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Old May 23rd, 2012, 03:36 AM   #1
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Austin as I see it

Hello, everyone. I'm Haux. You may, but probably don't, remember my threads about Amarillo, Texas, and the space shuttle that landed there aboard a 747 in 2009.

But I live in a new city now. An exciting city. A city where stuff happens and there are actual skyscrapers and urban transit and things to see and do. I moved to Austin in late August 2011 to take a job at the Austin American-Statesman. It's a temporary job, but it was too good to pass up.

Now, I'll start this thread with just an assortment of photos. I'll later branch out to individual topics like Barton Creek, the 360 bridge and the top of the Austonian.

Anyway, I've written too many words without any pictures, so here's Austin as I see it.

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360 Condos by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Skyscrapers by raptoralex, on Flickr
Left: The Austonian, the tallest all-residential building west of the Mississippi. Right: Legacy on the Lake

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Urban canyon by raptoralex, on Flickr
Between the Ashton (left) and Austonian

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Austonian by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Lady Bird Lake by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Silicon Laboratories by raptoralex, on Flickr
Austin's called Silicon Hills, comparing it to Silicon Valley because of the high-tech industry here.

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Downtown from Butler Park by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Trail by raptoralex, on Flickr
The Lady Bird Lake hike-and-bike trail is a 10-mile trail around the lake. I love it.

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Enjoying the weather by raptoralex, on Flickr
A rower on Lady Bird Lake

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Lady Bird Lake by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Traffic jam by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Skyline by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Walking on the Congress Avenue Bridge by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Downtown at sunset by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Smokestacks by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Seaholm power plant by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Skyscrapers and stacks by raptoralex, on Flickr

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The blue hour by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Moon high above Austin by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Moonrise by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Before the moon rises by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Reflected by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Stevie Ray Vaughan statue by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Horse riders by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Word game by raptoralex, on Flickr

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One Congress Plaza by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Texas Capitol by raptoralex, on Flickr

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One American Center by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Austonian by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Trees of lights by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Spring by raptoralex, on Flickr
The Spring condos

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Monarch by raptoralex, on Flickr

OK, I think that's enough for now. I'll continue to post photos if this thread gets any views.
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Old May 23rd, 2012, 12:09 PM   #2
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I like your pictures.

Austin is not so well known in the Netherlands, except for the oil companies most likely.
Did you take that picture on the bridge where the bats fly over? Or is that another city in Texas?
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Old May 23rd, 2012, 08:19 PM   #3
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That is the bridge with the bats. I think I can make a post of all the bats too. I tried to shoot them last night, but they came out way after sunset.
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Old May 23rd, 2012, 11:01 PM   #4
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Great pictures, thanks for sharing I'm plannig a trip do Texas this summer, and Austin is one of the "most go" places I look forward to see more great pictures
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Old May 24th, 2012, 12:32 AM   #5
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Great pictures.

Can I ask you a question? Texas has a large coastline - but we never hear of it or see any pictures. Is it sandy? Is it used for leisure purposes? I'm very curious.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 03:05 AM   #6
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Congratulations on the new job and move to a photogenic city in progress. Do Austin justice. Looks like your off to a good start.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 06:38 AM   #7
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great thread...thanks for sharing your beautiful photos from Austin...
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Old May 24th, 2012, 05:41 PM   #8
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Amazing photos I hope this thread will keep growing and learn us more about lovely Austin
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Old May 24th, 2012, 07:27 PM   #9
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Cool thread, haux!

I'd like to see more street level shots of Austin if you ever get a chance. Looking at these photos, one might think the city didn't exist until 1995.

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Texas has a large coastline - but we never hear of it or see any pictures. Is it sandy? Is it used for leisure purposes? I'm very curious.
There aren't any major cities on the Gulf Coast of Texas, which I think is why it's underrepresented here. Galveston is a smaller city on the Gulf (with lots of nice Victorian architecture) and isn't too terribly far from Houston, so hopefully someone will get down there sometime for a photo tour.

