Coming home from Guadalupe Mountains last November, we decided make our first visit to Fort Parker State Park, Texas. The park wraps around Fort Parker Lake, a reservoir formed by a dam on the Navasota River. Soon after arriving at the park, we saw a flock of White Pelicans and other birds in the middle of the lake, but they were too far away to photograph. After walking the rest of the afternoon along the shore of the lake waiting in vain for at least some of the birds to get within camera distance, I gave up and settled for some sunset photos.
Fall colors were very prominent in the trees lining the shore of Fort Parker Lake. As the sun approached the horizon beyond the opposite shore, a golden cast was added to those colors.
In the late afternoon there were no boats on the lake, so the water was calm except for the occasional breeze. This made for a very peaceful sunset.
Fort Parker State Park was very pretty and we would liked to have stayed longer, but the next morning was the second of two consecutive below-freezing mornings on the road. A few minutes of very cold, windy hiking convinced us to chicken out and leave. We shall return.
The location from which these photos were taken is shown on the map below. Zoom in for more detail.