Well, it is technically spring, but this would be considered summer in most places. I hiked along the North Fork San Gabriel River from Tejas Park which is northwest of Austin. May was rainy and there was a lot of water in the river, which is often just a stream at best. Most of the wildflowers have gone to seed, but it is still nice out. Also it was a Friday evening and I mostly had the place to myself.
I am not really sure why I stopped and photographed this grass in the afternoon sun along the river bank. The light through the trees was lighting up the long grass and I got down really close with a wide angle lens. This made it very difficult to focus with any breeze as the focus depth was paper-thin. I think that photo might have been better with a deeper focus depth to see more of the grasses. I will think on how to do this better in the future.
I also stopped for some rapid water moving over a shallow part of the river. I really like the hatch-work pattern that the ripples made with white caps and shadowed troughs from the low angled sun. I wasn’t shooting with a filter, but 1/3 second was enough to kind of get what I wanted. The bugs were really keeping me company during this photo as well. Not a fantastic photo, but I like the pattern in the water as it almost looks like sand.
Along the trail there is a gnarly dead tree that I have stopped and looked at before. On this evening, it was catching a lot of the evening sunlight through gaps in the trees and was a brilliant golden brown against the greenery. I wish there wasn’t so much growth in front of it so I could get a better view, but I thought it stood out enough to photograph.
On down the path to the river where there is a low bridge that crosses to the other side.
But the river is covering the low bridge right now, so I would have to take off my shoes and walk across in probably shin-deep water. I didn’t feel like taking off my shoes, but someone did and I guess forgot to come retrieve them. I can’t imagine forgetting to get my shoes before I left.
I actually studied on this scene for a while, trying to figure how to shoot it. I like the abandoned shoes in the frame as it kind of tells a story, but it kind of leaves the picture unbalanced. I also tried getting closer and just have the water-covered part of the bridge in the foreground leading to the opposite shore. I guess I decided I like the one above best as I wonder what the story is. What do you think?