Morning along The Riverwalk

Morning along The Riverwalk

The Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio is a beautiful part of a beautiful city.  I recently spent some time there and got up early to capture it at sunrise.  It was quiet, still, and empty - perfect for photography.  Here's the shots I captured that morning!

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An evening in downtown San Antonio

An evening in downtown San Antonio

I recently spent a couple of days in San Antonio, Texas and captured quite a few nice photos while I was there.  Today's post is a group of 4 that I am rather fond of, all from downtown.  It covers El Mercado and some spots along The Riverwalk - click on it and enjoy!

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The San Antonio Riverwalk

The San Antonio Riverwalk

Have you ever visited San Antonio, TX?  It's very beautiful, especially the Riverwalk area, and especially at sunrise when there are no tourists in the way.  Have a look...I think you will enjoy these.  Oh, and I toss out a 5 year old sunset photo too, since I had forgotten about it.  No time like the present!

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Arneson River Theatre

If you have ever been to San Antonio, TX, then you have surely been to the San Antonio Riverwalk.  It’s a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River.  It is door-to-door shops and restaurants and a very popular spot for tourists and residents!  As with all touristy spots that I want to shoot, I get up early on a Sunday and usually find things all to myself.  I spent a morning down there last year, and took lots of pictures during my random walk through the area. 

This photo at the top is the Arneson River Theatre, which is the site of a lot of musical and theatrical performances throughout the year.  All the performances occur on the stage on the right side of the photo, while the audience sits on steps out of frame to the left.  

During their annual "Light Up" which occurs around Christmas, there is a parade of floats going by and it's great fun to watch.  This is one of those places that just makes San Antonio what it is.  In fact, here's an old shot of one of those floats on another part of the Riverwalk:


The San Antonio Riverwalk

The San Antonio River Walk (also known as Paseo del Río) is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the city itself. Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the River Walk is an important part of the city's urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right (from the web).  Plus it’s fun to visit!  I caught this image early one morning while most of the tourists were still asleep.  I find that morning works well in places like this as tourists always stay up late at night, making it nearly impossible to get a clear shot, whereas in the morning they are sleeping away and I can happily click without distraction.

Casa Rio

Casa Rio is a wonderful Mexican restaurant situated along the Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX.  I have been there many times and always enjoy the food and the view.  I caught this image one morning while walking around down there.  I love the colorful umbrellas and their reflections in the water.

My own private waterfall

Well technically this isn't mine, but it sure felt like it on Saturday morning this past weekend.  I was in San Antonio, hanging with my Mom and Sister and just generally cruising around and taking a lot of pictures.  I got up really early to get downtown on Saturday morning, knowing that all the tourists would still be asleep and therefore not be wandering into my photos.  My Mom had mentioned that at the Hyatt near the Alamo there were some gorgeous fountains if I was interested.  Heck yeah, Mom.  After reeling off a lot of shots at the Alamo (and having that place all to myself too), I wandered over here and found this beauty.  It felt like it was all mine since I didn't see another soul while taking this shot and some others.  It's just a few steps from Alamo Plaza so be sure and check it out if you are in San Antonio sometime!

Colorful sunset, calm water

I just couldn't believe the color in the sky on this day - it was fabulous.  We were on the San Antonio Riverwalk, getting ready for our riverside dining experience and waiting for the awesome river parade that was to start after dark.  We got there a little early and while we were getting seated, it all just came together in the sky.  You know how it is - the light changes a little, and the clouds move just a bit, and bam! You have a gorgeous sunset.  The funny thing is that it lasted about 10 minutes, and then it was a memory.

A parade of lights

The Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX is their best known tourist attraction (except for maybe The Alamo - remember that? - ok bad joke) and each year on the day after Thanksgiving, they light it up for the Christmas season.  It is difficult to get a good spot, because the crowds are crazy, unless you reserve dinner at a riverside spot in advance (thanks Mom!).  Anyways, the highlight of the event, apart from the actual lighting of all the Christmas lights in the trees, is that they have a parade of Christmas floats going by on the river.  It is a nice way to usher in the Holiday season.  The sunset had been spectacular, the weather was cool but not cold, and there were some nice low-level clouds floating by.  All that, plus a good dinner with a view - a great night!

In this shot you can see I kept the shutter open for a bit, allowing a passing float to blur out with some nice light trails.  Night shots are fun, especially when you have some interesting light to work with!