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Festival of the dead – Austin, TX

I took these pictures on 6th Street in Austin, Texas.

Below is some interesting facts I got off the internet about this celebration. 

Festival of the Dead or Feast of Ancestors held by many cultures throughout the world in honor or recognition of deceased members of the community, generally occurring after the harvest in August, September, October, or November. 

The Roman Catholic church celebrates three days of Allhallowtide from 31 October to 1 November, marking All Saints’ Eve All Saints’ Day and the second of November as All Souls’ Day. The Mexican holiday celebrated at Hallowtide is called Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead – prior to the Spanish colonisation and the conversion of local people to Christianity, this festival was celebrated in the summer time.
In many cultures a single event, Festival of the Dead, lasting up to 3 days, was held at the end of October and beginning of November; examples include the Peruvians, the Pacific Islanders, the people of the Tonga Islands, the ancient Persians, ancient Romans, and the northern nations of Europe. 
In the Inca religion the entire month of November is ‘Ayamarca’, which translates to Festival of the Dead. The Chinese and Buddhist festival is called Ghost Festival.
In the 21st century, European traditions mark the celebrations of Halloween.


2014 France- Trip

Paris - Elsie - April

This had to be one of my most favorite girl’s trip celebrating April’s wedding anniversary and my birthday in Paris, France. I can’t thank Elsie enough for this fabulous trip and making a new friend – April, a sweet, kind and full of life kind of girl with a heart of gold.

Man’s View of Paris



Venice – A city of many colors


Here I am taking a water taxi in Venice June 2016.

How can you not fall in love with this magical city that’s on almost every photographers bucket list. There is so much to see and always ready to shot all the historical buildings, people, food and so much to explored, not wanting to miss a thing. I would have loved it if I could have stayed longer.

Venice Sunset2


 The sunsets in Venice are a must to see . 

Strolling along the narrow walking path in Venice I captured this shot of this women listening or just relaxing as people walk by not even noticing the soft sound of music. 

I just love the colorful cloths hang along between the Italian streets.  This reminds me of when I was going up and my mother hanging the cloth out on the line.  I took this picture after a fabulous Italian dinner .

It alway feels good when you get up early and capture shots like this.   

I hated to say goodby – but I know I’ll be back one day again. 

Muleshoe Bend near Austin, Texas

April 16, 2015 – Texas Bluebonnet (Muleshoe Bend)

This year has been one of the best years to capture the beauty of the bluebonnets in Texas.

Living in Austin has made it the perfect place to explore the back roads of Central Texas. I try to get an early start as I head out on my journey getting into my truck to drive no farther than 1 hour any direction to capture some of the most incredible photograph of this beautiful state of Texas.

I’m off again to my next adventure. Stay tuned as we explore the backroads of Texas.