I’m in the final stages of preparing for my next trip to the Texas panhandle and really looking forward to hiking some of the great trails in Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Amarillo. Palo Duro Canyon State Park is 20,000 acres of the most colorful and beautiful sections of the vast canyon lands in the Texas panhandle.
The trails in and around the park are rugged and steep, but well worth the climb. The climb is not for the faint of heart however, and to get to the best spots to shoot from you’ll ascend over 600 feet and hike about 3 – 5 miles. Hiking in Palo Duro Canyon is best done in the early spring or late fall months when the high temperature rarely exceeds 85F and the low temperature seldom gets below 45F. Like all desert climates, the air is usually very dry with relative humidities in the 20% – 30% range.
Once you hike past all the camping areas, the canyon really opens up and offers you vistas like this to enjoy and photograph. Surrounded by all this beauty, it’s easy to come home with some really nice shots to print, frame and enjoy.
The Spanish Skirts of Palo Duro Canyon, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 84mm, f/16 for 1/40th 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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View Location on Panoramio & Google Earth: The Spanish Skirts of Palo Duro Canyon, Texas