Flashback to Austin’s NLand Surf Park.

Gone but not forgotten.

It’s over 350 miles and a six hour drive from Austin to Padre Island,  considered by most to be one of the best places to surf in Texas.

For a few short summers, Austin locals could hit the artificial waves at the NLand Surf Park. But in December 2018 it closed for the winter and the World Surf League bought the property.  I couldn’t find any current updates, but all indications show the new owners (Kelly Slater) are moving ahead with plans to retrofit the facility with the latest wizz-bang wave machines.

Snaps were taken on a visit August 8, 2018. Kids learning to surf. Snack bar. Dudes catching waves. It was a cool place to surf, assuming you lived in Central Texas and didn’t have time for a twelve-hour round trip drive to Padre Island.

Frank Lloyd Wright Midway Gardens Sprite

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This Miniature Midway Gardens Sprite stands just 12 inches tall.  Made by Nichols Bros. Stoneworks as a showroom display piece for Abetica Studios’ Northwest Arkansas location in 2006.

Authenticated by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Nichols Bros. Stoneworks’ full scale reproductions of the original sculpture cast in reconstituted stone stand 66″ tall and weighs 300 pounds.

Canadian Snowbirds

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Our thoughts are also with the loved ones of Captain Jennifer Casey. And best wishes to Captain Richard MacDougall and families for a speedy recovery.

We had a chance to photograph the incredible #RCAF Snowbirds performing last October at the #PacificAirShow in Huntington Beach.

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Museum Week: Museum of the Pacific War

Fredericksburg, Texas is the boyhood home of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.

Nimitz served as CinCPAC, Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet and later named Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas during World War II.

 

One of the top history museums in the United States, The National Museum of the Pacific War, located in Fredericksburg, features displays and presentations of some of the most notable aspects, history and events of WWII in the Pacific.

These are a few photos from our visit in 2018.

Museum Week: Petersen Automotive Museum

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In celebration of Museum Week, a must see on your museum bucket list should be The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, which features 100,000 square feet of exhibits, 25 galleries, and over 300 vehicles.

I had an opportunity to photograph Chip Foose’s beautiful 1933 Ford Coupe in the museum’s tremendous photography studio at the museum in 2019.

Chip and his team created this custom for Ron Brown and unveiled it at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Museum Week: Sunnylands

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Today’s Museum Week flashback takes us to Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs, California.

 

Sunnylands emerged onto the world stage when the historic estate was completed in 1966.

It has since welcomed eight U.S. presidents and world leaders, public intellectuals, celebrities, and friends and family. On many occasions, guests have engaged in dialogue that led to efforts to enhance international understanding and civil discourse.