Texas Hill Country

November 28, 2013

I’ve spent the past few mornings and evenings at Pedernales Falls State Park, a gem in the Texas Hill Country. I love November at this park. The cypress change from green to orange. The oak turn from green to gold to red. Other trees turn yellow before their colors fade. It is always with a bit of reluctance that I bid farewell to this colorful season. The warm air gives way to the cooler air of Autumn, and I know that winter is not far behind. With it, much of my outdoor explorations are put on hold until the springtime and Texas wildflower season.

In my last trip to Pedernales Falls, it is apparent the trees are shedding their color with the winds that have blown through with the most recent cold front. Much of the ground is covered with the orange needles that have fallen from the cypress. Many of the trees have lost much of canopy. Only a few sections of the Pedernales River still offer color.

A red carpet of cypress leaves blanket the ground at Pedernales Falls State Park in the Texas Hill Country

The sun sets over the Pedernales River in the Texas Hill Country.

In these last few images from Autumn, I’m offering a glimpse of my discoveries. In a few of the images, I wore waders to cross the river to get the best angle. I also found out I have a leak in my left boot, and that water was cold! In others, I walked several miles, sometimes retracing my steps, to find the most colorful angle. This also includes several trips from my house back and forth hoping for the best light of sunrise or sunset.

Sunset turns the cypress a brilliant orange at Pedernales Falls State park in the Texas Hill Country

The last light of an Autumn sunset shines over the Pedernales River in the Texas Hill Country

Sunrise lights up the cypress at Pedernales Falls in the Texas Hill Country

Moonrise is a picture perfect sight in Autumn at Pedernales Falls State Park, a gem found in the Texas Hill Country

So, for the Autumn of 2013 in the Texas Hill Country, I bid an adios… and I’ll see you next year. For the Texas wildflowers and bluebonnets, I’ll be waiting for you!

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