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Fleecy Clouds Over Big Bend Desert 9812

Around 8 o’clock in the morning on November 19 we headed west from Austin and by the middle of the afternoon we found ourselves in the part of Texas known as the Trans-Pecos because it’s beyond the Pecos River (with respect to parts of the state farther east, where most of the people live). Places that we visited for the first time since 2005 include Fort Davis and the Davis Mountains, Alpine, Terlingua, and Big Bend National Park. Over the next few weeks you’ll be seeing pictures taken on that five-day trip, beginning with today’s wispy and sandy view from November 22 in the western part of Big Bend National Park.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 29, 2015 at 5:39 AM

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  1. I’ve never been in the Big Bend, so I’m especially looking forward to seeing it through your eyes and camera. The cloud’s delightful. Its structure reminds me of a prickly pear, growing above the sand.


    November 29, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    • Your reference to prickly pear shows that you’re tuned in because tomorrow’s picture will show a prickly pear, though one that doesn’t grow east of the Trans-Pecos.

      It’s a long drive to Big Bend but I recommend a visit. The place has various microenvironments, none of which you’ll find in the Hill Country or farther east. There are also plenty of quirky people in Terlingua who could call forth more than one post from you.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 29, 2015 at 8:06 AM

  2. Lovely capture Steve.

    Raewyn's Photos

    November 29, 2015 at 12:14 PM

  3. Una hermosa composición, Steve. Me gusta mucho esta foto. Gracias.

    Isabel F. Bernaldo de Quirós

    November 29, 2015 at 1:15 PM

  4. Nice horsetail, Steve.

    Steve Gingold

    November 30, 2015 at 3:31 PM

  5. Gorgeous shot. I love the shape of the clouds and the rich blue sky contrasted against the soil/rock. Stark but beautiful.


    November 30, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    • Stark but beautiful: that sums it up and explains why I enjoy my infrequent jaunts to the desert. I thought this abstract and minimalist view was a good way to introduce my most recent desert trip.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 1, 2015 at 3:58 AM

  6. My hiking buddies have all been to Big Bend and they rave about this amazing park…I am really anxious to see your photos.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    December 2, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    • I hope you’ll get to visit there in person one of these days and experience a world of nature quite different from yours in the Northwest. I’ll be mixing photos of Big Bend per se with others from places near there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 2, 2015 at 12:30 PM

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