I took an AM off this past week and took an easy 90 minute drive (from Austin) up to Bend, TX. The target – Gorman Falls at Colorado Bend State Park. I had never visited this spot, but had seen some photos and it looked wonderful! I knew an early visit might allow for nice light. So we arrived at 8:30 AM. Once you park you car, there is a 1.2 mile hike down a rocky trail. A few times we wondered if it was the correct path. Took us about 35 minutes and we finally arrived.
As you get close you can hear the falls…you walk down a mountain like path with ropes to help you walk down…then this is the view as you witness the falls for the first time! The early morning light was amazing! The falls were like nothing I have ever seen in Texas. I’d say, the most beautiful spot in Texas!!! Tough to beat! We set up and snapped many photos…then just down the hill (10 yards) the falls continue and you see an even more wonderful view!! A bigger falls with tricking water down the mountain side.
So I say to people living near Austin…go visit this unreal place! As it is in the middle of nowhere…it is not too busy. A quiet piece of heaven in Texas! I could imagine a great place for portraits, a picnic, or just to relax and enjoy the view! Hamilton Pool, Westcave Preserve, McKinney Falls…they don’t come close to Gorman Falls. I have a few more shots from here to post soon! Enjoy!
Talke Photography Settings:
- Camera: Nikon D300
- Lens: Nikon 18-200 VR f/3.5-5.6
- Setting: Aperture Mode
- Focal Length: 22.0mm
- ISO: 200
- Exposure: HDR: 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
- Aperture: f/16.0
- Gear: Hand Held
- Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza