This single cypress tree that hangs over the edge of the Pennybacker (360) bridge, is seen here with the morning phenomenon known to Ausinites as the “Violet Crown”.
From what I have been able to find, The Violet Crown has been linked to one of O. Henry’s short stories that was published by Rolling Stone in 1894, in which he was linking Austin’s ambitious cultural to that of ancient Athens.
Early one morning, I found myself exploring the Riverwalk in the heart of San Antonio Texas. I must of stopped at about half a dozen locations along the Riverwalk that morning, but this sunrise image of the Arneson River Theater was my favorite from that outing.
My biggest takeaway was how the atmosphere differed in the morning, compared to the nightlife of River Boats and hungry pedestrians transfixed with their individual interpretations to the neighboring surroundings.
While I was setting up for this photo, I started noticing the color of the water and sky bursting into different shades of pinks and reds, which helped contribute to the already ongoing sunrise from underneath the First Street bridge in downtown Austin Texas.
Depending on water levels for Lady Bird lake, this location can be easily accessed, or inaccessible due to the temporary low lying shoreline being submerged in water. It’s one of those views that can be more complementary for locals, than tourists.
Tucked away in the back of Richard Moya Park, is the bridge at Moore’s Crossing. I found out about this location from another local Austin photographer, and decided to go give it a look. I wasn’t disappointed at all.
There are two things that are nice about this location. One is the lack of people. I must of spent a good twenty minutes on this bridge, and never once was there another person occupying it. The second perk being that it’s not in downtown Austin, but yet it’s still in the Austin area near ABIA.
Overall, I really like this location. It’s nice every once awhile to get away from the busy overpopulated touristy areas, and just enjoy the often-overlooked locations the city has to offer.
As I made my way to the trailhead of The Window, my eyes began to be drawn into the heavy morning fog (which is kind of hard to make out in this photo) that was forming at The Window itself.
There just so happen to be a boulder that was nearby to stand on, which gave me enough height to get over the treeline for a better view.
Looking back on this nearly a year and half later, I’m really grateful for this image. The next morning, this landscape was engulfed with fog. The fog was so thick, that I ended up leaving the Chisos Basin altogether, and made my way to Balanced Rock.
At the halfway point of the staircase to the Pfluger Pedestrian bridge, there is a nice little overlook that looks back on the bridge itself. This image was taken at sunrise, with no wind affecting the reflections.
I’m always amazed at how some images come out compared to others. This is a prime example of a view that I was not expecting the “wow” factor to come from. It just goes to show how much unexpected beauty is out there to be discovered and photographed.
As I began to leave the South Grounds of the Texas State Capitol building, I noticed there was still some purple and red leftover from sunset. Also the view was quite intrigued to me, just when you think you’ve seen all the possible angles of a location, another one reveals itself.