It has been awhile since posting

Big Bend National Park

Study Butte Campground


It had been a while since I posted but there really is no connection in most of the park. Sometimes while walking or riding you will hear that familiar “ding” of you got mail, but it is fleeting and usually just a tease.

Before the girls left we went down to Santa Elena Canyon at night for some light painting photography. It didn’t turn out spectacular, but we sure had fun trying.

Light painting Santa Elena Canyon

The next morning I road my bicycle along the road to the canyon and got some wonderful shots along the way.

A spectacular sunrise

Then the following morning I got to the canyon before the sun came up. It’s always a magical time when the first light hits the canyon walls, so I tried my best to capture it. This time from a different point of view.

Another point of view of the canyon

And then again the next day I took my mountain bike out for a spin down the 4 wheel drive Riiver Road. My thanks to Dereck for giving me this fine off-road bike over 15 years ago. It has continued to amaze me. I still use it, and my back really appreciates it with every hard rock and rut we hit.

An epic bike ride….at least for me it was.

Another thanks goes out To my stepson Tony. The venison jerky, he made especially for me, gave me the energy I needed to finish the ride.

Yours truly was the main attraction. The owl came in a distant second.

There he is in all his majesty.

Later that afternoon there was an owl highup overhead in the cottonwood trees, as you can see, most of the campground pulled up chair, drank beers, and watched me photograph. If you are not hiking or biking there really is not much to do!

Now I am on my way to the Big Bend State Ranch State Park.

Friends in the Desert

Big Bend National Park


My friends Kimberley and her sister Cheryl, decided to visit me for a few days. We have gotten some wonderful “Go-Sees” as Kim likes to call them.

Here is a shot of them wandering around the desert floor looking for the perfect shot.

Here we are at the Hit Springs looking through a window of an abandoned structure.

And here we are getting a much prized shot of a Green Heron who was so intent on fishing that he didn’t seem to mind the whirl of the cameras motor drives.

Today we head off to Santa Elena Canyon at the other end of the park. What fun!

A Funny Story? You Decide

Big Bend National Park

Rio Grande Campground


A few days ago I hiked the famous Window Trail. Last time I hiked it was with Kim, my wife of 35 years, but before that, it had been over 40 years. So when my tired old body finally reached the bottom and could view out the “window” to the desert below, a lot of memories came flooding back to me.

No one was there when I arrived, so I sat down and began to daydream. Just then 3 old men came down and interrupted my solitude. Each of them was in somewhat worse shape than me and so I knew that they had struggled to get there, as had I.


Suddenly, and for no good reason, I asked them if there were any girls around. No, they said, that they were the only ones on the trail. So I said, “Because over 45 years ago I had sex on this very spot”, and I quickly added, “it was night and a full moon. “

To my delight they were not offended and even seemed to get a big kick out of it. One guy even said that, no he was not offended, and it had even given him a story to tell.

I got up, finished my photography, and with a smile, left them to their own thoughts.

If that story wan it your cup of tea how about a couple of desert photos of cactus to look at?

Happy trails my blog readers.

20 degrees! Are you Kidding?

Big Bend National Park

Rio Grande Campground


After a very chilly start to the morning –where did that come from–I walked down to the wildlife viewing area and saw another fabulous grouping of animals and birds.

That’s 46 deg inside my van with the stove going.

Then I drove up to The Basin to take the famous Window Walk. There is a very narrow slot in the Chisos Mountains where the water pores-kind of a trickle at this point– over the edge and falls thousands of feet. I haven’t done the walk in a number of years so I guess that I was “mis-remembering” it as an easy walk. It was 7 miles and it took me 3 hours. Of course that included lots of photography, but still. Boy I must be getting old. Don’t answer that.

What you thought the Window was going to be in color?

There were a lot of beautiful rest stops

I finished up at the fancy lodge because I felt, after all that, I deserved a $20 cheeseburger and fries!

Another wonderful day, but I do hope that it is warmer tonight.