Come visit west Texas with me……


Today, I am going to get away from my usual subject of birds, and give you a sampling of the images of west Texas that you may see if you travel here.  These photos have been compiled over the past ten to twenty years, maybe more.  A few I may have posted before, but most of them should be new to you.  This post is best watched on your computer.  Click on any image to see enlargements.

1.  Twin Mountains.   Also called Twin Buttes and a few other imaginary names that the locals thought of.  It is located just outside the western city limits of San Angelo, Texas.

Twin Mounains (Twin Buttes)

Twin Mountains

2.  El Capitan.  Located in far west Texas, at the southern end of the Guadalupe Mountains.  The higher peak behind it is Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas.

El Capitan

El Capitan

3.  Painted RocksAlong the Concho River near Paint Rock, Texas, for about one half mile, there are about 1,500 pictographs along the 75 foot high bluffs.  The age of some of them are estimated to be perhaps 1,000 years old.  I picked out one single area for this image, to have a close-up of one of the pictographs.

Pictographs at Paint Rock, Texas.

Pictographs at Paint Rock, Texas.

4.  Monahans State Park Sand Dunes.  On this particular day, the wind was fierce and these sunflowers were swaying in the strong breeze.

Sun flowers in the wind.

Sun flowers in the wind.

5.  Road to Nipple Peak.  No explanation needed for the naming of the mountain peak.  Near Robert Lee, Texas.

Road to Nipple Peak

Road to Nipple Peak

6.  Antelope at Blue Mountain.  This landmark mountain is between Marfa and Fort Davis, Texas.  The area is populated with several Pronghorned Antelope.

Pronghorned Antelope grazing near Blue Mountain.

Pronghorned Antelope grazing near Blue Mountain.

7. Mule Ears Peak at Dusk.  Aptly named mountain peak in Big Bend National Park.

Dusk at Mule Ears Peak

Dusk at Mule Ears Peak

8.  Pecos River High Bridge.  Located on Hwy 90 near Langtry, Texas, this 1,310 foot bridge spans the Pecos River Gorge 273 feet above the water.  This image faces north, but about two miles south of the bridge, the river meets it’s confluence with the Rio Grande.

Pecos River High Bridge

Pecos River High Bridge

9.  Ghost Town ruins.  Old adobe ruins near the ghost town of Terlingua Texas.

Ghost Town ruins at Terlingua, Texas.

Ghost Town ruins at Terlingua, Texas.

10.  Adobe house.  This structure is located on the Contrabando Movie Set near Lajitas, Texas.  Along the Rio Grande, this site has been the location for several western movies.

Casa Adobe

Casa Adobe

11.  West Texas Storm.  I caught this image of a building storm near Alpine, Texas.

West Texax thunder storm.

West Texas thunder storm.

12.  Wild Rose Pass.  This stunning vista greets you as you travel Hwy 17 going north from Fort Davis, Texas.

Wild Ross Pass

Wild Rose Pass

13.  West Texas windmill.  A familiar sight as you travel through the big sky ranch country of west Texas.

Windmill and stock tanks in west Texas.

Windmill and stock tanks in west Texas.

14.  Old Barn and Wagon.  Somewhere in west Texas.

Old Barn and Wagon

Old Barn and Wagon

15.  Mountains in the Mist.  I believe that I have posted this image in a previous post, but it is one of my personal favorites.  Photographed in Big Bend National Park, on a very cool and rainy day.

"Mountains in the Mist"

“Mountains in the Mist”

I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of my adopted home of west Texas.  Click on any image to see beautiful enlargements.  I will be traveling out through that area again during the next few months and I will be hoping to come back with another nice collection for you.

 

 

 

Pecos River High Bridge – HDR images


There has been a lot of talk about HDR imaging.  It brings to mind one of my experiences.  Back in July of 2008 Ann and I were heading for the Big Bend country of west Texas.  We took the long way, driving due south to Del Rio, then heading northwest on Highway 90.  That highway follows the course of the Rio Grande River.  Along the way we go through Langtry, the home of the now deceased Judge Roy Bean, who ruled that part of the state for many year with his gavel and a six-gun.

A few more miles on, actually only 45 miles from Del Rio, we come to the confluence of the Pecos River, that flows from the north to join the Rio Grande.  The Pecos River High Bridge rises 273 feet above the water.  From that point, you can look south for a couple of  miles, and actually see where the Pecos joins the Rio Grande.

It is a very desolate, hard, hot, dry climate along there, and the Mexican border is only a few hundred yards to the south of the highway.  Nothing of any use grows there and the hard rock is only inches below the scrub and weeds.  Nothing moves much either, except for the occasional Border Patrol vehicle.  It is at a little turnoff that I took these pictures of the bridge and the river itself.

But I have gotten off the track of this story a bit.  I had been reading about HDR imaging, so at this site I decided to take a series of bracketed photos to try out the procedure.  The idea is to take three exposures, one under-exposed, one at the proper exposure and one over-exposed.  I took about five of these series of bracketed images, intending to try the procedure out upon returning home.

Well, as things tend to do, all was forgotten.  I forgot all about the images that I had taken – that is until this morning, as I was going through some more old stuff.  I don’t think I had the proper software back in 2008 anyway.  But now I do. I have PhotoMatix Pro.

These first three images are the three original images, exposed the way I explained above.  The fourth image is the final HDR image after using that software.  You can see that there is a vast difference from the original normal exposure.  The greatest thing about it was, that it took only a few minutes using the PhotoMatix software.

Normal Exposure

Over-exposure

Under-exposure

Pecos River High Bridge - final HDR image

Okay, let’s show you another one.  Same sequence.

Normal exposure

Under-exposure

Over-exposure

Pecos River High Bridge #2 - final HDR image

Okay, how about a third series, then we’ll call it a day.  In this image, if you look to the left, or south, you can see the end of the cliffs.  That is where the Pecos River joins the Rio Grande River.  The land to the far left and top of the image is Mexico.

Normal exposure

Under-exposure

Over-exposure

Pecos River High Bridge #3 - final HDR image

That was fun.  I hope you enjoyed looking at this amazing procedure.  Well, I am heading back to the Big Bend this fall, and hope to get some more eye-popping images.