Just a few minutes from home - no packing required!
There is a certain joy to just grabbing the camera and making a short drive somewhere close to take some photos. While my travels are rewarding and exciting - and I can't imagine not ever traveling - I do enjoy the simplicity of not having all the gear with me. There is a certain sort of freedom to that type of photo outing.
This one is from the Loop 360 Bridge overlook in Austin. Literally it's about a 5 minute drive from home, assuming there is not any traffic. Ok, so more like 15-20 then, since there always seems to be a lot of traffic in Austin! Nonetheless, when you climb up this cliffside and get this commanding view over the lake and bridge, it's always worth it. Throw in a nice sunset and it's a great outing!