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.
Houston Skyline from the Park – This is one of our favorite places to photograph with the many parks near downtown that also has a great view of the Houston skyline from the park. There are many hike and bike trails with fields for playing ball or start up a game of volley ball all with a wonderful cityscape with all the skyscraper high rise buildings in the city as a backdrop. The city view includes the usual skyscrapers like the Chase Tower, Heritage Plaza, Wells Fargo, and the 1400 Smith St. buildings just to name a few. You can see the Houston City Hall building at the base of the buildings where it is dwarfed by the high-rise skyscrapers since Houston has some to the tallest buildings in the southern US. The Buffalo Bayou run along side of the trials through out the park. This is the Eleanor Tinsley park that is right in downtown area along the Allen Parkway a wonderful addition to the city. It was name after Eleanor Tinsley who served on the city counsel for 16 years in 1998. What is so great is the Houston skyline from the park can be seen from most areas of the park and has been a huge addition to the city and a draw for locals and tourist that come to visit.
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.
Mission San Jose in San Antonio as the sun creates this sun burst twinkle from the steeple at the the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo is a historic Catholic mission which is located in San Antonio, Texas, United States. Mission San Jose in San Antonio is also a member of the World Heritage site since 2015. The mission was founded in 1720 after other missions were filling up and there was a need for more room. San Jose mission was set up for the native American and gave the Coahuiltecan tribe who lived in the compound a sense of security and safety. The outer wall was built around the main part of the mission and the rooms were built into the walls. Mission San Jose in San Antonio is an active church and services are still performed today including weddings and funeral. The park’s Visitor’s Center is also located in Mission San José. This one of the five mission that are part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and is heavily visited by tourist and locals in San Antonio Texas.
The Alamo at Sunrise in San Antonio – Our latest early morning capture of the Alamo in San Antonio at sunrise with this wonderful color in the sky. The Alamo was originally known as Misión San Antonio de Valero and was founded as a Catholic mission in 18th century as a mission and fortress compound along with educational purpose for the American Indian. Today it is part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and is a World Heritage Site. This historic landmark site is part of the San Antonio cityscape which draws thousand of tourist year round to come to the mission and discover the historic significance of this place. The Alamo is treated with a lot of reverence so be respectful when inside at all times. Today it is part of San Antonio greatest tourist attraction because of it contribution to history. During the revolution a small number of Texians were at the compound when the Mexican Army attacked and kill most who were left inside and burned some of the place down. Many know the history of Battle of the Alamo as William Travis and his men like Daniel Boon and Jim Bowie fought Santa Anna Army. The Alamo was brought back to life when the Daughter of the Republic in 1835 started trying to preserve it and had maintained until 2015 when the Texas Land Office took over the site. Today it is probably one of the most popular tourist spots in the state of Texas.
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.
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.
We captured this panorama of an Austin Oasis restaurant and sunset at 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 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. http://www.beecreekphoto.com/blog/sunset-lake-travis/
This is another capture of the mansion and oak trees right before the sun was fully up and before the mist lifted on this early morning at the Oak Alley Plantation which I thought worked best as a black and white image. This misty look give this image a moody feel with the mansion and large old oaks in BW as the the morning mist settles over the property seems to transport you back in time. The Oak Alley plantation is a popular spot for tourist looking for history of the deep south and a feel for what life long ago was like on these plantations. The plantation was created in the early 1800’s as a surgar cane plantation and was worked by slaves so it rich in historic value. The plantation got it name from the many live oak trees that were planted over 300 years ago prior to the plantations existance. Some refer to this area as Oak valley or Seven Oaks and it is near the community of Vacherie St James Parish in Louisiana. Many movies has been made here especially including anything releated to the deep south civil war era along with many spooky movies. The Oak Alley Plantation is a National Historic Landmark as it is rich in history and is visited by many toursit yearly. The Foudation maintains the property today for the this historic site.
Oak Alley at Sunrise – This was a look into the past that has been frozen in time at our visit of Oak Alley Plantation this last year. To get the feel of the place, we stayed on the property in one of the freed slaves cottages on the property which really helped you get a feel of what life might of been like in the past. In these images we captured the great old oak trees at Oak Alley Plantation at sunrise including the mansion and the other great oaks which have been here for more than 300 years. The Oak Alley plantation landscape is really a beautiful place to visit with a great sense of history both the good and the bad as it pertains to slavery. Our visit to the Oak Alley plantation left us with a sense of what was like for all that live there from the one who lived in the Mansion to the families that were enslaves and work and lived on the property. The property was designated a National Historic Landmark for its architecture and landscaping, and for the agricultural innovation of grafting pecan trees, performed there in 1846–47 by an enslaved gardener.