Collapse in Downtown Austin

Published June 30th, 2013

On Friday, June 28, 2013, a man collapsed on the corner of 6th and Brazos in downtown Austin. It was 104 degrees Fahrenheit at the time. The man appeared homeless and was likely outside for a large portion of the day. Many suspected the heat had something to do with it.

A fire engine showed up on the scene to provide assistance. An ambulance soon arrived, as well. The man was treated, loaded onto a stretcher and taken in the ambulance to a hospital.

I came across the scene on my way to the train station after work. All images were shot on the Fujifilm X100s.

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Jason Aldean in Lubbock, Texas

Published May 5th, 2013

Jason Aldean, a country artist, played a concert at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock on May 4, 2013.

Photos are (c) Scott MacWatters for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

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Three Years of The Pine Box

Published April 30th, 2013

The Pine Box is a DIY venue in Midland, Texas. As of the last weekend in April, the venue has been around for three years. To celebrate the occasion, around 20 bands played between Friday and Sunday.

All photos were taken with the Fuji X100s and a speedlight off camera in the back of the room.

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Brother Jed Smock visits Texas Tech

Published March 26th, 2013

(Last year, my first photo story on 500px was about Jed Smock's visit to Texas Tech. Check out those photos here:

Photos, story and video are all (c) Scott MacWatters / The Daily Toreador and were first published on March 26, 2013 here:


Throughout the afternoon, several hundred students stopped in the Free Speech Area to debate, argue, mock or just listen to Brother Jed Smock.

Jed Smock, called Brother Jed, is a traveling preacher who lives in Columbia, Mo., when he’s not traveling from campus to campus. Smock said he has preached in all 50 states during his 40 years of traveling and preaching to college students.

“I’ve been doing this for 40 years,” Smock said. “Five hours a day, five days a week, I’m on some campus somewhere. I’ve covered all 50 states as well as campuses abroad.”

When Smock arrived at Texas Tech, he was holding a two-sided sign reading, “You Deserve Hell” on one side and “Jesus Saves” on the other. Smock said t ...

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Mayors' Beans and Cornbread Luncheon

Published March 3rd, 2013

On Friday, March 1, 2013, more than 2,000 people ate beans and cornbread at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center during the 24th annual Mayors' Beans and Cornbread Luncheon. Proceeds from the event went to the Hospice of Lubbock

Read the full story by Ellyssa Gonzalez:

Photos are (c) Scott MacWatters for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

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Circus Gatti makes appearance in Lubbock

Published February 18th, 2013

Photos and story by Scott MacWatters and published by The Daily Toreador.


People of all ages flooded into City Bank Auditorium and Coliseum to see performers and entertainers perform magic, daring acrobatic tricks and tame wild animals.

The Circus Gatti came to Lubbock, hosting five shows — one on Friday and two on Saturday and Sunday.

Before each performance, people were allowed to pay for the chance to ride ponies or a full-sized 42-year-old Asian elephant named Patti.

Mason Ballentine came to the circus with his father, Michael Ballentine. Before the circus began, Mason Ballentine got to ride the elephant.

“I liked the elephants,” Mason Ballentine said with excitement.

Edgar Mesa, a manager of the Circus Gatti, said he was happy with how the first performance turned out Friday.

“It was very busy,” he said. “Everybody had fun last night and we’re hoping to get busier (Saturday).”

Mesa said about 1,000 people showed up for the first Saturday performance.

He said the Cir ...

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Texas Tech Student Honored Through Concert

Published February 10th, 2013

Photo, story and video by Scott MacWatters, published by The Daily Toreador.


More than 250 people paid tribute to Philip Wampler the best way they could — by enjoying his music.

People gathered Saturday for Phily Phunk Fest at the Lone Star Grill near Buffalo Springs Lake. At the show, 12 bands played to show support for Wampler’s music and remember his life. The concert began at 4 p.m. Saturday and went on into early Sunday morning.

