Lost Maples State Natural Area

November 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Hi Everyone! Hope you have been enjoying this cooler weather we have been having! I wonder how long it's going to last... I suspect we will be having weather that is quite warm any day now!

A few days ago, my husband, Don, and I decided on the spur of the moment to take a drive looking for fall color. Since this little trip was not planned, we left rather late in the day, after noon. We first drove to Guadalupe River State Park, but did not really see much color there yet - other than green :) 

We left there and headed to Lost Maples (we like to drive), and did not arrive at Lost Maples until almost 5pm! That's almost the time the sun sets this time of year, so we had very little time, and not much light to capture a few images! Although I would have loved to stay and capture the sunset as well, Don was being very safety conscious, and we did not stay long, because we knew there would be many deer out that could possibly cross our paths on the way home. We probably saw at least a dozen very close to the road driving home.

We had intended to go up the Maple Trail, on the east side of the park, but ended up going up the East Trail. Parts of these 2 trails are very close together, and actually flank the Sabinal River on either side. This part of the river did not have very much water in it, but it was enough to capture a couple of reflection images.

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The day we were there, it was quite cold and very cloudy and overcast. We hope to get a chance to go back to Lost Maples, after the colors peak, which is supposed to be happening right about now, and over the next week or so. Hopefully next time, we can make it out a bit earlier in the day, and it would be awesome to get some beautiful bright sunlight filtering through the leaves! If you have a chance to make it out there, you should go! And be sure to take your camera with you!

Here are a few more of the images I captured the other day. If we do get a chance to go back while the colors are at their peak, I'd like to check out the pond area, and hopefully get some more reflection type images. I'll post more images if we get that opportunity. Hope you enjoy :)

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