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!
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.
Sunrise at Port Isabel Lighthouse – Port Isabel lighthouse was built in 1852 for the sea captains to help them navigate the Texas coastal waters. While this lighthouse is no long needed as technology improve navigation it sit as a reminder of the past and a historical landmark for the city. Now the lighthouse acts as a museum with its reconstructed lighthouse keeper’s cottage which sit below. The Port Isabel’s 72-foot lighthouse is open to the public where you can the winding stairs case and enter the outside area where you can take in the view. From this site you can see the Port Isabel and beyond along with South Padre Island with the Queen Isabella Causeway in view and the coastal beach. Port Isabel is located in south Texas or as the locals call it the valley which stands for the Texas Rio Grande Valley. We loved this capture of this wonderful Port Isabel lighthouse right before the sun came up with these wonderful pastel color in the sky showing the Queen Isabella Causeway along with the down town historic district. This is a historic site and located across the street is a museum with the past history of the island. The Port Isabel Lighthouse is the last light house that is still open to the public. Port Isabel has a lot to offer for tourist, and locals from the beach, to some wonderful restaurant with great fresh seafood to all kinds of activities for all ages.
Sunrise at St. Simon Lighthouse Pano – St. Simon island light house at sunrise along the Georgia coast in a panorama. This pano shows the lighthouse at sunrise with the alantic ocean in view. The St. Simons Lighthouse Museum is located near the village and pier area. The Lighthouse along with keeper’s dwelling were built in 1872 to replace the original lighthouse built in 1810 after it was destroy by the confederate. Now the lighthouse and keepers dwelling are part of the Lighthouse museum. You can climb the 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse and over the Alantic ocean and Jekyll island. It is still an active lighthouse and it light can go 23 miles out to sea and warns ship of the many sandbars and nearby hazards along the coast.
– St. Simon island light house at sunrise along the Georgia coast in a panorama. This pano shows the lighthouse at sunrise with the alantic ocean in view. The St. Simons Lighthouse Museum is located near the village and pier area. The Lighthouse along with keeper’s dwelling were built in 1872 to replace the original lighthouse built in 1810 after it was destroy by the confederate. Now the lighthouse and keepers dwelling are part of the Lighthouse museum. You can climb the 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse and over the Alantic ocean and Jekyll island. It is still an active lighthouse and it light can go 23 miles out to sea and warns ship of the many sandbars and nearby hazards along the coast.
Sunrise at Driftwood Beach – This is Driftwood beach at Jekyll Island with dead trees in the sand at sunrise as a 2 to 1 panorama. It was a beautiful morning sunrise with these fablous dead trees that seem to magically grow from the sands along driftwood beach at Jekyll island. This look almost un-worldly in the early morning at the beach. This has been a location we have wanted to go to for some time now. Driftwood beach or boneyard beach as some have coined the phase because of all the trees and limbs that seem to magically grow from the sands along the beach. This view of this tree is silouette at sunrise which looks out over the Altantic Ocean something we never get to see here in Texas. This skeleton tree that is still planted in the sand gave some nice reflections as a silouette along the wet sand at sunrise reflecting back the wonderful colors from the sky. Jekyll Island is part of the Golden Isles of Georgia barrier islands. This golden isles barrier islands got their name from the gold color that the salt marshes grasses turn in winter that surround this group of island.
Austin Lou Neff Sunrise Reflection Pano – Urban Landscape Canvas Prints – We capture the latest Austin skyline from Lou Neff Point right before sunrise as the sky was full of color with pinks, violets, yellows, and purples with these wonderful reflections of the high rise buildings in Lady Bird Lake in a panorama. We have been waiting till the bulk of the cranes went down in the city along with we needed the lights on our new tallest building which were not lit all the way to the top till recently so finally it ready for the photo. This is always a battle we have when a city changes so much every year. Today it work out the water was very calm which help us capture the sky and skyline reflections in the water, this is in itself a rare event. Lady Bird Lake is a very popular place so there is almost always someone out in a canoe or the rowing club to mess up the water but today we got lucky. This is also the most current skyline taken in 2019 with all the latest skyscrapers like the Austonian and Independent along with all the other new editions to the shoreline along town lake. Lou Neff is part of the Zilker park and this area is where Barton Creek and Lady Bird Lake come together so it is usually a busy place only this time of day would the water be this smooth. This is a 2 to 1 panorama so it will slightly taller than a regular 3 to 1 pano. Thanks for looking!
Austin Lou Neff Sunrise Reflection – Urban Landscape Canvas Prints – We capture the latest Austin skyline from Lou Neff Point right before sunrise as the sky was full of color with pinks, violets, yellows, and purples with these wonderful reflections of the high rise buildings in Lady Bird Lake. The water was very calm which help us capture the sky and skyline reflections in the water this is rare event now. This is also the most current skyline taken in 2019 with all the latest skyscrapers like the Austonian and Independent along with all the other new editions to the shoreline along town lake. Lou Neff is part of the Zilker park and this area is where Barton Creek and Lady Bird Lake come together so it is usually a busy place only this time of day would the water be this smooth before the sup and canoes take to the water. The Butler hike and bike trail is one of the most popular places in Austin and it attracts locals and tourist to the area on a daily basis year round.
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.
Big Bend Bluebonnets Sunrise – The sunrise was just beginning to push through the clouds over the chiso mountain range near the landmark Cerro Castellan. The sky was getting this heavenly glow from the sun rays as they came through the sky just at the peak of the sun rising up. The Texas bluebonnets were flowing down the slope the valley below in this desert landscape scene. It was a cold morning to be standing and waiting for the sunrise to show and very quite till a coyotes pack began to yelp and howing right below us when a sudden sense of fear over came my other half as there were many yelps, all probably no more than 30 feet below us. Luckily for us they were not interested in us. Whew! This is a wild area and you are likely to run across all kinds of animals here including bear, wild hogs and mountain lions. Big Bend National Park was in full bloom with the big bend bluebonnets this year and it was lovely. This was the best year we have seen in our 10 plus years of coming here. The Big Bend bluebonnet or Chisos bluebonnet are the common name of this lupine. It is native to Texas and Chihuahua, where it can be found blooming from January through June. What surprised us were they were all over the hill sides and along the roads in thick patches. We were curious how they got so high up on the mountain sides. In any case it was a wonderful site to see and made us glad we came for this unique show.