When I noticed that Far Flung Family Center was asking for people to submit favorite photos of the Big Bend for their Facebook page, I thought I’d post a few of my own favorite images from my past visits to that magnificent area. This place is dear to Ann’s and my own heart. We visit there around twice a year, and always find new thrills. These photos are not of birds, but some of my own favorite images from Big Bend National Park
Above is one of my favorite images in Big Bend National Park. We were on the Ross Maxwell Highway heading down towards the eastern entrance to Santa Elena Canyon. Aproximately five miles before reaching the canyon proper, the Rio Grande makes a bend towards the highway. I used a wide angle setting on my 24-105mm zoom that was attached to my Canon EOS 7D. With that, I was able to compose the picture to include the canyon in the background in the upper right.
This is the eastern delta of Santa Elena Canyon. The Rio Grande comes out of the canyon here on it’s journey to the Gulf coast. As you can see in the picture, the water is running pretty shallow at the time of this photo. You can see some canoers getting ready to paddle upstream into the canyon. The walls soar upwards to 1,500 feet, and you might see Peregrine Falcons flying overhead, as they nest in these cliffs.
One of the wildflowers that you might see in the Big Bend is this Mountain Paintbrush. I love the vibrant, glowing reds of the blossoms. Mountain Bluebonnets are plentiful here in the spring, also.
A desert rainstorm can pop up anytime, with cooling rains. Those tall desert plants in the foreground are Ocotillo. They are tall with glowing, fiery red blossoms on the tips of the stalks. We have two in our yard at home that are about 18 feet tall.
This is an image that was taken on a really, really wet day, early in the year. Heavy, water laden clouds were everywhere. The mountains of the Chisos range were peeking about the lower clouds. I was having difficulty keeping my cameras dry, so I was photographing from the car window. That is not a difficult task, however. Fortunately, traffic was very light, mostly because of the obvious bad weather.
On drier days, this is a very familiar sight in Big Bend National Park. Great vistas of mountains and buttes. In such an environment a person has trouble in deciding which way to aim the camera.
Wildlife abounds Big Bend National Park. High in the Chisos are approximately thirty black bears. Throughout the rest of the park are bobcat, deer, rabbit, birds, hawks, small varmints, not to mention about two dozen or more mountain lions roam. Recently, desert long-horned goats have been introduced to the area.
I was fortunate to photograph the Bobcat near the Rio Grand Village Campground in the eastern part of the park, near Boquillas Canyon. As I drove through the deserted campground, he, or she, leaped from the brush and promptly sat down near a tree. I used my 100-400mm lens from the car for the photo, before it loped off, nearly in the path of a hunting coyote.
Another of my favorite images from the park, is the photo of the Mule Ears Peaks, taken near dusk.
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Good stuff, beautiful place well captured!
Thanks, Derrick, I really appreciate your nice comment. 🙂
Wow, what stunning, amazing pictures! Spectacular landscapes – I love the Desert Storm, the Mountains in the Mist and Mule Ears Peak. You almost expect John Wayne or Cary Grant to come riding round the corner of the canyon! The Bobcat is beautiful – what a sighting. I can see why you and Ann go back there every year!
Thank you very much, Jo. It was nice to photograph something beside birds. I need to get out of the “bird photography” mode more often. I appreciate all of those kind words. 🙂
Great shots of this beautiful area, Bob. You have captured wonderful textures and colours and moods.
Thank you, Jane, I appreciate your kind words.
Saying I have a favorite photo of Big Bend is like saying I have a favorite child! Can’t choose. They’re all superb. But the Mule Ears peak and those lavender hues — SCREAMS Chisos Mountains! Can’t wait to get back there again. We’ve been gone too long.
Thanks for that. I’d like to think you threw that little bone out there for me. 🙂
Thanks so much, Shannon. Your kind words mean a lot to me, and yes, you may be right about the bone. 🙂
Gee Bob, that was a wonderful tour of the park. The photos are outstanding as well as the descriptives. I truly feel like I was there.
Thanks, David, that was quite a compliment, and I appreciate it. 🙂
Never tire of seeing the beauty of Big Bend..excellent photos..
Thanks very much, Syl.
Incredible photos, Bob. What a beautiful place Big Bend is. Thanks for taking us there and showing us around.
You’re very welcome, Jim, glad you could come along. 🙂
wow neato place, love them ears too!
Thanks, Roberta, yeah them ears are pretty neat(o). 🙂
Amazing photographs. What a beautiful place!
Thanks, Lisa. I appreciate it. 🙂
Oh, Bob, you have raised the desire to go back there! My son and I have only been once and it was a magical adventure for sure. Each time you announce you and Ann are headed there, I am a bit jealous – well, a lot jealous! Thanks for sharing these amazing photos. hugs
Thanks, Beth. You really need to go again. 🙂
Great shots Bob! What a wonderful place. 🙂
Thank you very much, H. J.