Throngs of delicate, birdlike creatures swarm across a pink-blue sky. Audible gasps abound. Austin, Texas comes alive at night. The same, of course, can be said of its resident urban bat colony.
In spring and summer, on an almost daily basis, 1.5 million Mexican free-tailers soar from under Congress Avenue Bridge into the twilight sky. And you know what they say about nature putting on a show…
Across Lady Bird Lake, another nocturnal animal catches my eye. The Frost Bank Tower – which looks uncannily like a sitting owl – is catching fractions of dying light.
Between the sunset and Downtown Austin’s ultramodern cityscape, not to mention those bizarre winged creatures, I can’t help but think of the famous ‘keep Austin weird’ tagline; of how I never imagined ‘weird’ could mean, well, wonderful. But that’s Austin for you: full of wonderful surprises, from the sheer ubiquity of its live music to its world-class dining.