Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Austin City Limits

I spent last week in Austin Texas attending a three day Seminar. My bride and I flew in to Austin on Tuesday afternoon. We got the rental car and headed about thirty miles south to San Marcos, the home of two huge outlet malls. I bought two pair of Ecco shoes. They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn in my life. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I spent in seminars that are required for my registration as an accessibility specialist in the state of Texas, so we only had the evenings to explore a few good restaurants. I put my bride on the plane Friday evening and I spent the night (not our original plans, but that's another story for another day). Saturday morning I got up and decided to head downtown to take a few photos of interesting things that I might find. Please keep in mind, I did not have my good camera with me. All of these photos were taken with an ancient digital, point & shoot camera that I brought from the office. I got done around noon and headed to the airport for the trip home. Here are the results of that little excursion. I love old buildings and this theatre really caught my eye. Well what caught my eye was the Beatles tribute band that was playing there Saturday night. Rats!!! I got a plane to catch.

This restored movie house is next door to the theatre above. Don't be surprised if this photo shows up again on a Ruby Tuesday.

I believe the sign indicated that this building was originally constructed in 1897. I love the bay window on the right.

This majestic old residence is just a couple of blocks north of the downtown business district. There are quite a few lovely old homes in the area. They come in all shapes and sizes.

Just across the street from the previous photo is this old residence turned law office. It has really good bones, but it needs work to make it something special.

I never did bother to read the plaque that describes this sculpture found on Congress Street. And now of a review of last week's photo lesson. Remember what I said about looking at something from a different view point? I am sure that this is the typical tourist photo angle for this shot. Okay, now let's move around the sculpture and see what happens.

There, see what I mean? Okay, let's move again.

Again, this is a more dramatic shot. The only problem is that the red awning across the street is a bit distracting, and you can't really tell that this is a woman firing the canon. So, let's move one more time.

Now I think we have the best angle. It tells the story and it tells it from a unique angle. Mission accomplished. Always take more pictures than you need. With digital, you can always discard the ones you don't like when you get home.


  1. Love the yellow house, amazing! Thanks for stopping by today. Yes, the eyes were enhanced slightly but her eyes are very blue to begin with. Have a great week!

  2. Those are great photos and I like the way you framed them. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

  3. We have a State theater in our city too. I think it was pretty common in lots of places.

    Glad you had a great excursion on Saturday.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

  4. beautiful shots! I love old buildings too, they sure were built different in the good ole days

  5. Great homes and excellent lesson on changing angles

  6. Wow! I love the old theatres! (I have a huge fondness for them!) ...and the "old residence" is absolutely stunning! What a wonderful treasure of great architecture!

  7. Love those old buildings, especially that big yellow one.