The norm around Austin has been endless construction cranes (surprise)and new high rises for the last four years or so. As a landscape/cityscape photographer, I’ve been forced to be more creative with my compositions of Austin probably more than ever.
My list of go-to places downtown, where now obstructed with cranes or hi-rise skeleton construction. I ended up settling on this view of the Austin skyline from Doug Sahm hill, after about half a mile of no luck.
This ended up being a personal favorite of mine. I really like the leading lines of Riverside drive along with the concrete walking path that goes through Butler District park, along with Austin’s skyscrapers and high rises correlating just in time for nightfall.
After successfully dodging freshly new mud puddles (thanks to a contribution from a earlier thunderstorm which occured during golden hour) I came to this point in my hike where the trail started to descend into the treeline.
I knew from this moment on, that the early morning light and clouds would be around only for a short time longer, so I decided on this photo of the Chisos Mountains and yuccas in early morning light.
As the city lights of Austin came on, some orange afterglow remained in the night sky.
This photo was taken from one of the many piers along the boardwalk trail, which just so happened to coincide with St Patrick’s day. If you look closely at the 100 Congress building, it’s lite in green, instead of its normal yellow lighting scheme.
The Barton Creek Greenbelt is known for several popular locations, however there are others like the one seen here, that are lessor known . The area in which this photo was taken , is in-between “The Stone Bench” and Sculpture Falls.
Depending on rainfall and the time of year, this area beats the stereotype of what most people may think of Texas.
I was lucky to get some moderate runoff from upstream to were the creek continues below, and the early autumn foliage ties the photo all together. In years past, I haven’t been so lucky.
Every once in awhile, there’s that one photo that a photographer is really proud of, and for me this is one of them. On a early June morning, all the right ingredients took place.
Typically there is some light foot traffic around the Capitol grounds, but for once I got a lucky bounce. Now in regards to the sky, that’s a whole other story. When I arrived the sky was navy blue, keeping in mind that blue hour had just ended.
Out of the corner of my right eye, I started noticing some nice yellowy-orange clouds (that would soon morphed to peach) rolling in towards the Capitol building.
I included the path with the yuccas, for the mere fact that it’s a shot that I have wanted to check off. I just needed to wait for the right moment for the unexpected colorful clouds to hover over the building itself, to help tie this photo all together.
I have passed this Gazebo numerous times on my way to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s statue, but it never crossed my mind to actually stop to photograph. This may be due in large part to the fact that this pond (and it’s water level) were most recently added to this area, after years of much needed renovations.
As I made my way back from Stevie Ray Vaughan’s statue, I stopped to look at the newly added addition that I ignored for so many years. The wind was calm, and the sky finally opened up to reveal shades of pinks and purples.
After several days of heavy rainfall, there was enough water flow from the creek above to help create this cascading waterfall.
Of all my visits to the preserve, I can say that I never remember it being any greener and fuller than on this visit.
This is a re-edit of some sorts. Slightly different composition,with the treeline being more properly exposed.
Thanks for looking!