Landscape Photography – Green and Gold

Pedernales Falls State Park near Johnson City, Texas is one of the most picturesque spots in the Hill Country. The elevation of the Pedernales river drops about 50 feet over a distance of less than 1/2 mile, and the cascading falls are formed by the flow of water over the uplifted limestone layers. The falls are extremely dynamic and never look exactly the same two days in a row, especially during the rainy season. This is one location every Texas landscape photographer should visit again and again.

Wildlife in the park is typical of the Hill Country and includes deer, coyotes, rabbits, armadillos, opossums, and raccoons. According to the folks at Texas Parks & Wildlife, “over 150 species of birds have been seen in the park” including ravens, vultures, herons, quail, doves, owls, roadrunners, wild turkeys as well as sparrows and western scrub jays.

I’ll be perfectly honest here folks, every time I venture out to explore the falls, a flock of turkey vultures are usually circling overhead just waiting for me to drop. The only other wildlife I’ve seen were a pair of Texas A&M coeds on the prowl. Pretty scary at that!

Green and Gold

Green & Gold at Pedernales Falls, 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 28mm, f/13 for 1/6th of a second using a Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Adobe Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

7 thoughts on “Landscape Photography – Green and Gold

  1. I have to tell you that beyond photography, I have learned more about my state in the last few months coming here than in the prior 20 years.

  2. Pedernales Falls is undoubtedly one of my favourite Hill Country locations. The colour and clarity of the water against the limestone makes for some superb shots (as you can see here). I must get out there for a strictly-photographic visit, though. Most of my visits there to date have involved a hundred or so Cub Scouts from Dripping Springs 🙂

    • Dave,

      Thanks for reading and for your comments. I usually drive out to Johnson City at least once a month. If you ever have the time and would like to join me, just drop me an email.


      • Jeff,

        That would be great. I’ll be in Pedernales Falls this weekend. If you happen to be in the area, look for the guy with the Nikon DSLR and lots of muddy boys.

        Johnson City and that area is also a great location (LBJ Ranch, the old feed mill, sculpture garden, etc). I’ll drop you a line later and see if we can get together for a shoot sometime.


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