Hill Country Rest Stop at Sunset

 

 

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Hill Country Rest Stop at Sunset – We captured this hill country rest stop right at sunset. This rest stop in the Texas hill country was a suprise as it was a new one along our travels in the hills. It had this lovely tree with some nice looking yuccas and picnic table all to make your rest pleasant. We love that we captured the sunset through the nice live oak tree. Live oaks do not drop their leaves in the winter and this highway rest stop in the hill country had a lot of great live oak trees. The hill country has some wonderful scenery if you know where to find it. We have travel this area for many years chasing wildflowers and fall colors but this time it was the sunset that got our attention.

Gruene Dance Hall New Braunsfels Texas

Gruene Dance Hall New Braunsfels Texas – This vintage dance hall is still open today and is a popular spot for tourist and locals to visit.

 

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Gruene Hall – Gruene is an area located just within New Braunfels city limits which was created in the 1940a by German immigrant the Ernst Gruene family which is also the towns name. Also the name Gruene is pronounced ‘Green’. The Gruene led the way to build a community for the cotton farmers. This is the oldest dance hall in Texas built somewhere in the late 1878 by the Gruene as he started this community just outside of New Braunsfel Tx. Gruene Hall is still in business today with a saloon and dance hall where western swing is still happening. Many big name country singers have performed here like Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson to name a few. This image capture the water tower which stands behind the dance hall on a nice cloudy day. Gruene is like going back in time so from the dance hall to the general store it will take you back to a simpler time. Gruene is visited by many as it is one of the top destinations for tourist to visit in the Texas hill country year round. It is located in New Braufels which is a maybe 20 minutes from San Antonio.

Austin Pennybacker Bridge Sunset

Austin Pennybacker Bridge Sunset – Another aerial capture of the Austin 360 bridge as the bald cypress display their fall colors along the waters edge in a panorama at dusk.

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Austin Pennybacker Bridge Sunset – An aerial capture of the Austin Pennybacker bridge as the bald cypress display their fall colors along the waters edge in a panorama at dusk. The Austin Pennybacker bridge or Austin 360 bridge as many call it, as it crosses Lake Austin as it join the area to north and south together. This area is consider the beginning edge to the Texas Hill country. You can see the orange to red colors in the bald cypress along the lake as the still waters allow their reflections back into the water. Through out the hill side you see a pop of colors as the red oaks start to display their colors against a backdrop of the ash junipers which are green year round. You can see the Austin skyline in the distance view taken with the glow as the sunset begins to get lower in the sky. You can see the sun reflecting back from one of the buildings in downtown Austin as the sun set in the distance. Always a good day when you can capture an Austin 360 Bridge sunset with the city skyline.

Fall Colors at Austin Pennybacker Bridge

Fall Colors at Austin Pennybacker Bridge – Another aerial capture of the Austin 360 bridge as the bald cypress display their fall colors along the waters edge. In the distant view you can see downtown Austin.

 

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Fall Colors at Austin Pennybacker Bridge – Another aerial capture of the Austin 360 bridge as the bald cypress display their fall colors along the waters edge. The Austin Pennybacker bridge or Austin 360 bridge as many call it, as it crosses Lake Austin as it join the area to north and south together. This area is consider the beginning edge to the Texas Hill country. You can see the orange to red colors in the bald cypress along the lake as the still waters allow their reflections back into the water. Through out the hill side you a pop of colors as the red oaks start to display their colors against a backdrop of the ash junipers which are green year round. You can see the Austin skyline in the distance view.

Austin Skyline Along Lady Bird Lake in Fall

Austin Skyline Along Lady Bird Lake in Fall – Fall can be fleeting in Texas, but we do have a short window where the bald cypress and red oaks come togther to create this autumn landscape scenery. The bald cypress turn from an orange to a red to a rusty color along the lake the red oaks are sprinkled through out the area. This is an aerial capture looking toward downtown Austin along Lady Bird Lake or Town Lake as many that have lived here for a while still call it from Zilker park. Austin Texas lady bird lake is actually part of the Highland lakes Colorado river chain which flows from the hill country into lake travis and lake austin into Lady bird lake where it then flow all the way to the coast. Along it way create this recreational spot near Zilker park where people utilize the water with their sups, canoes, or whatever as you an see lot of people on the lake today. Zilker Park is over 350 acres where people come to enjoy all that is offered in the area including picnic tables, soccer, Barton Springs, hike and biking trails which run through the park area and beyond. Actually people were everwhere in the parks today, on the water in their canoes, sups all enjoying the nice day with blue skies and the water was flowing only slightly with allow reflection from of the clouds in the water. You can even see the state capitol dome top in the far left of skyline in the scene for another beautiful day in Austin Texas.

