The Dog Days of Summer Are Here

It was 102F here in Sugar Land this weekend with more hot, humid and hazy weather predicted for the next several weeks. It’s the time of year in Texas when things start to slow down just a bit. Folks that enjoy an active lifestyle will get up a few hours early for their daily run or walk, hoping to catch a cool breeze before the blazing sun takes it’s place in the sky. Other folks become creatures of the night, waiting till dusk for their activity and praying the mosquitos don’t eat them alive.

But for a photographer, summer is a season of magic. Those golden hours in the evenings seem to stretch on forever as the sun take’s its own sweet time setting in the west. The evening sky turns from a vivd blue to a pale green in the hours just before sunset and then to a golden yellow and ruby red as the sun dips below the horizon. Time seems to move a little slower here in summer and the sunsets last for hours. What more could a landscape photographer ask for?

I’m heading for the Hill Country later this week to work and sweat but mostly just to enjoy the summer. Y’all are welcome to join me anytime!

Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock at Dusk – Fredericksburg, Texas
Copyright © 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 40mm, f/16 for 1/5th of a second at ISO 50 with a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.

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View Location on Panoramio & Google Earth: Enchanted Rock – Fredericksburg, Texas

8 thoughts on “The Dog Days of Summer Are Here

  1. Hi Jeff,

    It’s been a while since you last helped me out while I was living abroad in Japan. As it turns out, my family and I are now back here in the US, and coincidentally enough, now living in the Med Center of Houston. It sounds like you’re not that far away if you’re in Sugar Land. I’ll have to try harder to keep up with my RSS feeds if I’m to spot you around town presenting!

    Thanks,
    Ben

    • Ben,

      Welcome back to the States and thanks for reading. I have clients all over the Houston area so I’m usually out and about. If you see a gray haired old fart lugging around a bunch of camera gear it’s probably me. If you’re interested in attending my presentation at the Houston Photochrome Club just drop them an email. I’m sure they’ll have room for everyone. And if you want to catch me doing what I love the most, take a weekend trip past Austin to the Hill Country and visit some of our incredible state parks. I’ll be out there patiently waiting for the sun to set.

      Jeff

      Jeff

  2. Another fine shot, I’m inclined to chase that thunderstorm off in the distance just to feel the cool rain soaked breezes.

    Just a little rambling on my part, but why do the meteorologists say that proper temperature readings are taken outside in the shade, when my work rarely allows me the opportunity to hide from the blistering sun here in our great state.

    sun baked steve aka woody

    • Steve,

      How right you are! 95F in the shade here in Texas is more like 115F under the sun. Good thing I’m a bit of a lizard. Love the hot weather.

      Jeff

  3. You need to treat yourself to a trip to Scotland in the summer sometime, Jeff. The magic hour lasts at least 5 hours there in June. I still feel cheated over here in Texas 🙂

    • Dave,

      I didn’t know you were a Scot Dave. Let the fun begin. (All in jest my friend. All in jest.)

      I’ve traveled to Scotland several times in the past ten years and found the summers to be pleasant but a wee bit short for my taste. I’ve also traveled there during the winter and have come to understand why the Scots invented the single-malt. It’s so bloody wet and cold you need a wee nip every now and then just to keep warm. Being the humble Irishman that I am, I’d have to say that without the invention of Scotch Whiskey, the Crown would have sold off Scotland to the Welsh hundreds of years ago. And we all know that you Scots invaded the Emerald Isle to steal away our beautiful (and fiery) women. What you didn’t know was that we were pilfering your whiskey while you were stealing our women. A fair trade to be sure! 🙂

      All in jest!

      Jeff

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