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Cliffs along Bull Creek

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See, I really can do a straightforward landscape. This October 24th view shows some of the scalloped cliffs on a section of Bull Creek with which Old Spicewood Springs Rd. intertwines itself in northwest Austin. The saplings at the left edge of the photograph and the one jutting up from the white rocks a little to their right are young sycamore trees.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 1, 2012 at 6:16 AM

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  1. Beautiful shot, Steve!

    Renee Voss

    November 1, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    • Thank you. As a local resident you can get to see this for real (if you haven’t already).

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 1, 2012 at 8:29 AM

  2. A departure for you. I really like it…beautiful shot.


    November 1, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    • Thanks, Edith. If my area had more sights along the lines of Yellowstone and Yosemite I’d do straightforward landscapes more often. Still, there are pretty places here, and from time to time I include pictures of them.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 1, 2012 at 9:30 AM

  3. That’s a gorgeous place and picture..looks very peaceful and the reflections leading you are great.


    November 1, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    • Not only gorgeous, but in my extended neighborhood. Like you, I was taken with the reflections of the cliffs.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

  4. Wow great shot Steve! Are the cliffs limestone? The water and the elements have eroded very interesting shapes in the rock. I knew you had it in you…well done!


    November 1, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    • Yes, this whole area is mostly underlain with limestone. Over the millennia, local creeks have carved out cliffs in various places, and we also have our share of caverns.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 1, 2012 at 9:37 AM

  5. Wonderful shot, Steve. I’m not used to seeing landscape shots from you, but this one is awesome.


    November 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    • Our area isn’t endowed with a lot of you-absolutely-have-to-take-my-picture scenic spots, so in this blog I’ve mostly concentrated on what we do have in abundance, native plants and the creatures that live on and near them. For variety, though, I do slip in a more conventional landscape from time to time.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 1, 2012 at 9:41 AM

  6. Of course you can do landscapes – you can pretty much photograph anything and have it turn out excellent. I enjoy seeing the flowers but also enjoy when you occasionally share the other things as well. The vulture the other day was incredible too.



    November 1, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    • Thanks, Nancy. I do try to offer a variety of things, even if flowers predominate. I’m glad the vulture appealed to you.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 1, 2012 at 11:38 AM

  7. I agree that it’s a delight to see another genre of images from you. Of course, I adore your photographic bent towards flowers, and mostly natives, correct? I really enjoy sycamore for their characteristic peeling bark. Have one in my front yard that has so much beauty, it’s hard not to notice.


    November 1, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    • Variety is the species of life, right? (Spice and species are historically the same word.) Yes, I do show more flowers than anything else, and everything I show is native (at least I think it is). I’m with you when it comes to sycamores, such great trees (in more senses than one). I’m glad that you have one as close as your front yard; I have to go elsewhere to see any.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 1, 2012 at 6:43 PM

  8. Why am I not surprised? Lovely shot.

    Susan Scheid

    November 1, 2012 at 7:53 PM

  9. Gorgeous landscape, Steve, mirrored again in the reflective waters.

    mary mageau

    November 1, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    • I discovered this place only a few years ago, but it’s a joy to go back there now whenever I want. That mirroring appealed to me, too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 1, 2012 at 8:39 PM

  10. Rocks, water and trees make for an unbeatable combination, especially when the photographer seems to have the perfect vantage point! Whether you found a convenient bend or a big, flat rock to stand on, the pespective is perfect. Did you intend for each element to form a rough triangle? It’s a neat variation on the “rule of thirds” I’ve read about.


    November 1, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    • It’s good that you brought up the vantage point. The truth is that I walked as far as I could without getting my shoes wet; even though I always have rubber boots in the trunk of my car, I didn’t feel like walking back to get them, put them on, and return to the creek to wade into it. Where I was was just far enough to get the composition you’ve thoughtfully (and geometrically) analyzed. I can’t say that I intended to line things up to create a rough triangle, but a lot happens without conscious thought. In any case, as you indicated, it’s hard not to like a combination of the primeval elements of rocks, water, and trees.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 1, 2012 at 10:19 PM

  11. This is a very pretty picture. Actually a great capture. Can’t stop looking at it. Please show more nature scenes. You are good with your camera/s at what ever you photograph.


    November 1, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    • Okay, I’ll be on the lookout for more places in my area that lend themselves to that approach.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 2, 2012 at 6:22 AM

  12. You can indeed! That one is a beauty!


    November 2, 2012 at 12:42 AM

  13. Yes, you can!


    November 2, 2012 at 7:45 PM

  14. In the late 1940s and early 1950s my great uncle would take my brother and I out toward Bull Creek. This shot brings back memories.

    Photos close to home

    November 11, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    • Those years precede my familiarity with Bull Creek by several decades, but I’m certainly glad to have wandered it in recent years. I’m glad this photograph takes you back.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 11, 2012 at 5:22 PM

  15. […] those of you who requested more landscapes after you saw the one of the cliffs along Bull Creek, this is another, which I took on November 5. Even yesterday’s picture could have counted as […]

  16. This is beautiful Steve! I love the reflections!

    Michael Glover

    November 15, 2012 at 9:33 PM

  17. […] more or less traditional landscape I’ve presented in the past six weeks, the other two being cliffs along Bull Creek and a pond with ghostly Sesbania stalks in it. Today’s view leaves out any water, which is […]

  18. […] pace with a conventional landscape like this one. Visitors to these pages in November of 2012 saw a horizontal view of the cliffs about a mile upstream from the place in today’s […]

  19. Water a sculptor. Nice straightforward landscape work, Steve.

    Steve Gingold

    June 25, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    • In the text I mentioned that this is a traditional landscape photograph because I’d been showing mostly wildflower macros.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 25, 2019 at 5:14 PM

      • Yes, I understood that and was going along with you for the comment.

        Steve Gingold

        June 25, 2019 at 5:50 PM

        • And I understood that you were doing that. I just wanted to make clear that this landscape was in contrast to all my macros. Austin can’t often match the appeal of famous scenic places, so when I find something at least moderately scenic here I try to play it up.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 25, 2019 at 6:44 PM

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