 

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Austin Skyline Along Lady Bird Lake in Fall – Fall is fleeting in Texas, but we do have a short window where the bald cypress and red oaks come togther to create this autumn landscape scenery. The bald cypress turn from an orange to a red to a rusty color along the lake the red oaks are sprinkled through out the area. This is an aerial capture looking toward downtown Austin along Lady Bird Lake or Town Lake as many that have lived here for a while still call it from Zilker park.

Texas Windmill with Milky Way

Texas Windmill with Milky Way – We captured this celestial night sky with this Texas windmill with the water tank in silouette between some trees as the night sky was full of stars with the milky way just overhead. You can see that the windmill was spinning on this night with only a slight breeze we heard the windmill even before we got out of the car. Also we liked the added touch of the silouette of the prickly pear in the scene just to the right of windmill. The night sky with the stars and the galaxy overhead with a windmill is one of those iconic Texas thing we like to capture in a starscape. The milkyway is the galaxy that contains our solar system. The term milky is derived from the appearance from earth of the galaxy. The stars that make up the milky way are giant, luminous spheres of plasma and the galaxies consist of stars, stellar remnants, dust, gas, and dark matter, bound together by gravity. This starry night scene with wind mill and galaxy is iconic scene thoughout the Texas hill country it just finding one that not too close to a city. Oh the really bright star to the left of the windmill is the planet Venus. The Texas night sky can be awesome if you can find a place where it is not over run with light pollution from nearby cities. Many places have taken the dark skies initiative which reguired cut off lighting which has help a lot. Normally we might go to far west texas for a starscapes, but things are not up and running as normal because of covid 19 this year.

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Texas Windmill with Milky Way – We captured this Texas windmill with the water tank in silouette between some trees as the night sky was full of stars with the milky way just overhead. You can see that the windmill was spinning on this night with only a slight breeze we heard the windmill even before we got out of the car. Also we liked the added touch of the silouette of the prickly pear in the scene just to the right of windmill. The night sky with the stars and the galaxy overhead with a windmill is one of those iconic Texas thing we like to capture in a starscape. The milkyway is the galaxy that contains our solar system. The term milky is derived from the appearance from earth of the galaxy. The stars that make up the milky way are giant, luminous spheres of plasma and the galaxies consist of stars, stellar remnants, dust, gas, and dark matter, bound together by gravity.This starry night scene with wind mill and galaxy is iconic scene thoughout the Texas hill country it just finding one that not too close to a city. Of the rally bright star to the left of the windmill is the planet Venus. The Texas night sky can be awesome if you can find a place where it is not overrun with light pollution from nearby cities. Many places have taken the dark skies initiative which reguired cut off lighting which has help a lot. Normally we might go to far west texas for a starscapes, but things are not up and running as normal because of covid 19.

Austin Skyline Sunrise

Austin Skyline Sunrise – We captured this image Austin skyline before the sun acually broke the horizon on this morning in the downtown area of the city. The sky painted the sky with some pinks, yellow, purple and blues which was a lovely backdrop on this day. We have been trying to capture this shot from congress bridge for some time but there was so much going on with the protest and constant building that we waited for break. Austin Texas is a popular place for tourist to visit with so many things to do, with a great music scene, art events, sporting events and many parks and lake in the area. Austin is on the edge of the Texas hill country another popular place to visit especially in the spring for the wildflower season.  Downtown Austin is beautiful modern city with some unique architecture and new high rises almost yearly.  We will need to come back in a few years as their are plans for two more buildings in the city that will be two hundred feet taller than the tallest building the Independent in Austin now. Austin skyline has been constantly changing so we have tried to catch it as the latest batch of building have been finished. This images captures the congress bridge that leads your eye to the Texas Capitol in downtown Austin. The Texas Capitol is a landmark and favorite tourist attraction to visit when people come to town. Also University of Texas is the largest university in the city and draws a large crowd for their many sporting and school events. In this Austin aerial image you can see the second tallest building the Austonian and the Frost and many others along the water front. Lately the Lady Bird Lake which is this portion of the Colorado river has been getting more and more crowed as they are constanly building new high rises along the colorado river water front. In any case it is a constantly evolving City of Austin skyline.
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Austin Skyline Sunrise – We captured this Austin skyline image before the sun acually broke the horizon on this morning in downtown . The sky painted the sky with some pinks, yellow, purple and blues which was a lovely backdrop on this day for the austin skyline. We have been trying to capture this shot for some time but there was so much going on with the protest and constant building that we waited for break. We will need to come back in a few years as their are plans for two more buildings that will be two hundred feet taller than the tallest building the Independent in Austin now. Austin skyline has been constantly changing over the years so we have tried to catch it as the latest batch of building have been finished. This images captures the congress bridge that leads your eye to the Texas Capitol in downtown Austin. The Texas Capitol is a landmark and favorite tourist location to visit when people come to town. In this aerial image you can see our second tallest building the Austonian and the Frost and many others along the water front. Lately the Lady Bird Lake has been getting more and more crowed as they are constanly building new high rises along the colorado river water front. In any case it is a constantly evolving City of Austin skyline

