PerseveranceSteadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Continuance in a state of grace leading finally to a state of glory.


Perseverance – Johnson City, Texas
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-104mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/8 for 1/100th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta. Click on the image above for a larger version.

If there is one key to becoming a better landscape photographer, I believe it’s perseverance. Study the great nature photographers of our time and you’ll see that they revisited their favorite spots time after time in search of that magical combination of light, weather and environment that goes into making a beautiful landscape image.

You can also see this natural law in practice all around us, especially in those places where life persists in spite of the odds against it. One of my favorite spots to visit in the Texas Hill Country is Pedernales Falls State Park near Johnson City. This rugged terrain of uplifted limestone experiences flash floods several times each year when the normally placid flow of the Pedernales river increases a thousandfold in just a few minutes. After such a flood you’d think the limestone cliffs would be scoured clean of all vegetation but the Ash, Juniper, Cypress and Buttonbrush cling to these rocky slopes with a tenacity that is inspirational.

Each time I visit and photograph the falls, I’m amazed at how life perseveres under these difficult conditions. Two years ago this lone tree in the middle of the river was almost barren. By the end of October last year it looked full and healthy, despite a year long drought and two flash floods. That’s what I call perseverance!

6 thoughts on “Perseverance

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  2. I so much enjoy your photograph postings and the narrative that goes with each one….great color, composition, clarity, sharpness, etc….

    I, too, shoot with a Canon Mark 11, and also a Canon 40D…my lens that I use most are Canon 24-105 on the Mark 11, and with the 40D I use my Canon 400mm prime and 70-200mm L Canon.

    I am a serious amateur outdoor passion is wildlife photography…I just got back from Bosque Del Apache….what a treat…

    I look forward to each of your postings…perseverance is one of the great keys to great shots…thanks for the reminder

    • Carole,

      Thanks for reading. I have friends that go to Bosque every spring and they sure enjoy the mornings. Wonderful time to capture birds in flight.


  3. So true Jeff. Before I took up photography I used to wonder why people would go back time after time and photograph the same scene. Now I get it.

    I love that you named this image “Perseverance”. It’s so appropriate for how you’ve photographed this lone tree.

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