Lee, Aug. 24, 2018, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas.

Lee, Aug. 24, 2018, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas.

 Marcus Wilson, a 19-year-old student at Austin Community College, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas.

Marcus Wilson, a 19-year-old student at Austin Community College, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas.

 Tina, on Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, Texas.

Tina, on Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, Texas.

 Aug. 22, 2018, portrait of David Watkins on South Congress Avenue. David is living on the streets of Austin, Texas.

Aug. 22, 2018, portrait of David Watkins on South Congress Avenue. David is living on the streets of Austin, Texas.

Edward
Edward

Sixth Street, Austin, Texas

Seventh Street portrait
Seventh Street portrait

Daniel Berringer, near downtown Austin, Texas. I met Daniel on a Thursday evening on Seventh Street, just east of Interstate 35. We talked for a while, and Daniel filled in a few details of his life: As a younger man, he worked for a time as an assistant manager at a computer supply warehouse. Now homeless and subsistent on disability checks, he’s living on Austin’s streets. He’ll turn 61 on July 12 — or, as he prefers to see it, 16, with the numbers transposed.

Levon
Levon

Fifth Street, East Austin, Texas.

Sixth Street portrait: Grant
Sixth Street portrait: Grant
Sixth Street portrait: Johnny Rivera
Sixth Street portrait: Johnny Rivera

Johnny Rivera, a longtime fixture on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas, sits outside Esther's Follies where he regularly helps shepherd traffic past the comedy club's signature sidewalk window.

David: May 2017, Congress Avenue, Austin
David: May 2017, Congress Avenue, Austin
Downtown Austin portrait: Mjumbe
Downtown Austin portrait: Mjumbe

The works of gifted artist Mjumbe (Benny Sorrells) may be seen via Art from the Streets (www.artfromthestreets.org), a free and open studio in Austin, Texas, that serves the homeless community.

Man and motorcycle
Man and motorcycle

Nowhere is the relationship between man (and woman) and machine more poignant than during the annual Republic of Texas Biker Rally, which brings thousands of motorcyclists to Austin.

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Congress Avenue portrait
Congress Avenue portrait

Running Wolf with his dog, Spade.

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Pedicab driver portrait
Pedicab driver portrait

Daniel “Pip” Distelhorst, Austin, Texas

Congress Avenue portrait
Congress Avenue portrait

Running Wolf with his dog, Spade.

Street portrait
Street portrait

Singer-songwriter Wilson G. Clark, South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas

Street musician
Street musician

Singer/songwriter Wilson G. Clark, South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas

Street performer
Street performer

Sideshow performer Juan G. Martinez, South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas

Sixth Street portrait
Sixth Street portrait

Shirley, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas

Parris
Parris

Sixth Street, Austin, Texas

Downtown Austin portrait
Downtown Austin portrait

Will, at Sixth Street and Interstate 35 frontage road in Austin, Texas

Downtown Austin portrait
Downtown Austin portrait

Manson Alexander, downtown Austin, Texas, Seventh Street and Interstate 35 bridge

Sixth Street portrait
Sixth Street portrait

Robert, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas

Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
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Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
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Sixth Street, Austin, Texas: Pecan Street Festival
Sixth Street, Austin, Texas: Pecan Street Festival
Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
Alfredo Lopez
Alfredo Lopez

Pedicab driver, Austin, Texas

Austin Payton
Austin Payton

Pedicab driver, Austin, Texas

Austin Payton
Austin Payton

Pedicab driver, Austin, Texas

Rebecca Tasker and Michael Elwell
Rebecca Tasker and Michael Elwell

Pedicab drivers, Austin, Texas

Sixth Street portrait
Sixth Street portrait

Richard, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas

Sixth Street portrait
Sixth Street portrait

Robert, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas

Sixth Street portrait
Sixth Street portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait

Johnny Hardwick, the voice of conspiracy theorist Dale Gribble on the cartoon comedy “King of the Hill.”

South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait

Trumpet player Dionisio Robinson

South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait

Trumpet player Dionisio Robinson

South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait

Johnny Hardwick, the voice of conspiracy theorist Dale Gribble on the cartoon comedy “King of the Hill.”

