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Title: Lone Star
Post by: sam on November 27, 2006
Snapshots from my recent visit to Texas. Most were taken with an extreme wide angle lens (http://notanothercyclingforum.net/acf/index.php?topic=11986.0) which I seem to be unable or unwilling to remove from my camera. Click on pics to enlarge.


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Unofficial motto of the state capital: Keep Austin weird.

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On the steps of the capitol building, looking downtown. The group of three just off centre to the right are my inlaws and wife.

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Inside the capitol dome. Paintings are of governors. They are only hung when they leave office; the last one gets pride of place (look familiar? (http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/bikereader/forum/pics/texas/george.jpg)), and all the others are moved one over, all the way up and around. Click here (http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/bikereader/forum/pics/texas/chamber.jpg) to see a legislative chamber.

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Another view of downtown, this from across the Colorado River.

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The Congress Avenue 'bat bridge', where over a million Mexican Free-tails (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_free-tailed_bat) take wing on summer evenings.

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Menu's-eye view from inside Mother's, a favourite veggie eatery. Bathroom has vegan graffiti. (http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/bikereader/forum/pics/texas/vegan.jpg)

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Josie Dew lookalike rappelling off the Radisson Hotel, with the Frost Bank Tower (http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/bikereader/forum/pics/texas/frost.jpg) in the background.

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You can guess what type of shop this is.

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Roundabout in Hyde Park.

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One of the standard topics of conversation in the States...

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The prison at Huntsville, where Texas executes more people than any other state. Death row inmates are actually kept in lockup elsewhere (http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/bikereader/forum/pics/texas/polunsky.jpg), and driven here on the day.

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Candlelight vigil the evening of November 1st, just before Donell Jackson was given the lethal cocktail (http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/bikereader/forum/pics/texas/deathsyringe.jpg). In 1993 Jackson had killed a witness to a crime. Among his last words were "I took his life for the love of a friend."

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Jim Willett, former warden at Huntsville and current director of the nearby prison museum. He oversaw scores of executions.

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'Old Sparky'

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Dealey Plaza in Dallas. The building off centre to the left is the former book depository. X in the road (look to the right of the pedestrian) means what you think it means; tourists often stop traffic for closeup shots. The grassy knoll is not far behind me.

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Dallas from the observation deck of Reunion Tower. Dealey Plaza can be seen to the lower left.

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Tea break

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Little bike garages

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The Alamo, smack in the middle of San Antonio. The best known of the five missions (http://www.nps.gov/archive/saan/home.htm).

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Inside the church of the Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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Outside the church of the Mission San José. Here's the Mission Espada. (http://www.notanothercyclingforum.net/bikereader/forum/pics/texas/espada.jpg)

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Houston skyscrapers

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Sidewalk poetry


I liked being in the States for the Dem takeover of the House and Senate - though God knows what they'll do with their majority. And I managed to get this song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt0_oPPK6eA) stuck in my head.