Austin Daily Photo
Well as you can tell, we haven't been posting lately... life chez ADP just got a lot more busy than before, and there hasn't been any time for photography. We are sorry about this, and we miss posting here, but unfortunately work and family are taking precedence right now. Here is our plan: we're going to post as and when possible over the next month, then see how things stand in the New Year.
Meanwhile, any readers from Austin not familiar with the Daily Photo blog ring community might like to know that joining up is open to anyone who wants to post a daily photo from where they live- even if someone else is already doing so. Or if anyone would like to become a team member, we'd be glad to hear from them. Maybe we should invite photos for submission? Not sure if other DPs have considered anything like that.
Anyway, bye for now, and see you all soon hopefully.
Downtown from the Interstate
This is a nice shot driving north into downtown on Interstate 35 going over Town Lake. You can just see the tip of the Frost Bank Tower sticking up on the left.
happy holidays already
There is no point complaining about it, the shops are full of baubles and sweaters with jingle bells on, and this is not going to change for at least another month. In the meantime we found this outdoor decoration stuck up a lamp post outside a strip mall (an ourdoor row of shops) and rather liked the way it sparkled in the Texas sun.
Bouldin Creek coffee house
Cool and groovy independent cafe Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse is your average South Austin caffeine dealer, open till midnight every day for drinks, foods and the usual cool and groovy stuff. There was some pretty interesting art there too, when we went the other day. If you're sick of Starbucks, or just too darn freaky to feel comfortable in there, this is the place to go instead. Which is good.
Well, it's going to be a house. I still can't believe (having lived in England most of my life) that you really can build houses out of wood and not spend the next six months watching them fall down again. But the climate is entirely wood friendly in Texas (hurricanes notwithstanding). They even make great big posh homes out of wood, and then stick pretend stone cladding on the outside to make them look... actually, I don't know why they do that. It seems daft to me.
You're right- this isn't Austin. The truth is, we're temporarily out of Austin pictures, having used them all up while posting from the UK back then for a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, I thought you might like to see this- it was taken in the south coast seaside town of Lyme Regis (which I don't think has a Daily Photo blog yet...), on a day with some really amazing light shifts and effects and is definitely one of my favourites from our trip. The light in the UK is so different from in Texas, creating all kinds of shades and variations, not just "very bright sun" and "dazzling sunset".
Microsoft Technology Center
This is a great shot of the Microsoft Technology Center in North Austin. I love the Mopac/183 flyover in the foreground and the cute little trees dwarfed by all the concrete. As well, the native grass all turned green while we were in England. The grass loves the autumn and spring rains but falls dormant and brown the rest of the year.
Here's another one I took in the airport, using the marvellous "angle your camera" technique! The real reason for the angle was to cut out the barriers which blocked bits of view from the upper level where the picture was taken. But the result was also more interesting angles. Plus a scary vertiginous "Help! I'm falling from the upper level onto the luggage conveyor system beneath!" effect... Aghhhhhhh!!
Industrial lines from the side of the road
Regular readers may recall our obsession with power lines in the sky- this is some kind of power station transformer thingy place with lots of lovely lines all over the place. Sorry I don't know what, but it was the geometry that inspired, rather than the factual information. Maybe we should offer a free mango margarita to anyone who can identify its name accurately? (Apologies for the missing day yesterday- see sidebar for our customary
This is a great shot Alice took while we waited on our sixth suitcase to come on the next plane. The Austin airport is very nice and clean and such a huge contrast to London Gatwick!
River City Donut South
Here is the South Austin version of our favorite donut
shop. The van was previously a Dunkin' Donut van and there seems to only be one Dunkin' Donut left in Austin. I also love the birds in this photo :)
Sorry for the lack of posts. Alice, Si, and I are finally back from 15 days in England and 2 days of jet lag.
Birds in Flight
Here's another addition to our "migrated bird" series. This time they are caught in flight between landing or taking off from another power line. No collisions here.
Terra Cat VW
Look at this beautiful VW engine powerering the Terra Cat hunting vehicles displayed last month at the TPWD Expo. Chrome plating may cause them to run a bit hot, but they sure do look good and photograph well.