South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait

Chris Sosa and Gisselle Jimenez

South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait

Chris Sosa and Gisselle Jimenez

South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait

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David: February 2016, Congress Avenue, Austin
David: February 2016, Congress Avenue, Austin
Sixth Street portrait: Austin, Texas
Sixth Street portrait: Austin, Texas
South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait

Pounds and Evelyn

Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
J.P.: Sixth Street, Austin
J.P.: Sixth Street, Austin
Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
SoCo Joe
SoCo Joe

SoCo Joe, who is homeless, is a permanent, beloved fixture in the South Congress Avenue District in Austin, Texas. Two years ago, Joe was hit by a car and suffered extensive injuries, including a broken hip for which he underwent surgery. He ambles along with the help of a wheelchair that serves the dual purpose of carrying his possessions and providing balance as he walks.

I first met Joe in December 2016, on Annie Street just off South Congress Avenue (SoCo). As we were chatting, a neighbor spotted us and shouted out, “Joe, you’re a celebrity!”

Street musician portrait
Street musician portrait

Street musician Jerry Wagers, a singer and guitar player, performs on New Year's Eve on South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
Street portrait: Zane
Street portrait: Zane

Zane, a street musician who plays guitar, performed on New Year's Eve on South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

Zane, a street musician
Zane, a street musician

Zane, a street musician, performs on New Year's Eve on South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

A quiet New Year's Eve
A quiet New Year's Eve

As crowds of people walk past, a boy and his dog seem lost in their thoughts on New Year's Eve on South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

“Auld Lang Syne”
“Auld Lang Syne”

A street musician named Smoky reflects on his harmonica-playing career that has spanned 4 1/2 decades. Smoky played for crowds of people strolling South Congress Avenue on New Year's Eve 2016 in Austin, Texas.

Sixth Street portrait: bundled up on a cold December day
Sixth Street portrait: bundled up on a cold December day
Congress Avenue portrait: Jason, a party designer
Congress Avenue portrait: Jason, a party designer
Downtown Austin portrait: Brian
Downtown Austin portrait: Brian

Brian, a young homeless man living on the streets of downtown Austin, Texas, struggled to stay warm during a cold front that brought freezing temperatures to the capital city shortly before Christmas.

Stephanie Gorski: a veteran and a patriot
Stephanie Gorski: a veteran and a patriot

Stephanie Gorski, an assistant professor of biology at Wiley College in Marshall, joined other protesters at the Texas Capitol on Dec. 18 in imploring Electoral College members to not cast their votes for president-elect Donald Trump. None of the protests held nationwide stopped Trump's electoral victory on Dec. 19. But protesters like Gorski, a U.S. Marine who served her country as an aviation electrician in Japan from 2000 through 2005, took pride in knowing that they stood up for their beliefs and value systems.

Sixth Street portrait: a cigarette against the cold
Sixth Street portrait: a cigarette against the cold
 I met Caster, a homeless man living on the streets of downtown Austin, Texas, on a bitterly cold December afternoon near Congress Avenue and Seventh Street. Just a few days earlier, I had met Caster's dog, Daria, and Caster's wife, a woman named Cat.

I met Caster, a homeless man living on the streets of downtown Austin, Texas, on a bitterly cold December afternoon near Congress Avenue and Seventh Street. Just a few days earlier, I had met Caster's dog, Daria, and Caster's wife, a woman named Cat.

Sixth Street portrait: Cat with her dog Daria
Sixth Street portrait: Cat with her dog Daria

I met Cat, a homeless woman living on the streets of downtown Austin, Texas, in mid-December. Cat's dog, Daria, sat quietly in Cat's lap, watching human and vehicular traffic pass by on Sixth Street as Cat and I talked.

Downtown Austin portrait: Skateboarder Brandon Cole
Downtown Austin portrait: Skateboarder Brandon Cole
Sixth Street portrait: Focused on the next photo shoot
Sixth Street portrait: Focused on the next photo shoot

Photographer Blake Myers strolls Sixth Street in downtown Austin, Texas, in between his scheduled photo shoots for the day.

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Sixth Street portrait: Jason
Sixth Street portrait: Jason
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Kendall: Sixth Street, Austin, Texas
Kendall: Sixth Street, Austin, Texas
Trish: Sixth Street, Austin, Texas
Trish: Sixth Street, Austin, Texas
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Jerome.jpg
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Joe portrait.jpg
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Jimmy.jpg
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Merry Christmas from a cowboy Santa
Merry Christmas from a cowboy Santa

Wendy Nghixulifwa, an international student at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri, poses for a photo with Santa: cowboy Samuel Grey Horse. Santa and his trusty steed, Mula, posed for photo after photo on Dec. 22, 2016, just south of the Texas Capitol before heading downtown on Congress Avenue.

Here comes Santa Claus ...
Here comes Santa Claus ...

