Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Dallas and shoot for a client. On the way up, I passed one of the most beautiful Texas Wildflower fields I’ve ever witnesses – an endless pasture of golden sunflowers (see the image here: Sunflower Field Happiness. I stopped to scout out this area just south of Waxahachie, Texas, and knew I’d return in the next few days.

On my way, I ran into the horrendous traffic that Dallas is known for at rush hour. Eventually, I made my way to the location and enjoyed a great view of the Dallas Skyline. This Dallas Skyline panorama offers a glimpse of the iconic Reunion Tower, Fountain Place, Renaissance Tower, the Bank of America Plaza, as well as many others, including the always colorful Omni Hotel. This image of the Dallas skyline was captured shortly after sunset after the lights of downtown Dallas began to light up the evening sky.

From Southwest of downtown Dallas, the this Dallas Skyline Panorama features the iconic Reunion Tower, as well as many other skyscrapers.

From Southwest of downtown Dallas, this Dallas Skyline Panorama features the iconic Reunion Tower, as well as many other skyscrapers.

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Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to photograph the UT Graduation 2013 fireworks from the top floor of a condominium complex near campus. This offered a great view of the scene below me. I also had nice views of the Austin skyline, including the Texas State Capitol and the Frost Bank Tower. The graduation ceremony lasted nearly two hours, and the UT Tower was lit in many different colors throughout the night, each representing a different college’s graduation. The finale of the evening offered a fireworks display around and above the UT Tower. This image of the UT Graduation was captured during that fireworks show. Thanks for looking!

Fireworks light up the night over the Austin skyline and the UT Tower

Fireworks light up the UT Campus and UT Tower in celebration of the 2013 college graduates. This UT fireworks image was captured from a condo near the UT campus.

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I had the opportunity to leave my comforts of the Texas Hill Country where I spend my time photographing the hills and nearby Austin Skyline, and visited Guadalupe Mountains National Park for a few days and lived off the grid. The drive out to west Texas from my home in Dripping Springs took over 7 hours. Boy Howdy, there isn’t much out there! This was my first time to explore Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and I was struck by how remote and magnificent the area felt. I was fortunate to witness some amazing clouds, both at sunrise and sunset, and only got rained on once.

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I also trekked up Guadalupe and looking down on the state of Texas from the highest point in the state. The 4.3 miles hike (8.6 round trip) was relatively easy, but take lots of liquids. Storm clouds were moving in fast when I was on the summit, so I scampered back down and captured the scene from the bottom of the mountains.

This image shows El Capitan, Texas 8th tallest peak, rising from the Chihuahuan Desert. Behind it, Guadalupe Peak rises to 8,749 feet and is Texas’ tallest peak. I was up well before sunrise to hike to this spot. On the drive and walk to this spot, I never saw another person. The sunrise against the thin clouds and setting moon was amazing, and I was happy just to be there and enjoy this beautiful creation.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park holds El Capitan and Guadalupe Peak, two of Texas' tallest mountains

El Capitan rises from the Chihuahuan Desert, and behind it sits Guadalupe Peak, Texas’ tallest mountain. These iconic peaks make up a portion of the amazing Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

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