In the photos for this post, I wasn’t going after asthetically perfection. These are just a few images from the area that I thought you would enjoy. They are snap shots of a desolate, remote part of Texas. Terlingua Ghost Town and Study Butte are really one and the same. Two remote desert communities that run together with no visible boundary. Just a few hundred people inhabit the area. But having said that, they do have a school, bank, church, medical clinic, etc. Personally, I love the area for what it is. A place to go and just lay back and forget your troubles.
One distinct thing about the place. You can drive around and see things of unusual nature. You wonder where they came from, what possessed people to come up with things. You never know what you will see around the next bend in the road.
Remnants of another time, a bygone era. In the early 1900s a mercury, or quicksilver mine existed in the area. Today all that is left is ruins of old buildings, piles of slag once removed from the ore, and signs of rusting equipment scattered here and there.
This is the result of some enterprising sculptor being creative in the desert. In and around the Terlingua Ghost Town are small art studios or galleries. I use those terms loosely, as many of the artists just moved into some of the adobe ruins, or an old van and done some renovation. I don’t know what the above sculpture above represents. Perhaps, a dragon-fly with it’s 6-foot wingspan, or a giant mosquito, of which there are very few in the desert, or maybe just an imaginery bug. Anyway, it is just planted there in the sand.
This is an old abandon house trailer and pickup truck. They are still attached together. They both need a little work.
A Red-tailed Hawk flies overhead.
A familiar sight in the desert. The sotol standing vigil with the gap of the Santa Elena Canyon in the far distance.
Along Highway 170, by the Rio Grande River, there is an area of eroded formations called the Hoodoos. This 10-foot diameter balanced rock looks like it is nearly ready to fall into the river. Look carefully and you can see daylight underneath.
Don’t ask. I have no idea what it is supposed to be either. There are sails furled on those masts. To the right is an old conning tower from a submarine. (or maybe a replica). A large number 643 painted on the side. There is a camper trailer parked to the side. I have never seen an individual on the premises. It is located on the road that passes by the Terlingua ghost town.
This old cemetery at the Terlingua ghost town has grave sites dating back to during the 1800s. It is still in use today.
A Greater Roadrunner, or chapparal, on a rare patch of grass. He doesn’t seem to know what is going on either. Time to move on.
I hope you enjoyed this selection of photos from far southwest Texas. Click on any image to see an enlargement. For more photos from the Big Bend and other images, click on my Flickr logo on right side of this page.