Tag Archives: Texas Hill Country

Saddle Bronc Riding

Saddle Bronc Riding or Saddleback Bronco riding was one of the first events at the Wimberley July 4th Rodeo in Texas. Saddle bronc riding is a classic event, both a complement and contrast to the wilder spectacles of bareback riding and bull riding. This event requires strength to be sure, but the event also demands style, grace and precise timing. Dave Wilson and I shuffled around the rodeo arena getting the best vantage point for each event. Since this was the first event we still had some decent light to shoot with as the sun was just going down. Dave recently posted a similar shot of this same rider from the Rodeo, noting the determination in his face.

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Enchanted

One of our first stops on my second Texas trip was a drive out to Fredericksburg TX to check out the Enchanted Rock State Natural area. Enchanted Rock is an enormous Pink granite batholith located approximately 17 miles north of Fredericksburg, Texas. The prominent granite dome is visible for many miles in the surrounding basin. Folklore of local Tonkawa, Apache, and Comanche tribes ascribes magical and spiritual powers to the rock (hence the name ‘Enchanted Rock’). While attempting to hide from Anglo settlers in the area, the natives would hide on the top two tiers of the rock, where they were invisible from the ground below.

Dave and I battled the intense heat and visited the area for sunset and then returned in the morning for a climb to the top which was quite the view. The colorful sky vanished as we made our way up the summit trail and we were left with gray bland skies, not really enough to even get long exposures so I opted for a B&W. I decided to play around with the new 11mm lens, this was a shot on top of Enchanted Rock looking out over the Texas Hill Country. You cannot tell by the picture but I was very close to this tree when I shot this frame, the lens has an amazing range.

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