Austin cityscape from the lake

Austin cityscape from the lake
Image by Jim Nix / Nomadic Pursuits
Austin is a great town. There are so many cool things about it. Great food, excellent live music, and a cool funky sort of hippie vibe are the obvious ones that we are well known for. But there is so much more. One of our bridges on this fine lake (Lady Bird Lake that you see in this picture) houses about 1 million Mexican free-tailed bats, and at dusk they swarm out of the bridge to go eat their weight in bugs. That is quite a sight. Lance Armstrong lives here, if you have heard of that guy (hint: he rides a bike), and Sandra Bullock has a restaurant here (Bess, which I hear is good but haven’t been yet). The author James Michener lived here until his death, upon which many of his collected art works were donated to The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas. Which reminds me, we have The University of Texas, which has the best football team in the country (Hook ‘Em Horns)! We also have a *few* barbecue joints around here and our Tex-Mex cuisine is the best there is…

This shot was taken while on a touristy boat ride up and down Town Lake, now called Lady Bird Lake in honor of LBJ’s late wife, and which is technically the Colorado River. Which reminds me, we have about 3 names for everything so as to confuse visitors and newbies. It seems to work. Our town motto is "Keep Austin Weird", which is both a plea to support local business and a true statement. Austin is both weird and wonderful!

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9 thoughts on “Austin cityscape from the lake

  1. Wishing there were some clouds that day I bet. It turned out pretty good for such a bright day though. =)

    Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)

  2. Thanks guys, I always appreciate the comments.
    @atmtx – glad to know a fellow Austinite likes my description of our town!
    @Brandon – yep, clouds=drama but it was a clear day, I was on a boat, and no tripod so HDR was out of the question
    Thanks everyone!

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