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Day’s end, year’s end

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Ocotillo Silhouetted Against Sunset in Big Bend National Park 0190

Let’s end 2015 with a photograph taken as the last light of the day I spent in Big Bend National Park on November 22 silhouetted some stalks of ocotillo, Fouquieria splendens.

May the coming year find you in your prime, even if 2016 = 2 • 2 • 2 • 2 • 2 • 3 • 3 • 7 and is therefore far from prime.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 31, 2015 at 5:16 AM

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  1. Splendens it is. And I am happy to tell you that so far 2016 is excellent, if not prime.


    December 31, 2015 at 5:31 AM

    • I’m glad to hear about your excellent beginning of the year. It’s still the morning of the 31st here; we’ll squeeze the best we can out of the remainder of 2015.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 31, 2015 at 7:49 AM

  2. Frohes neues Jahr 🙂 ❤


    December 31, 2015 at 5:44 AM

  3. A fitting close to the year. Blessings to your new one.


    December 31, 2015 at 6:44 AM

  4. Great. And best wishes for the New Year, Steven!


    December 31, 2015 at 7:17 AM

  5. That is one fabulous photo to end the year with. Now I wonder how you will begin the new one? Have a good year Steve, it has been a delight to accompany you and your photography through this one. You teach me so much, about plants and language and… maths! 😀


    December 31, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    • I appreciate your enthusiasm, Jude, particularly for math(s), which so many people find hard to like.

      I intend to start 2016 with a strange post that has lots of words that don’t add up to much of anything, plus a photograph to compensate for the verbiage. That may sound weird, but you’ll see.

      Happy New Year.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 31, 2015 at 9:40 AM

  6. Wow, what a good tail to the year’s tale. I love it!


    December 31, 2015 at 9:29 AM

  7. Smashing numbers Steve not to mention the photo! Have a wonderful and a very Happy New Year! 🙂


    December 31, 2015 at 9:35 AM

  8. Día que termina, año que comienza… preciosa imagen para ilustrar el ocaso de 2015 y el amanecer de 2016.
    ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

    Isabel F. Bernaldo de Quirós

    December 31, 2015 at 9:40 AM

  9. Hi Steve,
    All my best wishes for a good, especially a healthy, new year 2016,


    December 31, 2015 at 9:59 AM

  10. Happy new year Steve!

    Michael Glover

    December 31, 2015 at 10:45 AM

  11. All the best Steve. I am already into 2016, it is a grey and wet and miserable start to 2016 here in New Zealand

    Raewyn's Photos

    December 31, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    • Your weather may be yukky, but I see that it’s currently 16°C there. That may be cooler than you’d like, but at least you’re not in a blizzard.

      Over here we still have more than 12 hours to 2016. Enjoy it for us in the meantime.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 31, 2015 at 11:20 AM

  12. What a beautiful sunset and how fitting for the end of the year! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing your photos all during the past year!
    Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year to you and yours!


    December 31, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    • We’ve been visiting back and forth over the Internet for 4+ years. Looking forward to more. Happy New Year.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 31, 2015 at 6:24 PM

  13. Ooooo … I like that one!

    Pairodox Farm

    December 31, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    • I drove along, racing to find something worthy to have in front of the sunset before the color vanished. I made it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 31, 2015 at 6:25 PM

  14. Hey Steve .. Now that’s a wonderful image to finish the year with! All the very best for 2016!


    January 1, 2016 at 12:16 AM

  15. As far as I am aware, the year did end as peacefully as your photograph the world over despite fears to the contrary. May that continue as long as possible. Lovely capture, Steve. Happy 2016.

    Steve Gingold

    January 1, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    • And likewise a happy, healthy, prosperous, and photographically productive 2016 to you, Steve.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 1, 2016 at 8:05 PM

  16. It seems as though wherever you go, you’re able to capture the very best of the world around you. This is a perfect photo for ending a year filled with your extraordinary “beauties.” I’m looking forward to seeing your discoveries in 2016 — not to mention finally digging around in your archives a bit. I’ve discovered there are treasures in them-thar files, too!


    January 1, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    • Thanks, Linda. Each year brings the continuing challenge not only of finding new subjects (something relatively easy to do hundreds of miles from home in a region like the Trans-Pecos) but of finding new ways to depict familiar subjects (not easy, and getting harder the more I’ve worked locally). Oh well, might as well be optimistic and see what good things come along. The best to you, too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 1, 2016 at 8:14 PM

  17. Great photo; something truly special about the end of each day no matter where you’re standing when it takes place.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    January 1, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    • I’ve rarely gotten any good sunset pictures in Austin, so I was especially excited to get this one in Big Bend the one late-afternoon I was there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 4, 2016 at 7:31 PM

  18. What a beautiful photo to finish 2015 with!
    I wish you a peaceful and happy 2016!


    January 10, 2016 at 6:18 PM

  19. That’s a great west Texas sunset! Didn’t see many of those. Out week was mostly shrouded in clouds.


    January 15, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    • Oh, I’m sorry to hear you got shrouded in clouds. I don’t see many good sunsets in Austin, so this one was especially welcome.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 15, 2016 at 10:14 PM

      • The last couple of days were probably great, but we were already in for the night. Went out one night away from the town lights around 8p to view the stars out in the desert. WOW.


        January 16, 2016 at 8:33 AM

  20. I hope you don’t mind me simply stating this image is so beautiful it made me tear up a little. It reminded me of outback sunsets which I miss.


    January 23, 2016 at 12:55 AM

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