Gruene Hall

At the end of a small town street in historic district of New Braunfels, Texas, sits an unassuming building known as Gruene Hall. Built back in 1878, it is Texas’ oldest continually operating dance hall and some would say the most famous. The 6,000 square foot dance hall has not changed much physically since it was first built, but over the years, many famous performers have graced it’s small stage adding to the fame it justly deserves.

 

Gruene Hall is Texas’ oldest continually operating dance hall.

Shiner Ruby Redbird on Tap

The Spoetzl Brewery is the oldest independent brewery in Texas and one of the oldest independent breweries in the U.S. People who enjoy a quality beer would recognize their product as Shiner Beers. If you get a chance to visit the brewery in Shiner, TX, you have an opportunity to taste many of their products. This colorful beer tap at the brewery is for their Ruby Redbird, a lager with “The Taste of Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit, with a Kick of Ginger.”

 

A Ruby Redbird beer tap at the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas.

Mission Concepción Interior

Last weekend, my friends Jeremy Mancuso, David Morefield, Andy Crawford and I reunited for a trip to San Antonio. Since part of the trip was for photography, we hit the ground running. Our first stop in town was Mission Concepción.

Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña was established in 1716 as Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de los Hainais in East Texas. From missionconcepcion.org… Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Concepcíon de Acuña was founded on March 5, 1731 in San Antonio, Texas. The mission is an active Catholic parish which is a part of the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

As part of the national parks service, Mission Concepcion looks basically as it did in the mid-1700’s when it served as the Mission’s center of religious activity. Although abandoned for long periods, the sturdy church of Mission Concepción is once again used for worship.

While we may all shoot the same locations, we each interpret things differently. Check out David’s version of the same scene.

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A Hay Bale Sunset

The golden colors of a sunset accents the golden colors of hay bales in a local field, while the sun creates a golden star effect as it sets.

 

The golden colors of a sunset accents the golden colors of hay bales in a local field, while the sun creates a golden star effect as it sets.

Tropical Isle, NOLA Style

A tropical isle is a place of refuge and comfort in a large, vast ocean. In New Orleans, some might consider this establishment at the corner of Bourbon and Orleans streets in the French Quarter as a place of refuge and comfort too, if only for a short visit. I would not know though, as it was predawn when we toured the Quarter.

 

The Tropical Isle neon sign in the French Quarter in New Orleans, at Bourbon and Orleans streets.

Lazy Hay Bales

Several times a year, a few fields close to home are cut and the grass is baled for use later.  I only have a few days to steal an image, because they usually don’t sit there long, before they are collected and moved. With the rains we had this fall, they were there a few weeks, though the weather provided only a few days for a nice sky.

 

Several times a year, a few fields close to home are cut and the grass is baled for use later.  I only have a few days to steal an image, because they usually don't sit there long, before they are collected and moved. With the rains we had this fall, they were there a few weeks, though the weather provided only a few days for a nice sky.

Shell One Pylons

One Shell Plaza is a 50-story, skyscraper at 910 Louisiana Street in Downtown Houston, Texas. I remember when it opened in 1971 as the tallest building in the city. Now, it blends in with the other taller buildings, but with its lighter color, still stands out. At night these pylons light up the entrance on Smith Street.

 

At night these pylons light up the entrance to Shell One Plaza on Smith Street, in downtown Houston, Texas.