Austin – Trail of Lights

Trail of light at Austin was a perfect opportunity to do Night photography. Roopa and I decided to head down this and get some nice pics of beautiful Austin with lights.

This event is held at Zilker Park, one of the largest parks in Austin

Photography was not easy that night as the weather was quite cold. It was close to 35 deg F by the time we got done.

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Even with cold weather there was a big crowd with lots of people selling different items.

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The whole park was lit with different shapes and was light with different color lights

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Fire truck was decorated really well.

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We could see even tall trees being lit all the way to the top.

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Most of these Christmas trees had blinking lights with different colors.

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Zilker Holiday Tree:

The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs – totaling 3,309 lights. At the top of the tree, a double star measures 10 feet from point to point. The double star displays 150 frosted bulbs. This unique spiral pattern of lights was created by City of Austin electricians so now you can find really good LED lights for home on ledhut.co.uk . At its circumference, the tree measures 380 feet. The diameter is 120 feet. The base of the tree is made up of 19 utility poles, each 14 feet tall, arranged in a circle around the Moonlight Tower.

On December 10, 1967, the first tree was lighted by Mayor Pro Tem Mrs. Emma Long. In subsequent years this honor has been awarded to the young winner of a city-wide tree coloring contest.

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Finally while exiting you will see the brilliant skyline of austin with “The trail of Lights”.

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Road Biking in Austin

When I moved to Austin, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get a road bike or a mountain bike. I always had a mountain bike which I used in most of my city rides.

What I found out was, Austin is great for both road biking and mountain biking. It has great trails like the Barton Creek Greenbelt on the mountain biking side and for road biking Austin has many dedicated bike lanes that makes it easy and fun to ride.

I finally decided to buy the best folding bike and have enjoyed ever since:

My Fuji Road bike

Here is one the routes that I like: “I call it the 360-620 route”

Best part of Austin is that you get good hill training around.

View from 360 bridge

Can bike for long distances before you hit the signal. Helps to improve average speed.

360 Route

Lake view is breathtaking. Someday I’ll get a boat / kayak and go on it! 😀

Nice view of the lake

Overall, I really enjoy road biking in Austin. More important of all the biking community and people around are very friendly!