As you all know, the Big Bend area of Texas is far and away one of Ann’s and my favorite places to spend time. Last week we spent four days there again. We again stayed at the Casitas at Far Flung Outdoor Center, in Study Butte. They are the best outfitters for the rafting, jeep tours, and other activities in the Big Bend. Before I get into trouble, I want to emphasize that is just my own opinion.
You already saw some of my images of some birds from the trip, but I also was able to get a few more landscape photos as well. The area was as greenest as I have ever seen in the many years that we have visited. The above photo was taken in the evening as the sun was setting from my far right. It is a view from the porch of our Casita, albeit with a very long lens.
One photo that I left out yesterday I would like to insert here. This man, Joseph, a park service employee, has the job of traveling around the Basin in the Chisos Mountains cleaning out the composting toilets. The boxes on his pack horses have HUMANURE painted on them. A thankless but necessary job, I am sure. I spotted him while I was scoping out some birds with my 500mm lens. He was riding towards me about 200 yards away.
Here are a couple more of my favorite landscapes from our trip.
On Thursday morning, we decided to take a half-day rafting trip that Far Flung has as one of their scheduled activities. We load up and head up-stream to a river put-in area called Grassy Banks. It is about 10 miles west of Lajitas. We launch there, then float back to Lajitas, where we are met by the Far Flung crew to load up for the trip back to Study Butte.
The ride wasn’t as dangerous as some of the trips that go through the canyons, but nevertheless I had to hang on to my cameras, grab the side of the raft, and try to keep my balance. I managed to get a few shots from the raft, though. Even with the Image Stabilization feature of my Canon lenses, it still was difficult to keep some images in focus.
After the float trip, we were happy to spend the rest of the day on the porch of our canyon sipping refreshments and watching the surrounding scenery and seeing the quail, rabbits, birds that play around the cabins. What a great time we had. Be sure and click on the images to see some nice enlargements.