Saturday, March 31, 2012

Saltillo Vines

This is a shot from the archive that I didn't really care for previously, but the more I look at it, I think it might be a little better than I give it credit.  This is from the Plaza Saltillo train station in Austin, Texas. Full disclosure alert: If you are a regular follower of my blog, you'll know that I am an employee of the local transit agency in Austin known as Capital Metro.  So, this is a shot of a portion of the train station that Capital Metro uses on its "Red Line".  I'm not trying to promote it, but it is a fun subject to shoot... rail stations/platforms, that is.  Anyway, Plaza Saltillo is a unique stop on the Red Line because it has a pavilion that sometimes provides entertainment as well as other interesting amenities for the local community in East Austin.  It also has this pergola with wisteria vines growing on it as you can see here. Those provide some wonderful lavender blooms in the springtime and just really beautify the whole place.  I wish this shot had those, but those blooms don't last long.  Sometime I will get that shot, but for now, this is what you'll see.  I hope you enjoy it and thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Orange Sky and Yellow Flowers

I don't know what the yellow flowers in this shot are, but as the sun was setting in the Texas Hill Country, they kind of really stood out in the orange sky of the setting sun.  This time of year is the best time because the temperatures are perfect, the landscape is alive with with the full spectrum of color and you just get this sense of re-birth. Of course I'm partial to the fall, too because of football, but I digress.  I still love this time of the year as well, but the impending swelter of the summer heat that's not far from spring makes me wish it would last just a little longer.  Or if spring could trade places with fall, that would be awesome!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Springtime in Texas

Springtime in Texas brings out some of the best scenery you will find.  When there's rain that is.  You see, last year Texas suffered through one of the worst droughts in its history.  When there's lack of rain, there's a lack of vegetation.  When there's a lack of vegetation, everything is blah.  This year, we've had plenty of rain since the beginning of the year and everything is grand!  This means the annual wildflowers that pop up in the springtime are blooming spectacularly!  Especially the bluebonnets, Texas' state flower.  When those are in bloom, they can make everything look better.  Including an old rusted building.  I'm not sure what this building is or was, but don't you think it looks great with all of the bluebonnets around it?  I do.  I took this out on Ranch Road 1320 between Stonewall and Johnson City.  Not sure exactly where out that way, but at least that's the road Eileen and I were on.

I hope you enjoy this shot and the next few I post will be of similar shots I've taken while out in the hill country.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Downtown Austin and Paddle Boat

For you other photographers out there... Have you ever processed an image, put it out on the web, came back to it and thought, "I could've done this or that better?"  Lately this is happening more and more to me.  Sometimes I find that processing an image, loading it up on the blog or Flickr or what have you without making it public for a day or so, gives me time to step away from it and re-look at it with a fresh pair of eyes.  When I have a shot that I think looks nice, often times it will look not so nice after I've let it "cook" for a while.  It's kind of like writing a paper for a class..  They always say, put it down for a while and come back to it later and you'll see some places for extra edits.  What do you think?

Back to the subject at hand... I had to come in to Austin last Saturday night for work and when I finished up, I spent a few minutes on the 1st St bridge getting a shot or two of the Austin skyline and the lake.  Here it is...  Luckily, I think this one turned out nicely after a night of letting it cook.  I don't know, maybe it's still rare and needs some more baking, but I'm gonna serve it up!

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