of Marfa.Why it has been called Marfa Prada. I guess that they just pick the biggest town nearby to name it. The permanet exhibit was created by two artist Elmgreen and Dragset in October 2005 to resemble an actual Prada store. The two refer to their work as pop architectual land art with a bit of humor. They built this structure about 24 miles outside of Marfa in a city called Valentine Texas population around 200. To make it more interesting they found the least likely place to find a store like this and stuck in in far west texas. They added only right shoes and the purses have no bottoms. They have been vandalize several times now I guess people in this area like prada more than they knew. As far as the artist are concerned I am not sure what they were saying or not saying about their art. Maybe they were making fun of consumerism but you would have to ask them. As a photographer it great fun to shoot such a unique image. After the latest vandalism they have install cameras and the purses have GPS devices inside that detect movement so making it more difficult to shop there in the future. Who knew shopping in the desert could be so swanky ok it for looks only, This area has become a popular destination since it was installed in 2005 people were ariving by the car loads while we were there. What else are you going to do in far west texas on a Saturday night!
Aerial Austin Skyline – Aerial Austin skyline with the latest view along Lady Bird Lake with the hike and bike trail along the waters edge. In this view you see Austin skyline tallest building the Independent, the new Google building along with the W building to name a few.
Sunrise on Driftwood Beach – On Jekyll Island in Georgia you find these wonderful beaches with these driftwood and dead trees that somehow have managed to stay upright in the sands. What was neat was this beach looked like some foreign landscape. With all the driftwood and the deadwood trees still upright in the sand it look unworldly. I guess it was kind of like you were on a different planet. Jekyll island is know for its driftwood beach with these fabulous dead trees as the tide rolls in they become part of the ocean landscape. We did long exposures on several shot so that the water would get this smooth texture. There isn’t a lot of surf here so that helps. Before sunrise we made our way to the beach but the water greeted us almost as soon as we step on the beach. Yes the tide had come in. We took photos in the water but our tripod kept sinking which made it difficult. We like the way this capture the gnarly twisted tree with the deadwood at it base and the surf swirling around the tree. The sky was just lighting up on Jekyll island at the driftwood beach sunrise began and the color was just starting to show in the morning sky with some yellow, oranges, blues and purples. Driftwood beach was why we came to this area we had seen some wonderful images and wanted to come and take some ourselves but four days is not enough. Jekyll island is part of the Golden Isles barrier islands on the Alantic Coast of Georgia. The barrier islands are Jekyll island, St. Simon island, Little St. Simon island, Sea Island, and Brunswic Georgia. This area is known for its driftwood beach and salt marshes.