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.

Cichlid in Lady Bird Lake (1)

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.

Cichlid in Lady Bird Lake (3)

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

Cichlid in Lady Bird Lake (4)

The Trail Less Travelled (2)

More areas of interest along the east side of the Lady Bird Lake trail.

Fence graffiti.
Fence Grafitti

Art in support of the fight against cancer.

Hope No Hope (1)

But as soon as I took that photo, I noticed two people sleeping on the side. Not sure how much hope they have.

Hope No Hope (3)

If we all lived in these apartments, we wouldn’t have to drive to access the lake or the trail.
Lawn Chairs (2)

Lawn chairs (4)

Lawn Chairs (3)

The Trail Less Travelled (1)

The hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake is very popular, especially between the Ann W. Richards Bridge on Congress Avenue and the MoPac bridge. That’s about a five-mile loop. But the trail is approximately 10-miles long, with the other distance spanning east from Congress Avenue to Pleasant Valley Road and the Longhorn Dam. This section is a lot less busy and it’s a very nice trail. That’s the route my hiking group took the last time we were there.

This is underneath the IH35 bridge. Maybe this is his favorite fishing spot. Shh! Don’t tell anyone.

Fishing (1)



Chisholm Trail Marker Longhorn Dam

Lady Bird Lake (4)