• Pick of the Pics - August, 2011

    It is already August and Pick of the Pics is back. That means 10 of our favorite pictures from past and current photographers are selected by the summer photo editor Mary Kang.

     

    May-Ying Lam | The Daily Texan

    Ayan Ali, 15, watches prayers from the side of the Crockett Center with her sister, Nimo Ali, 13, at the Eid al-Adha communal prayer organized by the North Austin Muslim Community Center, Renaissance Academy and Masjid Ibrahim.  The two attended the event with their parents to which an estimated 5,000 showed up. (Sept. 12, 2008)

    Jeffrey McWhorter | Daily Texan Staff

    CPS Commissioner testifies before a house committee about the agency's response to allegations of abuse in the YFZ FLDS compound last year. (April 15, 2009)

    Sara Young | Daily Texan Staff

    Oscar Paiz, Barton Springs Nursery employee of three years, removes weeds from the nursery’s agave farm in Weberville, Texas. The nursery has seen an increased demand for vegetable plants and fruit trees during the economic downturn. (Nov. 25, 2009)

    Jessica Talley | Daily Texan Staff

    Spencer Bell, 5, observes the rainy weather through Urban Outfitters window on Guadalupe. (April 21, 2006)

    Jeremy Balkin | Daily Texan Staff

    Avery Griffin takes a nap on steps on the corner of Eighth and San Antonio streets near the Austin Public Library downtown. (Oct. 27, 2006)

    Marc Hamel | Daily Texan Staff

    Doug Moreland works on a custom wood sculpture at the Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo in Austin. Moreland and his co-workers at Cattlelacs in Manchaca use mainly chainsaws with small blades to carve works such as this eagle. (March 23, 2006)

    Megan Peyton | Daily Texan Staff

    Michael Foulk, member of the Austin band Widows and Orphans, enjoys a drink and a cigarette while reading a book at Spider House Cafe. Foulk was killing time before picking up a friend from work and said he “was just trying not to fall asleep.” (July 12, 2007)

    Peter Franklin | Daily Texan Staff

    Events surrounding the Lonestar Rod and Kustom Round Up brought thousands of people to South Congress Avenue in early 2010.  Marathons, parades and conventions attract visitors from around the country to Austin, helping to strengthen the local economy. (May 12, 2010)

    Rene Huynh | Daily Texan Staff

    Sociology senior D’wayne Bell marvels at the amount of snow falling in Austin, which has been previously known to only produce barely-there flurries. (February 24, 2010)

    Danielle Villasana | Daily Texan Staff

    Danielle Harris, 10, and Ethan Estrada, 2, play on the playground at Chestnut Community park, which offers fountains, a playscape and a covered picnic area. (August 5, 2010)

  • Moving In and Playing with Elmo

    Erika Rich | Daily Texan Staff

    Nick Jones moves a mattress for his girlfriend Kathleen Yount, a dance senior, Sunday afternoon.

    Chase Martinez | Daily Texan Staff

    Students with Breakthrough Austin play with an Elmo mask on the UT campus. The program is dedicated to middle schoolers and their academics.

  • Meditation Flash Mob

    Allen Otto | Daily Texan Staff

    A woman meditates behind Whole Foods Market downtown. Austinites gathered for a meditation flash mob during rush hour traffic Thursday evening, in hopes of giving frustrated drivers a sense of peace.

  • Colorful Cattle Put Out To Pasture In Austin

     

     

     

     

    Ryan Edwards | Daily Texan Staff

    Last night 49 cattle were herded onto the backs of three flatbed trucks and dropped off across the Austin landscape. The installations were part of the international organization CowParade, an art installation in which artists use a fiberglass sculpture of a cow as a canvas. The pieces go through a selection process, which involves an application process. To date, some nearly 5,000 cattle have paraded across the world and in this year alone the organization has events planned in eight cities. By the end of August an additional 40 statues will be added to the exhibit. As part of a charitable aspect of the event, CowParade Austin has partnered with Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. At the end of the three-month public exhibit, about 50 of the best sculptures will be sold at a live auction benefiting the medical center. CowParade has raised more than $20 million for non-profit organizations worldwide.

    The Long Center hosted a public viewing of the cows the night before they were set to hit the streets. Participation at the event was aided by the fact that Michael Jackson’s jacket from the “Thriller” video was on display for partygoers to take pictures with. One lucky participant won a blank cow and will have the opportunity to work with an artist on the design of the piece. After the end of the event, volunteers quickly began preparing the cows for their migration throughout the city. Concrete bases were attached to each cow in assembly line fashion and placards were glued on. Each flatbed laden with an array of cattle turned heads as the team placed the statues around the city. The majority of the cows are concentrated in downtown Austin, however a few wandered as far north as highway 183. The cows will be on display until mid-October, when they will be auctioned off at The Driskill Hotel.

     

     

  • St. Edward's

    Allen Otto | Daily Texan Staff

    Lacy Johnson walks down the stairs in the Main Building at St. Edward’s University Tuesday afternoon.
     

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