San Antonio River Cruise – Views Along the Urban Waterway

San Antonio, Texas.

A national conference brought me to San Antonio for the first time. Regular readers already know that I spent much of my free time during my week-long stay just outside our hotel enjoying the sights and sounds of the River Walk. Of the many sights and historic locations in this beautiful Texas city, the River Walk is probably the best bang for the buck. It costs you only your time unless you choose to spend your money at one of the many restaurants and other shops that line the canal. You can read more about the canal from my earlier post here. Continue reading

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Cellpic Sunday – 14 January 2018

San Antonio, Texas.

Followers on my Facebook page know that I feature a daily photo that fits a theme that changes weekly. This week’s theme is “#Framed” and features a daily image that has a frame within the photo where the subject of the image is viewed through that frame. Stepping out of my hotel for a short walk, I passed a mall and I noticed that someone had framed himself perfectly inside the window while he chatted on the phone. Continue reading

San Antonio River Walk – The American Venice

San Antonio, Texas.

The San Antonio River, named in 1691, and the city of San Antonio have been intertwined for centuries. The first bridge across the river at San Antonio connected the Presidio, a Spanish fort built in 1716, to the Mission San Antonio in 1736. Over the centuries, the population growth of the city created flooding issues on a regular basis. By the 1920s, flood control was a major concern and in 1926, a bypass channel was created. You can read more about the River Walk’s early history from a timeline published here. Continue reading

But I Digress… My New Traveling Camera, Sony RX100-V


San Antonio, Texas.

This week, my journey takes me back to San Antonio, but this time it’s less about the travel and more about the tools. If you’re looking for a review of the popular Sony camera mentioned in the post title, you’ll need to look elsewhere. There are plenty of written and video reviews that can do a much better technical job than I at comparisons and specifications. This article is about solving a problem, and that’s where I will start. I love to use my Nikon D500 and the D7000 before it, especially in conjunction with the long 16-300 MM Tamron lens. But, my friends, when I need to jump on an airplane and travel to a location where photography isn’t my priority objective, I’ve been longing for something more than my cell phone camera without all the hassle of my full-blown photo travel pack. Continue reading

Hemisfair Park – World’s Fair SIte

San Antonio, Texas.

The year was 1968 when San Antonio hosted a World’s Fair. The history of these expositions goes back to the 1790s when, in 1791, Prague, Bohemia hosted the first industrial exhibition on the occasion of the coronation of Leopold II as king of Bohemia. (Source, Wikipedia). In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the fairs were very popular with multiple expositions held in the same year in cities around the world. In 1914, for example, there were 11 cities holding international expositions. The World’s Fairs have lost their lustre with a high cost for infrastructure and a need to use the large facilities after the conclusion of the event. In the 2010 decade, for example, as of this writing, there have only been four international expositions. The next proposed sites in the United States are in 2025 when, among other world cities, Houston, San Francisco and New York State are under consideration. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 26 November 2017

San Antonio, Texas.

On the late summer trip to San Antonio, I spent a lot of time walking the iconic River Walk. At $7 USD a seat (senior rate), I found myself on the cruise twice, once in late afternoon and once at dusk. In an upcoming Travel Tuesday post, I will share a gallery of images from those cruises. Even though I was using the Sony camera I recently acquired for most images, I always take a handful of shots with my cellphone to feature here on Cellpic Sunday. Continue reading

Remember the Alamo – The Symbol of Texan Independence

San Antonio, Texas.

While Hurricane Harvey was battering Houston, I was wandering around San Antonio under cloudy skies with light showers. That Sunday afternoon, the Alamo, along with many other attractions, was closed due to preparations for the possibility of a direct hit from the hurricane. Fortunately for San Antonio, the city was spared. Last week, I shared some images captured during a walk along the famed River Walk and the downtown area. One of my cell phone captures is a shot of The Alamo. This week, we take a look behind the fortress walls of the former mission turned fort and symbol of Texan independence.  Continue reading