Thursday, June 16, 2011

Exploring San Marcos

"Photography at it's most potent can transcend mere reportage and reveal our very souls like a magic mirror: to make us think, to make us feel, and to remind us always that we're all fellow travelers on this spinning globe." - Bill Wittliff

We heard this was a cool town to visit so we drove about 30 minutes south to check it out. San Marcos is sitting on the Edwards Aquifer and it prides itself on it's clean, clear waters that remain 72 degrees year round. Home to Texas State, you'll likely find many of the college students enjoying the cool waters that snake through the town, swimming and tubing. The Aquarena Center contains a section of the Aquifir that is home to several rare protected marine species and provides Glass Bottom Boat Tours that educate tourists about the ecological and archeological riches of the region.

Wonder World is another attractionthat allows you to explore the deep caves created by earthquakes that occurred along the Balcones Fault 30 million years ago.
San Marcos has plenty of personality and great places to eat. But our favorite part of our visit to San Marcos was a visit to the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern and Mexican Photography located on the 7th floor of the library at Texas State University. The black and white images by Mariana Yampolsky were just breathtaking! They made me really want to explore black and white in greater depth. She really captured people beautifully and her skill with black and white film was truly admirable.

San Marcos is also known for its outlet malls, but that's just not our thing. We're out looking for great photo ops and, while San Marcos is charming, our day in the hot sun didn't provide me with thrilling pictures. That's the way it goes - some days are better photographically than others - but you've always got to be scouting for good opportunities.

Happy shooting, friends!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Keeping Austin Weird

I just realized that we are starting week three of our adventure today. We left two weeks ago today; took possession of our condo one week ago and have been acclimating and discovering ourselves to beautiful, but hot. Austin ever since.  Austin has a lot to see and offer. They have a very funky sense of art. Graffiti seems to be everywhere.
And they love color!
There are some magnificent flowers and signs of nature.

And some great places to dine... our list of places to try is quite long.  The Iguana Grill was so good we're going back on Sunday for Andy's birthday. (See views from dining below)
We visited the LBJ Library on the University of Texas campus. Here's what his oval office looked like. It was a wonderful place to explore seeing as how the temperature was 105.

The evenings and early mornings are a little cooler. Sunday night I met up with a group of photographers to try and capture the city's ambiance in black and white.

But I still like it in color.
I am looking forward to going to the Weird museum and the Art museum as well as getting back to the Farmer's Market with my camera. But, for now, I'm headed to my favorite place:
Keep shooting, friends and keep COOL!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

On the Road Again

I originally started this blog because I wanted to be a traveling photographer, learning about new places, photographing unique vistas and telling people who don't get to travel about some cool cities and landscapes in our world. I began with a trip to Ireland and Scotland two years ago and somehow have gotten a little off track by relating tales of photographic shoots, techniques and things that I've learned that have helped me to be a better photographer.

  But here we are on a new adventure, visiting Texas and seeing if we "can stand the heat."
 Our first granddaughter is coming and we'd like to be nearby and the reality is, we'd like to be present as she grows up. So, we're checking out Texas and I'm seeing what I can photograph here.

There seems to be an abundance of "different" things - the architecture is different; signage is bizarre and they really seem to like color and spunk. So, that should keep me busy for awhile.
Tomorrow we'll explore San Marcos. Can't wait. Life is just one big adventure. Jump on the merry-go-round or it may just pass you by.

Happy shooting, friends!