Texas Landscape Safari – Hill Country Drive

Here is another of the incredible sights you can expect to photograph if you decide to join me on this fall’s Texas Landscape Safari. The area just northwest of Austin, Texas covers some of the beautiful and picturesque scenery in the state. From this lookout at the Inks Lake State Park you can follow the Colorado river all the way north from Inks Lake to the Buchanan Dam. In October, the air should be crisp and clear providing a wonderful opportunity to capture some beautiful landscape images. Come and join me for a Hill Country drive during the Texas Landscape Safari this fall.

Hill Country Drive

Hill Country Drive – Burnet, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 50D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 50mm, f/11 for 1/50th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film and post capture processed in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

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Driving around Inks Lake

Inks Lake was created in the 1920′s as a means of flood control along the Lower Colorado River. It’s the second of six such lakes that make up the “Highland Lakes Chain” here in central Texas, created by the Buchanan dam to the north and Inks dam to the south. It was built by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) during the Great Depression and provided employment for 1,500 workers during its construction. The state acquired the land in the 1940′s as part of a public works project sponsored by Lyndon B. Johnson when he was just a US Congressman.

The geology of the area is truly unique with pink, granite-like outcrops called “Valley Spring Gneiss” pushing their way up through the surrounding limestone. These outcrops support a unique ecology of wildflowers, grasses, mosses and even ferns. Inks Lake State Park is a place that you could explore and photograph for years and never run out of interesting sights to see. In the springtime when the wildflowers bloom, the area comes alive with color and that’s why Inks Lake is always one of the stops on the Texas Landscape Safari.

Inks Lake

Inks Lake – Burnet, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 50D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/11 for 1/50th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray 2-stop (soft) graduated neutral density filter. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta. Click on the image above for a larger version.

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Texas Landscape Safari – Spring 2010

Texas Landscape Safari

We still have a few spots open for our Texas Landscape Safari workshop scheduled for April 24th – 27th, 2010 in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Now that the winter rains have returned and refilled the aquifers, the rivers and streams should be running beautifully by April and provide some wonderful shots for our attendees. Each attendee will also receive an autographed copy of my Hill Country Landscapes book with detailed information on how each shot was taken.

Here’s a quick look at what we’ve scheduled for this workshop. You can click on this image to be taken directly to our Google Map for the workshop.

Texas Landscape Safari Map

We’ll be shooting at the following locations and the conditions look favorable for getting some great landscape shots in the Hill Country this spring.

  • Colorado Bend State Park – Bend, Texas
  • Inks Lake State Park – Burnet, Texas
  • Scenic Overlook – Kingsland, Texas
  • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area – Fredericksburg, Texas
  • Pedernales Falls State Park – Johnson City, Texas
  • McKinney Falls State Park – Austin, Texas

To register or for more information, please contact me via email using my Contact Me page.

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