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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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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Photo Adventure #2: the Forbidden Gardens

koi pond in front of the Forbidden Gardens, Katy, TX

So I found myself in south Texas last week visiting the family. We made our way into Katy (a suburb of Houston) where I lived as a young child. We were on a mission to find the Forbidden Gardens which happened to be across the street from our old neighborhood. Once we arrived, we found a miniature replica of China’s Forbidden City under a 40,000 square foot pavilion. The 80 acre grounds were beautiful with carefully manicured lawns and a large koi pond. The highlight of this attraction was definitely its 1/3 scale 6,000 soldier terracotta army.

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Golden Gate Park: Part 1

South Windmill, Golden Gate Park, SF

So we’ve trekked through Golden Gate Park several times and we still haven’t seen half of it. There’s lots to do, especially if you’re a photographer in search of great shots. Some of my favorite spots include the Conservatory of Flowers and the Japanese Tea Garden. Some other cool sites in the park are the Strybing Arboretum and Strawberry Hill.

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Photo Adventure #1: SF’s Haight-Ashbury

on the move

I’ve come to realize that San Francisco is a town full of photographic enticements. I’ve been taking pictures here consistently for about a year and it seems as if I’ve barely scratched the surface. I’ve taken thousands of pictures covering most of the city and have come to realize that I should share my little photo journeys with everyone else. I’m particularly interested in sharing with other photographers, possibly helping them prepare for their own SF adventures. So, without further adieu, here is Capturing the City’s Photo Adventure #1:

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