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152/365 – bubbles!

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So far June is shaping up to be pretty good. Knock on wood, cuz I don’t want to jinx it, you know. But let’s see… next week I get to see Coldplay, and next weekend I get to watch Wicked (I think next weekend… we’re still deciding). I just learned about the McNay Art Museum here in town, and since it’s free on the 1st Sunday of every month, I’ve decided to go there this Sunday. Not sure what I’ll do Saturday though… maybe I’ll go back down to the Riverwalk. Or maybe I’ll go find the other 2 missions. Or the zoo… So many choices! I wonder what there will be to take pictures of when I move to Houston…

Anyway, what else will June bring? Well obviously my move to Houston the last weekend of the month, which I’m definitely not looking forward to… but it also brings the end of the school year, summer vacation, sleeping in and staying up late and going out… I’m getting excited. Hope it’s not a let down!

I have to talk about my bubble pictures. Today was bubble day at work, so the kids got to bring in bubbles and I took them outside 3 separate times to let them blow their bubbles. Of course I brought my camera along and they had fun, blowing them at me and trying to get me to take their picture, or a picture of their bubbles.

Meanwhile, I’d like to say that taking pictures of bubbles is hard! Very hard. So much to worry about – lighting, background, focus… plus the wind kept blowing the bubbles up and away. Or the kids would try to pop them from right under me. I got a few that I’m happy with though…

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I thought this one was kind of neat, although I wish the background could have been different.

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So I’ve been looking forward to today for a few weeks, as soon as I learned that today was the day they were opening the new part of the San Antonio Riverwalk, called Museum Reach (because, yeah, it reaches the museums).  I knew that I was going to take pictures of the Riverwalk at some point before I left town, I figured this would be perfect. I did NOT realize that the new part of the river is pretty long so I didn’t get to do the whole river… I’ll have to go back one day to get the older part.

Anyway, I had a great time. Everything was decorated and everyone was festive, the weather was great… the only thing is that it was hot. Very hot. Over 90 degrees. I was melting. I mean, they at least thought it through and had some little booths where they were passing out water and paper fans, but still… I got a slight sun burn… on the tops of my arms, stopping where my sleeves were. Yuck.

Oh and I did a LOT of walking… I guess that was what I was aiming for right, exercise? The new part of the river is 1.5 miles long and I did it in a loop, so that was 3 miles in itself. Plus I walked down and back part of the regular river. Not too shabby!

Okay, more pictures.. but first one piece of unrelated, good news: I was talking to a friend who I haven’t talked to in ages and I mentioned that Coldplay was coming to town in a few weeks. Right on the spot, he said we should go and so… we’re going! I’m excited!

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I love how colorful everything looks… plus it just shows the gorgeous sky, the riverboat, and the Riverwalk.

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5 years ago I moved here, to San Antonio.  I’d visited MANY times before (my brother and I once counted that we’d been to the Alamo 11 times) for day or weekend trips but never thought about living here, until I got a job. I expected to stay for maybe 2 or 3 years tops, never 5.

And as you probably know already, at the end of next month I’m planning on leaving San Antonio and moving back in with my parents, for who knows how long. Lately I’ve been pretty sad about leaving… I really like this city. I like that I actually can find my way around, I like the quarry-like feel to some parts of the town, I absolutely love The Shops at La Cantera. I really love my apartment, I’ll be sad to say goodbye to it.  Granted, there are some crummy memories attached to this place but we don’t need to go there…

Anyway, I’ve been trying to explore San Antonio on the weekends while I still can and I found an excellent webpage to help me pick out free places to take pictures. I’m thinking the Riverwalk and the Alamo will be done after school is over, so I can go during on a weekday, when it should be less crowded. But I can’t decide where I want to go this weekend.

I can go to 2 of the other Missions… but since I went to the first 2 last weekend, maybe that can wait a bit longer. The webpage mentions Southtown, which I’ve never heard of… but it sounds like it could be neat? Or maybe HemisFair Park, which I haven’t been to in ages, but I know it has plenty of photo opportunities…  Care to offer your suggestions?  Leave them in the comments, I’d love it!

Oh and I HAVE to link to Matt’s blog post from today… and if you go check it out, you’ll see why! :o)

I decided last night that I wanted to get out of the house again this weekend and take pictures, like I did last weekend with the Japanese Tea Gardens. I had heard about the San Antonio Missions before and when I went online, they looked gorgeous so today I made the trip to two of them: Mission Concepcion and Mission San Jose.

Mission Concepcion was first and I got so excited when I saw it.  I was on the phone with my friend Nik and just had to hang up on her so I could fully take it in and start taking pictures.  I just adore the architecture and the feel of it all.

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I spent quite a bit of time (and took quite a lot of pictures) there, even though it was really hot.

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So this morning I was was wasting time, wondering what today would bring… and then suddenly I decided to make a trip downtown to the Japanese Tea Gardens. I have never been, always wanted to go… last month I had made plans to go with a friend but he’s been pretty absent lately so… I went by myself!

That doesn’t sound like much but I grew up with very protective parents, in Houston, where everywhere was dangerous, “especially for a girl”. But I went in broad daylight and was safe. And I’m so glad I went, it was seriously beautiful. It was very overcast so the sky was blown out in a lot of the pictures, but still amazing.

The picture to the left is my project 365 picture… I worked for a long time on it.  The original picture has some people that I had to remove, plus the sky was completely blown out and white.  I added in a sky, but it doesn’t look very good… oh well!  At least I tried…

The rest of the pictures are up on flickr, but here are a few of my favorite pictures:

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