Lens-Artists #203: Local Vistas

This week, Anne (Slow Shutter Speed) leads Local Vistas. Anne encourages us to show our local vistas.

Texas is a big state, I’m more familiar with Austin and San Antionio then other places. Thy are 90 miles apart. Ever since I started my blog, I have posted many photo of these two cities.

Lots image of Riverwalk of San Antonio in my file, and I have posted them more than many times. Austin is Texas State Capital. Mega mansions along the The Colorado River:


Gulf shore is about a 2-hour drive from Austin/San Antonio. Because of the size of Texas and the driving habit, a few hours driving distance, for most Texans, it’s local. ๐Ÿ™‚

The countryside is what I love about Texas:

Now, we are close to DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) area, which offers different activities. The Stockyard in WF presents a twice-daily cattle drive. Between 1866 and 1890, drovers trailed more than four million head of cattle through Fort Worth. The city soon became known as โ€œCowtown.โ€

When the railroad arrived in 1876, Fort Worth became a major shipping point for livestock, so the city built the Union Stockyards.

On the other side is the Cultural District. There are three art museums. The Kimbell Museum collections include Impressionism. Additionally, these museums offer special exhibitions throughout the year, along with lectures, films, and workshops, art camp for kids, and outdoor concerts.

Last fall, the Kimbell brought “Turnerโ€™s Modern World” collections to Texas. Turner (1775โ€“1851) lived and worked at the peak of the industrial revolution. Currently, we get to appreciate and learn about African art through “The Language of Beauty in African Art” exhibition. As Jennifer Casler Price, curator explains,ย “…there is also unity that speaks to a shared humanity and explains why art matters.”

Within a short walking distance from Kimbel is the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The collection is particularly focused on portrayals of theย Old West. The Modern Art Museum has more than 3,000 post-WWII artworks:

Our beloved local garden. They provide all kinds of environment educational programs to young kids and adults, it includes “Kids 5K runs”. A series of summer concerts at the garden starts in about a week.

Anne wants us to think about “What are your local vistas? Where do you photograph when you donโ€™t have a lot of time or are not on vacation? What about your hometown excites you?…” Click here to enjoy Anne’s Sacramento Vistas through her beautiful photos and join us!

Remember to link your post to Anne’s site and use the Lens-Artists tag. Last week we enjoyed Sofiaโ€™s Minimalism/Maximalism challenge. Thanks to your creative photos.

Next week our guest host Sylvia Bacon will present a great challenge so stay tuned!

60 thoughts on “Lens-Artists #203: Local Vistas

  1. I never tire of your photos from Austin or San Antonio. It’s been a very long time since I’ve visited Texas, but there are so many beautiful places to visit and the colors and wide open vistas are truly appealing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hi Debra, Oh… I almost missed your comment here. Sorry about that. Both Austin and San Antonio are wonderful, this area has grown so much… If we want to see mountains, we go to Colorado. ๐Ÿ™‚ I must say, So. Calif is a beautiful place!

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  2. I have always loved the area you live in. I have friends there, but have only been through there twice. I loved the way you organized this post and brought history, culture and everyday life to us from there. Nothing like those big horn. but I still love the blue bonnets the best. Have a good rest of your week Amy.


  3. So in Texas you consider two hours away as local?! That would take us almost halfway across the country! I love the impressionistic edit on your last photo, echoing your descriptions of the art museums. And oh the horns on those cattle ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


  4. It is so nice to visit peopleโ€™s local places. It seems like I am travelling to some unknown land just by sitting in front of the screen. Thanks for sharing Amy!โค๏ธ

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  5. Beautiful Amy! Those longhorns are amazing. Don’t get too close! You didn’t mention the rest stops. When we were going across country the rest stops in Nevada were the worst. Texas were the best. Again, great response to this challenge.


    • Hi Anne, Youโ€™re right about the rest stops. There are some rest stops display old photos, wagons,โ€ฆ where you can learn about TX history. Some are like a park!
      Thanks to you for this fun and inspiring theme. ๐Ÿ’–
      Hope everything is going well.


  6. Texas offers a wide variety of things to do. If I were looking to visit I am not sure where I would start. Local gardens, cattle drives, or museums. Maybe weather conditions would be a determining factor. Thanks for taking me on the tour.


  7. Lovely post Amy – it seems there is much to see and do in your world! As a nature lover I always love your flower images, but this post gave me a much better idea of the other opportunities there. Looks like a great place to live (although the news seems to be filled this week with horror stories about a current heat wave ๐Ÿ˜ก. Hope you’re staying cool!)

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    • Thank you, Tina. I wish I have time to attend all those lectures, workshops, and music series.:)
      The heat is unbearable, we’re staying inside. The heat will last the rest of the week. Glad I visited the garden two days ago on a cloudy day. ๐Ÿ™‚


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