Llano River Bridge Sunset Pano – The Llano bridge pano in the Texas Hill Country as the sunset in the west. The Llano river runs through this small town in the heart of the Texas hill country with a lot water dam. This popular place has a lot of tourism from its bluebonnets along the roads, to hunting and fishing and other recreation in the area. The Llano river has seen a lot of flooding over the years since it was built in 1930 and just recently another flood occured and the waters went to the bottom of the bridge but it withstood the stress but a bridge futher downstream in Kingsland collapsed from the October 2018 flood.
360 Bridge After Dark – Austin 360 Bridge at dark with a little color still left in the sky from the sunset as the car trails cross the bridge. The 360 bridge is a popular spot to photograph the sunset but it is also a heavyily used road that why I did a long exposure to show how busy this road is as it is a connection from north to south of the city as the car trail show after dark not someplace to be at 5 pm if you can help it. This is on the edge of the Texas hill country near Austin with Lake Austin for boating, picnicing and other recreational activities so it is a popular place.
Bluebonnet Images – Bluebonnets Sunset at Lake – A thick field of Texas bluebonnets taken at sunset near a lake as the cloud backlight with these pink colors across the sky . The sky reflected the colors into the water below as the sunset in the west. These bluebonnet wildflowers were wonderful this year they created a blanket of blue flowers over this field for a beautiful Texas landscape. This was one of the best years for bluebonnets everywhere in texas. The bluebonnet fields seem to be carpeted in lupines or blue bonnets that were so thick never have I seen them this good. Every year its a new wait and see what the texas wildflowers will be.
Bluebonnet Images – Bluebonnet Sunrise Morning – We capture this bluebonnet images at sunrise just as the sun rays were coming through the trees and rising over this ranch with a great field of bluebonnets along with the morning mist hovering over the field. Bluebonnet pictures are one of our favorite to capture and on a good year like they were this year it was easy landscape to capture. We capture this near Ennis Texas but they have never come back like they were since that time. We can only hope they will be as good as this in the next growing season somewhere. The Texas lupine is actually several different varieties of bluebonnets but all are beautiful to see along the roads, in fields and gardens in spring time. It is getting close to bluebonnet season again so we await the latest crop of flowers and hope for a good year!
San Antonio Skyline Sunset Panorama – Another capture of San Antonio skyline at sunset panorama just after the sun went down in the sky. You can see the sunset colors in the reflection of new Frost Tower building. We have been trying different angles to capture the city skyline with the new Frost Tower in view. The Frost sits at 300 feet in height, it is the 11th tallest in the city. In this image is the historic Tower Life building, along with the tallest building in the city the Tower of America which a city landmark since it was built for the Hemisphere Park in the late 1960, it has drawn tourist from all around. San Antonio is a city of many flavors and now they have added their first new skyscraper since the late 1980s. Along with the Alamo, the river walk and the missions and the recently completed Frost Tower along the new San Pedro Creek boardwalk this will become another area of interest for tourist who come to the city.
Queen Isabella Causeway after Dark Pano – Looking out on the Queen Isabella Causeway after dark you can still see a little color left in the sky from the sunset earlier in the evening. This bridge is two miles long and is the only route in to South Padre Island. The light on the bridge are reflecting back in the water after dark. The Queen Isabella Causeway is about two miles long and is the sole source for getting to the island from the mainland by vehicals. In 2001 a barge hit the bridge and destroyed a 160 foot section and till it was rebuilt the people had to travel by ferry to get to and from the island for several months till it was repair. Also a special note for those who lost their lives on that tragic night.
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.
Austin Skyline Glow – Austin skyline aerial as the sunset leaves this orange glow over Lady Bird Lake shoreline. The high rise buildings continue to grow along the town lake or Lady Bird Lake and on this aerial we can see we are almost done with building along the lake once the Independent or Jingle as some call it, is completed next year. Not really but just thought I would say it, but the truth is there are plans for two more 800 ft plus buildings in the same area over the next few year it seem they would be out of space to build in that area I guess not. In any case the downtown view along the lake has been changing almost yearly so we will see what come next. Austin skyline is a modern since most of the buildings have been built in the last ten years or so. Austin has many things to do in the city from the many parks, hike and bike trails, boating, barton springs, museums, along with live music events and UT sporting events to keep any one satisfied. Austin is situated in central texas at the beginning of the hill country where there are two lakes close by like Lake Austin, along with Lake Travis which are less than 30 minutes away for boating, swimming and other lake activities. Austin is a high tech town with lot of business related to that along with it is home to University of Texas and the State Capital.
Oasis Sunset Pano – One more image of this wonderful Oasis sunset on Lake Travis. Lake Travis is outside of Austin in the Hill Country which is a favorite place for locals and tourist to come and you can’t miss the Oasis restaurant for some good food and drinks as you watch the sunset set.The Oasis Sunset Pano – The Oasis sunset is the best place to capture a sun set which is located in the Texas Hill country outside Austin on Lake Travis. The restaurant is located in far west Austin at the foothills of the Texas Hill Country on Lake Travis. The Oasis restaurant likes to promote itself as the “Sunset Capital of Texas” with it decks facing west for maximum sunset views. The restaurant sit on a bluff about 450 feet over the lake overlooking the big bowl at the lake. Lake Travis is part of the Highland lakes, after Mansfield dam was built in 1942 it became the largest reservoir for water storage creating the largest area of water where the Oasis overlook is. The Oasis restaurant is popular with locals and tourist and it not uncommon to find buses lined up in the parking lot. It has become a destination for people traveling in this area of the Hill Country to visit to capture a peak at the sunset. Most people who live in Austin will tell you place go to see the view as the Oasis sunset is hard to beat in the area, the sunsets view from this location are great anytime of the year. The Oasis restaurant has been here for thirty years, but in 2005 a lightning fire destroyed parts of the structure but it was back in business about two weeks later, over time the portion that had burn down was re-built and expanded for maximun sunset views. This Lake is one of the largest reservoir of water along the Highland lakes. another beautiful sunset in the Texas hillcountry. Love that the sunset was almost here and they still have the umbrellas up they will take them down at sunset.
Golden Glow Over Bluebonnets – This was taken on the colorado river as the sunrise cast this golden glow over bluebonnets with these golden clouds cast their warm colors over this amazing field of wildflowers. Springtime in the Texas hill country is my favorite time because of all the wonderful wildflowers everywhere, especially when you come across a big field of bluebonnets like this it can be a magical landscape. These blueboonets were taken along the Colorado river in the Hill Country at sunrise as the sky and cloud had this golden glow. The Texas bluebonnets are a variety of blue wildflowers that grow in the State of Texas every spring which are of the genus Lupinus. Originally in 1901 the state declare only one blue bonnet the state flower however, in 1971 the Texas legislature declare that any flower found to be similar to Lupinus be declared the state flower. The name bluebonnet was from the look of the top of white part of the flower that was similar to the bonnet that woman wore on their heads in the pioneering days. The popularity of the blue bonnet grew after Lady Bird Johnson had push the Highway Beautification Act where she encorage everyone to plant native wildflowers along highways in the state. Today you can find wildflowers along many roads in Texas and the Texas Hill County has been known as one of the better places to find them. Bluebonnets love soil that drain wells and you will find them easily growing along the slopping areas along the roads. Of course some years are better than others but you don’t have to drive too far into the hill country to find them along the roads. It is almost that time for the bluebonnets to bloom anywhere between the middle of March to the middle of April depending on where and if we got the right amount of rain and sun here in central Texas. We also have other wildflowe that show up near the same time like Indian Paintbrush it changes year to year it is alway fun to see what will show up every spring.