…the wildlife of the state still flourishes wherever civilization permits.

Texas, A Guide To the Lone Star State (WPA, 194)

Every summer, the Highland Mall parking lot in Austin, TX hosts a horde of purple martins. Thousands of these aerial insectivores (which, to my great dismay and despite claims to the contrary, do not ingest prodigious amounts of mosquitoes) come together each evening to roost in a stand of live oak trees. Before settling down for the night, clouds of birds circle against the sunset, creating an unforgettable show for the small crowd of bird watchers gathered to view the spectacle.

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Brenna Brock wasn’t born in Austin, but she got there as quick as she could. Follow her on Tumblr at Mister Cake’s Photo Adventures.

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Much delayed Print Swap update: 

1) Mistercakesphotoadventures sent me this gorgeous print that I’ve been staring at, ever since I got it. 2) Zeek's prints took my breath away. Just look at them. I got bonus postcards too. =) 3) Edrandall sent me a magical photograph. His note describes the photo beautifully as a ‘half remembered memory’. 4) Noaddressweb sent two lovely black and white prints from his amazing archive. 5) Thisisjamesj  sent an awesome selection, chronicling parts of his life in Florida. 

6) Tumblr folk are not only talented but pretty generous too. A couple of people had giveaways over the holidays and I won this fantastic print from jasonlucasphotography 7)AND this insane metallic print from johncarleton. The gnome was a bit surprised to find himself among the marigolds but he’s doing fine now.  

How’s that for an amazing haul? =) Thank you all for doing this. You guys are the best.