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Seeking Sunshine - The Sensational Sunrises and Sunsets of San Antonio

By Edited Feb 20, 2016 1 1
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San Antonio

Nestled along its eponymous river in the otherwise dry Texan tableland, San Antonio is where the different cultures of the Southwest converge. The city wouldn't be what it is today without the combined cultures of the Texas ranchers and Mexican settlers that once clashed at the city's most famous attraction, the Alamo. The history of both cultures can be seen in the architecture of the city, but the blend is at its most noticeable within San Antonio's food and art scenes. There are few other cities in the United States where "Tex-Mex" holds more meaning than it does in San Antonio.

After a day of cooking under the sweltering Texas sun, nothing is more welcomed in the city than the sunset. Texas is famous for its sunsets, which paint the sky a unique blend of colours at the end of each and every day.  The setting sun allows the city to be seen at its best as it gets ready for yet another exciting night.

Downtown San Antonio

Downtown San Antonio
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As they say, everything is bigger in Texas, and nowhere is that more apparent than when taking in the sunset over the majority of downtown San Antonio. This orange sky just begs to be pictured while it casts a unique glow over the city as it slowly lights up for the night. This photo particularly accents the flag-capped Tower Life building that dominates the city skyline as San Antonio's tallest building.

Mission San Juan

Mission San Juan
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Although every visitor to San Antonio makes a beeline to the Alamo, Old San Antonio is actually home to five different missions. This stunning snapshot of the sunset over Mission San Juan perfectly exemplifies why a trip down San Antonio's Mission Trail is a must. The other, less famous, missions are often praised as being more architecturally rewarding than the Alamo itself.

Hays Street Bridge

Hays Street Bridge
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At a glance, San Antonio's Hays Street Bridge is just a bridge - a pretty bridge, certainly - but a bridge nonetheless. Although this perfectly smooth pedestrian-only wooden bridge hosts yoga lessons in the morning and the occasional free jazz show, it is best visited during dusk. This picture managed to perfectly capture the sun lining up with the western terminus of the bridge, but even without the sunset symmetry, it is still a great place to watch the trains clack on by and people lazily strolling in the cool evening air. The Hays Street Bridge is also right next to the legendary Alamo Brewery and the attached Boneshakers Bar for those who need plans for the rest of the evening.

Suburban San Antonio

Suburban San Antonio
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When visitors think of Texas, they think of dusty grazing land that suddenly bursts into sprawling cities. However, San Antonio is among one of the greenest cities in Texas due to the nourishing waters of the San Antonio River that runs through the city. This beautiful blue sunset perfectly showcases the green suburbs of the city and will certainly change the way people think of Texas.

Golden Clouds

Golden Clouds
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No, that's not a cloud of noxious gas or nuclear fallout about to engulf San Antonio. It is just a unique sunset coloring storm clouds that are moving over one of the city's residential districts. As far as sunsets go, this one is pretty unique even on a world wide scale.

Sunrise over Catedral de San Fernando

Sunrise over Catedral de San Fernando
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Like a fine wine pairs with cheese, fine architecture pairs best with a beautiful sunrise. There are few better ways to start the day than to enjoy the sunrise as it overcomes the Spanish-inspired Catedral de San Fernando, the oldest still functioning religious building in Texas.

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Comments

Apr 23, 2015 2:47pm
RoseWrites
Wow, those golden clouds are incredible. Sometimes I get great photos of pink-purple skies in my area of Canada. But these are breathtaking shots.
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