I went hiking this morning out at Balcones Canyonlands Doeskin Ranch area. It was kind of one more free morning to go hiking before I go back to working tomorrow. There were quite a few people out there hiking and enjoying the morning, including one relentless trail-runner that must have been in amazing shape as we passed each other half a dozen times. The morning was cool, the sky was a perfectly clear blue and I hiked every trail out there as I was in no hurry. The picture below shows the trail winding through the low ash juniper that dominates the landscape out there.
They once again have done a burn of the grass and brush out there, which was kind of disappointing as I like the tall grasses. I was hoping that the grasses has grown long enough again for some nice photos in which the grasses look like a sea of gold, but in half of the refuge area there was only dirt, stones, and ash.
I did manage to get one photo that I kind of like. It shows some of the long grasses in the foreground bracketed by some leafless bushes forming a triangle that leads to the line of an old stone wall in the distance.
I artsied up this photo a bit in Lightroom to make the grasses appear a bit more windblown. I did this by laying a graduated mask over the grass and reduced clarity. I also enhanced the landscape tones in the image to make it look more like a painting I guess.
Ah well, back to work for a new year.