Monday, December 11, 2017

Make 'em want it!

There was s long line at this downtown club the other night. Who knows what is so special about going there?

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Your chariot awaits!

This carriage was waiting to take someone on a horse-drawn ride. It was stationed outside the south door of the Driskill Hotel.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Ride on Rudolph!

Christmas decor in downtown Austin veers off the beaten path. Here is a bike laden with goodies. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Ballet Austin headquarters

That low building in the middle of this photo houses Ballet Austin. What a brilliant move we made buying this property before the mega-boom hit. I have been on its board of directors since 1998.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Play it as it lays

This confection delight is gracing the lobby at the Four Seasons Hotel for the holiday season. How elaborate it is! So much detail work went into this piece.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Shattering the glass ceilings.

Another pin from the Madeleine Albright collection. This pin pretty much says it all about a great woman's ascent to power.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


These turtle pins are part of the collection of pins that belong to Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State during the Clinton administration.

Monday, December 4, 2017


Another selection from Madeleine Albright's collection of pins.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017

LBJ -- all the way

Linda and I made a trip to the Lyndon B. Johnson Library the other day. This time there was an exhibition of Madeleine Albright's fantastic jeweled pin collection. Also, there was a new video about President Johnson's career.

Friday, December 1, 2017

It's a Wrap!

It's Theme Day here at City Daily Photo. Yep, we are still participating in the larger worldwide group of bloggers posting a picture a day from their environs. The theme for December 1 is 'Gift.' Check out this lovely picture of gifts under a tree, done up expertly in a thematic fashion. Our tree? Nope. Every year about this time we walk around our downtown Austin home and take pictures of decorations in shops and hotels. The Four Seasons hotel tree had these gifts underneath. I'm quite sure they are empty, but there is nothing like a tree surrounded by beautiful packages to get folks excited about Christmas.It's our acquisitive nature I suppose. Click here to see what others in the Daily Photo family offer for the theme. A creche or two perhaps? Something or someone they consider a gift for themselves or their community? Someone receiving or giving a gift? Santa, maybe? It is always fun to see scores of interpretations.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Dramatic dance

This was the start of a dance piece in the overall work Illusory Impressions we saw the other night. The lighting was spectacular. The whole thing was staged in a central Austin estate.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Garrison Keillor

We got to meet Garrison Keillor, red shoes and all, after his performance at the Paramount Theatre the other night. Quite a fellow. A very enjoyable man. Always relaxed.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Modern dance in an olden setting

Illusory Impressions was the name of this wonderful dance performance that was held at Jennifer's Gardens here in town the other night. Our friend Michelle, who used to dance with Ballet Austin, created this delightful piece.

Monday, November 27, 2017

The tallest yet

Here you see the Independent Building, looming over the new library. This towering structure will be the tallest residential-only building west of the Mississippi when it is done. We all call it the Jenga Building for obvious reasons.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

A good time was had by all

We had fun with two great friends of ours at the AIDS Services of Austin 30th Anniversary gala the other night.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Row, row, row

People love to row along Lady Bird Lake and these oars are waiting for them to use.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


This is a sharp-looking unit. All in step, too!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Pep squad

This is the Del Valle Pep Squad - always fun to watch young women having a good time and full of school spirit.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017


This guy was having the time of his life in the Vet's Day parade.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Nice outfits

These ladies were part of the Vet's Day parade the other morning. They had on historically correct outfits.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Flags are always flying

Parades are made for flags and marching. In this group are some from the Confederacy that were kind of controversial this year.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


This man marching with the Girl Scouts in the parade, is for boycotting the NFL. About head injuries?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Veteran's Day Band

This is the Del Valle High Band in the local Vet's Day parade. This big guy is some type of marshal, I suppose.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Crabby, now aren't we?

Two new faves on the Fixe menu --  corn and crab fritters and crab fingers.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

I can see our house from here!

I was walking home from a meeting the other day and saw this perspective of our condo tower (in the middle with a spike on top). At times, it is still hard to believe that we live downtown.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Flying pigs and others

I like this latest fanciful painting on the big billboard near Third and Congress Ave. in downtown Austin. Very imaginative.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Rubber necking

This giraffe spends all day checking out the traffic on West Sixth. He's a sight to see, that's for sure!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Gender neutral cookies

Here you go -- no disputing the flavor and no arguing about which gender!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Nau's the Time for Tacos!

This nice lady will be glad to serve you up some tasty tacos just about any morning, right outside of Nau's -- one of our town's last remaining neighborhood drug stores.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Sunrise from our balcony

I thought it would be nice to give you a look at our ever-changing view from our condo's balcony What a town we live in.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Reclaiming lost ties

Here's a first-- a lost tie on the footbridge near our home.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Swiming with flavor

One of my all-tome favorite dishes at a wonderful restaurant -- Pescado Veracruzano at Fonda San Miguel. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

"Much Ado about Nothing" is really something!

A friend of ours produced "Much Ado About Nothing" in a local park the other night and we took some photos-- "Tube be or not tube be?"

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Hal, Hal, the gang's all here

Your erstwhile bloggers attended a Hal Ketchum concert the other night and got to have a photo taken with him backstage.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Rocking Out -- in the Live Music Capital of the World

Theme Day! I thought that this photo is a good depiction of Austin and its place in the rock universe. An Austin City Limits T-shirt next to a Pink Floyd one with a Bob Marley painting in the background. All surrounded by fashionable clothes and knick-knacks. The name of this store? Austin Rocks. Click here to see how other City Daily Photo participants from around the world interpret this theme.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017


Adrian Ruiz playing at Blanton Museum's SoundSpace. (This event was a tribute to Alice Coltrane.) Yesterday's spectator was listening to Adrian.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Listening in Fashion

This woman was wearing a carefully crafted outfit for the Blanton Museum SoundSpace Event

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Reflections of Art

There was recently a pop-up gallery of art by Claude Van Lingen on Congress. This reflective work was in the window.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Fete accompli

My partner in crime takes her seat at the Ballet Austin Fete. It was a grand occasion and we had a terrific time.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A table set for a king -- or dancers

The decorators at the Ballet Austin Fete outdid themselves this year. What a festive party!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Just hanging out and chillin'

These guys are ready for the Halloween season. We saw them down the street on a neighbor's balcony while on a walk the other day.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Big bang -- not just a theory

This giraffe was part of the Gay Pride parade the other night. I am glad all the balloons on it made it through the parade unpopped.

Monday, October 23, 2017