Silhouette of a tree at twilight at Inks Lake Texas


I have been in a quest to understand what makes a good landscape photo. One thing that comes up every where I look is simplicity, or a lack of unnecessary objects in the composition. This could be wayward power lines, tree branches, trash, whatever clutters up a photograph and detracts from the composition. I started looking at my landscape photos with this in mind so … Continue reading Simplicity

Inks Lake sunset in HDR

Back to Inks Lake State Park

I set out on an unsuccessful trip to Enchanted Rock State Nature Area for hiking and photography in the late afternoon, but when I got there the sign indicated that the park was full and I wouldn’t be allowed in. This park often fills up on the weekend and I didn’t know if I would get in so I had Inks Lake as my backup … Continue reading Back to Inks Lake State Park

Balcones Canyonlands NWR Sunset HDR

Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

Not far from my house is a place called Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. This place exists mainly to protect the habitat of some endangered songbirds, but it also has several hiking trails. I have lived in Central Texas for more than 15 years and have not been out there, so in mid-December I went. The hiking trails that I visited on this day are … Continue reading Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

Guadalupe Mountains in Texas

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Out in West Texas, there is Guadalupe Mountains National Park. After my visit to Monahans Sandhills, I went out to Guadalupe Mountains to hike, shoot photographs, and camp. This area of Texas is mostly desert and very hot in the summer, which is why I visited in late November. I pulled off the highway near the park and tried to capture the peaks from a … Continue reading Guadalupe Mountains National Park