Yes, Texas has a very sandy coastline – there are big resort areas, especially in and around Corpus Christi, and on Padre Island.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 07:41 PM   #10
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Great, very nice photos from Austin
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Old May 25th, 2012, 12:10 AM   #11
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nice city and the handful of crapers really have iconic designs.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 03:07 AM   #12
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Austin holds a special place in my heart. It's great to see your pictures.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 07:40 AM   #13
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Great pictures.

Can I ask you a question? Texas has a large coastline - but we never hear of it or see any pictures. Is it sandy? Is it used for leisure purposes? I'm very curious.
Texas coastline is awesome..... On the northern part of the coastline, Galveston, Rockport, etc... it is sandy, and fine for water activity, but better for fishing. From Port Aransas to Corpus Christi, it's good for both. Padre Island, in particular, South Padre Island, is THE spot to visit if you want a perfect "beach" experience though.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 07:46 AM   #14
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I like your pictures.

Austin is not so well known in the Netherlands, except for the oil companies most likely.
Did you take that picture on the bridge where the bats fly over? Or is that another city in Texas?
Houston is actually the Texas city with the oil companies. Austin would probably be best known internationally for it's music scene, and its diversity. It's the "live music capitol of the world."
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Old May 25th, 2012, 07:51 AM   #15
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I love those pictures..... If you ever get a chance, a great place to photograph the skyline at dusk, or at night, is on MoPac (Loop 1) right over the river. One of my favorite views. Austin is so much more than just the downtown area. Zilker park, which you took a few pictures from, Barton Springs, Barton Creek, Loop 360 (Capitol Of TX Hwy,) Lake Travis, HWY 620, 360 bridge, Mt. Bonnel, all offer great views, and experiences that make Austin so enjoyable.
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Old June 1st, 2012, 08:48 AM   #16
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A few weeks ago, a fellow forum member took a group of us to his home, The Austonian. The Austonian is the tallest building in the city at 683 feet. People who live in it have access to the top two floors, the 55th and 56th floors. There are patios on those two floors that give spectacular views of the surrounding metro region.

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Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Capitol and University of Texas by raptoralex, on Flickr

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East Austin by raptoralex, on Flickr

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East Austin and Lady Bird Lake by raptoralex, on Flickr
Far in the distance in Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

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Austin Hilton Convention Center by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Austin City Hall by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Austonian's "USB port" by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Above the Frost Bank Tower by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Seaholm District and freight train by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Lady Bird Lake by raptoralex, on Flickr

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W Austin Hotel and Residences by raptoralex, on Flickr

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South Congress Avenue and South First Street by raptoralex, on Flickr

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One Congress Plaza by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Four Seasons Residences Austin by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Austonian lounge by raptoralex, on Flickr

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The Austonian Club by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Pilates room by raptoralex, on Flickr

It was pretty sweet being that high up. I think my next update will be the Barton Creek Greenbelt. I went right after a day of rain, so it was really flowing.
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Sooooweet..........
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Old June 24th, 2012, 07:34 PM   #18
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Barton Creek Greenbelt

I was here last month after a weekend with plenty of rain, so the creek was really flowing. I haven't been there since then, but I saw one picture from a week or two ago, and it's back to a trickle or dry. This drought's killing us.

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Plant-lined trail by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Rapids by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Partly cloudy skies by raptoralex, on Flickr

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A puddle along the trail by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Moss by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Debris from a storm by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Stream's waterfalls by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Stream leading to Barton by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Greenery lines the trail by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Stream leading to the creek by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Rushing Barton Creek by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Steady flow by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Sunlight on a cliff by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Calm waters of Barton Creek by raptoralex, on Flickr
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Old June 25th, 2012, 10:02 AM   #19
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Great! Austin is my favorite city from Texas, has a lot of green spaces and a nice riverfront, I like the rate of growing, it has over 800,000 inh. and still growing, absolutely fascinating.
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I like the trees and the water scenery.
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