San Antonio, Texas – The Alamo Walkway (HDR)

Alamo Walkway HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

This photo is from about a month ago when we visited the Alamo.  I have always seen this walkway and wanted to photograph it.  If you are looking straight at the Alamo it is located directly to the right.  The building at the end of this walkway in the photo is the Alamo.   As it was mid day…I had to sit and wait for a bit until the people traffic subsided.  I snapped away and took 5 exposures hand held and post processed in Photomatix.   I’m sure this spot has been photographed many many times…the HDR version gives it a nice look!    When it cools down here in texas…I’d like to go back to San Antonio and get some more photos of the local missions.   This day it was about 105 degrees…and I wanted to take a few photos and find some air condition!    Hope you are keeping cool this summer!

San Antonio, TX – The Alamo (Infrared)

The Alamo IR

NIKON D70S (Modified IR by LifePixel), Nikon 18-70

Living in Austin, San Antonio is only a one and a half hour drive south.  We travel down 1-2 times year.  We decided to brave the 107 degree temperature and headed for the Alamo!  Amazingly it was busy in San Antonio and parking was tough.  The first thing we do when we arrive is go see the Alamo.  It is a small little building with big history! 

Here is a little info from the web… Originally named Misión San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo served as home to missionaries and their Indian converts for nearly seventy years. Construction began on the present site in 1724. In 1793, Spanish officials secularized San Antonio’s five missions and distributed their lands to the remaining Indian residents. These men and women continued to farm the fields, once the mission’s but now their own, and participated in the growing community of San Antonio.  San Antonio and the Alamo played a critical role in the Texas Revolution. In December 1835, Ben Milam led Texian and Tejano volunteers against Mexican troops quartered in the city. After five days of house-to-house fighting, they forced General Marín Perfecto de Cós and his soldiers to surrender. The victorious volunteers then occupied the Alamo — already fortified prior to the battle by Cós’ men — and strengthened its defenses. 

On February 23, 1836, the arrival of General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s army outside San Antonio nearly caught them by surprise. Undaunted, the Texians and Tejanos prepared to defend the Alamo together. The defenders held out for 13 days against Santa Anna’s army. William B. Travis, the commander of the Alamo sent forth couriers carrying pleas for help to communities in Texas. On the eighth day of the siege, a band of 32 volunteers from Gonzales arrived, bringing the number of defenders to nearly two hundred. Legend holds that with the possibility of additional help fading, Colonel Travis drew a line on the ground and asked any man willing to stay and fight to step over — all except one did. As the defenders saw it, the Alamo was the key to the defense of Texas, and they were ready to give their lives rather than surrender their position to General Santa Anna. Among the Alamo’s garrison were Jim Bowie, renowned knife fighter, and David Crockett, famed frontiersman and former congressman from Tennessee. The final assault came before daybreak on the morning of March 6, 1836, as columns of Mexican soldiers emerged from the predawn darkness and headed for the Alamo’s walls. Cannon and small arms fire from inside the Alamo beat back several attacks. Regrouping, the Mexicans scaled the walls and rushed into the compound. Once inside, they turned a captured cannon on the Long Barrack and church, blasting open the barricaded doors. The desperate struggle continued until the defenders were overwhelmed. By sunrise, the battle had ended and Santa Anna entered the Alamo compound to survey the scene of his victory.  While the facts surrounding the siege of the Alamo continue to be debated, there is no doubt about what the battle has come to symbolize. People worldwide continue to remember the Alamo as a heroic struggle against impossible odds — a place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. For this reason, the Alamo remains hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty.

This is a very historical place for Texas.  I’m sure glad they didnt have this battle in July!  Whew!  Everyone would have needed a water break!  You can walk through the front door and take a quick tour, then afterwards there is a gift shop to visit.   When we arrived, I stood out front and waited in the super hot sun for about 10 minutes for this shot!   I felt like a cookie baking!  I was hoping for a tourist free photo….then it happened and here it is!  I gave the IR shot and old sepia type filter – to make it look like an old photograph.  San Antonio also has the “Riverwalk” to visit and experience.  I will note this on my next post from here.   Famous words from the past….Remember the Alamo!