Lakeshore In Winter
Photograph - Outdoor Color Photo
Grassy shoreline of Lake Firethorne, captured during the golden hour on a January day. A peaceful, calming, and strikingly beautiful winter scene with no snow. Seldom does it snow in this part of Texas.
The St. Augustine grass will turn green in the spring, but in winter it takes on the color of amber, shown here. Most prominent is a native Texas mesquite tree, nearly bare and silhouetted in the late afternoon sun. Native grasses follow the curve of the shoreline, where they meet the gentle ripples of soft blue water. A sky filled with cumulo-nimbus clouds rounds out this lovely scene, one of my personal favorites.
Firethorne is a master-planned suburban community located in Katy, west of Houston. This thriving area, counting only the homes in the Katy Independent School District, recently equaled or surpassed the population of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The entire area is booming. Originally a rice farming community, it is now home to many who work in Houston’s Energy Corridor, down the road.
The vast state of Texas is divided into five distinct areas: The Panhandle (Amarillo), the Hill Country (Austin), Piney Woods (Huntsville, The Woodlands), Prairies and Lakes (Katy), and the Texas Gulf Coast (Houston). So despite its proximity to Houston, ecologically Katy is located in a different section of Texas altogether. Certain plants that do well in Houston, for example, may not be recommended here. This explains, in part, why the look of this planned community tends to reflect the Hill Country on which the Prairie and Lakes region borders as it moves northward. The feel is rugged but refined, with lots of stone and texture.
Copyright 2017 Connie Steitz Fox. All Rights Reserved. Please note: The watermark, if visible, will not appear on your purchased artwork. Phone photo, captured with an iPhone 5c.
FEATURED in iPhone Photography, Smart Phone Photography, and No Place Like Home, July 2019. Featured in Camera Art, August 2019. My thanks!
Lakeshore in Winter
Smartphone nature and landscape photography by Connie Fox
April 27th, 2017
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