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Stephen F. Austin
Stephen F. Austin

Though he lived in five states before coming to Texas, Stephen F. Austin (1793-1836) is considered the Father of the Lone Star State, and it's from him the state capital gets its name. He died at the age of 43, but in his short life time, his efforts toward Texas' independence was unparalleled.

The statue here is located near the intersection of Highways 35 and 288 in Brazoria County, near Angleton.

Austin capitol bldg
Austin capitol bldg
b neighborhood
B neighborhood
Above and Left: Austin's Capitol Building and grounds
Frost Bank
St. Mary's Church, downtown Austin
Wells Fargo Tower

Downtown Austin has an abundance of uniquely-shaped buildings, many of which are banks.

Above: The Frost Bank tower

Below: The Wells Fargo tower

Above, left: St. Mary's Cathedral

Below, left: The Driskell Hotel

the Driskell Hotel
Above and Above Right are two of 11 houses that comprise what is called the Bremond Block Historic District in downtown Austin. They were built between 1850 and 1910 for the children of Eugene Bremond. Today, some are still private residences while others contain offices. They're located on Guadalupe and San Antonio Streets, within easy walking distance of the capitol grounds.
Reagan, Tx
In stark contrast to the ultra-modern buildings of the state capital is tiny Reagan, Texas, on Highway Six north of Houston. It was the arrival of the steam train that put Reagan on the map in 1873. Today, the U.S. Post Office is the last standing building from that era.
yellow-crowned night heron
A yellow-crowned night heron searches a ditch along Farm Road 646 in Dickinson, Texas, Galveston County.

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cypress trees in water in east texas

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cypress trees in water
cypress trees in water
Cypress trees grow in the swampy waters of Martin Dies State Park near Jasper in east Texas.
downtown Houston
One of these days I want to get into Houston and get some good shots of its beautiful skyline. Until then, these following six shots will have to do.
downtown Houston
downtown Houston
downtown Houston
downtown Houston
downtown Houston
bluebonnets and indian paintbrush
Texas bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush dot the byways and highways ,
closeup of bluebonnets
The bluebonnet is Texas' state flower.
line of palm trees
mountain plateau
For several years now I've been driving the somewhat monotonous Interstate 10 across Texas. Sometimes I 'm headed east and sometimes west. But whichever direction I'm going, I notice this line of trees at a rest stop just east of Van Horn. I've always thought them quite picturesque. So this time, I stopped. I had already passed them heading west, so I turned around at the next exit and backtracked. From the road, you can't see the buildings in the background, so I just have to live with them being in my picture.
And back on Highway 90 was this nice collection of silos. What purpose they hold, I do not know.
cotton field
Looking northwest from the same rest stop, you get this gorgeous mountain view.
A little farther west on Interstate 10, there is an exit for Highway 90. I decided to take a little detour and see what's down the road. From there, there was another road, Farm Road 1523. It was there that I found this cotton field.