Blowing Winds of West Texas


Ann and I drove out to the San Angelo State Park late this morning for some impromptu birding.  Unfortunately, the wind got up (again) and the birds were staying down.  We did get some glimpses of some Bullock’s Orioles that are starting to arrive, but they were not visible enough to get any useable photos.  We did spot this Greater Roadrunner near the bird blind so I have these images for you.

Greater Roadrunner

 

Greater Roadrunner

 You may have read about all of the wildfires that have been going on here in west Texas.  At Fort Davis there is still a fire raging over 200,000 acres that still isn’t under control completely yet.  Closer to home we had one just outside of town.  This image shows it coming over a butte.  Just a few hours later, it had reached this fence, and the road on which I was standing was closed to traffic.  As of this writing, it has been contained and the fire units are mopping up some hot spots.  Hopefully, the high winds today won’t stir them up again.

Wildfire near San Angelo, Texas

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Big Bend Series, Part III Pinto Canyon


When we took our recent trip to the Big Bend Country, our first stop was Marfa, Texas.  Here are some of the photos from that area.

High Plains near Marf, Texas

Horses and Blue Mountain near Fort Davis, Texas

An exciting side trip from Marfa is an old county road that starts from just west of Marfa and ends up at Ruidosa, Texas, down near the Rio Grande River.  The first 20 miles or so is paved, but from there on it is about another 30 miles down through Pinto Canyon.  Rough going, but we made it one time in our mini-van.  We saw only three vehicles the whole trip and they were all Border Patrol trucks.  The road eventually climbs up near Chinati Peak.

Road to Pinto Canyon

Lonely Old Truck in Pinto Canyon

After finally reaching Highway 170, you can turn left, toward the east.  That will take you on one of most spectacular drives in the country, leading you to Lajitas.  We will cover that on another post.