Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday - Ruins in Central Texas?

If it's Wednesday, that means it's time to head outdoors! We have been having beautiful weather here in Central Texas and hubby and I wanted to spend the weekend taking some shots with his new camera. I ended up coming down with the flu, so I sent him out anyway with my brother in law. I needed pictures for Outdoor Wednesday! Little did he know that when he took up this new hobby that he was going to become my official blog photographer. He did say that I agreed to the new camera purchase a little too quickly lol. Susan from A Southern Daydreamer graciously hosts this event every week. It's so much fun to see what everyone has to show of their own great outdoors, especially at this time of year. There is so much gorgeous fall color to be seen in so many parts of the country. Make sure to stop by http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/ to see what everyone is sharing this week.

These shots were taken in Salado, Texas, a small town just north of us. It it well known for it's many quaint shops and galleries. We have lived here since 1982 and just discovered that at one time there was a small college located in Salado. The buildings have now fallen to ruin, but they made for some spectacular shots at sunset.






Hope you enjoyed these photos of a beautiful Central Texas sunset. I just wish that you could feel the warm breeze and smell the grass. Since the rains have returned, everything is alive and lush once again. But there is just a touch of autumn in the air, letting us know that soon we'll be bringing a thermos of hot chocolate on these outdoor shoots!


53 comments:

Marla said...

Those photos are beautiful!

I didn't realize till now that you are in Texas. Hubby and I met and married in West Texas....can't seem to find good Mexican food anywhere else, especially not here in Oregon. The beans...Oh I miss the beans!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Kat, these are just beautiful pictures. Tell DH that he really did do a great job. I love the look of the sunset in the background of the old walls. So pretty. Everything does look so green. I so hope you are feeling better. Hugs, Marty

James said...

I love finding ruins like that. Your pictures are excellent. I wish I knew about this place when I lived in Texs.

Blondie's Journal said...

It sounds and smells lovely, Kathy!! ;-). The photos are absolutely stunning with the sun coming through the ruins of the college. The buildings almost look like old castles. How lucky you are to live here!!

xoxo
Jane

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh~ I hope you feel better soon!

xinex said...

These are beautiful photos, Kathy! I don't know why but I am fascinated by ruins that is why I enjoy touring Rome and Pompeii and seeing all the old ruined buildings. And yes, I am in Natchez. Who is the author of the book you just read? Greg Iles live here and most of his books are set in Natchez. If you like good mystery books, you should read some of his books.....Christine

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

What great photos! I would love to visit it someday. It looks like a really neat place.

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Very cool posting! and photos.

If you have a moment — I would love you to stop by and say hi!

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

Ebie said...

The place looks like ancient ruins. The glow of the sun made the photos so dramatic.

Please tell your hubby, the photos are so lovely!

Ebie's Outdoor Wednesday.

Jeanne Selep said...

There is something cool about ruins.

Light and Voices said...

It took patience to wait for the sun to reach that exact spot in the college ruins. Kewelopolis images!
Joyce M

Really Rainey said...

Fantastic photos for OUtdoor Wed... Especially the last few with the sun peeking through the old windows! Really beautiful! You should enter those in a photo contest!
Happy ODW
~Really Rainey~

chubskulit said...

Oh my, those are wonderful captures of the sun light's reflections! Great shots!

here's my first Outdoor Wednesday entry!

Martha said...

What great photos. What happened to the college?

Hootin' Anni said...

Beautiful. That one last one looks like you added the rays...it's so perfect.


Mine today is the Annual Jazz Festival in town. Come by if you can. CLICK HERE

Have a glorious Wednesday.

Rebekah@Red's Nest said...

Loved those ruins. I will have to look for them when I'm in Salado again next month. I'm new to blogging, but just did a post about Salado. Thanks for these beautiful pictures. I love them.
Rebekah

Mary said...

They are wonderful photos and the remains of the buildings are a photographers delight. You captured a spectacular sunset. Thanks for sharing with us. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Queen B. said...

OOOOOOO YOU WIN,YOU WIN :)
these are * the coolest pics* ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bj said...

O, I love these photos. So pretty and such an interesting subject.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Great photos!!!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Wow! Those are fabulous shots! I did not get to that area when I lived in Texas.

Thank you for sharing them with us!

~ Tracy

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Your DH is an amazing photographer. Perhaps there is a new avocation here. That you both for sharing.

inspiredcomblogulations said...

Those shots were amazing!
Hope you are feeling better.
Lee

Riet said...

Beautiful pictures your husband took. Very interesting too.
Have a nice day

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great photos - thanks for sharing.

