The Banisters at Lucky Lounge

It has been a long time since I’ve used my DSLR and even LONGER since I’ve photographed a band. However, when a few of my coworkers said their band had a show, I wanted to check them out! I decided to dust off my camera and travel downtown to watch The Banisters at The Lucky Lounge.

You can find The Banisters on Facebook and Instagram (@thebanistersatx)

 

Lake Austin, Skinny Limits, and Ladybugs

A few weeks ago, Brian, my family and I went to walk around Lady Bird Lake. I know it’s always packed with people, making it difficult to attain that “I’m being peaceful in nature” feeling, but I just love it. I don’t mind the crowds at all. And I never as up a chance to get photos of the lake and the downtown skyline!

After walking a good 4 mile loop, we went to The Picnic food trailer park to get some snacks. I got a cocoa/espresso smoothie from Skinny Limits. It was certainly tasty, but the price will unfortunately keep me from visiting their truck in the future.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAs we were leaving, a little ladybug found me. Hello spring!

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Brushy Creek

It was a little wet, but Brian and I decided to explore Brushy Creek anyway. It’s a beautiful park and lake with 6.75 miles of trails (view the trail map here) in the middle of Cedar Park. It was wonderful to discover a small piece of nature so close to Brian’s house.

We started at the main fishing dock of Brushy Creek Lake.

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After admiring the lake, we continued through the fields and long the trail. The recent rain made the green grass almost florescent! It was beautiful.

Finally, we stumbled upon an old wooden bridge. I was so happy to see something so charming was still in use.

Have you been to Brushy Creek? What’s your favorite part of the trail?

San Gabriel Park Trail in Georgetown

My family and I went walking in Georgetown the other weekend along the beautiful San Gabriel River Trail. Curious as to where we ate? Check out my post on the Monument Cafe! Overall, the trail by San Gabriel Park is a little ‘park-y’ for me. I prefer more nature-filled walks. However, if you had kids or a stroller, or wanted to go running without worrying about twisting an ankle, this part of the trail is great.

If you continue west along the trail, you will eventually reach Georgetown Lake! It’s about 5.5 miles away from the park though, so I’ll have to revisit the trail and start somewhere further down the road, like Booty’s Road Park.

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Food Photography

I’ve been working a lot on my food photography, doing my best to follow the current trends. I wish some of these were brighter… But I was working with the lighting I had. I’m hoping to get a portable surface of some kind, whether it be a small table or piece of reclaimed wood, something I can take outside to photograph on.

I was at my aunt’s for Thanksgiving and she has some beautiful dishes and silverware. The little tiny cups are my great great grandma’s. My aunt also has a wonderful succulent/plant collection.

Back to Macro

With things starting to settle down a bit, I’ve (once again) decided to focus on photography. What matters is that every time I fall off the horse, I get back on, right? I definitely feel weird when I go a week or so without taking a quality photo. Anyone else feel this way?

Anyway, I’ve decided to throw my Photojojo wide angle/macro lens back in my purse. It came in handy when I visited the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. The garden is $5 and worth every dollar. It’s a quiet little retreat just around the corner from Zilker Park and Barton Springs Road. Using the Photojojo macro lens, I took some photos of the flowers. They turned out with a watercolor look, which I think is pretty cool. I also branched out from my trusty old F2 VSCOcam filter and used G3.

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Brew Exchange

My brother found a very interesting bar on 6th St. called the Brew Exchange, “Buy low, drink up.” I think I’ll let their website explain how the bar works:

 

“Our 100+ beers are divided into categories (IPA, Lager, Cider ect…) Each time someone orders a beer, the price goes up for the next person who orders the same beer. The others in the category go down by the same amount. The more popular the beer is, the higher the price goes, while those not being ordered continue to fall.

Keeping up with the fluctuating beer prices is both easy and a little entertaining. You can watch the prices rise and fall in real time via our 1960’s style ticker running above the bar. Prices will also fluctuate in real time on several “big boards” (flat screen televisions) throughout the bar.

The bottom line, we want you to explore the market, trying beers you’ve never had. There’s a good chance they’ll be less expensive, allowing you to buy low and drink up.”

 

Pretty cool, right? Also, for the first time since leaving the East Coast three years ago, I found UFO White. It’s one of my favorite beers!

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