Tuesday, June 23, 2015

An Afternoon on East 6th

My Nikon has felt neglected the past few months and I've missed spending time with photography in general. Joining an Austin photography meet-up group seemed like a great solution.

And I was right. 

My first outing with the group was a couple of weekends ago to photograph Austin's East 6th Street, an area that has seen new life in the past few years. I've been there before at night, when the restaurants and clubs are overflowing with people and a parking space is usually blocks away, but a quiet Sunday afternoon is a good time to capture the backdrop of all that fun. 

And find a good parking spot. 

A herd of photographers.

A mural on the side of a building. Obviously. 

We met in the parking lot of the Violet Crown Social Club, across the street from the cool mural. Patrons can step outside to order Detroit-style square pizzas from Via 313. They'll deliver them to you back inside the club! 
I've had one -  the Omnivore - and it was yummy!

One of the photographers brought her dog, Peaches, along. It was so sweet to see an owner who was thoughtful enough to protect her puppy's feet from the hot pavement!

East 6th is dotted with great places to eat and drink. I've only been to a few... the Violet Crown Social Club, Via 313, and Wonderland, which is a small, dark bar with a large area in the back outside. 

When I visited the last time, the East Side Kings food trailer was there with great Thai food. 
According to its website, it is moving to Whisler's, but still on East 6th!

People were oblivious to us and our cameras. The first couple above said they understood why we were there, snapping away, because they were "Austin Lovers, too!" And told me I should take their photo. So I did. 

East 6th Street is full of color!

Just random shots. 

And in the midst of all the revitalization... the funky new clubs, restaurants, and Saturday night crowds... there sits this old house with the metal fence. 

I hope you enjoyed the stroll! Next up... Enfield! I can't wait!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

As the bluebonnets fade into memory...

Bluebonnet season doesn't last long, maybe a month from first pop to stragglers still hugging the roadsides. 

It creates a weird dynamic - a sense of urgency to step on the brakes... 

...to forget that you're already running late to the next somewhere... 

 ...to step outside of your normal, hurried day... 

...and just soak up the sight and smell of them, 

before it's too late. 

From top to bottom, these photos were taken at: my neighbor's yard on my way home, a field near a client's weekend home after delivering option money, the Smithwick cemetery on my way to a new listing, and Turkey Bend recreation area on Lake Travis after a Chamber of Commerce meeting down the highway. They were already past their prime; next year, I'm going there first!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Good morning!

"In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary. " 
~Aaron Rose

After several days of rain, I was happy to see the sun return last week. 

Not that I wasn't grateful for the rain - it raised the level of our pond a couple of feet - but I much prefer starting my day with a gorgeous sunrise.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from my morning walks last week...

(juniper pollen buds ... waiting for just the right breeze to wreak havoc with my allergies!)

And of course Belle was right by my side. 

"In this holy moment before the day begins,

I turn to you, O Lord, and ask:
shape the words in my mouth,
the actions of my body, 
the thoughts of my mind.
Let everything that comes from me
reflect the light that comes from you.

-        Patricia Leonard-Pasley

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Black and White

This poor blog has been so neglected. But I finally have some photos to feed it!

My friend Vickie (Nature's Details) invited me to participate in a 5-day Black & White photo challenge on Facebook. Not one to turn down a challenge (if I know it's going to be good for me), I accepted.

Here are the results. 

You'll see there are more then five photos. The challenge forced me to take lots and lots of photos, because it opened my photographer eyes once again. Thanks, Vickie!

If everything isn't black and white, I say, 

'Why the hell not?' 

~ John Wayne

(Happy New Year, everyone!)