For most of my adult life, I’ve always looked forward to late September trips amid the forests of the Rocky Mountains to hike among the gold and orange aspen and cottonwood leaves. The Fall colors of Colorado were and still are pretty amazing. However, as the seasons and years have passed, I’ve also realized Texas has its own version of Autumn.
I’ve photographed the reds and oranges across the Lone Star State, from Big Bend to the Guadalupe Mountains, from downtown Austin out to Lost Maples and the Frio River of Garner S.P. One of my favorite areas, and what I consider a hidden gem for fall colors despite its summer popularity, is Pedernales Falls. The meandering banks of this river are lined with cypress, and those hang-dog branches turn orange and deep red each November.
And just further up the banks, the leaves of Elm rival aspen trees with their brilliant gold in the morning sunshine.
This past November, the colors of the season lingered a few weeks longer thanks to cool, drizzly days that saturated the Thanksgiving holidays. The Pedernales River ran low and smooth, and it was about as clear as I could imagine. I ventured out three times the week after Thanksgiving, and each time used different lenses and encountered different weather.
Here is an image from the Elm Trees along the Twin Falls walk.
The wide-angle lens I used while lying on my back, a 16-35L, made for an interesting perspective as it faced upward into the morning sky.
Along the river, a zoom lens helped isolate the twisting and gnarled roots of cypress trees.
On another occasion, a wide-angle lens captured sunset through the trees. I was even more excited when I could see the curious fish that swam up to me.
Sunset along this river is one of my favorite times of day (and one of my most peaceful places to be). The world fades away, and the songs of the nearby birds bring a tranquility rarely experienced in everyday life. This is one of my happy places.
Happy travels, everyone!