Looking north on Congress Avenue right near Riverside Drive. You can see the Texas State Capital building in the distance and Frost Bank Tower on the right.
Threadgill's has a live performance area in the yard next to their Riverside Drive location in South Austin.
There's a foot bridge just east of Lamar Blvd. that goes over the lake, and offers a great view of this bridge and downtown.
Two women talk on top of the Castle Hill graffiti park while facing the Texas Capital building.
People enjoying Castle Hill graffiti park in Austin.
I ran into this cute kid who threw me a sign while at the Castle Hill graffiti park.
I caught a glimpse of this girl posing way up high a the Castle Hill graffiti park. I think she was having her friend get a picture of the state capital in between the circle made by her arms.
Austin is a notoriously bike friendly city. So much so that you can rent bikes for the day at unmanned stations around the downtown area. This one is just off W. 5th St.
Street art is an integral part of the Austin Experience. This mural on the side of a building in the South Lamar (SoLa) area is just one example of the kinds of things that you'll find walking around Austin.
Austin is home to all manner of trucks, trailers and even shipping containers that house mobile business. I found this fashion boutique in a truck at the Bluebonnet Flea Market on South Lamar.
Austin is a lot of things including a food town. Even coffee shops such as Patika Coffee serve up delectable treats made in house. Here s'mores treats are prepared at their South Lamar Blvd. location.
The stage is set for music at The Saxon Pub on South Lamar in Austin.
There are still remnants of old railway track in downtown Austin in the vicinity of the old Seaholm Power Station.
Downtown Austin features an eclectic combination of the old and the new, the funky and the formal. This shot taken from Sixth Street shows a great example of that with the small, funky shops of Sixth Street in the foreground and the glass tower of the JW Marriott in the background.
As far as I'm concerned Frost Bank Tower is the most distinctive building in Downtown Austin. You'll find it at the corner of 4th Street and Congress Ave.
This dog was really enjoying the risen waters of Barton Creek by going for a swim in a pool created under a footbridge.
While there's plenty to see on the ground in Austin the sky offers it's own treats, especially at sunset. This is Texas after all. This photo looks west towards the hill country on the southern end of Lamar Blvd.
In Austin food is about a lot more than mere sustenance. It's about enjoyment and love. You experience that at places like Papalote Taco House on South Lamar Blvd. where each taco is made to order exactly as you want it with fresh ingredients. The prices are very reasonable too.
Lighted peace and love sign in the window of Jaya Furniture on 9th Street and North Lamar Blvd. Just one example of how Austin is a town where you can find meaningful messages and symbols nearly everywhere you go.
Many places in Austin place a premium not only on presentation and taste of food but also on the ingredients that go into that food. Picnik, a food trailer (shipping container actually) on South Lamar Blvd. is one of those places. Picnik serves paleo (gluten free and grain free) delights in addition to butter coffee. This s'mores cupcake represents one of Picnik's more decadent treats.
A view of the west side of downtown Austin looking north from the Congress Ave. bridge.
More than just a place for fun Austin is a high tech city and one of the few places where the 1 gigabit Google Fiber internet access service is available. This photo features two ladies greeting people at Austin's Google Fiber headquarters at 2nd Street and Colorado in downtown Austin.
Beer is a massively popular drink in Austin so places like World Of Beer on South Lamar Blvd. are popular spots for people to sample a wide variety of beer and enjoy food while they're doing so. The food featured in this photo is WOB's artisan sausage board.
Although Austin is not a very large city it is pretty spread out. You definitely don't have to live right in downtown to get in on the action of food, music, culture and fun. This photo was shot from an apartment complex on South Lamar Blvd. about two miles from downtown. There are many great places along South Lamar Blvd. between here and downtown.
Cedar Street is one of the longtime Austin music venues located in downtown Austin. It's on 4th St. between Colorado and Lavaca. Cedar Street is an outdoor courtyard that is located below street level between two buildings. As such it's a unique venue and a great place to enjoy music when the weather is pleasant.
Kerbey Lane Cafe is a local Austin restaurant/diner with several locations around town. It's known for it's eclectic food and staff, and locally sourced ingredients. The South Lamar location is often hopping into the early morning hours with revelers and staff from other bars and restaurants in the area.
Art is everywhere in Austin and you'll find some unique art at the Roadhouse Relics Gallery on South 1st St. Roadhouse Relics features vintage-style neon art. And who doesn't love neon?
In Austin you don't stop eating outdoors just because the sun goes down. Around town you'll find many patios and outdoor spaces where you can eat under strung lights, which create a magical feeling. Here's a shot from the Trailer Park Eatery on S. 1st St.
Located in one of a few small food trailer/truck parks along S. 1st St. in South Austin, Mama Mal's serves authentic Italian Cuisine. I had the lasagna (very good) but I hear that the meatballs are not to be missed.
Austin is home to many creative and decadent culinary delights. Count the burgers served by Svante's Stuffed Burgers food truck among them. In addition to a grass-fed beef patty this burger has greens, cheese, bacon and a fried egg on top. Incredibly sinful!
Zilker Park is to Austin what Central Park is to New York City. In addition to being a place where people play sports, exercise and enjoy the outdoors Zilker occasionally hosts major events such as this Blues On The Green free music concert.
