The old Swedish log cabin

This old Swedish log cabin sits in Zilker Botanical Gardens here in Austin and dates back to the 1830’s.  I had been there to shoot a bit and came across it, having no real idea what it was doing there, but I found it interesting enough to grab some shots.  That’s one of the fun things about photowalking without a real destination - you just go with the flow and sometimes find some cool stuff!  Then again, sometimes you get nothing.

I did a quick Google search and turned up an interesting history of the Swedes here in Central Texas.  Who knew?  Thanks Google! ;-)

Forgotten beauty

I just love the colors in this shot.  I had actually forgotten about this one, having taken it months ago.  I came across it recently and thought I would share it.  My favorite part is all the little white dots along the edges of the wings...

Zilker waterfall

Zilker Park is a large city park here in Austin - sort of our version of Central Park.  There are several sections of the park, including the Zilker Botanical Gardens.  I went on a photowalk there recently with my good buddy Pete Talke and since the flowers are blooming right now, we were in search of a bunch of flower macros and the like.  Unfortunately, it was crazy windy that day and a lot of the flower shots were blurry - though I did get a few that I am proud of and that will make their way onto the site soon.  After chasing those flower shots for a bit, we walked around the bend to the Hartman Prehistoric Garden, which is right next to the main part of the botanical garden.  In 1992 some paleontologists discovered some dinosaur tracks and bones of an ancient turtle, hence the "prehistoric" part of the name.  Pete mentioned a waterfall was there, which I did not remember at all, but it was there and the water was moving nicely!  I got a couple of shots of the waterfall, including one wide angle shot that encompassed more of the surrounding scenery, but thought this more tightly cropped version was the best one of the bunch!  It is a beautiful garden and a wonderful place to visit if you get a chance to come to Austin.  Oh, and don't forget the camera! 

This is a 6 exposure HDR taken at f/22, with exposures ranging from -3 to +2.  It was nearly lunchtime, so the sun was high and bright, though we had some shade there so it didn't interfere with the shot.  I created the HDR in Photomatix and then made my typical adjustments in PSE around Contrast.  Some final adjustments were made in Aperture.

Back of the barn

This beautiful red barn sits in the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin.  I believe it has some historical significance, but I sure don't know what it is.  I was walking around the grounds there and snapping off a few shots, which is always fun.  I came across this quite by accident but was glad to find it.  I took a few shots of the barn from different angles, but thinking back on it, I can come up with about 10 new shots of the barn that I should have done.  Is anyone else like that?  I get on a scene and come up with a few shots, but when I think back on it later I always have more ideas.  I wonder why I don't think of them all while I am there? Anyways, I liked this perspective and I like the rusty old abandoned stuff in the grass.

This is a 7 exposure HDR taken at f/11.  The exposures range from +2 to -4 and were merged into an HDR in Photomatix, then I made some minor adjustments in PSE (Curves, Contrast, Unsharp Mask) and some minor color fixes in Aperture.

A morning bath

Everyone likes to start the day fresh, and I guess this little guy is no exception, though I doubt he had a choice in the matter.  With the cold weather we are experiencing the last few days, it is hard to believe I took this shot 2 weeks ago.  They say that if you don't like the weather in Central Texas then just wait 5 minutes and it will change.  I find that mostly to be true - except in the summer.

Flutter by

I popped over to Zilker Botanical Gardens today so that I could take a few shots.  There are some interesting things to shoot there.  While I was finishing up one of my HDR shots, I noticed a flower bed behind me, and this butterfly was flitting (flittering?) around, looking for the best place to land.  He finally made a choice, and I quickly got in place to snap a few.  I thought all the colors were awesome...