Pedernales Falls is a beautifully scenic gradual waterfalls located in Blanco County just east of Johnson City, Texas. Though you’d never think so from this image, the Pedernales River can flash flood with little or no warning. The water in the river can rise from a quiet stream to a raging torrent in just a few minutes. There are signs all over the state park telling hikers to seek higher ground immediately if they notice the water rising.
I’m sure this has to do with the fact that the geology of the Edwards Plateau is an uplifted and elevated region formed from deposits of sandstone, limestone, and shale. 150 years ago this entire area was mostly grasslands but overgrazing and erosion has changed it to what we see today, hard rock and scrub trees. Although it’s still a beautiful area, the lack of topsoil and grass makes flash flooding a real danger.
I was hoping for a little better water flow for my shots but the low water level did allow me to gain access to some unusual locations to shoot from such as this small area of rapids in the middle of the falls. Using a Singh-Ray Vari-ND neutral density filter allowed me to take a much longer exposure which creates the milky look to the flowing water.