Exploring Little Sunday Creek

For me, one of the most enjoyable aspects of hiking in Palo Duro Canyon State Park is exploring dry creek beds running throughout the park. Walking across miles and miles of alluvial soil gives you a real sense of perspective here in the canyons. Millions of years of erosion, piping and weathering come together to create an almost “alien” landscape with hidden wonders around every bend.

It’s humbling to think that all of our current architectural and construction technology will mean little to the inexorable power of the elements. In less time than these canyons were formed, every trace of our “modern” civilization will someday be washed away by the slow but relentless power of wind and rain.

If you’ve never visited the Texas panhandle and explored these canyons I strongly urge you to do so. I find that hiking through a million years of history is an experience that “moves” even the most stoic of personalities. It creates a connection with the land that draws folks back to the Texas plains and canyons year after year. It’s hard for me to explain, but exploring these magnificent plains and canyons makes me feel somehow “young” again. Hiking through the beauty of this region refreshes me, lifts me up and brings me peace. What more could a person ask for?

Little Sunday Creek

Little Sunday Creek – Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon Powershot G10 set on aperture priority (Av) using a circular polarizer. The exposure was taken at 38mm, f/6.3 for 1/40th of a second at ISO 80. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3. Click on the image above for a larger version.

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Footprints in Little Sunday Creek

Footprints in Little Sunday Creek – Canyon, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon Powershot G10 set on aperture priority (Av) using a circular polarizer. The exposure was taken at 42mm, f/6.3 for 1/100th of a second at ISO 80. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3. Click on the image above for a larger version.

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4 thoughts on “Exploring Little Sunday Creek

  1. Hi Jeff,

    I smiled when I saw this morning’s post. I have the same two near identical photos, we must have been standing in about the same spot. I posted them on my Flickr Photostream, one is my attempt at an HDR. I recently (at your recommendation in another post) purchased the Color Efex Pro 3.0 filter set. What a world of difference they make in processing.

    Thanks for the continued inspiration.

    • Tracy,

      Thanks for reading. The winter weather here in Texas is one of our best kept secrets. It may be 20F in Lubbock and 75F in Houston.

      Jeff

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