Dallas McDermott Bridge Reflection Pano 007 – The new Margaret McDermott Bridge in downtown Dallas with skyline at twilight. We captured this after a rain storm so there was water in the Trinity for a nice reflection of the city and bridge. This is a steel bridge suspended with two arches over the Trinity River previously IH30 and is part of the Trinity project. This bridge is also designed to accomodate a pedestrian and bike path to join the area other hike and bike trails. This city skyline has all the usual iconic dallas buildings most promenant like the Reunion Tower, Bank of America, to the alway colorful Omni Hotel in view plus many other high rise buildings in the city downtown area. Dallas is located in north Texas and is a modern city with many varieties of commercial business along with being cultural hub of the region. Downtown’s Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza commemorates the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. The city has a large Arts District, with the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection of Asian Art and many other art, music and culture entertainment areas. We stumble upon the Deep Ellum area on a Saturday night and I can say this place was a happening place with restaurants and music venues all through out this area. This is a vibrant city that offers a lot to tourist and local who visit the downtown. was a twilight view from here but not an easy shot I had to climb up the side of levy then down again on the other side and then wade into the water to capture this image of the Dallas skyline with the McDermont bridge to create this nice reflection.
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.
Houston Skyline from the Park – This is one of our favorite places to photograph with the many parks near downtown that also has a great view of the Houston skyline from the park. There are many hike and bike trails with fields for playing ball or start up a game of volley ball all with a wonderful cityscape with all the skyscraper high rise buildings in the city as a backdrop. The city view includes the usual skyscrapers like the Chase Tower, Heritage Plaza, Wells Fargo, and the 1400 Smith St. buildings just to name a few. You can see the Houston City Hall building at the base of the buildings where it is dwarfed by the high-rise skyscrapers since Houston has some to the tallest buildings in the southern US. The Buffalo Bayou run along side of the trials through out the park. This is the Eleanor Tinsley park that is right in downtown area along the Allen Parkway a wonderful addition to the city. It was name after Eleanor Tinsley who served on the city counsel for 16 years in 1998. What is so great is the Houston skyline from the park can be seen from most areas of the park and has been a huge addition to the city and a draw for locals and tourist that come to visit.
The Austin skyline reflects back into this pool of water after dark showing off the city architecture near the Long Center in downtown area. The skyline has been constantly changing in the last few year but you can still see some of the iconic high-rises like the frost bank building from this location, along with the Austonian, the 360 Condos, W Hotel and many other. Austin is the state capital of Texas and has a population of 947,000 plus since the 2016 census. Austin is a vibrant modern city with many high tech companies, a major University, UT, along with state goverment which accounts for a good share of the economy in the city. Austin is also know for its music industry with its many musical events, like the ACL and South by Southwest and it is also call the Live Music Capital of the World because of it many live music festival. This city image also shows how modern Austin has become with all the new skyscrapers going up on a regular basis. There are two new skyscraper that will rival the Austonian which stands at 683 in the near future. d84-5671
Austin Skyline Reflection Night – There is something magical about the Austin skyline at night. In this image you see the high rise buildings as they reflected back into this pool of water after dark from the Palmer/Long Center in downtown Austin. The Austin Skyline has been constantly changing in the last few year but you can still see some of the iconic building like the Frost Bank building, the Austonian, the 360 Condos, W Hotel and many others from this area. People come at night just to enjoy the Austin skyline from this area to watch the skycrapers buildings light up and reflect back into the waters nearby. Austin is fastest growing city in the US and is the Capital of Texas which has a population over 947,000 and continues to grow, it is 11th most populous city in the US and the fourth largest city in Texas. Austin is located in central texas at the beginng of the Texas HIll Country. Austin has many waterways including Lady Bird Lake in downtown, Barton Springs, McKinney Falls, Lake Austin, Colorado River, Lake Travis and many more in the hill country. Austin is a diverse city made up high tech workers, government employees, college students along with blue collar workers. Austin has a vibrant music community with it many night clubs with live music and Austin City Limit music hall, along with the many music event held in the parks around the throughout the year. Austin claims the title of Live Music Capital of the World of it rich history of live music from the day of the Armadillo Headquarters, to South by Southwest along with the many places you can go and listen to live music throughout the city.
Check out this wonderful sunset over the Santa Elena Canyon from the Sotol Vista Overlook in Big Bend National Park. You can see Santa Elena canyon throught the sotols as the sun went over the mountains in the distance view looking toward Mexico from Big Bend Park. The Santa Elena Canyon are some of the tallest cliffs in the area and rise up to 1500 ft down to the Rio Grande river below. Santa Elena Canyon is the most impressive in Big Bend National Park and can be seen from ten miles away. It is a good distance from the main area of the park and will take about an hour drive. Sotol Vista Overlook is one of the places to capture the canyon which is located off the Ross Maxwel scenic drive and from this view point you can see the entire western side of Big Bend Naitonal Park. This is one of my favorite images we captured on this trip to Big Bend, we have tried to capture a good sunset from the Sotal Vista Overlook in Big Bend National Park before from this same location before but the weather and hazy skies just did not coorperate till today. The Santa Elen This evening we were rewarded with a wonderful colorful sunset over the solols at the overlook and we are very happy for that.
In this image in Big Bend National Park and state park out in west Texas and we found a few Bluebonnets patches along the side of the road. There were not many and appeared to be in clumps but what we did notice is they were taller than any other lupine we had ever seen before in Texas. The big bend bluebonnets grow to be 3-4 ft high and are a much deeper blue than other lupine wildflowers. In 1901 the Texas legislature made the bluebonnet the Texas State flower. However, in 1971 the Texas legislature made all Texas lupines as the state flower which include the Big Bend variety. The bluebonnet in Big Bend National Park and Big Bend State Park are a different variety of flowers from the rest of texas wildflowers the are taller and my drought toleriant and have a deeper blue color. http://www.beecreekphoto.com/blog/texas-bluebonnet-sunrise/
Bluebonnets are all along the roadside in Big Bend National Park. These are some of the tallest and deep blue bluebonnets. They are some sort of hybrid wildflowers that will only grow on in this desert area.