Sunset over South Padre from Laguna Madre. South Padre Island is one of the few places along the gulf coast you can take a sunrise and a sunset photo. We had been out earlier trying to capture the wind surfers on the flats, but they lost wind. While we were trying to decide what next the sun started setting and it was a big orange glow. The sky was incredible as the sun began to set and sky got more orange taking over the entire sky so of course we continued taking photos did it went dark. It seldom you get these magical kind of moments over the Texas coast. The Texas coast has some beautiful coastal scenery no matter when you come. My favorite time to visit Padre island is in the winter but no matter when you come its a great place to kill some time. Sunset Over Laguna Madre on South Padre Island : Prints Available /no_width_caption]
South Padre Island is one of the few places along the gulf coast you can take a sunrise and a sunset photo. We had been out earlier trying to capture the wind surfers on the flats, but they lost wind. While we were trying to decide what next the sun started setting and it was a big orange glow. The sky was incredible as the sun began to set and sky got more orange taking over the entire sky so of course we continued taking photos did it went dark. It seldom you get these magical kind of moments over the Texas coast.
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.
Rio Grande Thru Santa Elena – This view from inside the Santa Elena canyon was spectacular with the water reflections of the cliff from above with the blue sky reflecting back into the water it was awesome sight. The Rio Grande thru Santa Elena Canyon is located in Big Bend National Park and the canyon walls are 1500 feet high. As you drive up to the area from the Ross Maxwell Scenic drive it seems like it just around the corner because they are so massive they can be seen from quite a distance. In any case climbing the cliffs to get to this area was worth the effort it was amazing geology and the rio grande flowing only so slightly on this day allow some great reflections in river. Many people come to canoe through the canyons putting in upstream at Lajitas and taking the 13 mile ride to Santa Elena Canyons to see our the natural beauty of the area. This Santa Elena Canyons are spit down the middle with the cliffs on each side being owned by the USA and Mexico. The canoe trip I have been told has some class four rapids at certain water levels so check it out before hand or you can always take a day trip call the boomerage up the river and back.
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.
Sunrise Under the Pier – We had started working our way down the Texas Coast beach in Port Aransas early morning before sunrise and just as the sun was slightly above the horizon we shot this one and loved the look of the underside of the Caldwell Pier. Today the sunrise under the pier was just peeking above the horizon reflecting off the clouds and surf below as it gently rolled in carry some sea weed with the morning light for a nice coastal scene. The sun light was also reflecting off the water and wet sand which reflected the sunrise colors back under the pier to make for a pretty texas coastal landscape scene. The texas coast is located in the gulf of mexico and Port A has about 18 miles of beach with plenty to do from sport fishing, parasailing, swimming, surfing, birding, and many other event on the island to keep you from getting board. Just to get to the island can require a ferry ride to get to the island or you can come around the long way as we call it through Corpus Christi maybe a thirty drive down the shoreline of mustang island.
Oueen Isabella Memorial Causeway Panorama – Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway Bridge is the only road to South Padre Island from Port Isabel. Many tourist come to Padre Island for the blue waters and the miles of white sandy beaches. The area is also supported by commercial fishing, tourism, and the petroleum industry. In 1978 the Port Isabel Ship Channel was dredged to thirty-six feet in depth and 200 feet in bottom width to allow larger barges and ship. South Padre island is located in south Texas and not far from the Mexico US border. This is in far south Texas but it is visited by many who come for all over for the nice subtropical weather and white sandy beaches every year. This is also a popular spot for spring break but it also has a large RV following especially in the off seasons.
Ozarks Covered Bridge in Fall – We came across this covered bridge in the back road of the Ozarks with it fall orange colors of the maples were on display next to the covered bridge that crossed over the Buffalo River. There is a mix of orange, reds, and green from the pine nearby to give this capture a cool fall vibe.The Buffalo River, located in Northern Arkansas, was the first National River to be designated in the United States. The Buffalo River is 153 miles long. In my neck of the woods you don’t come across these wonderful coverered bridges so it was a cool find. On the back roads of the national forest you come across so many different thing along with the added bonus of a bridge almost in the middle of nowhere in it nature state and still be used.
We captured this Heavenly Texas coastal sunrise as it was coming up from under the Caldwell fishing pier at Port Aransas sea shore as we walked along the beach early morning. You never know what the surf will bring in and today we found some red sea weed on to the beach with the tide from the night before. This heavenly texas coastal sunrise landscape today with the nice waves and wonderful colorful sky is a great way to view the beach. This is a favorite vacation spot on the texas beach where many come tourist and texans come to enjoy what it has to offer. This laid back community is always fun with it many fishing, swimming, bird watching, opportunities along with many other things to do. Port Aransas is a city on Mustang Island along the Texas coast. The Gulf of Mexico has many beaches and fish-filled waterways that tourist have been visiting this area for many years. There are many things to do here like the Turnbull birding center where you can see all kinds of birds along with a alligators or two along the boardwalk. Also the Roberts Point Park offers an observation tower for bay views. You can also catch a boat out to the secluded San José Island while there. The island has a very laid back atmosphere with some great restaurants and music venues.
Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway bridge at Padre Island is the only road to South Padre from Port Isabel which connect to the mainland. Oueen Isabella Memorial Causeway is the second longest bridge in Texas at 2.4 mmiles long. The Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway crosses Laguna Madre and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Tourist come here for the blue waters and mild temperture along with miles of white sandy beaches and every year during spring break padre island is overrun with young from all around. Padre Island is located in south Texas and not far from Mexico USA border. Also in the early morning hours of Sept 15, 2001 a barge ran into the Oueen Isabella Causeway and cause a portion to collapse and eight people lost their life as they drove over the edge and into the water below. The Oueen Isabella Causeway at Padre Island was repair with additional safety feature so that this would not happen again.