Enchanted Rock is like no other place on Earth. It’s a huge granite dome extending upwards 425 feet and from the top you can see the Texas Hill Country go on for mile after mile. It’s believed from the archaeological evidence that Native Americans visited the area as early as 11,000 years ago and local folklore speaks of spiritual powers attributed to the unique geology. According to some stories, the Native Americans hid from Anglo settlers on the top of Enchanted Rock and since they were unable to be seen from the ground below, they believed it had made them invisible.
Enchanted Rock – Fredericksburg, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 28mm, f/8 for 1/125th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta. Click on the image above for a larger version.
Enchanted Rock has been surveyed, painted and photographed extensively and in 1970 it was declared a National Landmark. The State of Texas acquired it in 1979 and opened it as a state park in 1984. It is one of the most popular hiking and camping destinations in central Texas and welcomes thousands of photographers each year. Enchanted Rock is also one of the most popular stops on the Texas Landscape Safari and I never tire of exploring it’s incredible beauty with the folks that attend my workshop.
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