I never know where to post my photos. They always feel like such a mix of different categories. So hopefully clutching desperately to the idea that these photos were all taken during my friends travel to Austin/Texas in general, will allow me to just settle them in here we made it down to san antonio and wandered the riverwalk, took a boat tour, saw the alamo, i pointed out the ripleys believe it or not where my original ipad was KIDNAPPED when i set it down to take a photo of my nieces...grumble... and had a 3lb cinnamon roll. Most of these things you wont see in my photos, because they photos just looked like snap shots of memories... but hey, i did TELL you about them... dont be greedy! my sister would be rolling her eyes and saying "this picture could be taken ANYWHERE! Wheres the evidence of the trip?!" but they WERENT taken anywhere, and i know it... some of these ive posted already, i think, i dunno, im so scatterbrained, but here they are as a full trip collection! hope you enjoy! a seafood restaurant hostess roasting in the heat and humidty im not sure if i felt worse for her, or for me... i mean, we were both roasting, but she was at least getting paid for it... _DSC8630 by Eliĉjo Flâneur, on Flickr the observation tower. im sure if we all close our eyes and imagine a beautiful panaorama of downtown san antonio that you can forgive me for being a HUGE chicken and refusing to go to the top to take a photo... _DSC8830 - Version 2 by Eliĉjo Flâneur, on Flickr some sunlight filtering thru leaves along the riverwalk... im all obsesso over this infrared/glamour glow light thru leaves thing lately... forgive me and my excessive indulgences _DSC8939 by Eliĉjo Flâneur, on Flickr we made it to one of the missions and wandered around a bit... tho i spent mebbe half the time sneaking back into the church where there was A/C! but i did love the colors in this shot, and the pop, it reminds me of why the lens and sensor in this rx1 are amazing to me. so many times my hyper processing makes me think "why didnt i just use my iphone?!" but then, this is why... _DSC9015 by Eliĉjo Flâneur, on Flickr i believe these flowers were partiall overhanging a rolling hill of a bridge in the japanese tea gardens in san antonio. there were koi the size of a tricycle in those waters! it felt very mulan! and i expected to see a monk and his pet panda meditation around every corner i didnt tho.... ok just in my head... _DSC9098 by Eliĉjo Flâneur, on Flickr we stopped in a fancy pants pizza joint for some grub. we had a pizza loaded with 2345123 toppings that i matched together quite well, according to Mariano! i also had cheesecake... omg... cheesecake... *drool* this couple was sitting at the next table.. there was an odd shelf of granite jutting out between us, that i used to hold my ridiculous amount of STUFF i feel the need to drag around with me.. really.. when will it be okay for men to carry giant purses?! i hate backpacks! my back just gets sweaty! anyways... i thought the reflections looked great... i only wish i could have lifted the camera up more to get their full faces in the reflection, but i was being all ninja like and discreet... _DSC9119 by Eliĉjo Flâneur, on Flickr one of my other obsesso processing styles(brought back from the past) Austin has a fascination with food trailers, and on one day a month, gathers a bunch of them all together along the grassy slopes of The Long Center and manages to have hour long lines for each trailer... hippies love trailer food! ;D This girl was just looking out from under the colums of the center out toward the downtown austin skyline just across the river _DSC9354 by Eliĉjo Flâneur, on Flickr the little girl apart sitting there eating her ice cream, staring right at the camera the whole time... whether i had it lifted or not... she just kept on staring! i tried to get a bunch of shots without the guys behind her rushing me to defend her innocence from a dirty old man... btw, they werent even her family, thats the people circled off without her to the right of the shot, lol. but they kept glancing over like i was a kidnapper. i wish they were in this shot, but oh well, lol _DSC9276 by Eliĉjo Flâneur, on Flickr almost to the front of the line at our food truck of choice... i saw this woman and knew i had to have a photo of her! i grabbed this snap, and one with a guy handing out some food from the other window... but liked this one more _DSC9463 by Eliĉjo Flâneur, on Flickr FINALLY! I was STARVING!!! i told her that i had stood in this long line just to take her photo, she cracked up and posed for me she was great! it was nice of her to be so friendly even tho we were all roasting and dying in stupid texas heat and humidity and she was rushing her butt off trying to burn down a never ending line of cranky people demanding food _DSC9468 by Eliĉjo Flâneur, on Flickr picked up my pup(actually hes an old man now, just turning 10 in mid june) from his grandmas house, where her new young