The last few years, Texas has experienced significant drought conditions. Lake Travis, which is a large water supply for the Austin area reached dangerously low conditions. I seem to recall it was down to about 35 percent of its "full" level. In an area with such a large population of people that love their St. Augustine grass yards, it was a pretty scary couple of years.
This year has been another story. I have never experienced so much rain and flooding. While I haven't checked the stats, I think this has been the wettest year on record since I moved here in 1991 when I was just a wee college freshman.
All that to say the lake levels are well over the full mark. The lake and surrounding lakes have been closed several times the past few weeks due to dangerous currents.
And what does that mean for me? Great opportunity for sunset shots with calm waters and few watercraft!
I grabbed my parents to go exploring with me, and of course, got them to pose for a photo. It was my first attempt at a sunset shot with flash. My parents were good sports because they had to stand still for quite a while while I figured out what the heck I was doing.
Takeaways from the shoot: the best colors appear 30 minutes after the sun sets and you can get some great starburst from surrounding lights as they start to come on.
Non-photography takeaways: It's time to leave when the coyotes start to howl!