Lady Bird Lake Looking West

I liked this view so much (photographed on a recent hike), I went back to photograph it again. It took me two sessions to get this photo. For the first session, I arrived just after sunrise to take advantage of the Golden Hour. Or so I thought. What I got was a bank of grey clouds. I could see hints of blue skies and white clouds peeking through every once in a while, but the morning clouds insisted upon hanging around, getting thicker and darker. I stayed there at least an hour and a half photographing grey skies and grey water over and over again. I went to an appointment and returned to the site later in the morning. I was concerned that by then the sun would be too strong and the glare on the water too bright, but the sky and the clouds cooperated.


When I was there the second time, a fisherman, David from Smithville, and I shared the space near the railing. He pointed out to me the perch swimming near us.

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David noticed there were two perch (Cichlid, I later found out): a male and a female. Parents, it seems, to a very large brood of baby perch. They were guarding them from predators, mostly other fish just a few feet away. Cichlid in Lady Bird Lake (2)

I just knew I’d never be able to photograph the school of baby perch due to the color of the water, the tiny baby fish size, and their dark color, so I didn’t even try. But when I got home and looked at the fish photos (taken before I saw the baby fish), there they were, right under the daddy fish. Or maybe it’s the mommie fish; I don’t know which is which. The baby fish are the dark lines under the fish head, spreading outward.

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My original photos weren’t anywhere near this good. I can thank Lightroom for its editing features (the few I know how to use).

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Blurry Bat Photos

My hiking group got together for an evening excursion on a Lone Star Riverboat Cruise along Lady Bird Lake, ending up at the Ann W. Richards Bridge (Congress Avenue bridge) at sunset. That’s when the world’s largest urban bat colony takes flight for their nightly feeding. The number of bats is around 750,000. In June, that doubles when all these females give birth: with mothers and babies, that’s 1.5 million bats. It takes more than an hour for all the bats to leave the bridge.

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Looking east of the bridge.

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The view from the crane is probably spectacular.

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Why isn’t anyone out on their patio? Hmm . . .

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It’ll be hard to find a spot on the bridge to wait for the bats.

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