Tranquility #2

Tranquility #2
At Anglesey Abbey. Click on the photo for a larger version on Flickr

This dream-like scene seen at the National Trust Anglesey Abbey property using an iPhone. To me, everything in here symbolises spring. Daffodils, Hyacinths, Cherry Blossoms and the brilliant hues of a Japanese maple tree.

Tranquility

Tranquility
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At the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. A HDR of 3 shots at -2, 0 and +2 merged in Photomatix Pro. I loved the tranquil moods in this part of the gardens with the flowing stream and colourful japanese maples.

The Alamo!

The battle of the Alamo (1836) has attained a mythical status in american culture and history. The story of this battle has been told many times in print and on film, so much so that it is now difficult to separate truth from hype and fiction. Either way, the remains of the Alamo mission is a historical legacy of the wars between american forces of the Texas colonist and Mexico leading to the establishment of the Republic of Texas. The story of a few embattled soldiers fighting against an overwhelming force resounds throughout human history and the Alamo is one such example of exemplary bravery in the face of all odds.

The Alamo Mission, San Antonio
The Alamo mission. Ruins from the Battle of the Alamo (1836). Click on the photo for a larger version.

 

Photographed at ISO100, f/14 20 second exposure. Sigma 28-70 f/2.8 lens perched on a bottle cap!

Human activity

A stark reminder of the destruction we are causing to life in the oceans. A shark made up totally of non-degradable garbage found in our seas on display at Sea World, San Antonio. The disappearance of flight MH370 and the number of false sightings of wreckage in the ocean indicates that our oceans are full of floating debris resulting from indiscriminate and reckless dumping of waste, much to the detriment of all life that has survived for millions of years.

Floating peril
All manner of plastic waste found in our oceans!

The Oldest Church in Texas

San Fernando Cathedral was founded in 1731 and is the oldest, continuously functioning religious community in Texas. The Cathedral building has the added distinction of being the oldest standing church building in Texas. (Source: http://www.catholicearth.com).

San Fernando Cathedral
San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio, Texas

3-shot bracketed HDR at -2, 0 and +2. Merged in Photomatix Pro.

You lookin’ at me?

A red-eared slider turtle basking in the Texas sun at Sea World, San Antonio.

You lookin' at me?
3-shot bracketed HDR photo.

3 -shot bracketed HDR photo merged in Photomatix Pro and processed in Adobe Lightroom.