Caprock Canyons (That’s in Texas Y’all)

I met two young ladies from the great state of Colorado this afternoon and we got to talking about the weather here (hot & humid) as compared to there (cool & dry) and the scenery here (flat, flat, FLAT) compared to there (mountains, aspen trees, clear rivers), etc, etc, etc. You get the point.

Then I explained that Texas was home to some of the largest and most beautiful canyons in the US and they just rolled their eyes thinking “this old man’s been in the sun way too long”. So I grabbed my iPod Touch and opened this shot taken from the western rim of Caprock Canyons just a few weeks ago. In my best East Texas accent I said “That’s in the Texas Panhandle, Y’all”.

So they rolled their eyes again . . .

Link to Google Maps: Caprock Canyons Along Highway 256

View Location on Panoramio & Google Earth: Caprock Canyons Along Highway 256

The Big Canyon

The Big Canyon – Silverton, Texas
Copyright Β© 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on Aperture (Av) priority using an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 37mm, f/16 for 1/30th of a second at ISO 100 with a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.

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10 thoughts on “Caprock Canyons (That’s in Texas Y’all)

  1. Nice shot… is that from the main park road, just past the Honea Flats campground? Can’t remember which overlook that’s from…. πŸ™‚

      • Hey Derrick,

        Yes, I started “manually” geotagging my shots in Flickr, Google Maps and Google Earth to help folks find my favorite spots here in Texas. Now if Canon would just follow Nikon’s lead and make an inexpensive GPS unit, I’d be all set. Doing this manually for each image I post adds a lot of time. And I ain’t gettin any younger! πŸ™‚


  2. LOL I get the same thing as people only think of New York City when I say I am from New York. Most states hold many natural treasures and Texas (as is New York) has an abundance of them. Just look at our blogs. πŸ™‚

    • Scott,

      It’s funny but all I remember from my fifteen years in upstate New York was the SNOW (kidding). I headed south just as fast as I could manage it. πŸ™‚


  3. …well, they were from Colorado…

    I like how the singh-ray brought out the color in the canyon rocks. another site I have added to my list…I need to trade my Mini for something a little larger.

    • Hey Michael,

      You drive a Mini Cooper? My brother-in-law has one he races here in Houston. My Flickr stream has several shots from one of his events last year. The Mini is a great car to photograph.


  4. Splendid picture, Jeff.
    I have just bought a Circular Polarizer for my 24-105, I hope I’ll trying it during the next weeks (and to achieve results like yours, why not πŸ™‚ ).


    • Thanks Jaime.

      You won’t be sorry. A good CP filter (I hope you bought the “thin” mount filter) makes a world of difference on the 24-105mm. It adds just the right amount of mid-tone contrast so your shots actually look sharper on screen.



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