Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Yes, we are in Texas and I know everyone thinks we see cowboys all the time. Not So. These guys (and their horses) were pulled up in a parking place in front of Wiggy's on West Sixth. I didn't have time to inquire  about what they were doing as we were headed to a dinner reservation. But my reaction as I took this quick picture was much like the woman shown on the left. What?

Monday, April 29, 2013

Local Art

This place on South First advertises local art which they have extended to the car outside.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Urban Garden

Hey, there's nothing like some greenery in the heart of the city! This is about two blocks from our condo.  Soon it will be site of the Hotel Zaza that is slated for downtown.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Serving Longhorns Since 1926

Well, they don't really serve Longhorn meat (Hut's does I think) but this painting is on the venerable burger joint Dirty Martin's Kumback on Guadalupe. They've been serving good old greasy burgers and tater tots to UT Longhorn fans since 1926.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Open to Interpretation

We were walking up Johnson Trail the other day when we encountered this elaborate graffiti mural which I confess I didn't really understand.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Unusual Sign

FFP and I walk all over the place. We see a few signs warning motorists to yield to peds in crosswalks and a few warning of a crosswalk with the walking man. But this is the only one I've seen like this. It's on East 11th just east of IH35. And honestly? I doubt the activity exceeds that of any other street we walk. Of course, no cars will change their behavior because of this, I don't think.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Lost and Found

We took a walk a couple of days ago and passed by the improvised lost and found shelf on a cement pedestal at the start of the Crenshaw Bridge. I hope these people reclaim their keys.  I'm really curious how you could lose one shoe and not know it.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Colors of Cancer

It turns out that certain colors correspond to certain types of cancer.  An enterprising group here in town is raising cancer awareness by putting up cool signs like this and inviting people to put their handprints on them with inspirational messages.

Monday, April 22, 2013

A step back in time

We took a walk through the West Campus area of UT today and saw this co-op.  It brings back memories of student life, that's for sure.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Surf and turf

We were walking by a friend's office a few days ago and saw this magnificent stand of shrimp plants blooming in back of their place. I thought it made a nice composition to use their fence in the shot.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

A crossword break

Here is a shot I took at Arturo's Underground Cafe Wednesday morning of Linda working a crossword puzzle over a breakfast taco and coffee. Typical coffee house art looms in the background.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Rainey Street Ride

We were walking on Rainey Street the other day, checking out all the changes there when I noticed this dolled-up pickup.

Thursday, April 18, 2013


We attended the Purple Party to benefit the Long Center a couple of weeks ago. Purple is the logo color of the nonprofit performing arts center and that color has been the theme of their parties since the grand opening. (See here and here.) This lady had purple nails for the occasion.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Clean and fresh.

Here's a Farmer's Market photo I shot a few weeks ago.  This enterprising stand owner offers both soaps and veggies.  That goat's milk soap smells wonderful, I might add.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Lone Star Entry

The State of Texas, once the Republic of Texas, has a Lone Star on its flag and it's the Lone Star State. So stars, alone and sometimes in groups, are a frequent iconography around the Capital City. I thought I'd start featuring them once in a while. This one is part of an entryway to the East Side on 11th Street.

Monday, April 15, 2013

South Austin Spirit

This complex cutout mural welcomes folks to a lot with some food trucks. It's pretty far down South First. Is that where South Austin begins? I guess they claim Leslie, Don Walser, Ray Benson, Danny Young, Carolyn Wonderland and W.C. Clark. Musician murals (and images of the late street person cross dresser Leslie) are common in Austin but this one is particularly ambitious.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Hot Dogs

Well, and hamburgers, too. I like the decoration on this bar and grill on the East Side. It's call Sputnik.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Finish Line Is Near

These runners in the Capitol 10K Race are putting on their final kick, knowing that the finish line is just across the lake. If you click and get the bigger version of the shot, you'll get an idea of just how many runners this race attracts.  A friend of ours won her age division! The Capitol 10K is the fifth largest race of its kind in the country.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Cheer Up

This East Side bar has a message for you...and perhaps the libations to help you along.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Fast Bikes

I like this storefront on East Sixth. The shop specializes in certain kinds of bikes. I'm thinking not the ones Mellow Johnny's specializes in. Fast Folks is a cool name but the skull allusion doesn't really emphasize safety, does it?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Google Team

Google Fiber is coming to ATX. FFP shot this at the announcement yesterday. These aren't the politicians and bosses and dignitaries...these are the Google Techies who will make it happen.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Horns and Hooves

You may have to click on this photo I shot Sunday morning to understand the context here. This "World Gone Mad" band was serenading the runners in the Capitol 10,000 race. They were playing some excellent tunes!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Sound Sculpture

On the grounds of the new Zach Scott Theatre is this sculpture. If you get close like FFP is you will hear that there are speakers inside playing some music.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Parking Lot?

One day in March we heard the roar of powerful engines and looked out across to the surface lot a block away and saw these cars assembling for, I'm guessing, a road rally. Ferraris? They soon took off together through the streets.

Saturday, April 6, 2013


Where Mopac intersects with the Hike and Bike trail we have the Crenshaw pedestrian bridge (crowded here with foot traffic from the kite festival last month) that spans Lady Bird Lake below the roaring lanes of the highway.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Dogs, Dogs, and More Dogs

There were dogs as far as the eye could see at the Mighty Texas Dog Walk a couple of Saturdays ago.  I found out that later, they set a Guinness World Record for "most dogs doing yoga" and for "wearing the same bandana"!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Sugary Philosophy

Hard to argue with this tidbit.  Though at my age, even thinking about eating a cupcake would make me gain weight.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Longhorn Alumni Band Plays

Linda and I went to the Ben-Willie-Darrell event benefiting Alzheimer's Disease Research the other night.  Here's a photo of the Longhorn Alumni Band which played for the occasion. They did a great job!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Our Back Yard

It makes me laugh when people ask us, "Don't you miss your back yard?"  Heck, I can take a pleasant twenty minute walk and be here on the great lawn at Zilker Park--which is maintained with our tax money!  In this shot, you see some folks enjoying time with their dogs. In the background there is a crane being used to put up more condos.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Pedestrians Crossing

These three were crossing Nueces at Third yesterday. They took a little shortcut from the crosswalk. Click here for many interpretations of the City Daily Photo theme of  "Pedestrians Crossing."