Thursday, May 31, 2007

Transit Police

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These guys are so needed, especially in downtown San Antonio. There are so many times that we see people going down the bus only lanes, or just plain old going down the one way streets. Now granted downtown driving is a bit confusing, what with it's box model and all the one way streets, but puhleeze.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

La Fiesta

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There are still a few La Fiesta's left in San Antonio. This one is on Cupples and Castroville. We've been to it a couple of times in the past. I think now we only go to it if there's no other place open. I know my sister went to it during Easter, when H.E.B. and the other stores were closed.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Mi Tierra at Market Square

Photo 007

We met some friends for dinner here a little while ago. I had not been there in a while and forgot how colorful it is. It is a very fun place to eat when you want to be in the midst of lively people, music, vendors and so on. It can be a little loud. I think they had live music right outside when we went but we sat inside to talk.

I am off to work in Seguin now so I will bid you all farewell for the SA DP. I have really enjoyed getting to know about blogging and photography and meeting all our online friends! Thank you for teaching me so much about your lovely cities and towns and yourselves.

I will try and keep up with my Seguin DP and personal blog. Hope to see some of you there! Take care and have a great week.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Boots at Bills

Boots at Bills
I see these boots every time I go to Bill Millers in downtown San Antonio. I've always just liked the look of them, as if someone just plopped them down.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Fluttering Ribbons

Flying Ribbons
I took this in the late afternoon. I really liked the way the ribbons looked all fluttery like. The Central Library was being dressed in finery in preparation for a Botero event.

Monday, May 21, 2007

The Palace

False Advertisment
I've been trying to get a shot of this billboard for a while now. I always think it's so funny because I wonder if the people who see this and want to go, think this is actually what they are going to get. :D

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Little pig, little pig

Little pig, little pig, let me in
I saw this pig thingie at Ross on Goliad. I couldn't resist taking a picture of it after my niece noticed it and pointed it out.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Garage Geometry

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This is the Central Library garage. Contrary to popular belief the staff of the library do not get to park free here, they have to pay just as everyone else does, and they can't even park on the first floor even then, but I digress, probably because this was such a dark day...this was Thien's last day at the library. We had an evacuation, the fire engines came and all that. This was after they let us back in, we cut through the garage and the colors and shapes of the metal handrails along with the red walls of the library and the concrete walls of the garage just all came together for me.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Geometrics at the Library

Geometrics at the Library
I just love all the shapes you get at the Library. I love how all the square window panes make up the big windows, and then the rectangular shapes of the book shelves. This is the downtown Central Library. I took this shot from the fourth floor, looking down to the Children's floor on the 3rd floor from the telephone reference area.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Metal Work Door

La Fonda door
We had dinner at La Fonda today and as we were approaching it I saw this door. Janie was with me at the time and told me take a pic of the door and I was like already there. Our waiter here was uber great, I forget his name, maybe Steve, but I do remember that he was from the southside. He was nice enough to take a group shot of us as we finished up. I had chicken puffy tacos here, not as good as the ones at Ray's puffy tacos, but they'll do in a pinch.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Botero at Central Library

Botera Cat and Bird

Botero Bird

And here is the exhibit in place! It took a few hours to unload the sculptures from the truck and to get them rolled into the building. Then, many staff members and other involved parties had to move it off the palette, without damaging it and without automatic equipment (crane would have been nice), and set it into place. The cat weighs 900 pounds I heard. Have yet to confirm that. The bird weighs about 60 pounds. Both are bronze. As I mentioned yesterday, this exhibit is only for 3 months and is on loan from a private collector. We will soon get our very own Botero Horse. Not many public libraries can say they have a Chihuly, a Botero and a Sebastian.

If you would like more information on Botero, check the Wikipedia.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Big event at the Library

Botero Kitty

There was a lot of excitment at Central Library this morning. This is a teaser shot for you; you'll have to visit again tomorrow to see the final installation.

Hint: it's a Botero sculpture. We are getting a permanent one soon but this sneak peak is a 3-month only exhibit.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Water Tower Crown

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This water tower looks like it's got a crown. I never realized how many water towers are out and about. I always wonder what they are used for. Any ideas? Thien over at Seguin Daily Photo posted a photo of a water tower in similar circumstances...check it out.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Mans Best Friend

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Saw this on the way out of town. I thought the little red car was cute and then to see the dog patiently waiting for his master. It was a nice way to start a day of traveling.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Hertzberg Clock

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This clock is on St. Mary's and Houston. It's been there for ever. Someone on one of the other DP sites mentioned wanting to see more of this kind of thing, so this one is for them. A painting of it can be seen at the Central Library on a wall mural.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

No Smoking

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When I first saw this sign I was dumbfounded. I was like why are they bothering to tell us that no smoking alarm will sound. To this day I still smile when I see this sign. Of course it could just be me that reads it wrong, without a pause in between. What say y'all?

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Texas bluebonnets

(Lupinus texensis)
All six species of lupine that grow in Texas have been designated as the official state flower by the State Legislature. They start blooming in late March and, unfortunately, they are just about done. There is a fairly rare pink variety that blooms exclusively in this area. I had hoped to get a photo of it but I missed my chance this year.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Handy Andy, Handy Andy

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An old and familiar site. You don't see much of these anymore. I think there might be like two or so left in San Antonio. This one is in the west side of San Antonio, right behind it is Our Lady of the Lake University.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Fred's Fish Fry

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We used to eat this alot as children. Although it was more of a treat than a regular thing. We still eat this quite often, my sister especially likes it. There aren't that many of them left in the San Antonio area, but most are still in the same location they've always been. Does anyone have these where they are at?

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Roadway Shrines

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You see these all over, especially at the sites of bad accidents etc. This one is on Palo Alto Rd under 35.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Purple Flowers

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I love flowers, any kind really, but my favorites are wildflowers. I have no idea what these are, but they are all over our yard; not in whole carpets as in seasons past, but in patches here and there. I do miss the bluebonnets this year, but I'll take what I can get. I had to get low to the ground to get this perspective. Thankfully the spinas haven't really come in yet, so I didn't get too many stickers on me, and of course I had to watch out for the fire ants, the scorpions and other sundry.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

The Leap

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I loved the look of this hood ornament. I've never been in a jag but my sister knows a man who used to drive one, now he drives around in a caddie.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

DVDs at Micky D's

DVD Rental machine at McDonald's
I saw this at McDonald's and was surprised. I had yet to see one of these. I think Thien told me taht she had seen something like this on one of her travels, but this was the first time for me. Of course while taking this pic I also noticed that McD's also now has free WiFi. What will the world come to next. :D

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Men at Work

Drainage work
I saw this on the way to lunch one day. I really have no idea what they were doing, beyone maybe something to do with water but it drew my eye anyway.