The Deep River in Austin

This spot is about 5 minutes from my house.  Why don’t I go up here every night for sunset?  I don’t know.  I really don’t have a good excuse, because every time I go up there, I come away with something different.

On this night, I walked up there with my son right after the sun dropped below the horizon and we watched the day turn to night together.  One of the planets was brightly lit (Venus?) and appeared right above that cool-lookin tree that sits atop.  People from Austin know the one I’m talkin’ about. 🙂

The Deep River in Austin (by Stuck in Customs)

  • It seems to be a remote and quiet place – or it just looks like one in the photograph. It could be Venus – it is not fully lit and Venus – also called the morning star – or evening star – is very very bright. Did you shoot it with a large tele? I am amazed that you can see Venus partly lit. I love astronomy and just went to an exhibition by a young astro-photographer. Check out his work at It’s amazing.

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  • Hey Trey!! was you tripod falling over at the time? 😉
    It is unusual to see a tilted image from you, funny that another one of my main contacts did the same thing to me the other day!
    Great image, and Birgit is right, that would have to be Venus. It is following close to the setting Sun at moment.

  • the places closest to home, periodically provide the most prosperous images. very nice.

  • Chris

    Crooked ARG!

  • Don’t know the day you took this, but this site (Old Farmer’s Almanac) will give you the rise and set times of the sun, moon, and planets anywhere (in the US?) on any day. Then it’s easy to figure out what’s just ahead of the moon, or behind the sun, or whatever.

  • Barb

    What’s wrong with crooked? It is a beautiful and peaceful shot.

  • Why does Venus appear to have a shadow half way across the face. Venus does not have a planet that cast a shadow on the surface like the earth does on the moon. Love the shot but if you had not said it was Venus I would have guessed the moon. Great shot.

  • Indibang

    Lovely and unusual image from you. Good capture.

  • Thanks y’all.

    (and yes I know it was tilted… I thought it looked kinda cool, and that is why the tilt was so exaggerated, to make it obvious… hehe)

    And why does Venus have a shadow? I don’t know! Actually, I think that is not a shadow at all, but just the big circle of light doing something strange with the lens.

  • I like the tilt – it follows the lines of the tree. It also makes it seem like a very dangerous shot to take – almost falling off the cliff to get an awesome shot 🙂

  • Adam

    Wow, that is a great shot Trey! I love the tilt and everything else about it. Keep up the great work!

  • Michelle (OrchidPhoto)

    I like the tilt! It gives it something extra and makes it surreal. Looks like a very peaceful place.

  • Eleazar Paradise

    Cool picture. Is there anyway you could tell us where exactly this location is?

  • The tilt is cool. Very nice photo!

  • Thanks!

    Eleazar – this is right by the 360 bridge. When going south, just pull off to the left there, and there is a trail that leads up to the top of the cliff.

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  • Trey, I think that’s the first time I’ve seen someone turn round and take a shot in the opposite direction! Folks heading up there are normally desperate to get a photo of the Pennybacker Bridge and obviously fail to appreciate the potential offered by the other half of the Lake Austin view.

    As ever, beautifully captured and presented.

  • What a great image. By the way, what a great blog. Very inspirational. Hope one day I’ll take photos like you do.

    Have fun!

  • Looks like Venus to me. Venus has phases just like the moon. See

    Very cool pic.

  • Yeah, I got the picture up today!! Yesterday, I went to your main website and saw it but couldn’t comment. I love this picture, Trey!!! What a peaceful setting. That is quite a magnificent tree. Great job!! Now on to today’s picture, I hope.

  • I like the tilt in the image. Its a good departure from the ‘levelled’ horizon. and that’s the moon btw. don’t think venus would look that big on a 15mm lens.

  • Nice photo, but at 15mm I’d almost have to say that what you’ve captured is the moon and not Venus. While Venus is very bright and does exhibit phases like the moon, what you’ve got here would probably require something on the order of 1000mm or so (lens wise) to get that level of detail. What you’re seeing here is a crescent phase of the moon with a bit of ‘earth shine’ illuminating the area that’s in the “shade”. What people don’t often realize is that the moon is really small itself when taken in photographs, even with a 300mm telephoto it’s still not very large in the frame.

    Venus or not, still a very nice shot.

  • This is beautiful! Love the reflections.

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