This is obviously a bit of a simple shot, but I do enjoy taking these sorts of photos, and have a ton of them in my library.  The big, colorful HDR explosions are my favorites - and lots of fun - but I derive nearly equal enjoyment from these "little ones".  I was at Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Austin, and they have this nice little walkway and path down to the lake.  I saw this railing and just really liked the texture and colors, and the sort of gritty feel to it.


A close up of a fountain at Laguna Gloria Art Museum - Austin, TX

I enjoy taking these "little" shots nearly as much as the "big" ones.  I find it fascinating to try and capture something simple in an interesting way.  Not sure I actually do, but it's fun trying!

Laguna Gloria Art Museum

This branch of the Austin Museum of Art (there is also a museum downtown) sits on a beautiful 12 acre estate just on the edge of town, overlooking the lake.  It is a wonderful place to visit and is very popular for weddings too.  I paid them a little visit last weekend, hoping I could get a clear shot of the Italian villa with a cool sky behind it.  All my other attempts have been thwarted by bright sunshine, and they close the grounds at 5pm so sunset is usually out of the question.  Saturday it went my way, thanks to a cloudy and sometimes rainy day.  When I arrived they were setting up for a wedding, with trucks moving here and there, and folks milling about.  So, I wandered the grounds and got a lot of shots of other things - statues, columns, fountains, and even a lizard.  When I made my way back to this scene, I found it empty and fired away.  I guess patience is a virtue.