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.
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.
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.
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.
So, we did get into some birding. After all, that was the main reason for coming.
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 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.
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.
Marvelous place and pictures; I saw a little bit images and read some of such National Park several years ago but I don´t know very much about it. Nice birds and awesome landscapes
Thank you very much, Hernan. I appreciate those kind words. 🙂
Oh my, so much jaw-dropping beauty! Your landscapes are magnificent! The birds are great, too, of course! 🙂 My favorites are the summer tanager. (I actually saw/photographed one of these at my feeder years ago! It was way out of its range.) And the cactus wren with the insect, and of course the pyrrhuloxia! What a wonderful trip you must have had!
Thanks for much, Amy. The Big Bend is not only one of the most beautiful spots in Texas, but in the whole USA. We always love returning there. It has a rugged, isolated beauty that tugs at your heart. 🙂
Bob I continue to thoroughly enjoy your posts. Miss you and Ann at Stango’s on Friday mornings but still enjoying Sanibel immensely! Thanks for the Yexas Tweets!
Laurie, nice to hear from you. So glad you are still enjoying my blog. We missed you, too. 🙂
Birds and scenery all beautiful. I am taking little day trips now to capture the new arrivals as they migrate north. I love it and greatly enjoy your posts, too.
Thanks so much, Jane. I like to take those little day trips, too. I can’t afford to make those long trips very often, and in Texas, some of them are very long, like this last one. LOL. But like you, the little day trips offer me the chance to see different birds, too.
Exquisite photos. The landscapes are as colorful as the birds! Love the quail.
Now, you should return to Texas and explore this part of the state. Altogether far different from the part that you visited before. Thank you for the fine compliments. I appreciate it.
Fantastic pics, Bob! Lovely to see the landscape as well as the birds. I can imagine it was quite warm, too!
Thanks, Jo. This was a very nice spring in the Big Bend. So many flowers that if you stepped into the desert, you could not avoid stepping on little flowers. However, the temperature this time was in the low 80s, with hardly no humidity, and no wind. Perfect. 🙂
Lovely photos..looks like a beautiful place..love the Ocotillos..
Thanks, Syl. I love the Ocotillos when they are in bloom with those fiery red blossoms.
Beautiful photos, each and every one!
Thank you, Veda, I appreciate your nice comment. 🙂
We love Big Bend. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Bob, I appreciate it.
Beautiful photos, all of them. I really love that river of blue bonnets!
We have California Quail up here. They have that black tuft on the head like the Gambel’s.
Thanks for your kind words, Lavinia. I think all of the quail are little cuties. 🙂
Very beautiful photos!
Thank you, Maria. Thank you for visiting and commenting.
Truly impressive! I hope we can make the trip soon. The sunrise shot is my favorite.
Thanks, Jim. I am glad you are enjoying my work, and I hope you can make that trip someday. 🙂
Oh so gorgeous – makes me homesick! The bluebonnets are just beautiful and loved seeing quail – its been a long time since I have seen any in the wild.
Thank you, Kathleen. I am glad I could bring back some memories for you. Maybe you should make a return trip. 🙂
Very nice narrative. Obviously a magical place.
Thank you, Dave. Definitely a magical place. 🙂
Such beautiful photos of Big Bend! I’ve decided it to put it on my list for a future trip.
Thank you, Hien. You won’t regret making the trip. 🙂
Almost but not quite speechless. 😉 What beautiful country beautifully captured. Awesome post and photos Bob!
Wow! What a nice thing to say, Alison. I really appreciate your compliments as you know what it takes to get good results. 🙂