Pennybacker Bridge at Sunrise

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.

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Pennybacker Bridge at Sunrise – Pennybacker Bridge at the first Sunrise of the year just before the sun came up. Many people also refer to this as the Austin 360 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. It been a few years since we captured images from here it has become such a popular spot that it hard to get a photo with out a lot of people in the scene, so we tried to come at a less popular time well there really isn’t a good time.  

The bridge was name after Percy V. Pennybacker jr. in Austin, Texas, The bridge is an iron ached bridge that was meant to blend into the hill side at loop 360 or Capital of Texas Highway as many refer to it and sits 100 feet over the lake Austin. The Capital of Texas Highway 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.

Austin Congress Bridge Bats

Austin Congress Bridge Bats – The Austin Congress Bridge Bat come out from under the bridge on a nightly basis from March to October every year. It draws a crowd of locals to tourist to see at least once while here. The Ann Richards Congress Bridge bat watch becomes almost a festival event now with hundreds of people on the bridge, on boats and along the hike and bike trail near the American statesman. There are people playing music, selling stuff, almost nightly. The bats can be seen from anywhere in this area but our favorite viewing area is at the bridge. There are something like 1.5 million Mexican Freetail bats that come out after the sun sets but in this time of year there are many more as the baby bat are now flying so there number increase. People come to Austin and along with the State Capital the bats are right there in popularity as a must see while here. The sky picked up this wonderful orange glow as we photographed this scene at the Austin Congress
Bridge bats show as we have done so many times before only this time we had bats! Yes the bats have been very elusive to us at times but it seems this is one of the best time of year to catch them. So we took another chance and went back into downtown Austin to see if we could capture a decent shot. The bats were all coming out at the same time in waves this time so the sky would explode with bats for at least five minutes and then they were gone or separating out to go their own ways. This image capture one of the many shots of the Austin Congress Bridge Bats we photographed on this night.

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Austin Bats at Dusk – Well the bats put on a show tonight as millions of mexican free tail bats came out at dusk as the sky had this nice sunset glow still going on. The sun had set and we were thinking about going when they started comming out in droves so it was worth the wait. We have chased the bats over the year as they never come out at the same time. Tonight we still had enough light to capture the bats as they errupted out from under the Congress Bridge right at dusk on Lady Bird Lake. You can see the people on the bridge watching as the bats erupt from under the bridge. It is on most peoples to do list now to go to the Austin bat watch at least once.  The whole thing has taken on a festival like feel as their are musicians playing their music, people selling twisted balloons to the kids and all kinds of other vendors selling something to the crowds of people.  You can view the bats from several locations from the bridge, along the hike and bike trail on Lady Bird lake from the water where you can go by one of the many tour boats or rent a sup or canoe to see the bats.    

Texas Capital in Austin

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.

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Texas Capital in Austin –  This is another view of the Texas Capital in Austin as the sun going down behind the dome as the clouds are lit from the underside making from an impressive sky with nice color. Today the Texas Capital in Austin is one of the top places to visit in Austin it is located on congress aveune in downtown. The Texas capital in Austin is a National Historic Landmark since 1986 and it is visited by thousand of tourist every year and it is one of the top tourist attractions in the city. The Texas legislature offices along with the governor office is located here.  You can view the legislature when in session or just enjoy the amazing architecture of the building or the park like grounds around the capital. The Texas Capital was built in 1888 of granite in the italian renaissance style and it is consider an historic landmark. The capital of Texas of is located in downtown Austin.  The Texas legislature along with the governor office are located in the state captial.  You can view the legislature when in session or just enjoy the amazing architecture or the 22 acreas around the building with it many statues. Also a four story extention was added 1993 which cost 75 million which gave much needed space for more offices, storage and a much needed a larger cafeteria.  The most interesting part was that the four story extention was all done underground so it was barely noticeable from above. The orginal Texas Capital in Austin had not changed much after the extention was added from above ground, only some skylights and an rotundra are visible from above ground. 

Sunflowers at Sunset Landscape

Sunflowers at Sunset Landscape –
This year was a particulary good year for sunflowers fields so we made the trek to capture a sunflowers at sunset landscape. So we made the trek about a four hours drive to try and capture the flowers several times in the month of June finally after our fourth try we were able to capture a good sunflowers at sunset landscape image. We made many attempt to get this photo going back several times to try and get this field of sunflowers at sunset and on our last try it finally worked. We had to added a little flash to keep enough light on the sunflowers at sunset as it was starting to get dark. We were not alone trying to capture this photo along IH35 that day there were many cars stopping to take picture of sunflowers fields and every time we came after. It was a pretty awesome site, farmers are now using giant sunflowers in their rotation of their crops so they can go on for miles in some area. There scientific name is Helianthus giganteus, is a large annual flower grown as a crop for its edible oil and seeds. Smithsonian Magazine made this photo of the day.

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Sunflower Sunset Landscape – We made many attempt to get this photo going back there five times to try and get this field of sunflowers at sunset and on our last try it finally worked. We had to added a little flash to keep enough light on the sun flowers as it was getting dark. We were not alone trying to capture this photo along IH35 that day there were many cars stopping to take pictures of these endless sunflowers landscape fields and every time we came after. Farmers now are using sunflowers in their rotation of their crops so they can go on for miles in some area.

Texas Capital in Downtown Austin at Dusk

Texas Capital in Downtown Austin at Dusk – View of the Texas Capital in Austin looking south at dusk with the sun going down behind the clouds which are back lit from the underside making for an impressive sky in downtown. The Texas Capital is visited by thousand of tourist every year and it is one of the top tourist attractions in Austin it is an iconic historical site. Texas State Capitol, completed in 1888 in Downtown Austin, contains the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and the Office of the Governor. The Capital building was built in 1888 of granite in the italian renaissance style and it is consider an historic landmark. Probably one of the top destination in the city for toursit and locals alike.

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Texas Capital in Austin –  This is another view of the Texas Capital in Austin as the sun going down behind the dome as the clouds are lit from the underside making from an impressive sky with nice color. Today the Texas Capital in Austin is one of the top places to visit in Austin it is located on congress aveune in downtown. The Texas capital in Austin is a National Historic Landmark since 1986 and it is visited by thousand of tourist every year and it is one of the top tourist attractions in the city. The Texas legislature offices along with the governor office is located here.  You can view the legislature when in session or just enjoy the amazing architecture of the building or the park like grounds around the capital. The Texas Capital was built in 1888 of granite in the italian renaissance style and it is consider an historic landmark. The capital of Texas of is located in downtown Austin.  The Texas legislature along with the governor office are located in the state captial.  You can view the legislature when in session or just enjoy the amazing architecture or the 22 acreas around the building with it many statues. Also a four story extention was added 1993 which cost 75 million which gave much needed space for more offices, storage and a much needed a larger cafeteria.  The most interesting part was that the four story extention was all done underground so it was barely noticeable from above. The orginal Texas Capital in Austin had not changed much after the extention was added from above ground, only some skylights and an rotundra are visible from above ground.