Santa Claus, a cowboy named Samuel Grey Horse, rides his beloved Mula down Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, Texas, on Dec. 22, 2016.

Santa Claus crosses Congress Avenue
Santa Claus crosses Congress Avenue

Santa and Mula gallop away from the Paramount Theatre on Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

Photo op with Santa
Photo op with Santa

There were smiles and photo ops galore on Dec. 22, 2016, as Santa and Mula clip-clopped their way down Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

Santa in rush-hour traffic
Santa in rush-hour traffic

Santa and Mula reach the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in downtown Austin during rush-hour traffic.

Santa on the bridge
Santa on the bridge

As traffic zips by, Santa and Mula pose for a classic Austin shot on the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge.

Good night, Santa
Good night, Santa

Their work of good cheer done for the day, Santa and Mula head for home.

Hitting the pavement
Hitting the pavement

Construction workers are a common sight in downtown Austin, including here, on Sixth Street.

Nail Gun Man
Nail Gun Man

In June 2016, near dusk, I came upon this worker at the corner of South Congress Avenue and Annie Street near downtown Austin. He took a few minutes away from his precision nail-gun work on what would soon be a new restaurant to strike this most regal pose — the stature of a hard-working man.

Street musician
Street musician

Singer-songwriter Wilson G. Clark, South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas

Hard hats
Hard hats

A hard day's work behind them in downtown Austin, two construction workers head for home.

 Hats off to Federico Frías, left, and store employee Erik Buerkle who sport a fold-up Minnetonka hat and an eight-piece Newsboy-style hat, respectively, in front of the Hatbox: A Modern Haberdashery store on Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

Hats off to Federico Frías, left, and store employee Erik Buerkle who sport a fold-up Minnetonka hat and an eight-piece Newsboy-style hat, respectively, in front of the Hatbox: A Modern Haberdashery store on Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

The purest of sounds
The purest of sounds

On many an evening on South Congress Avenue, tourists can hear the elegant trumpet notes played by Dionisio Robinson.

“I sing a melody with the trumpet to slide the notes,” Robinson says. “I'm not fighting with the instrument.”

 Lee, Aug. 24, 2018, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas.
 Marcus Wilson, a 19-year-old student at Austin Community College, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas.
 Tina, on Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, Texas.
 Aug. 22, 2018, portrait of David Watkins on South Congress Avenue. David is living on the streets of Austin, Texas.
Edward
Seventh Street portrait
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Sixth Street portrait: Grant
Sixth Street portrait: Johnny Rivera
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Downtown Austin portrait: Mjumbe
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Congress Avenue portrait
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Sixth Street portrait
Parris
Downtown Austin portrait
Downtown Austin portrait
Sixth Street portrait
Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
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Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
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Sixth Street, Austin, Texas: Pecan Street Festival
Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
Alfredo Lopez
Austin Payton
Austin Payton
Rebecca Tasker and Michael Elwell
Sixth Street portrait
Sixth Street portrait
Sixth Street portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait
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  SÍGNY performs a sublime version of Prince’s “When Doves Cry” during the Pecan Street Festival in downtown Austin.
David: February 2016, Congress Avenue, Austin
Sixth Street portrait: Austin, Texas
South Congress Avenue portrait
Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
J.P.: Sixth Street, Austin
Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
SoCo Joe
Street musician portrait
Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
Street portrait: Zane
Zane, a street musician
A quiet New Year's Eve
“Auld Lang Syne”
Sixth Street portrait: bundled up on a cold December day
Congress Avenue portrait: Jason, a party designer
Downtown Austin portrait: Brian
Stephanie Gorski: a veteran and a patriot
Sixth Street portrait: a cigarette against the cold
 I met Caster, a homeless man living on the streets of downtown Austin, Texas, on a bitterly cold December afternoon near Congress Avenue and Seventh Street. Just a few days earlier, I had met Caster's dog, Daria, and Caster's wife, a woman named Cat.
Sixth Street portrait: Cat with her dog Daria
Downtown Austin portrait: Skateboarder Brandon Cole
Sixth Street portrait: Focused on the next photo shoot
Trumpet player.jpg
Sixth Street portrait: Jason
RL3-2.jpg
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Kendall: Sixth Street, Austin, Texas
Trish: Sixth Street, Austin, Texas
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Merry Christmas from a cowboy Santa
Here comes Santa Claus ...
Santa Claus crosses Congress Avenue
Photo op with Santa
Santa in rush-hour traffic
Santa on the bridge
Good night, Santa
Hitting the pavement
Nail Gun Man
Street musician
Hard hats
 Hats off to Federico Frías, left, and store employee Erik Buerkle who sport a fold-up Minnetonka hat and an eight-piece Newsboy-style hat, respectively, in front of the Hatbox: A Modern Haberdashery store on Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.
The purest of sounds

Lee, Aug. 24, 2018, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas.

