More Adventures in Palo Duro Canyon

Another great thing about hiking in Palo Duro Canyon State Park is the freedom you have to explore to your heart’s content. Trails run throughout the park with miles and miles of some of the most interesting geology in the state. During the spring and fall, you can spot groups of geology students wandering through the park with their Brunton Geo’s recording the “strike and dip” of the rock formations in their Moleskin notebooks.

For photographers the canyon trails offer wonderful vistas to capture around every bend. Hiking with a photographer has it’s drawbacks however, since we’re prone to sudden stops and long periods of waiting for the light or clouds to become “just right” during our quest for the perfect exposure. Most avid bikers will avoid a photographer like the plague, since these periods of waiting are contrary to their very nature.

Whatever your reason for visiting the canyons, encountering a scene like this makes the trip to the Texas panhandle worth every dime you’ve spent on gas!

Hiking to Fortress Cliff

Hiking to Fortress Cliff – Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using a TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/18 for 1/10th 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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2 thoughts on “More Adventures in Palo Duro Canyon

  1. Your photos are bringing back, flooding back the memories I have of Palo Duro. I nearly always purchased a year-round pass to Texas Parks so I could get in the pickup and go to Palo Duro. I often would finish lecturing at 1:30 p.m. and head off to the canyon for an afternoon hike. I took anthropology students on field trips there and so on. Thank you for the memories — Bob Hope? Who’s he?

  2. Your comment in geology students remind me of the time I went on a trip in Colorado with my geologist brother. It was before photography for me but I think back on the beautiful vistas I could have captured while the geology prof droned on…

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