Austin has a growing slate of events that take place at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) racetrack which is out near the airport but it's very common for some aspect of the event to be held in downtown Austin. The X Games is no different. In 2015 the X Games is in their second year in Austin and this year they held the Moto X Step Up finals just a block from the Texas Capitol building on Congress Ave.
Tenth Street, just west of Congress Ave. Fans wait for the X Games Moto Step Up final to begin as the sun sets.
While not a major skateboarding hotspot I have seen more skateboarding going on in Austin than most anywhere I've been except southern California. With nothing else to jump in this parking lot a young guy uses another skateboard. Well done!
Local Austin blues musician Eric Tessmer performs a guitar solo on state at Saxon Pub on South Lamar Blvd. Note the use of a drumstick in lieu of his left hand.
Austin's downtown highrise building development continues apace. This glass office tower, Colorado Tower opened at 3rd Street and Colorado Blvd. in December 2014.
Even as Austin grows up and become more urban it still retains a certain wild nature about it. Here we see wildflowers sprouting on South Lamar Blvd. in the foreground and the growing downtown Austin skyline can be seen a couple of miles in the distance.
Barton Creek is a very popular swimming/hang out spot due to its accessibility via many miles of trails, which collectively form the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Certain spots along the creek are popular for people with dogs due to the slower flow of the water, the level of which varies depending on the season.
This is a closeup of a much larger piece of public art that can be found on the street on the western side of South Congress Ave. at Live Oak St. in South Austin. The fact that you can just stumble upon great art is one of the things that makes Austin a very unique city.
The Lamar Boulevard Bridge is an art deco style bridge that opened in 1942. Here is shot of it, with the early evening sun creating a wonderful reflection in Town Lake, taken from the Zilker Park trail on the south side of the lake.
One of the more famous sights in all of Austin is the Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute statue located along the Zilker Park trail on the south side of Town Lake in an area called Auditorium Shores.
One of Austin's numerous major yearly events is the Republic Of Texas (ROT) motorcycle rally. Tens of thousands of bikers attend the event, which includes a parade and concert on Congress Avenue downtown. Here bikes are parked in the middle of the avenue for several blocks south of the Texas Capitol.
Barton Creek is body of water that runs for miles south and west of downtown Austin. Depending on the season and water level you will find people swimming, canoeing, rafting and fishing in the creek. The area includes many miles of trails that offer great hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking. Here is a shot of a small, rather peaceful section of the creek from a trail near the creek.
The Seaholm Power Plant along the shores of Lady Bird Lake in Downtown Austin is in the process of being repurposed as a mixed use commercial/residential real estate project. The developers have preserved the art deco exterior including the bright red neon sign on the side of the main building.
Downtown Austin at night as seen from the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge just east of South Lamar Blvd. with a nice reflection created by Lady Bird Lake.
Fireworks over Lady Bird Lake on the Fourth of July are an Austin tradition. The Austin Symphony Orchestra plays at Auditorium Shores on the south side of the lake and then fireworks begin about a half hour after sunset.
Here is a view of the Congress Avenue Bridge from a decrepit dock on the north shore of Lady Bird Lake. There are a few spots like this on the downtown side of the lake, some of which are mostly covered by vegetation. The Hyatt hotel can be seen in the upper left corner of the shot.
The Texas State Capitol building is a majestic structure located just north of 11th St. and Congress Ave. in downtown Austin. The Capitol grounds surrounding the building are quite expansive, featuring lots of grass and trees, and several monuments.
The Congress Avenue bridge just south side of downtown Austin is the place where people wait for the hundreds of thousands of bats that live under the bridge to fly off into the night in search of food. If you haven't watched the bats fly then you really must check it out. They appear at sunset in the warmer months, generally between March and October.
Austin gets very hot in the summer but the wide open spaces to the west offer very spectacular sunsets.
The iconic University of Texas (UT) Tower marks the location of the UT campus with a profile that can be seen for miles.
The Texas Capitol building at night as seen from the north side on Congress Avenue. Frost Bank Tower peeks out in the lower left.
As summer starts to fade and the rain returns the skies over Austin deliver spectacular sunsets.
The Zilker Boardwalk Trail extends the trails of Zilker Park along the south edge of Lady Bird Lake to the east side of downtown Austin, offering this fantastic view of the growing skyline.
Austin City Limits (ACL) is the biggest music festival that takes place in Austin. It's a three day event that takes place over the course of two weekends (for six days in total) at the beginning of October. The festival takes place on the great lawn at Zilker Park just south of downtown Austin.
The skies over Austin are legendary for their beauty when the weather is fair. Many times it feels like the clouds are right on top of you.
While it's very dry for most of the summer, during the spring and fall Barton Creek is a wonderful place to be. There is an extensive trail network on either side of the creek that runs from downtown for miles to the southwest part of Austin.
The lobby of The Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin, TX.
Each year during December and early January Whole Foods Market at 6th and North Lamar hosts a skating rink on their mezzanine level.
A skateboarder performs a trick at House Skatepark near North Lamar Blvd. and 12th St. These days your bound to see people skateboarding by if you're in and around downtown Austin.
Kites fill the sky with the Austin skyline in the background during the 2016 Zilker Park Kite Festival. This event is held yearly in early March and, if the weather is good, usually draws tens of thousands of people. While many people bring their own kites the main event is a professional kite competition which features massive kites that you can only see at a festival such as this.
The east side of Lady Bird Lake in a spot called Pleasant Valley Park offers one of the most spectacular sunset views in all of austin.