The Austin Central Library is something to explore in awe. It is located at a prime spot along Lady Bird Lake with nice views on all sides. It cost around $125 million and has everything you could imagine a Library would have. Six stories, nearly 200,000 square feet, a three story clock with red grackles, a rooftop garden, a technology petting zoo, portables and MacBooks to check out on loan, a two story underground parking garage, and so much more. The building is full of light and people are everywhere to be seen, admiring the design and discovering their favorite reading locations. It will probably become one of my favorite spots in Downtown Austin to take a break and enjoy a book or magazine, so look for me there on some lazy weekend afternoon.
Inside the Cockrell Butterfly Center you will find both steamy, and cool relaxing environments. There is plenty of wonder, including plants, flowers, iguanas, and of course butterflies. There is also a large waterfall which provides a nice background audio track as you enjoy the different levels of the exhibit.
The Cockrell Butterfly Center is an awesome place to visit as you will see from the next few sets of photos.
Exploring a bit of the campus of Baylor University at sunset tonight. It turned out to be a beautiful evening.
This old church is in such a state of disrepair that it makes you want to cry. Some windows are busted out and covered with plywood. Some of the roof shingles have fallen off. It is surrounded by thick bushes and flying insects. You can’t even get close to the front entryway. I am hoping that someone will want to restore it to glory.
Here are some of the sights you may see as you explore downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The New Mexico Museum of Art is a nice respite from the afternoon heat in downtown Santa Fe. There are sculptures, paintings, and other items of interest to keep you engaged. As an added bonus, the pueblo architecture is amazing.
I parked at Austin City Hall this afternoon to attend some more SXSW events. The events were nothing to write home about, but the flowers, sunshine, and architecture at City Hall were great!