Photo Adventure #4: the San Francisco Zoo

grasshopper in the Insect Zoo, SF Zoo

I love going to the zoo in the summer in SF. The weather’s perfect (70 degrees, sunny, breezy) so the animals are always out and moving around. I live about a mile from the zoo but if you are an out-of-towner, you’ll want to use the MUNI train system to get you there (L-Taraval train takes you straight to the front gate). The zoo is heavily forested (map) so you might want to bring a light jacket for walking in the shade. You may also want to go in the early morning as there are always school children running around.
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free wallpaper #1: varnish

free wallpaper #1: varnish

Fun Photoshop Tutorials: VladStudio.com

vladstudio.com - above the clouds

I like trying new things in Photoshop all the time and I’m constantly coming across some really great tutorials. My favorite tutorials site at the moment is VladStudio. Vlad Gerasimov is one of the best digital illustrators I’ve seen in a long time. His work is unique, innovative, and most of all, lots of fun.
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More from Texas…

Oakridge Smokehouse & Restaurant, Schulenberg, TX

On the way down to TRF and the Forbidden Gardens, we hit up the tiny town of Schulenberg (along I-10 S, Map). It’s hardly a blip on the map but it’s home to the famous Oakridge Smokehouse & Restaurant. We always have made a point to stop at this joint every time we go through south Texas. All I know is that they have the best kolaches, beef jerky, and rock candy in the whole world!

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free texture #6: thatch wall partition

thatched wooden wall

free texture #5: cement walkway

cement

Photo Adventure #3: Texas Renaissance Festival

display of gazing balls at the GlassBlower’s, TX Renaissance Festival

If you ever get to visit south Texas in October or November, you have to go to the Texas Renaissance Festival in Plantersville. My family has gone several times over the years and it’s always a blast. The festival lasts for 8 weeks (weekends only) and you could easily spend an entire weekend hitting up all the shops and shows. It takes place in the middle of a heavily forested area at the Plantersville Fairgrounds just north of Houston. Every year, thousands of people from all over the country come to enjoy the food, music, games, and gardens.

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