Shooting A Movie Scene In Michoacan

Then there was that time someone shot a big-budget movie scene, at this isolated beach in Mexico.  This little beach pueblo, nestled at the base of the gnar mountains of Michoacan, was once a secret spot for risk-taking surfers.  But after a couple decades, as the sport rose in popularity, the crowds eventually hit hard Continue reading Shooting A Movie Scene In Michoacan

A Wintery View of the Grand Canyon

1230L 201A stop by the Grand Canyon during a late December road trip to the west coast.  Part of the southern rim road, on the Arizona side, was closed for vehicles.  Winter isn’t exactly the best time to visit, especially because most access to it is snowed in, but the crowds is much smaller! Continue reading A Wintery View of the Grand Canyon

Night Photography: Port Isabel and South Padre Island Clouds

Photo Gallery by Chuck Turkington

 

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Windswept clouds forming over South Padre Island, late at night.
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Rain on the horizon of the Laguna Madre Bay in Port Isabel.

In south Texas, wind and cloud are nearly constant along the coast.  A daily flow of southern wind brings gulf moisture from far offshore toward South Padre Island and Port Isabel.  Cloud formation over the island occurs as moisture interacts with warm land.  As summer goes on, the wind subsides a little and warmer gulf waters create tall billowing clouds further offshore.  The regular southern winds brings this building moisture and the sudden heat of land begins to tickle it to grow more and possibly dump some rain.

Chances for rain are slim in Port Isabel, but good for Brownsville to the south and Port Mansfield to the north.  These summer rainclouds have a great tendency to fire off lightning and is easily viewed in the treeless big sky of coastal south Texas.  At times, the view from Port Isabel looking north can show off a tremendous light show and storm clouds can be seen growing rapidly in height.  Some of the best clouds I’ve seen have been in the big skies of coastal south Texas.

 

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Lightning strikes on the horizon of the Laguna Madre Bay, view from Port Isabel.

 

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Lightning from a passing squall, night photography from Port Isabel Texas.

 

Fountains at the University of Texas, in Austin.

The fountain at the LBJ Library
The fountain at the LBJ Library

University Campus in Austin Texas boasts some very cool fountains. Most are in the immediate area of the UT tower, but the most relaxing is the one by LBJ library. At the library, you can sit on the grass of a gentle sloping hill and soak in the view of the rhythmic water. At sunset, the lights kick on and the vibe is perfect for an evening picnic.

Closer to the tower, UT has a few fountains along the central square.  The Littlefield fountain, on the southern side, is one of the more ornate and fantastic.  On the east side, a circular and simple design. If you time your visit during football season, you might catch a glimpse of the tower glowing orange just after a victorious home game.

another fountain at the university of texas in austin
another fountain at the university of texas in austin
fountain with UT tower in background.
fountain with UT tower in background.
brightly lit UT tower behind fountain and sculpture.
brightly lit UT tower behind the Littlefield Fountain at the southern edge of campus.
fountain near theater on UT Campus.
fountain near theater on UT Campus.

SoCo prepares for Winter

A girl walks along SoCo wearing a sweater during chilly Fall weather.
A girl walks along SoCo wearing a sweater during chilly Fall weather.

The sidewalk traffic is extra light with far less people out for an evening stroll, these days.  Early nights, chilly weather and football games seem to be keeping most people at home after work.  Combined with the reality of our economic downturn, even the resilient town of Austin is feeling a hit now.  Especially as we head into winter.  Not that the weather is ever too cold to really complain about, but rather most Texans get spoiled on warm sunshine.

Seven oclock on SoCo, not much going on!
Seven o'clock on SoCo, not much going on!

Now that fall is here, the lure of a warm home with television and internet connection is hard to pass up, for many Austinites.  Most of the streets and sidewalks drain after rush hour, only feeling a burst in traffic for the weekend.  The crowd is always fickle, and can be hard to predict.  Surely there are still a few solid days of business for SoCo left before the dead of Texas winter.

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Look Twice! Austin mopeds and motorcycles on the rise.

A girl cruises her moped over the Congress Street bridge in Austin.
A girl cruises her moped over the Congress Street bridge in Austin. Click on picture above to see photo gallery.

There has been a steady increase in two wheeled transportation around the Austin area, especially downtown and along South Congress. For the last couple of years, more people have been turning to more fuel efficient means of getting around. Austin has always had a large bicycle population, and growing, but the fastest rise of two wheelers right now are mopeds and motorcycles. And along with any growing trend, especially here in Austin, there are going be those that put a flare of style into their efforts.

Does anyone really know what the word moped means?  I’m claiming it to be “moving pedestrian”.  What do you think?

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A girl cruises south congress on a moped.