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Driftwood sunset

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On October 17th we drove about 45 minutes southwest to Driftwood, in Hays County, to see for the first time the home and property our friends David and Jolyn bought and moved to last year.

Because their new home is up in the hills, it offers some scenic views of the nearby countryside. We took advantage of that by all sitting outside and watching day give way to night, as the sunset pictures in this post confirm. Metadata says I took the photographs at 6:58, 7:00, and 7:09, respectively.

If you compare the top two pictures, you’ll notice that the clouds in the first photograph are a small subset of those in the second. That’s because in the first picture I zoomed the lens to its maximum 105mm (and later cropped off strips across the top and bottom to make more of a panorama). For the middle photograph, I zoomed out to the lens’s widest setting, 24mm, to pull in a lot of higher clouds. Call me upwardly mobile for the final view: I aimed the camera mostly overhead, rather than outward as I had for the first two shots.

© 2021 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 26, 2021 at 4:27 AM

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  1. I wasn’t familiar with the county name, but Driftwood seemed familiar. Sure enough, it’s the home of Desert Door, the preeminent distiller of sotol that I linked to when I wrote about sotol and agave.

    On their website, Desert Door mentions mystical visions and expansive skies; these images certainly could suit their advertising or website. All three are lovely, but my favorite is the last. It’s a relatively rare form of cloud here, but when it appears, I always enjoy seeing it.


    October 26, 2021 at 6:52 AM

    • How can I resist agreeing that the haze of clouds so tall would suit the advertising for sotol spirits distilled in Hays County?

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 26, 2021 at 10:08 AM

  2. You had a lovely sunset for your visit.


    October 26, 2021 at 7:08 AM

    • We sure did. We might have experience that sooner in that location but the pandemic had kept us from visiting.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 26, 2021 at 10:09 AM

  3. Fabulous photos of the evening sky, Steve!

    Peter Klopp

    October 26, 2021 at 8:49 AM

  4. These are great pictures!


    October 26, 2021 at 2:14 PM

  5. Beautiful images!

    Eliza Waters

    October 26, 2021 at 7:09 PM

  6. Not used to seeing sunsets here but glad to see these images and those wonderful pink fluffy cottony clouds.

    Steve Gingold

    October 27, 2021 at 3:20 AM

  7. Loving those skies Steve!


    November 2, 2021 at 2:52 PM

    • The next evening in my neighborhood I took more sunset pictures, a couple of which will appear in a post later this month.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 2, 2021 at 3:11 PM

  8. I am a fan of a low horizon. The sky in these certainly deserve the extra attention!


    November 5, 2021 at 1:12 PM

  9. […] off a colorful sunset in Driftwood on October 17th, the next evening I stationed myselfat a place with a pretty good view on Lost […]

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