Saturday was nice, it was quite warm for the first of February. I got out of the house and went to Colorado Bend State Park for some hiking. I lugged my camera down the trails in case I saw some wildlife. I did see a lot of armadillos.
Armadillos are not very stealthy. You hear them in the brush before you can see them, then they run right out in front of you and don’t even know you’re there. You can just about walk right up to one before they notice you and scurry away. I guess they could be considered cute. It’s lucky for them that most people wouldn’t consider eating them.
At the end of the day, the sun sets opposite some cliffs on the far side of the Colorado river. So, I went down on the bank to see if I could get a nice shot or two. I got down on the bank about 50 minutes before sunset and the river was amazingly calm and it seemed to be barely flowing. My first location was behind a dead tree laying along the shore. Not sure how well that works.
This was a 20 second exposure through a 10-stop ND filter. I was kind of worried that the ND filter would mess up the colors a bit, but I think I matched the not filtered photos that I took well enough. There is also a slight hint of lens flare to the lower left because I didn’t put the hood on the lens.
I kind of thought that the dead tree was ugly and kept you from seeing around the eponymous bend in the river, so I moved down to the other side of the tree. Though I am not sure that I found a better spot.
The photo below is of the granite cliffs mirrored in the water, shot during official golden hour at 5:51PM (the sun was scheduled to set at 6:09PM)
This captured the cliffs mirrored in the water, which I thought quite beautiful when I was there, but I am not sure that it made a terrific photo.
Below is the last photo that I took as the last of the light was on the far shore. The shade line was quickly creeping up the cliff-side leaving the shoreline in shadow.
There weren’t many clouds to speak of and there isn’t much of a view west from here anyway. I was interested in how the cliffs would look as the afternoon sun transitioned into golden hour. I wasn’t expecting the river to be so smooth. In hindsight, I should have worked harder for a foreground.