Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with GP-E2 unit attached, set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens and tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 88mm, f/13 for 1/15th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 4.
The Sabinal river starts in the hills and valleys just north of Vanderpool, Texas and runs south through the well-named little town of Utopia where its joined by the West Branch of the Sabinal. It meanders lazily south through the town of Sabinal and where it finally joins the Frio river in Uvalde County. The Sabinal is probably the purest river in all of Texas due to the sparse population along its path and the respect most folks in central Texas have for clean, clear water.
For miles and miles along its path you can find low water crossings just like this one, where the water is so clear you can see the river stones at the bottom and the small fish darting back and forth looking for dinner. It’s a great place to relax and get some nice early evening shots of the towering Cypress trees lining the river like soldiers standing at attention. Standing here it’s easy to see why the early settlers found this land so captivating.