Ol' San Antone

October 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This year, my wife and I celebrated twenty blissful years of marriage. Well, I celebrated 23 blissful years; for her I think only about 15 were blissful. ;-)

So in celebration, we wanted to go away for a long weekend. It would've been longer, but since we'd only recently returned from our two-week Appalachian Vacation, and both funds and vacation time were all but depleted, a long weekend was all we could afford. Also, we would've traveled farther, but again, we only had a long weekend, and since we'd recently driven 4,200 miles across the country, we simply didn't want to spend too much time in the car. So we opted for a getaway to San Antonio.

I hadn't been in San Antonio since we were dating and we went there to I could meet her sister. While we were there, I wrecked her car. Long story short, she married me anyway, and we moved past the incident, but I never really had a burning desire to return to San Antonio. Until this year.

Since it was August, and August in Texas tends to be roughly equivalent to the fires of hell, we decided to stay near the Riverwalk as at least there would be shade and shops within which we could retreat for air conditioning and cool beverages.

Below is an image of the statue of San Antonio de Padua, which we passed on the way to the Riverwalk and for whom the city is named. Saint Anthony was born in 1195 in Lisbon, Portugal and in Roman Catholicism is the patron saint of the poor.

Part of our celebration included dinner at the Saltgrass Steak House on the Riverwalk. I snapped the picture below with my iPhone. My delectable plate was the Ribeye & BBQ Shrimp Enbrochette. It was muy bueno!!!

Of course we took a boat ride on the Riverwalk. It was hot and crowded, but was a neat way to see the city. Afterward, I waited on one of the bridges and made this long exposure of one of the boats passing underneath.

It was hard to photograph on the boat, but of course I tried. This is the only image I'm happy with. It's a tad bit noisy as I had to shoot at ISO 3200 to get a shutter speed I could handhold while the boat was moving. It was taken almost straight up at the balconies of one of the hotels. I like the lines and patterns.

On our way back to the hotel, I made a picture of the exterior of the Cathedral of San Fernando. I couldn't resist the light. The cathedral was built between 1738 and 1750 and is thus the oldest cathedral in the state of Texas.

Below is the iconic La Antorcha de la Amistad or "Torch of Friendship." Standing almost 65 feet tall, the statue was a gift from the Mexican government to the city of San Antonio in 2002.

Below is an image of the top of the Emily Morgan Hotel. The building has something of a storied past. The thirteen-story triangular-shaped building was built in 1924 in what's known as the Gothic Revival skyscraper style and was a Medical Arts building. In 1976 it was converted into a modern office building, and in 1984 it was adapted into a hotel and dubbed the Emily Morgan Hotel. It is a distinctive building, and the image below was made around dusk as the light began to glow inside.

We visited the Alamo, too, while we were there, which you can see in the image at the top of this post. This was a tricky image to make as there were tons of tourists. I waited as long as I could to see if I could snatch a lucky image with no people in front of the building, but no luck. So I took several images with people standing in different places and used some Photoshop magic to clone out the people in various parts of the image so that in the end I had a clean image. I love Photoshop. ;-)

The morning we left San Antonio, we visited the San Antonio Botanical Garden. My dear wife loves botanical gardens and arboretums, so it was a natural thing for us to do together. This wasn't primarily a photographic trip, but I made a few pictures nonetheless. Here are a few of my favorites.

More to come . . . .


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