Lighting over West Lake Hills

Lighting over West Lake Hills - Austin, Texas

Lighting over West Lake Hills – Austin, Texas

I don’t make a lot of landscapes. I’ve mentioned that many times on the blog. Then, if you factor in how often one is in lighting storms, you can understand that taking pictures of lighting is very rare for me. I’ve attempted it twice before, and never explicitly. That was the case here when I unexpectedly noticed a lighting storm approaching from the south.

This was just 10 minutes after I made this landscape from Mount Bonnell, which I posted yesterday. I was packing up to leave when I noticed flashes off in the distance. Repositioning the camera, taking two 1 minute exposures, I captured lighting on both. I like this one better because of the beautifully balanced inverted tree structure.

West Lake Hills, located west of downtown Austin is a separate city — one the most affluent in the area. Austin has developed around West Lake Hills, encompassing it like Los Angeles surrounds Beverly Hills. From my vantage point from Mount Bonnell, I’m looking southwest. I like the glowing trees which look like Ewok Villages.

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