Greener Pastures

This post is for you urban photographers longing for greener pastures, wide open spaces and a whole lot less traffic.

Tucked away in a remote corner of Buescher State Park on Park Road 1C is utility easement for a natural gas pipeline that runs east-to-west through Bastrop county. It crosses Park Road 1C on a hillside about 300 feet above grade overlooking a beautiful cattle ranch with one of the oldest and tallest oaks in the region. Behind this majestic oak lies several more heavily wooded hills leading to the “Lost Pines” of Bastrop State Park. Since this easement is for an underground pipeline, there are no power lines to spoil your view of some of the most beautiful sunsets this side of the Hill Country.

During the hot and humid summer months, these hills take on an almost magical appearance as the sun begins to set in the distance. If you can stand the heat and humidity (not to mention the mosquitos) right before sunset, this spot offers some great photographic opportunities.

View Location on Panoramio & Google Earth: Overlook on Park Road 1C

Greener Pastures

Greener Pastures – Smithville, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on Aperture (Av) priority using an EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens + EF 1.4X Extender tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 280mm, f/18 for 1/13th of a second at ISO 100. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.

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2 thoughts on “Greener Pastures

  1. The dream-like feel to this image gives it the magic, Jeff. That oak tree makes a photographer’s heart skip a beat too. Well done!

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