Central Texas Life

Benny, a rescued donkey, visits the University of Texas Law School in 2018 to help spread the word about the plight of donkeys worldwide.
Lauris Blackwell, playing Glinda the Good Witch, waits for her cue backstage during ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center in 2014.
Bryce Limbacher, 15, plays a tuba in the 69th annual Boy Scout Parade in Austin in 2018.
Olivia Navarro, 15, comforts her brother Adrian Navarro, 5, on the first day of school at Becker Elementary School in 2018.
Abraham Jackson, 4, plays a video game in 2019 in the yard of his home in Donna, Texas, which is located south of a proposed border wall in a kind of no-man’s land along the Texas-Mexico border. “It’s really peaceful, but once we are behind that wall it will be really scary,” his grandmother Theresa Jackson said. “To me it would be creepy, knowing we were isolated back here.”
Sharon Makari watches on television in Austin as President-elect Barack Obama gives his acceptance speech on election night in 2008.
Secret Service agents wait for Air Force One and President Barack Obama to arrive at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in 2010.
Tony Alaniz visits the grave of his son Joseph Alaniz on Memorial Day at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen in 2018.
Capt. Thomas DiMiero kisses his wife, Jennifer, at a welcome home ceremony at Fort Hood after returning from Afghanistan in 2017.
Jeronte Reed, at his home in Killeen in 2018, takes in the smell of his son Jaxson who died at age 1 after injuries suffered in an illegal day care in 2017. Jaxson is one of nearly 90 children who have died as a result of abuse or neglect at a Texas day care over the past decade.
Caylee Diaz, 9, visits the grave of her brother, Shane Martinez, in Houston on August 9, 2018, which would have been his second birthday. His mother, Shawna Diaz, held a birthday party at the gravesite for her son who died after a day care employee left him on his stomach in a crib. Shane is one of nearly 90 children who have died as a result of abuse or neglect at a Texas day care over the past decade.
The sun rises over Circle C Ranch Metropolitan Park in Austin in 2015.
Volunteers with Mennonite Disaster Service, Mary Jane Good, 17, Sheila Martin, 18, and Charlene Martin, 17, take a break among the burned trees in 2012 while helping to rebuild a house that was destroyed in the Bastrop, Texas, wildfire.
Sarah Goodfriend, left, and Suzanne Bryant celebrate with their daughters Dawn Goodfriend, left, 18, and Ting Goodfriend, 13, in Austin in 2015 after becoming the first legally married same-sex couple in Texas.
Cub Scout Austin Henry, 6, and his sister Autumn Henry, 7, a Girl Scout Brownie, place American flags on graves of veterans at the Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville for Memorial Day in 2018.
Sunset at Lady Bird Lake in 2018.
The Harvest Moon rises over the Capitol in 2011.
Guillermo Leal, left, of Mexico, and Mohinder Singh of India take the oath of citizenship at a naturalization ceremony in Austin in 2017.
Clara Ramsay, 10, rallies with abortion opponents at the Capitol in 2013.
Easton Youngberg, 5, holds a memorial bracelet for his father, Federal Agent Kristopher Youngberg, of the U.S. Dept. of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, during the Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the Capitol in 2019. Hundreds attended the service to honor the 13 Texas peace officers who died in the line of duty in 2018.
A man in a sculling boat glides along Lady Bird Lake in the fog in 2015.
The 26th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival in 2016.
Kyungsoon Yang and her sister Dooyun Picard try on turbans at the Sikh and Turban Awareness Day at the Capitol in 2018. About 40 Sikh leaders from around Texas gathered at the Capitol to raise awareness about their religion and their practice of wearing turbans.
Don Grissom rides on a motorized toy horse in the Texas Independence Day Parade in Austin in 2010.
Hereford cows face off at a ranch in Cedar Creek in 2016.
Haunted house monsters and Austin city council member Kathie Tovo at a council meeting in 2015.
Alexis Andersen, 9, and Breana Matherly, 10, ride a roller coaster at the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in 2006.
