We recently had the good fortune to spend some time under the beautifully dark skies of the Flint Hills of southwest Kansas. This long exposure with a 50mm prime lens gives a small sense of the experience of looking out at the stars and seeing the Milky Way.
A few weeks ago we were sitting out side our new favorite go to coffee spot, Texas Coffee Traders, when an older man rolled up on his bike. I really didn’t notice this right away but he was wearing a pink helmet that matched his shirt and wheels. His friend rolled up right after him, shortly after that a small crew with sweet road bikes arrived as well. They all seemed so happy and sweaty ready to relax and enjoy some refreshments on the patio. After parking their bikes they began to gather chairs close together.
I know there are lots of social rides in Austin but I had a feeling this was one I had not heard of. We were about done with our drinks and said “here you can use this table, we were just about to head out” right then I felt compelled to ask for a photo and thought now’s my chance, so I asked. “Pink shirt” was walking inside, and they all yelled “DON! DON! come here, she wants a photo of us!” They where already sitting close together and made for a good shot. Don walked back inside for his coffee right after the photo. We got to chatting about this blog and they fill me in on how they ride from Dons Auto Shop every Saturday. One woman says “You should get a pic of Dons legs.” Oh, really? “Ya his leg tattoos! Go ask him, he went inside…” So I went in not sure what to expect or how to ask him. When I saw the tattoos I was relieved because well look at them, they are something to see.
My friend introduced me to these guys and their possum (does he have a name?) not too long ago, and I have to say they’re a pretty good. Spencer and I had a great time; she even caught a T-shirt that was shot out of Big Poppy!
If you’re looking for some fun live music in Austin, they’re playing again soon!
Here are some pics I took last Wed. Check out the full gallery here. Hope you enjoy!
Our first winter in Austin four years ago we went for a stroll on town lake, and a very kind stranger offered to take this photo for us. Then I forgot my purse on the steps. Another kind stranger found it, and returned it to me with all my things still in the bag. To this day I’m still thankful to be living in such an amazing city with the love of my life, great friends and our fluffy lil girl Connie.
Keep Austin weird and kind!
XO – Happy Thanksgiving!
It’s been open a week now and I’m just finding out?? Luckily we live in the neighborhood and have been keeping an eye out. This evening after a nice stroll with Connie & Co. at the Colorado Wildlife preserve we went looking for what’s good tonight in East Austin.
Perfect weather, very chill vibe, brand new hoops and a little dinner. What more could you want for a Sunday evening in November.