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 – 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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