Mt. Bonnell, Pennybacker Bridge, and Botanical Garden in Austin, Texas

Rising 775 feet above sea level, Mount Bonnell was named for George W. Bonnell, who came to Texas with others to fight for Texas independence, 1836. The mount has been a popular tourist destination since the 1850s and provides a vista for viewing the city of Austin, Lake Austin, and the surrounding hills.













The Austonian is a residential skyscraper that stands 683 feet (208 m) tall with 56 floors. The building is the tallest in Austin. It is the tallest all-residential building in the state of Texas.



The Frost Bank Tower stands 515 feet (157 m) tall with 33 floors.



The State Capitol building is visible behind other buildings.



The University of Texas at Austin Tower is a structure at the center of the University of Texas at Austin campus. The Main Building's 307-foot (94 m) tower has 28 floors (30, if the carillon room above the clock mechanism is counted), and is one of the most recognizable symbols of the University and the city.





City of Austin



The Pennybacker Bridge crossing the Colorado River is visible from the Mount Bonnell summit.







The Pennybacker Bridge is a through-arch bridge across Lake Austin which connects the northern and southern sections of the Loop 360 highway, also known as the "Capital of Texas Highway." The steel bridge has a uniform weathered rust finish allowing the bridge to blend in with the surrounding hills and lake. 600,000,000 pounds (272,000,000 kg) of steel for the bridge was produced in Japan.





The American Cliff Swallow breeds in large colonies and nests under the Pennybacker Bridge. The birds build conical mud nests and prefer to nest beneath overhangs.









The Isamu Taniguchi Japanese Garden within the Zilker Botanical Garden was built by Mr. Taniguchi. At seventy years old, Mr. Taniguchi worked to build the 3 acre garden without a salary.





The Blacksmith Shop displays equipment needed to make and shape metal implements hand-forged by pioneer blacksmiths.









Able to form its body into a ball shape, the Armadillidiidae (rolypoly) can live for two to three years.









Under ideal conditions, deer may be able to detect human scent from half a mile away. Deer seldom react to human scent unless it is within 50 to 100 yards. With millions (297 million) of olfactory receptors in the wet nose, the deer can differentiate 6 smells at one time. In comparison, dogs have 220 million olfactory receptors and humans have 5 million olfactory receptors. Deer have 2 large scent processing areas in their brains. These processing areas are 9 times larger than a human's scent processing area.

























The cow eats the grass. The chicken catches and devours insects attempting to escape.













The small, cylindrical egg sac may contain hundreds of baby Black Widows. The female black widow is a highly venomous species of spider with distinct red and black coloring that will occasionally eat her mate after reproduction. She is shiny and black in color, with a red marking in the shape of an hourglass on the underside of her abdomen. Black widow venom is an extremely potent neurotoxin. Neurotoxin activity can be characterized by the ability to inhibit communication between neurons across a synapse.









































Chinatown, Thien Hau Temple

































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