puppy just runs him ragged... he was POOPED! So pooped, he actually let me take a photo where he doesnt look like i beat him with my camera... lol P6280012 by Eliĉjo Flâneur, on Flickr Mariano wanted to see what the nightlife was like on a friday night on 6th street in downtown austin we wandered up and down congress and 6th, and saw some characters, and some people who look like they need some friends to tell them "its time for you to stop drinking... we love you, and this is an intervention..." this wasnt one of those people, but he was cool enuf to pose when his camera-radar BOOP... BOOP... BOOOOOOOOOOOOP'd as i lifted my camera from the other side of a parked car to get a shot of him looking all... i dunno, i wanna say cool, but i think anyone smoking looks...actually i think ill use this new skill im developing, called "filtering" and just say that he looked interesting _DSC9978 by Eliĉjo Flâneur, on Flickr this man was standing in the middle of 6th street holding this flag, not saying a word, but i imagine his thoughts might have been on how silly all these drunk people are and how they should be DOING something, not trying to look cute to other people that dont DO anything... ya know? or something... he had that kinda face, to me... i tried to get a better shot of him and the guy to the left of the shot, the big vanity muscle guy... hes always downtown whenever i get down that way, strutting and posing and trying to keep every muscled flexed to capactity as he moves... i sometimes want to film him and show him the movie and say "see... we all know how hard you are trying to look even buffer than you are, and it looks silly... just walk like a normal human being already!" for kind of a "Men of Texas: for real, for show" kinda theme.. but i can just tell if beefcake saw me taking his photo id be bombarded with extra flexing or some obnoxious "witty" banter from his certainly daily bleached teeth. and i might vomit on my rx1. now let me tell you how i REALLY feel... lol! _DSC9956 by Eliĉjo Flâneur, on Flickr ah... dallas! land of... well actually, i thought i hated dallas after living there for 3 months as my first venture into texas, before i ran for my life down to austin... but hey... it wasnt as humid.. so i kinda loved it! we did a tour of southfork ranch and saw the house from Dallas, the tv series. it was much smaller! well, everything but the dining table... whoa that thing was HUGE! we also did a self guided(aka, pay a fortune to wander around by yourself) tour of cowboy stadium now, i generally dislike sports, and think those people get paid too much to play games and act like they are role models because they can do this or that with a ball... but mebbe thats the uncoordinated chubby guy in me lashing out lol! but that stadium was impressive! it was HUGE! im not going to say it was the same feeling i got when i saw the grand canyon, or lake michigan... but it was closer to that than to the feeling you get waking up in the morning 2 minutes before your alarm goes off.. ill give it that... _DSC0247 by Eliĉjo Flâneur, on Flickr everyone was taking shots of people doing silly things on the star, this was as isolated as i could get of just the star... _DSC0273 by Eliĉjo Flâneur, on Flickr dallas actually has a VERY cool zoo/aquarium downtown. its like youve wandered into a rainforest and everythings just out there with you! ok, most of the time the cages just blend in pretty darn well. bamboo bars, thin wire screanings, and there are a few birds and monkeys that are kinda just OUT there doing their thing.. so it all FEELS like its right there there was one of those plexi tubes under water that you can walk thru, so we stopped and took photos, and this crop of the crowd was kinda fun with the reflection. _DSC0667 by Eliĉjo Flâneur, on Flickr and of course, the end of the line dumps you off in consumerland gift shop, where i put these octopus tentacles on all my fingers to send a silly snapshot to my nieces and nephew.. but when i tossed it thru my sepia street preset, i thought it looked AMAZING! this is the final process version, and i still wish i could add a bit of water surface ripple reflection light somewhere in the top right... but alas, i lack the skill! its just my hand, tentacled up, grainy and a plain concrete floor behind it... _DSC0750 by Eliĉjo Flâneur, on Flickr everytime wed leave the house, Mariano would say "we need to take pics of those sunflowers sometime so we did... and it only took him mentioning it like 8 times before i finally remembered! its not that i dont care, its that im easi- OH, SHINY! _DSC0779 by Eliĉjo Flâneur, on Flickr today is his last day, and hes walking downstairs, finally, and we are heading out so i may add a couple more after i drop him at the airport... but i had the time now, so i thought id whip out some shots from the rest of the trip while i could and get 99% of it all done, so i just have to add a couple at the end, ya know, before i got distr-SHINY!!!