According to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism, more than 50 million people visit Texas in the fall. It is the time when the landscape is at its most colorful and vibrant. If you are in Texas, the fall presents a great opportunity to take some photographs of some of the most scenic landscapes, filled with the natural oranges, reds, and browns of the trees getting ready for winter. The state parks in particular are a great place to visit for photography, and there is plenty of wide-open space to explore.
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
The Enchanted Rock Park has an almost mystical feel to it, especially in the fall when the land is shrouded in mist in the early morning. The highlight of the park is the giant dome that was formed from magma pushed up to the Earth’s surface over a billion years ago. Climbing to the top of the dome is one of the best places to take some ethereal photos of the area. If you are planning to take a large number of shots, you might find that digital photography, rather than analog, is better. In many ways, digital photos are more eco-friendly, as you can select and edit hundreds of photos without having to print them off.
Caprock Canyons State Park
Caprock Canyons is the home of the amazing shaggy native bison, the perfect subject for your fall photography. Try to catch their distinctive silhouettes on the horizon as the sun is setting. There are over 90 miles of trails that you can explore, and the landscape offers a natural rugged beauty. It is the “red beds” that make Caprock such a good place to take photos during the fall. These exposed geological layers were formed 280 million years ago. When the leaves on the trees are beautiful shades of red and orange too, the whole park seems to be bathed in rich sunlight.
Lost Maples State Natural Area
Lost Maples is home to the incredible Uvalde bigtooth maples, which attract many visitors in the fall months who come just to see the beautiful display of foliage. The red oaks also make a beautiful sight as they give up their leaves for the winter. The best time to visit is in the last two weeks in October through to early November. Whilst you are taking photos, look out for the white-tailed deer and the rock squirrel that roam free in the park.
Texas really does have four seasons, and you can capture these in the state parks. You can take some incredible photos of the fall foliage that you will be proud to hang on your wall.