Monday, January 31, 2011

Texas State Capitol

It was a rainy day in Austin

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Texas Capitol II

A view from the Senate Gallery
down to the Senate Floor.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Texas Capitol

Completed in 1888 as the winning design from a national competition, the Capitol's style is Renaissance Revival, based on the architecture of 15th-century Italy and characterized by classical orders, round arches and symmetrical composition. The structural exterior walls are "sunset red" granite, quarried just 50 miles from the site. Additional structural support is provided by masonry walls and cast iron columns and beams. The foundation is limestone. Texas paid for the construction not in dollars, but in land: some three million acres in the Texas Panhandle that would later become the famous XIT Ranch.

An extraordinary edifice by any measure, the 1888 Texas Capitol is the largest in gross square footage of all state capitols and is second in total size only to the National Capitol in Washington, D.C. Like several other state capitols, the 1888 Texas Capitol surpasses the National Capitol in height, rising almost 15 feet above its Washington counterpart.

This is a photograph taken from the 4th floor looking down to the first floor.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Dillard Station in Black and White

At the suggestion of several friends I converted the color photo to black and white. I agree it was quite appropriate for this image. Would have been a nice IR image as well had I had that camera with me.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dillard Station

Established 1882 and was the last standing station of the Oregon-California Railway.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mi Tierra Cafe Mural

In 1941, Pete and Cruz Cortez opened a little three-table cafe for early-rising formers and workers at San Antonio's Mercado. Sixty years later Mi Tierra Cafe is a world-famous landmark - the place hometown regulars and hungry tourists go for authentic Mexican food and a warm Texas welcome.
Pete's and Cruz's children and grandchildren continue the family tradition of good food and big-hearted hospitality at mi Tierra, which is still located in Market Square, El Mercado.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

San Antonio River Walk at Christmas

Along the lush banks of the San Antonio River Walk are more than 6,000 Luminarias. Warmly glowing candles in sand-filled bags line the walkways to symbolically mark the "lighting of the way" for the Holy Family. This century’s old tradition begins at dusk. All the trees are filled with multicolored lights as well.

It was quite windy when I took this photo which gave the lights a rather odd look. This photo was taken from a bridge looking down on the River Walk.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Hemisfair Park Reflecting Pool

The Fair Park Esplanade, a 700-foot-long reflecting pool capped with three fountains, was built for the 1936 Texas Centennial.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

At Deco Detail

Close up of art deco detail on one of the buildings in Fair Park, Dallas Texas

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Women's Museum

Women's Museum
Dallas, Texas

The Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, is a comprehensive national American women's history museum. Located in Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, The Women's Museum's 70,000 square foot building provides a home for programs and exhibits where people can honor the past and explore the contributions of women throughout history.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Red Trolly in San Antonio

Many tourists to San Antonio sight see by riding the red trolly.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mission Conception - San Antonio, TX

Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña

This mission was named in honor of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and Juan de Acuña, the Marqués de Casafuerte. The Marqués was Viceroy of New Spain (Mexico) when the mission transferred to the San Antonio River area in 1731.

Originally founded in 1716 in what is now eastern Texas, the mission was one of six authorized by the government to serve as a buffer against the threat of French incursion into Spanish territory from Louisiana.

Developed by Franciscans and after a tenuous existence and several moves, the mission was transferred to its present site in 1731.

This handsome stone church took about 20 years to build, and was dedicated in 1755. It appears very much as it did over two centuries ago. Due to the fact that it was built directly on bedrock, it never lost its roof, or its integrity. It remains the least restored of the colonial structures.

In its heyday, colorful geometric designs covered its surface inside and out. The exterior patterns have long since faded or been worn away.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

St Joseph Church

The Idea for the St. Joseph Catholic Church originated from Europe and was built in San Antonio from 1878 to 1896. Rev. John Kospiel was a Catholic missionary priest from Germany stationed in Boerne, Texas. He was in charge of missionary tours. Rev. J. Kospiel made Honey Creek, also known as Kunz Settlement, a permanent stop on his missionary tours. Soon, a log church was erected near the Kunz home. It was named St. Joseph's Catholic Church and the first Mass there was celebrated on August 20, 1876. It was the first German speaking Catholic Church. It added German Heritage and a sense of community for the many German catholics in San Antonio.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Hemisfair Park

Hemisfair Park, Dallas, Texas

Dallas Fair Park is a 277-acre (1.12 km2) recreational and educational complex located in Dallas, Texas. The complex is registered as a Dallas Landmark, National Historic Landmark and is home to nine museums, six performance facilities, a lagoon, and the largest Ferris wheel in North America. Many of the buildings on the complex were constructed for the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936 which drew over six million visitors. Most of the buildings built for the exposition still survive and Fair Park is recognized as a significant example of Art Deco architecture.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Dallas Fountain

A Fountain at one of the many Art Museums in Dallas, Texas

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Another Sunset

Looking at the opposite side of the lake from the other sunset photo

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sunset at the Ranch

Sunset viewed from the deck of the ranch house

Monday, January 10, 2011

Bear Creek

One of the two creeks which merge to make the lake

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Ranch House

I have just returned from a wonderful visit to my brother and sister in law. This is their new ranch home on 140 acres in Pipe Creek, Tx near San Antonio.