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Austin Skyline Sunrise – We captured this Austin skyline image before the sun acually broke the horizon on this morning in downtown . The sky painted the sky with some pinks, yellow, purple and blues which was a lovely backdrop on this day for the austin skyline. We have been trying to capture this shot for some time but there was so much going on with the protest and constant building that we waited for break. We will need to come back in a few years as their are plans for two more buildings that will be two hundred feet taller than the tallest building the Independent in Austin now. Austin skyline has been constantly changing over the years so we have tried to catch it as the latest batch of building have been finished. This images captures the congress bridge that leads your eye to the Texas Capitol in downtown Austin. The Texas Capitol is a landmark and favorite tourist location to visit when people come to town. In this aerial image you can see our second tallest building the Austonian and the Frost and many others along the water front. Lately the Lady Bird Lake has been getting more and more crowed as they are constanly building new high rises along the colorado river water front. In any case the Austin skyline is a constantly evolving  skyline when it will be completed is unknown.

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Bluebonnets at the Cattle Guard

Bluebonnets at the Cattle Guard – While driving the hill country looking for Texas bluebonnets we pass many cattle guards on our journey. The Texas hill country county roads have lot of bluebonnets and plenty of cattle guard and this one had a nice selection of wildflower right at the gate. In the texas hill country you find cattle guards through out these county roads, they allow the cattle to cross the road to graze but not go beyound their property line. I have heard that cattle will not cross them but dont know about other livestock. We liked this gate with cattle guard with this nice patch of bluebonnet wildflowers. Always be mindful that this is private property and do not get off the roadside.

 

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Bluebonnets at the Cattle Guard – While driving the hill country looking for Texas bluebonnets we pass many cattle guards on our journey. The Texas hill country county roads have lot of bluebonnets and plenty of cattle guard and this one had a nice selection of wildflower right at the gate. In the texas hill country you find cattle guards through out these county roads, they allow the cattle to cross the road to graze but not go beyound their property line. I have heard that cattle will not cross them but dont know about other livestock. We liked this gate with cattle guard with this nice patch of bluebonnet wildflowers. Always be mindful that this is private property and do not get off the roadside.

 

Lake Travis Sunset from Above

Lake Travis Sunset from Above – Captured this image of Lake Travis at sunset from an aerial perspective. Lake Travis is the beginning of the Texas Hill Country. Lake Travis is also a popular place for people in Austin and nearby areas to come boating, swimming, fishing or whatever water sport you like to do. Maybe you just want to hang out and watch the sun go down and drink a rita at the Oasis. Its all good on the lake! You can the edge of the Oasis in this image with it many decks for endless sunset views. Many refer to this area as the big bowl of the lake because many other areas are narrow as they part of the highland lakes which is a group of joining rivers in the area.

 

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Lake Travis from Above – Captured this image of Lake Travis at sunset from an aerial perspective. Lake Travis is the beginning of the Texas Hill Country. Lake Travis is also a popular place for people in Austin and nearby areas to come boating, swimming, fishing or whatever water sport you like to do. Maybe you just want to hang out and watch the sun go down and drink a Rita at the Oasis. It’s all good on the lake! You can the edge of the Oasis in this image with it many decks for endless sunset views. Many refer to this area as the big bowl of the lake because many other areas are narrow as they part of the highland lakes which is a group of joining rivers in the area.

 

Texas Wildflowers Along the Fence

Texas Wildflowers Along the Fence – A field of Texas wildflowers along the fence in the hill country. The Texas hill country has some of the best wildflowers that appear from March through late summer. The indian blankets are some some of my favorite because they do seem to create a blanket effect over this area. The indian blanket or mexican hats grow to about two feet tall which allows them to be above the grasses.  There are a mix of indian blankets and some yellow wildflowers that appear to be part of the aster family maybe bear foot. In any case Texas has some of the best spring wildflower in a natural landscape around.

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Texas Wildflowers Along the Fence – A field of Texas wildflowers along the fence in the hill country. The Texas hill country has some of the best wildflowers that appear from March through late summer. The indian blankets are some some of my faviorate because they do seem to create a blanket effect over   area. There are a mix of indian blankets and some yellow wildflowers that appear to be part of the aster family maybe bear foot. In any case Texas has some of the best spring wildflower natural landscape around.