Steve “Lips” Kudlow, guitarist for the heavy metal band, Anvil, rests backstage at Emo’s in 2010.
Susan Blachman watches a video about technology and farming during South by Southwest Interactive in 2018.
Jaylah Thomas, 10, meets Superman, portrayed by Austin police officer Matt Harmatuk, during the 5th annual Superhero Day at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas in 2019.
Shrell Thond, a contortionist from Jersey City, New Jersey, stuffs himself into a suitcase in downtown Austin in 2018.
Austin police participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge, a fund raiser for the ALS Association, in 2014.
Workers set up dozens of outdoor grills and tables for the Austin Food & Wine Festival in 2018.
Buda Wiener Dog Races in 2018.
Miss Juneteenth Jaquece Black, 18, waves to the crowd at the Juneteenth Parade in 2008.
Texas State University students jump into the San Marcos River after graduation in 2019.
Keddrick Clemons and his daughter, Kayla Clemons, 6, get in a water gun fight during the 5th annual Splash Mob in downtown Austin in 2015.
Cornelia Jarramello, of Mexico City, cries as she hugs her grandson Victor Arroyo, 18, of Eastside Memorial High School after his commencement ceremony in 2019.
Elvis Presley impersonator Jimi Cochrane pauses in the men’s room moments before for his performance at Elvis’ 80th birthday party at Chuy’s in 2015. “I’ve played for a ton of people and I’ve played for just a few people, but it don’t matter, I’m always nervous as hell,” Cochrane said.
Isabel and Guadalupe Rodriguez wait in line at a Capital Area Food Bank mobile food pantry in Austin in 2012.
Austin Police K-9, Raggio, a 10-year-old Labrador retriever, lets out a celebratory howl after Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, left, recognized him and his handler, Officer Clint Hamilton, at the dog’s retirement party in 2019.
Ashley Piper walks with her 8-week-old son, Theo, and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Zola, at Edward Rendon Sr. Metro Park in 2017.
Mason Field, 6, of Celina, “milks” a life-size plastic Jersey cow at the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in 2015.
Rev. Charles Kullmann blesses a new water fountain on the corner of Guadalupe and 21st streets outside St. Austin Catholic Parish in 2013.
John Ruiz at the Dia De Los Muertos parade at the Viva La Vida Festival in downtown Austin in 2016.
Gov. Greg Abbott hugs Sofia Carjabal whose son Miguel Moreno III was posthumously awarded a Star of Texas Award at the Capitol in 2018. Moreno was a San Antonio police officer who died in the line of duty in 2017.
Kendal Heavner, left, 17, of Mt. Pleasant, and other mock state representatives debate a bill at the UIL 3rd annual State Congress at the Capitol in 2016. More than 250 students from 150 high schools around Texas are competing in the two-day mock congress.
Julian Ballatore-South rests after pushing more than 20 cars out of the mud at the Circuit of the Americas park & ride lot after heavy rain at the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in 2015.
Darby Doran, middle, 16, and other cos players at Anime Overload in Austin in 2015.
Grackles at Cherrywood Coffeehouse in Austin in 2018.
Danny Henderson, left, who was homeless for 28 years, embraces Bryan Hyde, who has been homeless for 10 years and sleeps under an Interstate 35 underpass. Henderson pleaded with Hyde to come with him to Community First Village but Hyde refused, saying he was unwilling to give up the only life he knew.
Edgar Yepez takes a photo among 7,000 American flags at the Long Center on Memorial Day in 2013. The flags are in honor of the fallen veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Rafael Cafagna, of Killeen, fights back tears during the singing of the national anthem at the Guns Across America rally at the Capitol in 2013.
Fourth of July in Austin in 2013.
Paula Brown Nichols visits her son Cory Brown’s grave at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in 2013. Cory Brown committed suicide in 2011 after suffering from PTSD caused by a tour of duty in Iraq. Since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began, roughly twice as many Texas Army National Guard soldiers have died of suicide as in combat.