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My wife and I at the top of enchanted rock at sunset.

It was well worth it when my wife and I hiked up at 5:30am to get a glimpse of this sunrise as we watched sitting on the Enchanted Rock in Texas! Who said Texas was just flat? =)

  

Early morning drive to Enchanted Rock reveals the rock in all it's 'pink' glory. Reminds me of a smaller 'Ayers Rock' (Uluru) in Australia.

This was shot from the top of Enchanted Rock in the Texas hill country.

iPhone 4S + Snapseed + PicFX + Filterstorm + Dynamic Light. I shot this picture near the summit of Enchanted Rock. I was drawn to the windblown shape of this tree, and the packs and walking stick hanging from it. It was a frustrating place to shoot because the view is so vast and there is no way to capture it all in one photo. Since I couldn't recreate the feeling of being there in one frame, I decided to add some drama back into the photo through color and texture.

Couldn't resist this pattern in the frozen water for obvious reasons. Beautifully perched on a rock and sporting a distinct beak and quill on its head, this was enchanting until the first loud crack persuaded me to retreat. Well worth the hypothermia and potential drowning.

FYI, Little Rock is the smaller of the two domes, in the background.

2008 December Enchanted Rock

Canon AE-1 35 mm ISO 200

Enchanted Rock near Fredricksburg Texas

Canon AE-1 35 mm ISO 200

A view from the top of Enchanted Rock just north of Fredericksburg Texas

 

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This is a mini-planet (polar panorama) made using the same images I used from my regular panorama from this location, just processed in a different way.

 

On Saturday February 21st the Enchanted Rock state natural area celebrated it's designation by the International Dark Sky Association as a Gold Tier Dark Sky Park with it's first Enchanted "Rock Star" Festival.

 

As part of the celebration there was a "moon-less" night hike to the top of the Rock during which I had a chance to take the 12 photos I used for this image. You can see the regular panorama at: www.flickr.com/photos/zerocem/16447721248/

Enchanted Rock, near Fredericksburg, Texas

Been moving away from HDR and trying my luck with ND filters. Here's a shot of Turkey Peak at sunset. Hard to believe this is only an hour and a half away from Austin!

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