Wampler, a junior civil engineering major from Lubbock, died Dec. 2, 2012. Wampler was the drummer for Stay Sane, a reggae/rock band, as well as an Eagle Scout.

Tyler Gonzales, a junior natural resource management major from Mansfield, helped organize the event.

He said he has had experience with organizing concerts in the past, as well as being a de facto manager for Stay Sane when he helped them book a small tour.

“We knew we were going to do it, like, originally, after Phil passed away,” Gonzales said. “I’ve done a few Stay Sane shows before. ...

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Branch wins LISD Spelling Bee

Published February 10th, 2013

On Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, Jeremiah Branch won the Lubbock Independent School District Spelling Bee.

Full story by Chris Hoff of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:

All photos are (c) Scott MacWatters for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

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Tech Triathlon vs Tech Cycling Time Trials

Published February 4th, 2013

Photo, story and video by Scott MacWatters, published by The Daily Toreador.


There always has been a rivalry between the Texas Tech Triathlon team and the Tech Cycling club about who really is faster on a bike.

On Sunday, that rivalry came to a head with a race between the two student organizations.

Members of both organizations met up at the Ransom Canyon Cafe at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at to compete in a time-trial race where the team with the lower average time would get the bragging rights of being the faster group.

A total of 16 cyclists competed in the race — four from Tech Cycling and 12 from Tech Triathlon.

Andrew Alleman, a senior environmental engineering major from Seabrook and president of the Tech Triathlon Team, said Sunday was the first time the rivalry between the two organizations has been put to the test.

“We finally decided to settle it today by having a time-trial race,” Alleman said. “They’re just racing against the clock, and we’re seeing which team is going ...

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Lubbock MLK Service

Published January 20th, 2013

On Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, a church service was held in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Full story by Jennifer Loesch of the Lubbock Avlanche-Journal:

All photos are (c) Scott MacWatters for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

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Veterans Day at the Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock

Published November 11th, 2012

On Sunday, November 11, 2012, many in Lubbock gathered just north of the Preston Smith International Airport to celebrate Veterans Day by looking at some artifacts from years past and listen to author and historian Jack Woodville London speak about the meaning of Veterans Day and Armistice Day to people since it's inception.

The museum opened at 1:00 PM with free admission and stayed open until 5. At 2, Lubbock mayor Glen Robertson read the Veterans Day Presidential Proclamation.

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All photos are (c) Scott MacWatters / Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

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NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament -- Round 1 -- Te...

Published November 11th, 2012

On Saturday, November 10, 2012, the Texas Tech Women's Soccer Team took on North Texas in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the John Walker Soccer Complex.

Texas Tech one the game 2-0 with two second half goals by Dawn Ward. This is Texas Tech's first ever berth and victory in the NCAA tournament.

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All photos are (c) Scott MacWatters / Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

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Texas Tech vs Midwestern State

Published November 4th, 2012

The Texas Tech Women's Basketball team preempted their 2012-2013 basketball season with an exhibition game against Midwestern State on Sunday, November 4, 2012. The Lady Raiders beat out the Mustangs 77-62.

Midwestern State's women's basketball team is coached by Noel Johnson, a former Texas Tech basketball player who was coached by the legendary Marsha Sharp.

More on the story:

All photos are (c) Scott MacWatters/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

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Lubbock-Cooper High School Halloween Canned Foo...

Published October 29th, 2012

On Sunday, Lubbock-Cooper High School students went door to door in neighborhoods collecting cans to be donated to the South Plains Food Bank.

Together, the students gathered 3,671 cans to donate.

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All photos are (c) Scott MacWatters / Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

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The Chariot - October 18, 2012

Published October 19th, 2012

On October 18, 2012, The Chariot came to Lubbock on tour with Hundredth, Texas in July, Impending Doom and For Today.

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Texas Tech vs West Virginia -- 49-14

Published October 14th, 2012

On Saturday, October 13, 2012, the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Texas Tech Red Raiders met on the football field for the first time the teams have met on the field in modern college football history.

During their homecoming game, the unranked Red Raiders pulled of an upset by defeating the number 5 Mountaineers 49-14.

For more on the story:

All photos are (c) Scott MacWatters / Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

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Texas Tech vs Oklahoma -- 41-20

Published October 8th, 2012

On Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, a record breaking 60,800 fans filed into the Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock to watch Oklahoma dismantle Texas Tech.

For more on the story, visit

All photos are (c) Scott MacWatters / Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

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Lubbock Music Fest

Published September 30th, 2012

From Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, until Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, the Depot District in Downtown Lubbock was blocked off for Lubbock Music Fest.

To kick off the three day festival, four influential Lubbock musicians were inducted to the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame.

Photos are copyright (c) Scott MacWatters / The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

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Fiestas Patrias

Published September 16th, 2012

Fiestas Patrias is a celebration of Mexican Heritage put on by the non-profit corporation Fiestas Del Llano. Sunday, September 16, 2012, was the second day day of the Fiestas Patrias celebration.

All photos are (c) Scott MacWatters/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

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Buffalo Springs Lake hosts its 23rd annual Iron...

Published August 9th, 2012

Minutes before sunrise on Sunday morning, nearly 1,200 triathletes from around the world, including many members of the Texas Tech triathlon team, dove into a cold 75.9-degree-Fahrenheit lake to begin their journey to complete the 23rd annual Buffalo Springs Lake Ironman 70.3.

By the end of the race, many participants were running in 98 degree heat.

Mike Greer, the owner and founder of the Buffalo Springs Ironman 70.3, said the event is a half triathlon where competitors swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles.

“This is considered, what used to be called a half-Ironman, and now it’s just an Ironman 70.3, which is the distance of a half,” Greer said. “The distance of a full Ironman is 140.6.”

Mike Greer teamed up with his wife, Marti Greer, and works to plan the event all year long.

“(Marti) and I are the main staff,” Mike Greer said. “We spend 12 months planning it, then the week of — we pick up the pieces.”

Throughout the 23 years the event has taken place, Mike Greer ...

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The Pinebox

Published May 16th, 2012

On the heels their national tour with Enter Shikari and At The Skylines, letlive. decided to play a one-off show at The Pinebox in Midland, Texas, on the way home to California. 108 people attended the intimate show in the small, stage-free venue.

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Texas Tech Drag Show

Published April 1st, 2012

On Friday, March 30th, the Texas Tech Gay Straight Alliance student organization hosted a Drag Show to raise money for PFLAG Lubbock. As they state on their website, PFLAG is an organization dedicated to promoting "the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends."

There were two portions of the Drag Show. The first portion was for amateurs, and the second was for professionals. Many of the amateurs were students at Texas Tech, and members of the Gay Straight Alliance. For many of the Texas Tech students, it was either their first or second performance in drag.

Stuart Williams, a history major from Lubbock and prior president of the Gay Straight Alliance, helped to lead the amateur portion of the drag show as Medea. This was Williams' second drag performance.

A total of $1350 was collected at the Drag show to benefit the PFLAG organization.

All photos are copyright Scott MacWatters/The Daily Toreador

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Preacher Jed Smock's visit to Texas Tech in Mar...

Published March 31st, 2012

Preacher Jed Smock, based out of Colombia Missouri, travels around the United States visiting schools and evangelizes to students. Smock frequently goes by "Brother Jed."

Over the week of March 26th through the 30th, Smock came to Texas Tech University to spread his message to the students of Texas Tech University near the Student Union Building. Joining him on the second day, a woman known as "sister Pat" joined him. Sister pat declined to give her last name.

Onward from the second day, Smock and Sister Pat took turns evangelizing to the growing crowd near the Student Union Building as the temperatures in Lubbock averaged at 86°F but grew as high as 90°F at the peek of the day. Many observers bought water bottles for the two.

On his website, Smock lists the Campus Ministry's mission statement as:

"Our purpose is to declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the college and university students of America and the world. The skeptics on the campuses are constantly condemning God and ju ...

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