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Dec 1, 2014 10:27:47   #
loboimages
 
A touch of New England color at the ranch and views from Enchanted Rock.

The colors on some of the photos are not true unless you download them. I would appreciate it if someone could provide advice on how I can get the true color on the initial post.

Thanks,

Lou
Fall Colors 1
Fall Colors 1...
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Fall Colors 2
Fall Colors 2...
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Enchanted Rock Summit 1
Enchanted Rock Summit 1...
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Enchanted Rock Summit 2
Enchanted Rock Summit 2...
Anchients
Anchients...
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Dec 1, 2014 10:32:34   #
tbohon
 
Nicely done. The first two especially bring back memories of my travels through that area while stationed at Randolph AFB in San Antonio. Thanks!!!

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Dec 1, 2014 10:42:56   #
loboimages
 
Sorry, missed the "download" option on one photo. The gray cell are a little slow this morning.
Enchanted Rock Summit 2
Enchanted Rock Summit 2...
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Dec 1, 2014 10:46:23   #
loboimages
 
Thanks for viewing, and thanks for your service to our country.

Lou

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Dec 1, 2014 10:58:21   #
Linda From Maine (a regular here)
 
Very lovely series!

Sometimes the thumbnails do seem much truer in color and exposure than others. Don't know if there is a way to prevent that.

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Dec 1, 2014 11:52:19   #
tbohon
 
loboimages wrote:
Thanks for viewing, and thanks for your service to our country.

Lou


Thank you very much Lou, I appreciate your comments.

Tom

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Dec 1, 2014 12:35:34   #
HOT Texas
 
Lou, nice shots and processing, Enjoyed them!!! :thumbup:

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Dec 1, 2014 12:51:16   #
Mr PC
 
Now you make me want to drive out to Enchanted Rock at dawn, take some pictures and then have lunch in Fredericksburg! Nice set.

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Dec 1, 2014 14:27:34   #
loboimages
 
Mr. PC....Don't miss the wineries; it seems a new one opens every month. I think there are now about 14 on 290 between Johnson City and Fredericksburg with more in the planning.

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Dec 1, 2014 21:56:17   #
Mr PC
 
loboimages wrote:
Mr. PC....Don't miss the wineries; it seems a new one opens every month. I think there are now about 14 on 290 between Johnson City and Fredericksburg with more in the planning.


I love driving out into the hill country and seeing what I see. Some of my best landscapes have been out west of Austin. Thanks for the heads up on the wineries. I don't drink anymore but I can be a good designated driver, I could make a day of it with friends.

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Dec 2, 2014 07:38:10   #
Sendai5355
 
About as fall looking as it gets around here given all the live oak and mountain juniper (cedar). Use to climb that old granite rock a lot in my younger years.

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Dec 2, 2014 12:20:47   #
gessman
 
A good group of shots. Thanks for posting them. I haven't been there since about '77. I'm curious, can any recent visitor tell me if the buckeye tree that was on top of the rock is still alive and producing? It was the only buckeye tree I ever encountered in TX.

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Dec 2, 2014 14:51:13   #
loboimages
 
Hi Guessman......Not certain I'd recognize a buckeye tree; only saw trees native to the area and not many of them growing in the granite.

Lou

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Dec 2, 2014 15:23:16   #
gessman
 
loboimages wrote:
Hi Guessman......Not certain I'd recognize a buckeye tree; only saw trees native to the area and not many of them growing in the granite.

Lou


Hi Lou. The trees look something like this http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T2MDoVTrJtA/TJADVMD4GdI/AAAAAAAAK50/LQn28TRpkYE/s1600/buckeyetree.jpg and up close it looks like this http://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2890/9782312396_c4c8c54bbb_z.jpg when loaded with buckeyes and when the shell pops open the buckeyes will appear something like this http://indomitablyirresistible.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/buckeye.jpg and looked at separate they are about an inch or more in diameter and look like this http://www.ohio-nature.com/image-files/buckeye-tree-nut-lg.jpg

When I was a kid a lot of people used them for good luck charms. You don't find them growing in the south very often. That's what was so strange about one being up there on top of Enchanted Rock. The tree wasn't in real good shape which is what made me wonder if it had survived. The buckeyes off that tree were a little stunted and smallish though so I guess the tree knew it was out of place there. We camped out at the bottom of the rock a few times and our 3 boys gathered several buckeyes up and we still have them. Our boys also found some arrowheads in the little stream that runs along the base of the rock. We like to think the arrowheads were from the battle when Capt John Coffee Hayes was trapped up on the rock and single handedly held off a bunch of Comanches until they grew weary of fighting with him and left. I don't know if it's still there or not but there was a sign telling about that battle at the base of the rock. The Indians in the area thought the rock harbored evil spirits, hence the name, "Enchanted Rock." There's a short one page article about it here http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/lxe01 . I'm sure you know all about it but others might be interested after seeing your pix in this thread. If I recall, the inclining walk from the base to the top of the rock is one mile which puts the size in a little bit of perspective. It's a chunk of granite for sure. Thanks again for posting the pictures. I have pictures very similar (yours are better). I enjoyed the re-visit.

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Dec 2, 2014 18:25:25   #
loboimages
 
Thanks for the pictures of the tree and the fruit. I've heard of the tree, but never saw one.

There are a lot of interesting stories about Enchanted Rock, but the one about Ranger Hays is probably the most famous. My son told this story to my grandsons on our visit to the site.

I'm not surprised that you and your boys found arrow heads there. I'm always amazed how many sites in various part of the hill country where they are often found. Recently an archaeology group from one of the universities discovered a Comanche camp site on a small creek about a quarter mile down the road from my place. Comanche raiders captured many children of German settlers in the hill country. There is an interesting book, "Emperor of The Summer Moon", published a few years ago about the Comanches in Texas.

Thanks again for the information on buckeye trees. I'll keep an eye out for them when I travel north out of Texas.

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