Where There’s a Sunset Party Every Night

Sunset Party on Mt Bonnell by Jann Alexander © 2014

Sunset Party on Mt. Bonnell , iPhoneography by Jann Alexander © 2014


Key West has got nuthin’ on Austin. There’s a sunset party every night atop Austin’s highest perch, Mt. Bonnell, that’s free, easy, family-friendly, pooch-friendly and BYOB (Brew) or BYOP (Pot) or BYOC (Camera) or BYOW (Whatever), because that’s the way Austin rolls—and has rolled ever since Major General George Custer, his wife Libby, and the Sixth Cavalry Regimental Band climbed the summit to picnic and play in 1866.

Looking west along the Lower Colorado River, the sun sets in the distance over the Pennybacker Bridge (known to the locals as the 360 Bridge); looking to the east, the Austin boomtown towers rise up to compete with a peak that’s 775 feet above sea level, and that’s clearly been popular for more than a century-and-a-half. 

  • Surprised Custer had command of Mt. Bonnell? So was I. Read more about that HERE.
  • Find out more about living life large in Austin, Texas HERE. 
  • For a slideshow of Austin landmarks, take a look at my Vanishing Austin series HERE. 
  • See more iPhonegraphy featuring nature at Lens and Pens by Sally, HERE.
  • Photo notes: My panorama image was made with my iPhone 5s and edited with Photo fx Ultra.

Endangered Species of Austin, poster by Jann Alexander © 2009

Endangered Species of Austin poster

About my Vanishing Austin series: While many Austin landmarks are lost, many are survivors still. Admire them all in a slideshow, HERE. Prints start at $35.

You can marvel at what’s lost and what’s survived in my Endangered Species of Austin poster, featuring 16 Austin icons, and sized at a handsomely large 24 x 36,” available for $25, HERE.


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    • thanks, Sally. so great to have your blog challenges for themes, motivation and inspiration. loved reading about its early incarnation on your blog’s about page—so funny to think how far iPhone photography has come in such a short time. I feel my iPhone 5s is up to most challenges, except for print resolution and uber-control. but for that, we’ll always have apps!

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