Nature Photography – The Grotto

I found this spot during a hike last summer in the “Lost Pines” section of the Bastrop State Park in central Texas. This unusual, moss covered rock outcropping really caught my eye. In fact, if you look at the large rocks just right of center in this image they almost look like a face chiseled out of the stone.

Now I’m not easily spooked, but the longer I looked at this rock formation the more lifelike it seemed. I couldn’t see any signs that the rock had been carved so I guess its just one of those strange quirks of nature.

The Grotto

The Grotto
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 40D set on aperture priority (Av), using an EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/13 for 1/8th of a second at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop Elements using Nik’s Color Efex Pro filters. Click on the image above for a larger version.

5 thoughts on “Nature Photography – The Grotto

  1. The rock remind me of the Witch’s Rock that I saw at the Blarney Castle in Irleand. I have a photo of it somewhere…I’ll try to get find.

    Great shot. Love the “nature” of it all, and the natural light bounce too.

  2. I like the splash of light in the foreground. I think at times like that, you can understand older, animist cultures better. It is interesting to think that ancient people may have stood where you were and felt an awe that was religious or even euphoric. I think your photo captures the feeling.

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