Marcus Wilson, a 19-year-old student at Austin Community College, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas.

Tina, on Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, Texas.

Aug. 22, 2018, portrait of David Watkins on South Congress Avenue. David is living on the streets of Austin, Texas.

Edward

Sixth Street, Austin, Texas

Seventh Street portrait

Daniel Berringer, near downtown Austin, Texas. I met Daniel on a Thursday evening on Seventh Street, just east of Interstate 35. We talked for a while, and Daniel filled in a few details of his life: As a younger man, he worked for a time as an assistant manager at a computer supply warehouse. Now homeless and subsistent on disability checks, he’s living on Austin’s streets. He’ll turn 61 on July 12 — or, as he prefers to see it, 16, with the numbers transposed.

Levon

Fifth Street, East Austin, Texas.

Sixth Street portrait: Grant
Sixth Street portrait: Johnny Rivera

Johnny Rivera, a longtime fixture on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas, sits outside Esther's Follies where he regularly helps shepherd traffic past the comedy club's signature sidewalk window.

David: May 2017, Congress Avenue, Austin
Downtown Austin portrait: Mjumbe

The works of gifted artist Mjumbe (Benny Sorrells) may be seen via Art from the Streets (www.artfromthestreets.org), a free and open studio in Austin, Texas, that serves the homeless community.

Man and motorcycle

Nowhere is the relationship between man (and woman) and machine more poignant than during the annual Republic of Texas Biker Rally, which brings thousands of motorcyclists to Austin.

Congress Avenue portrait

Running Wolf with his dog, Spade.

Pedicab driver portrait

Daniel “Pip” Distelhorst, Austin, Texas

Congress Avenue portrait

Running Wolf with his dog, Spade.

Street portrait

Singer-songwriter Wilson G. Clark, South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas

Street musician

Singer/songwriter Wilson G. Clark, South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas

Street performer

Sideshow performer Juan G. Martinez, South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas

Sixth Street portrait

Shirley, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas

Parris

Sixth Street, Austin, Texas

Downtown Austin portrait

Will, at Sixth Street and Interstate 35 frontage road in Austin, Texas

Downtown Austin portrait

Manson Alexander, downtown Austin, Texas, Seventh Street and Interstate 35 bridge

Sixth Street portrait

Robert, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas

Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
Sixth Street, Austin, Texas: Pecan Street Festival
Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
Alfredo Lopez

Pedicab driver, Austin, Texas

Austin Payton

Pedicab driver, Austin, Texas

Austin Payton

Pedicab driver, Austin, Texas

Rebecca Tasker and Michael Elwell

Pedicab drivers, Austin, Texas

Sixth Street portrait

Richard, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas

Sixth Street portrait

Robert, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas

Sixth Street portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait

Johnny Hardwick, the voice of conspiracy theorist Dale Gribble on the cartoon comedy “King of the Hill.”

South Congress Avenue portrait

Trumpet player Dionisio Robinson

South Congress Avenue portrait

Trumpet player Dionisio Robinson

South Congress Avenue portrait

Johnny Hardwick, the voice of conspiracy theorist Dale Gribble on the cartoon comedy “King of the Hill.”

South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait

Chris Sosa and Gisselle Jimenez

South Congress Avenue portrait

Chris Sosa and Gisselle Jimenez

South Congress Avenue portrait

Soco Joe on Elizabeth Street

SÍGNY performs a sublime version of Prince’s “When Doves Cry” during the Pecan Street Festival in downtown Austin.

David: February 2016, Congress Avenue, Austin
Sixth Street portrait: Austin, Texas
South Congress Avenue portrait

Pounds and Evelyn

Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
J.P.: Sixth Street, Austin
Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
SoCo Joe

SoCo Joe, who is homeless, is a permanent, beloved fixture in the South Congress Avenue District in Austin, Texas. Two years ago, Joe was hit by a car and suffered extensive injuries, including a broken hip for which he underwent surgery. He ambles along with the help of a wheelchair that serves the dual purpose of carrying his possessions and providing balance as he walks.

