We went to Johnson City yesterday to check out Pedernales Falls State Park. Johnson City is about 48 miles from where we live in South Austin. It took us an hour to get there. My goal for that day was to photograph waterfalls. It was overcast when we started out and I prayed it would remain that way since I needed diffused light to capture waterfalls. It didn’t work out the way I wanted and it was sunny when we arrived there. Good thing I brought my polarizer.
I also thought the water level might have risen since it rained a week ago but I was proven wrong. There wasn’t much of the waterfalls to see but I managed to find some interesting waterscapes in the area.
“Springs are present at the base of Pedernales Falls. These springs are considered to be primarily charged by river water from above the falls. Groundwater mainly moves along joints and bedding and emerges as artesian springs at the base of the Falls.” www.geology.sfasu
We located a few springs in the area but we found one which we liked best. The settings I used: ISO 100, F22-36 depending on the focal length, long shutter speed of 1- 3 secs.
It was around 2 o’clock in the afternoon when we decided to go back to South Austin and visit McKinney Falls State Park. It’s about 5 minutes from where we live.
We arrived at the lower falls around 4 o’clock after having lunch at Oak Creek Cafe in Dripping Springs. The sun was blocked by the clouds from time to time and I was counting on that to give me a few moments to shoot the falls.
We definitely enjoyed going from one State Park to another and it’s so relaxing when we appreciate what nature has to offer. I’m always looking forward to more nature trips.