Joey Saleem, 9, helps his mother, Teresa, wash bird excrement off of his family’s car at a car wash in Hyde Park on Monday evening. In 2010, the Downtown Austin Alliance renewed its contract with the Texas Bird Services to humanely remove flocks of grackles between Cesar Chavez and 11th Street resulting in a 90 percent decrease in the number of birds roosting downtown.
Mihkel Martinez, 2, explores an artificial cave at the Austin Nature & Science Center located at the edge of Zilker Park. Open since 1960, the center has provided nature exhibits, educational programs and recreation for people of all ages.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)