Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  Thanks so much for your support in 2012!

It’s been a great year, and I will share a post later this week looking back on my year in photography.  But now, time to wrap some gifts and eat some candy. :-)

This is the famous Christmas tree that is displayed each year in the lobby of the Driskill Hotel, here in Austin, TX.  It’s a fabulous hotel and a beautiful tree, so enjoy the view and I will be back with more photos after the holiday!

The Driskill Christmas Tree

Ah, Christmas.  Ain't it fun?  It's that time of year to eat, shop, and eat some more.  Usually we have everyone to our house for the "big dinner" but this year we decided to go to The Driskill Hotel for Christmas dinner.  It was quite a treat and the food was excellent.  Plus, I didn't have to clean the kitchen!  For those of you not familiar with Austin, The Driskill Hotel is sort of the Grand Dame of Austin hotels.  It was built in 1886 and occupies a prime piece of property in the center of downtown.  It's a beautiful place and is photographed quite often.  For me, this tree has been one of those things that you photograph but are never satisfied with - at least until now.  I shot this last year, quite a few different ways, and never liked it, so the pics just sat on my hard drive and took up space.  But since we were going there on Christmas day this year, I thought I would give it another try.  This time I feel like it came out pretty well, so here it is.  Hope you all enjoyed Christmas!

Christmas at The Driskill

The Driskill Hotel is the grand dame of hotels in Austin.  It is old, historic and all those sorts of words used in the nicest way possible.  I took this last night while on a Holiday Photowalk with a bunch of great Austin photographers.  We started at the Capitol and cruised around, snapping away and geeking out on camera gear and the like.  It was enjoyable to say the least.