DesignTies said...

Wowsers!!! Could the sun have been in a more perfect spot in the sky?!?!

Absolutely stunning pictures -- your hubby did good!!! :-)

Kelly

Mary @ Framed and Tagged said...

Your sweet hubby did a wonderful job taking photos for you...I especiall love the one with the sun coming through the window.

Happy OW!!

Gillian Lee said...

Those photos are so striking! It looks like mystical ruins in the sunset.

Gillian Lee said...

Those photos are so striking! It looks like mystical ruins in the sunset.

Gillian Lee said...

Those photos are so striking! It looks like mystical ruins in the sunset.

squawmama said...

Good Morning Kathy... GREAT pictures especially the one with the sun coming through the windows of the ruins. Sure hope your feeling better...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Regina said...

Beautiful shots. Great outdoor post!

"Mine Here"

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Nice post! Those ruins could rival any in England or Ireland. I like the effect the setting sun makes on them It's always good to have family assist us in our blogging duties..lol..I often ask my daughter to send her photos when she vacations somewhere nice and become my guest blogger :-)

We are having a warm day today and I'm enjoying it as I know it will soon turn cold ..brr!

RobinfromCA said...

Fabulous pictures! The hubby is a great official blog photog - love the sunflare especially! This is a really beautiful place - I can see why you wanted to photograph it. Hope you're feeling better!

Robin

fiberdoodles said...

Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing ;)

Amy said...

Oh my the sun peeping through the ruins are just fabulous!!! Glad you're feeling better. That flu is icky. Thanks for the email. Tonight...I plan on setting some time aside and curl up in my comfy chair with a cup of tea and listening to the link. Can't wait!! Talk to you later. ~amy

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I LOVE Salado...planning a trip w/ my mom & daughter there next month, as a matter of fact.

These photos are fabulous! Where are the ruins located in Salado...I don't think Ive seen them before.

Charlene said...

Kathy, the photos are lovely!!! What kind of camera did you just buy? We just bought a new one too (previous post to Outdoor Wednesday Post) & I look forward to playing with it. Your husband did a marvelous job capturing the light in these photos. I would love to know where this old ruin is. We go to Salado often & have for years (were stationed at Ft Hood years ago, in fact our oldest son was born there) Hope you are over the flu. NO FUN!!!!

Deb said...

great photos!!!we are tired of the rain up here in North Texas...you have a good hubby to help you out...

Denise said...

I live just north of Austin (but I'm from England)! These pics look beautiful. I hope you're over the flu now and feeling better.

She Was Old Fashioned said...

HI Kathy I love all the photos your husband took with the new camera they are fantastic! have a wonderful day!

Jayne said...

Your photographer did a fabulous job. Feel better soon!

Lori E said...

Breathtaking.
Has that word been taken yet? I figured all the others must have been used multiple times.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Really nice photos, love the stone with the sunset, that is just awesome! Cindy

xinex said...

Hi Kathy! So nice to hear that you read Greg Iles books. I have read each and everyone of them. His wife and kids live in our neighborhood, same street but he has another house where he does his writing, also in town. His dad is employed by the same hospital as John so we see him a lot too, great physicain and so amazing at his age. We just saw Greg last week and he said his next book is due in Dec. and he has not even started it yet. Writers are in so much pressure too, isn't it? I learned more facts about this town from his books than actually living here....Christine

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sometimes, it seems that ruins are even more intriguing than what things once were. That is a wonderful place for photos. It is so charming. Love the stone.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Jane said...

Love the photos! They capture the spirit of Saledo.

My family and I stopped in Saledo several years ago, on our way home to Plano from San Antonio. It was such an interesting little town. There was a restaurant there...rather a fancy one...who graciously entertained my brood dressed in our muddy shoes (we'd been in the caverns up the road). I recall that it had fabulous food. And the hospitality (Texas style) was superb.

Thanks for sharing. Hope you stop by my blog for a visit.
Jane (Artfully Graced)

easternsparkle said...

What lovely photo's especially the sun shining through!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

These photos are wonderful! How interesting that this was a college. It does look like old ruins. laurie

Calming Scents said...

Wow these pictures ROCK! I'm sorry you had the flu..and hope your better.

Its my biggest fear getting that flu, I dont get flu shots so I'm on edge.

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely ruins and they look magnificent in the setting sun, beautiful photos

Rebecca said...

Oh that sun flare through the windows gives me goose bumps. Nice job. I just love those shots. It reminds me of ruins in Europe not Texas!

Gallow said...

Excellent work with capturing the sun through the ruins. I like these photos.