Pennybacker Bridge at Sunrise

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.

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Pennybacker Bridge at Sunrise – Pennybacker Bridge at the first Sunrise of the year just before the sun came up. Many people also refer to this as the Austin 360 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. It been a few years since we captured images from here it has become such a popular spot that it hard to get a photo with out a lot of people in the scene, so we tried to come at a less popular time well there really isn’t a good time.  

The bridge was name after Percy V. Pennybacker jr. in Austin, Texas, The bridge is an iron ached bridge that was meant to blend into the hill side at loop 360 or Capital of Texas Highway as many refer to it and sits 100 feet over the lake Austin. The Capital of Texas Highway 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

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.

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Houston Skyline From Park –  This is an image of the Houston skyline from a city park near downtown with all the skyscrapers towering over head. This is one of the many parks near downtown that also has a great view of the Houston skyline.  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 of the tallest buildings in the southern US. 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 as your park backdrop, what could be better than that. The Buffalo Bayou also run along side of the trials throught out the park should you want to kayak a bit. 

Oasis Sunset Lake Travis

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.

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Sunset at the Oasis Pano –  One more landscape image of this wonderful sunset at the Oasis on Lake Travis. Lake Travis is outside of Austin, Texas 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. Love that the sunset was almost here and they still have the umbrellas up.

Sun Burst at Mission San Jose in San Antonio

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.

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Mission San Jose –  Mission San Jose in San Antonio as the sun creates this twinkle from the steeple at ‘the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park’ in the early morning. Even today this is an active church and services are still performed. The park’s Visitor’s Center is also in Mission San José in San Antonio. The mission was established in 1720 because the other nearby mission was over crowded. The native american Coahuiltecan tribe who live in the compound found a sense of security and safety at this site in the 1700’s and both mission server the Coahuiltecan tribes. The outer wall were built around the mission with room for the tribes and a new church made of limestone was build later on around 1768.

The Alamo at Sunrise in San Antonio

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.

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The Alamo at Sunrise –  Another capture of the Alamo at sunrise in San Antonio with the early morning 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 men 187 Texians were at the compound when the Mexican Army attacked and executed all the men 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 to the end. This was the what started the revolution with the battle cry of Remember the Alamo. Most remember ‘The Battle of the Alamo from their history books which took place in 1836 when San Anna with 5000 men took on the 187 men of the Alamo and executed them all. However it was a short lived victory for Santa Anna and his men who were later defeated by General Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto. The Alamo was brought back to life by the Daughter of the Republic which 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. Most remember ‘The Battle of the Alamo from their history books which took place in 1836 when San Anna with 5000 men took on the 187 men of the Alamo and executed them all. However it was a short lived victory for Santa Anna and his men who were later defeated by General Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto. We have many more mission please contact about other San Antonio Missions. Today we captured the Alamo at sunrise, but we have many more from images if the Alamo at dusk, sunset and twilight.

Mission Espada San Antonio

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.

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Mission Espada2 – Mission Espada is one of the spanish mission which are part of the San Antonio National Historical park. Included this well on the beautiful ground with these lovely trees of the mission.

New Orleans Skyline at Dusk Pano

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.

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New Orleans Skyline Pano  –  This is the New Orlean skyline pano which 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.  In any case this is one of the few images of the New Orleans skyline pano we were able to capture in our short visit.

Austin Lake Travis Oasis Sunset

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/

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Oasis Sunset Panorama – Another captured of the Oasis sunset panorama outside of Austin  at the Oasis restaurant 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. We have taken many sunset images from the Oasis on Lake Travis and this is my favorite.  Every scenic sunset image we have capture from here is unique and today was not the exception. The Oasis Restaurant sits on a bluff 450 feet over the lake has some of the best decks to view the sunsets around central Texas. Oasis restaurant has been here for thirty years over looking the big bowl at Lake Travis.  In 2005 a lightning strike cause parts of the restaurant to catch on fire and almost burn down completely.  Only parts of the restaurant were destroyed and it reopen a few weeks later but the older wooden part were eventually replaced with the newer buildings along with a parking garage.  This newer parts including shops, cafes, and other restaurants many of which have great views also.  In any case the Oasis is a great place to come and have a meal and margarita and watch the sunset on any day. Just another beautiful panorama sunset in the Texas hill country over looking Lake Travis. Lake Travis is loccated on the western edge of Austin at the foothills of the Texas Hill Country.  Lake Travis is the largest reservoir along the highland lakes in Texas is a very popular spot for swimming, boating, fishing, scuba diving, and picnicking.  

Misty Morning at Oak Alley Plantation BW

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.

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Misty Morning Oak Alley BW – I got up early before the sunrise hoping to capture the sun rise and the mist was everywhere so I shot the photo.  Luckily for me a little later on the sun cleared the mist and I captured my shot. After looking at this I said this works too so I made it a black and white to enhance that haunting spooky look thru these wonderful old oak trees at Oak Alley. This image os looking toward the Mississippi river from the mansion.  Oak Alley is located in Varcherie St James Parish in Louisiana in the southern united states and is now a National Historic Landmark..  This wonderful old plantation with its 300 year old live oak trees run along the Mississippi along the river rd.

Oak Alley at Sunrise

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.

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Oak Alley Sunrise –  Early morning at Oak Alley plantation. The sun is just filtering through theses 300 year old trees on the plantation and light the path to the mansion.  The house was positioned to enhance the trees presence on the plantation and they seem to create this wonderful canopy over the house and sidewalk area. No one knows who planted these oaks trees but they seem to know exacty where they thought the house should be place because they seem to have are perfect path to the Mississippi.  This was a working sugar plantation which was manned by slavery as was the case during this era in the deep south.  The slave live on the property on the other side in their own housing area while their home may have mulitple familes living under the same roof in crowed miserable conditions.  The historical property is beaufiful today and has been well maintained and these oak are what drew us there. These are big and beautiful live oak trees on very nice grounds some refer to this area as oak valley or seven oaks.   This part of the community of  Vacherie St James Parish in Louisiana located on the west bank of the Mississippi River. The property was purchase by Varlcour Aimes in 1830 but exchanged with Jacques Roman and he started building the mansion the following year the style of the house is Greek Revival with his father in law Joseph Pilie as his architect. Later on the property was sold several time and finaly ended up in the hands of Josphine Stewart as a gift from her husband.  She started extensive restoration of the old mansion which had fallen into disrepare over the years but ended up not being able afford the cost to keep it up. Josephine Stewart ended up leaving it to the Oak Alley Foundation in 1972 which open it to the public.l  Oak Alley Plantation is like a world frozen in time with it history dating back to the mid 1800’s. Oak Alley became a National Historic Landmark for its architectural and landscaping along with it grafting of pecans done by an enslaved gardner in 1846-47.