I have been busy the past three days processing photos from our trip last week to the Big Bend Country. All I can say is that I have never seen this area look so beautiful in all of the many years that Ann and I have been visiting there. Right from the git-go, driving down from Marathon and entering Big Bend National Park this is what greeted us; and it lasted for nearly all of the 35 miles or so to the park headquarters at Panther Junction.
Texas Bluebonnets along the highway into Big Bend National Park.
What a way to start our little vacation! I am not going to go into a great narrative in this post. Mostly, I will let the photos do the talking. Here is some more of the beauty. By the way, if you are reading this on your computer, by all means please click on each photo and you will see beautiful enlargements.
Ocotillo shrubs – a sea of red.
Ocotillo and the Chisos Mountains. You can see Mt. Casa Grande in the distance.
On a couple of mornings we went to the ghost town in Terlingua for breakfast. A small place that we liked, served good hot coffee and a vast assortment of burritos. It got us off to a good start for the day. I took this photo from there one morning, before we left.
Sunrise from the ghost town at Terlingua, Texas.
Now, speaking of eating, and before I get into the rest of this post, if any of you make this trip and you like pizza, don’t pass up this little place. Don’t judge it by the appearance, like we did for so many years. Inside is the best pizza around, made from scratch and the beer is cold. I few miles south of the ghost town of Terlingua. Opens at 5:00PM Wednesday through Sunday. And no, Nancy, the owner is not paying me for this.
Long Draw Pizza
So, we did get into some birding. After all, that was the main reason for coming.
Bell’s Vireo at Cottonwood Campground
Summer Tanager at Rio Grande Village.
Ocotillo and canyon in ackground.
Ocotillo and Mule Ears Peak.
If you think I like ocotillo plants, you are right. We have two that reach a height of about 20 feet, in our yard back home in San Angelo. Okay, back to some birds.
Cattle Egret in early morning sun at the ghost town of Terlingua.
Cattle egrets are named for the fact that they are usually found among milling cattle. We have often found them in the desert of Big Bend National Park before, but I don’t think they stay long and are just on the way to nearby ranches.
Cactus Wren with an insect lunch.
Pyrrhuloxia trying to hide in the bushes.
Scaaled Quail – also locally know as a blue quail.
Gambel’s Quail. Found along Highway 170 in Big Bend Ranch State Park near Redford, Texas.
Sunrise over the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park.
I hope you enjoyed this brief trip through the Big Bend Country of far West Texas. For us, we had a blast. A gorgeous part of the state that Ann and I visit again and again. For those who are following our birding exploits, we added sixteen new species for the year. Our list is currently now at 140. As you know, our goal is 210. We are gaining on it.