Tag: Texas

Everything is Bigger in Texas

After learning so much from my last photography workshop in Santa Fe, I decided to book another trip with National Geographic Expeditions but this time to Austin, TX.

 

Our assignment throughout the weekend with the workshop was to create a sense of place. The first location for our field assignments was the Texas Capitol building. They say everything is bigger in Texas and this includes the capitol building. Construction started in 1882 and it is the largest state capitol building in the US. The central dome was my favorite part, as well as all the original fixtures in the House and Senate. It is truly a spectacular piece of architecture.

I particularly loved the details of the capitol. Definitely be on the look out for all things “Texas” when you visit.

To keep with our theme of creating a sense of place, our little group also walked around Lady Bird Lake in the morning light to practice our motion with the runners, bikers and rowers. If you need a sense of quiet and piece in the middle of the busyness of the city, definitely take a sunrise stroll around the lake. It’s beautiful!

After our morning at the lake, we mosyed on over to the local farmer’s market. The colors and the people interaction were fantastic.

In addition to wandering all over Austin, we indulged in some seriously good food. I highly recommend Jo’s Coffee, Royal Blue GroceryManuel’sBotticellis and Ruby’s BBQ.

Ever traveled to Austin, what’s your favorite part?

A Tour of Austin’s Street Art and Murals

This past weekend I flew out to Austin, Texas for my second National Geographic Expeditions trip. It was my first visit to the Live Music Capital of the World and I had an absolute blast exploring the city.One of the things I was looking forward to most about Austin, and getting an extra day to explore, was trying to find as many murals and pieces of street art as possible. With the help of Google and Pinterest, we were able to find quite a few. I highly recommend this little excursion during your visit. It provides a great opportunity to see a lot of the city and you get a great perspective of how Austin acquired the tagline “Keep Austin Weird”. So, without further ado, here is what we were able to find.

A lot of the images can be found along South Congress Street, or SoCo, is a must stroll place for visitors and a popular hangout for locals. SoCo also has some great boutiques, eateries, galleries and music venues.

i love you so much | South Congress + James
South Congress + James
Live A Great Story | across from Mr. Rogers
across from Mr. Rogers
Willie for President | South Congress + Elizabeth
South Congress + Elizabeth
GIVE | South Congress + Gibson
South Congress + Gibson
SMILE! | South Congress + Elizabeth
South Congress + Elizabeth
Won't you be my neighbor? | 1415 South Congress
1415 South Congress

The other murals are scattered around the city. These are some of my favorite finds.

Hi, How Are You | Guadalupe + 21st
Guadalupe + 21st
Welcome to Austin
1st + W Annie
You're My Butter Half | E. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd + Alamo
E. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd + Alamo
Living the Good Life | E. Cesar Chavez + Waller
E. Cesar Chavez + Waller
'til death do us part | near Hope Gallery
near Hope Gallery

The last place you have to visit when exploring Austin’s Street Art and Murals is the HOPE Outdoor Gallery. Located at 1101 Baylor Street, this three-story art project is one of the one of the largest outdoor galleries in the USA. It’s definitely worth stopping by to see this “open mic” forum for local artists.

Do you have a favorite wall mural?