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.
New Orleans Skyline BW – Another capture of this black and white panorama of the New Orleans skyline in downtown area around dusk as the high rise building light came on and it created this nice reflections in the Mississippi River. It was difficult to find a location to capture the city so we settled on the ferry landing to capture this pano of the New Orleans Skyline and because it was such a nice image we decided it would look even better as a black and white.
The Mission San Francisco de la Espada or just Mission Espada, which it is called by most, was established in 1731 in San Antonio Texas near the river. It was originally in Weches Texas in 1690 but was transfered to San Antonio in 1731. The area that house the priest and the church were established later part of 1700’s. The mission was set up to resemble a Spanish village with Spanish culture. The mission inhabitants mostly Native Americans ended up needing to learn skills like masonry and carpentry and blacksmithing along with needing to learn weaving skill to make clothes for the people in the village. The Mission Espada chapel has a unique door and archway and this style can bee seen around the city today. In 1836 there was fires that destroy most of the mission only the chapel, the granary and two compound walls were left at the Mission Espada. This site has been preserved to what it is now and it now part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park that officially open in 1983 and has now become a world heritage site. There is still Just north of the mission is the Espada Aqueduct which is still well preserve today which brought the water to the mission and the area. Today there are five missions including the Alamo which are some of the most visited site for tourist to visit in the city of San Antonio as each mission is different with their unique architecture. The Mission Espada chapel has a unique door and archway. All the missions still hold church services today along with weddings and funerals. The Mission Espada is one of four missions, along with the Alamo, which have been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO). The Land for the Historical Park was donated by the city, county, state, Catholic Church and San Antonio Conservation Society. Today this is one of the most popular sites to visit when tourist visit the city of San Antonio.
Guadalupe River Sunset Landscape – Canvas, Metal, and Prints Landscape –
A waterfall along the Guadlupe river at sunset in the Texas Hill Country. Using a long exposure of the waterfall coming over the dam soften the water as it flow over the dam in the heart of Texas Hill Country. If there is anything Texan like it their outdoors activities on the rivers and lakes. When you our out in nature with the birds, trees, and running water it give you sense of adventure as we listened to the roar of the river as it flowed over the dam head on the guadalupe river today. The guadalupe river run from Kerr county to the gulf of mexico. The upper part of the river is mostly smaller faster streams with bank of limestone usually lined with Pecan trees or bald cypress. The lower part begins at the Canyon Dam and run through New Braunfel where even more rafting takes place then down to the coast to San Anotonio Bay. The water flow is controled by Canyon Dam depending on the amount of rain it has received.
Texas Hill Country Sunset Panorama –
Texas hill country sunset panorama along the Pedernales river landscape. The sun was just setting and back lit these clouds which were reflected nicely into the water along the river. The pedernales river is a tributary of the Colorado river and flows approximately 106 miles through the heart of the Central Texas region. The river flow through the hill country from springs near Kimble County east through Fredericksburg, Blanco County, Stonewall, LBJ Ranch, Johnson City, and continues it flow into Lake Travis on the west side of Travis County in Central Texas. Pedernales watershed represents the diverse culture, hydrology and landscape of much of the greater Hill Country region. Also along the river many species of birds live including the federally endangered black-capped vireo and golden cheeked warbler along with the Pedernales spring salamander. Today we got some nice colors in the sky as the sun set through the trees along the banks of the Pedernales river a gem in the heart of the hill country in this rural landscape scene.
Bluebonnet sunrise along the river just as the sun ray pop over the horizon to wish us good morning. The Texas bluebonnet is the most popular wildflower as people come from long way off just to see them. I have met people who traveled from California who came to see the bluebonnets here. Of course not all years are great it has to do with the fall rains not enough and these hardy plants may not show their best, but just wait a year and maybe the next year will do it. In any case the Texas bluebonnet is still the most popular wildflower people have festival for them, name their towns as the bluebonnet capital so who are we to question them. We loved the tranquility of this image with the sunrise over the water and a nice field of bluebonnets with a tents along the river edge. Spring time in the Texas hill country can be magicali f your in the right place and it bluebonnet season. Lady Bird started this with her Highway Beautification Act and we are so happy she did!
We capture this New Orleans skyline in downtown area around dusk as the high rise building light came on and it created this nice reflections in the Mississippi River. There was stil a little color in the sky from the sunset just enough to gve it some pop over the cityscape with some oranges and pinks mingle with the dark clouds. This New Orlean skyline pano was taken from across the Mississippi River at dusk. The view of the city high rise buildings along the shore line makes for a nice image as the building reflect in the water shortly after sunset. New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana population of around 1.5 million people. The city attract tourist from all over the world with its many popular neighborhoods such as the famous French Quarters, Jackson Square and many more area of interest. Beside Bourbon street and french quarter there are plenty of wonderful restaurants in the area. New Orleans also has a lot of things to do such as World War Museum, Art Museums, Aquarium, or even a visit to the city cementaries, plus you can enjoy a visit to the Superdome home of the New Orleans Saints. There are riverboats rides along the Mississippi River just some of the thing available to do in the city. Not to mention the wonderful architecture you see through out the city.
These are a few of the best Fort Worth skylines and cityscapes images of this north Texas city available for print on canvas, metal and fine art prints. Fort Worth is a fast growing city and is the fith largest city in the state of Texas, it is also the 16th largest in the USA. Fort Worth was once a bustling cattle trading industry around 19th century when it was part of the cattle drives of Chisholm trail. The city was founded in 1849 as an army outpost and was located on a bluff overlooking the Trinity River. These past events were what gave Fort Worth it name of cow town and to this day it still maintains it western heritage. Today Ft Worth is a modern city with several universities like TCU and A&M university, top ranted museums like the Kimbell Art Museum and the Amon Carter of American Museum, several fortune 500 companies like Bell Hellicopter, Lockheed Martin, American Airline, Pier 1, to name a few. dsc08861
Fort Worth Cattle Drive Antique – Another capture in this antique look where capture this image of the cowboys driving the longhorn heard down the street at the Stockyard in Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Stockyards now celebrates Fort Worth’s long tradition as a part of the cattle industry with a cattle drive down the street as they would of done back in the day. The city has long been known as a cow town probably because of the Stockyards. The Fort Worth Stockyard is now listed on the National Register as a historical district since 1976. The Stockyards consist of mainly entertainment and shopping venues today that capitalize on the ‘Cowtown’ theme of Fort Worth. The Leddy boot company is located in the heart of the Stockyard along with the Maverick Fine Western wear. Also there saloons where customers ‘can ‘belly up’ to the bar, relax and have a cold beer while in the Stockyards; just like they did in the days of the cattle drives. Many bars and nightclubs are located in the vicinity, and the area has a Western motif. There is also an opry and a rodeo. The Fort Worth Stockyards are the last standing stockyards in the United States. On April 1, 2011, the Fort Worth Stockyards Stables were remodeled and reopened. They are located next door to the Hyatt hotel in an original Historic Stockyards building that was built in 1912. These stables offer full care boarding, overnight boarding, hourly boarding, horse rentals on the open trails of the Trinity River and carriage rides. Boarders can ride their horses all around the Historic Stockyard