I first met Joe in December 2016, on Annie Street just off South Congress Avenue (SoCo). As we were chatting, a neighbor spotted us and shouted out, “Joe, you’re a celebrity!”

Street musician portrait

Street musician Jerry Wagers, a singer and guitar player, performs on New Year's Eve on South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
Street portrait: Zane

Zane, a street musician who plays guitar, performed on New Year's Eve on South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

Zane, a street musician

Zane, a street musician, performs on New Year's Eve on South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

A quiet New Year's Eve

As crowds of people walk past, a boy and his dog seem lost in their thoughts on New Year's Eve on South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

“Auld Lang Syne”

A street musician named Smoky reflects on his harmonica-playing career that has spanned 4 1/2 decades. Smoky played for crowds of people strolling South Congress Avenue on New Year's Eve 2016 in Austin, Texas.

Sixth Street portrait: bundled up on a cold December day
Congress Avenue portrait: Jason, a party designer
Downtown Austin portrait: Brian

Brian, a young homeless man living on the streets of downtown Austin, Texas, struggled to stay warm during a cold front that brought freezing temperatures to the capital city shortly before Christmas.

Stephanie Gorski: a veteran and a patriot

Stephanie Gorski, an assistant professor of biology at Wiley College in Marshall, joined other protesters at the Texas Capitol on Dec. 18 in imploring Electoral College members to not cast their votes for president-elect Donald Trump. None of the protests held nationwide stopped Trump's electoral victory on Dec. 19. But protesters like Gorski, a U.S. Marine who served her country as an aviation electrician in Japan from 2000 through 2005, took pride in knowing that they stood up for their beliefs and value systems.

Sixth Street portrait: a cigarette against the cold

I met Caster, a homeless man living on the streets of downtown Austin, Texas, on a bitterly cold December afternoon near Congress Avenue and Seventh Street. Just a few days earlier, I had met Caster's dog, Daria, and Caster's wife, a woman named Cat.

Sixth Street portrait: Cat with her dog Daria

I met Cat, a homeless woman living on the streets of downtown Austin, Texas, in mid-December. Cat's dog, Daria, sat quietly in Cat's lap, watching human and vehicular traffic pass by on Sixth Street as Cat and I talked.

Downtown Austin portrait: Skateboarder Brandon Cole
Sixth Street portrait: Focused on the next photo shoot

Photographer Blake Myers strolls Sixth Street in downtown Austin, Texas, in between his scheduled photo shoots for the day.

Sixth Street portrait: Jason
Kendall: Sixth Street, Austin, Texas
Trish: Sixth Street, Austin, Texas
Merry Christmas from a cowboy Santa

Wendy Nghixulifwa, an international student at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri, poses for a photo with Santa: cowboy Samuel Grey Horse. Santa and his trusty steed, Mula, posed for photo after photo on Dec. 22, 2016, just south of the Texas Capitol before heading downtown on Congress Avenue.

Here comes Santa Claus ...

Santa Claus, a cowboy named Samuel Grey Horse, rides his beloved Mula down Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, Texas, on Dec. 22, 2016.

Santa Claus crosses Congress Avenue

Santa and Mula gallop away from the Paramount Theatre on Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

Photo op with Santa

There were smiles and photo ops galore on Dec. 22, 2016, as Santa and Mula clip-clopped their way down Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

Santa in rush-hour traffic

Santa and Mula reach the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in downtown Austin during rush-hour traffic.

Santa on the bridge

As traffic zips by, Santa and Mula pose for a classic Austin shot on the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge.

Good night, Santa

Their work of good cheer done for the day, Santa and Mula head for home.

Hitting the pavement

Construction workers are a common sight in downtown Austin, including here, on Sixth Street.

Nail Gun Man

In June 2016, near dusk, I came upon this worker at the corner of South Congress Avenue and Annie Street near downtown Austin. He took a few minutes away from his precision nail-gun work on what would soon be a new restaurant to strike this most regal pose — the stature of a hard-working man.

Street musician

Singer-songwriter Wilson G. Clark, South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas

Hard hats

A hard day's work behind them in downtown Austin, two construction workers head for home.

Hats off to Federico Frías, left, and store employee Erik Buerkle who sport a fold-up Minnetonka hat and an eight-piece Newsboy-style hat, respectively, in front of the Hatbox: A Modern Haberdashery store on Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

The purest of sounds

On many an evening on South Congress Avenue, tourists can hear the elegant trumpet notes played by Dionisio Robinson.

“I sing a melody with the trumpet to slide the notes,” Robinson says. “I'm not fighting with the instrument.”

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