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.
Scenic Fall Frio River – We captured this scenic fall frio river on one of our many trips this year into the hill country to capture the autumn season in Garner State Park and nearby areas. The image of the bald cypress which were turning different shades of orange, to rusty red color for the fall season and gave some nice reflections in the water we thought gave the feeling of serenity. I think this is one of my many favorites fall landscape from here from this location in the texas hill country, This fall landscape image of these wonderful cypress tree was the winning part of this image. In the Texas hill country. we don’t have a big fall season, but this year turn out very nice for the Texas Hill country. It is alway dependent on weather condition not being too hot or dry then we can get see some nice autumn colors in the area. In Texas we go from drought to floods not to mention the temperature can affect the color changes. So if our summers not too bad and we get a little more rain then we can see some fall colors changes on some years. If not then the leave will fall off before they change colors. Always a delicate dance with mother nature. Luckily for us this year looks like we are getting some nice color. Getting to the park when it open was the best time to capture the best light. The light was soft, and with no wind the water was still and we captured some excellent reflections of the bald cypress up the Frio River in the Garner with nice blue skies and whispy clouds. Cypress trees turn a golden shade and then turn a rusty red right before they go brown and fall off. Garner State Park is a popular park and it visited year round by many people in some cases they close the park before noon for day visiters especially in the summer time because as usual it is loved to death. Still it worth a visit to the Texas Hill country no matter what time of year it is.
Fall Along Frio River Mural – This capture is our latest wall mural that was just installed at a San Antonio car dealer on the wall in their waiting room of an fall scene along the Frio river located in the Texas hill country. As soon as you walk in you can see this large mural on canvas. We had many photos here but the one we wanted to show was the one the large mural 15 by 12 foot installation. We were excited and thrilled to see it on the wall. We have two even larger murals in the works so we hope to show those after they are installed. We had previously shown how the image was printed out on a large printer and this is the final results from that. Thanks for looking. To see more images like this click here