Blue sky peeks out of golden clouds above dark trees and reflective water

A retention pond in the Grand Oaks neighborhood of South Austin makes for an unconventional muse for Theresa DiMenno. The Houston-raised, Austin-based photographer says she’s always enjoyed taking pictures of life in her own backyard, and the past year’s COVID-19 lockdown has made her even more appreciative of subjects close at hand. “The pond is just a nice little respite in the city,” DiMenno says. “I walk there to get exercise, and since it’s got a green space next to it because of a pipeline, it’s open and I can shoot sunsets and sunrises. I think what made this sunset even more interesting and dramatic is it was in late June when a Saharan dust storm was blowing through.” See more of DiMenno’s pictures in the photo essay “The Tones of Texas.”

From the April 2021 issue
The July 2021 cover of Texas Highways Magazine, "Hill Country Oasis"


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