Category Archives: Big Bend

My Favorite Photos of 2016

Sunrise At Lake Louise

The National Parks Traveler has published my January photography article.  Click on the photo to check it out.

 

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3 Days In Winter in Big Bend National Park

Moonlight Over The Window

I’m published – got a sweet 4-page article in the National Parks Traveler Winter Essential Parks Guide.  Click on the photo to go to the article.

 

 

 

 

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National Parks Traveler: My 5 Fave Shots for 2014

The National Parks Traveler website has just published my latest photography article:  My 5 Fave Shots for 2014.  Click on this link if you want to go check it out!

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Same Scene, Different Seasons (and Time of Day and Type of Weather)

I’m back from a 2-week trip to Alaska to find that the National Parks Traveler has published my latest photography article.  Extremely short on words but lots of photos to prove my point.  If you want to check it out, click on this link.

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DOF, Foreground Objects and Natural Framing – Photography in the National Parks

The View Along Lost Mine Trail

Howdy folks!  The National Parks Traveler has published my latest photographic article on their website.  This month’s topics deal with DOF (depth of field), foreground objects and natural  framing.  To check it out, click on the image above.

 

 

 

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Reptilian Reminder

Reptilian Reminder

Just a little reminder that the Chihuahuan desert can be a dangerous place.  I was driving toward the Chisos Mountains and noticed ahead of me what looked like a traffic jam.  As I got closer, I noticed the truck was a National Park Service truck.  I drove slowly and glanced to the right side of the road to see one very angry snake lunging at my car as I passed by (look at the lower left of this photo).

In my single-minded pursuit to photograph the beauty of the park, this was a reminder to me to be ever-observant of the more venomous side of the desert.

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Blooming Cacti

Strawberry Pitaya Bloom

Strawberry Pitaya Cactus Bloom

One of the reasons I traveled so far to visit Big Bend National Park, Texas, in late April, was to view and photograph the blooming cacti.  I don’t know what it is about being so excited to see these lovely flowers as opposed to any other spring wildflower.  Perhaps it’s because I am always so amazed to see something so prickly and painful produce something so colorful and delicate.

Engelmanns Prickly Pear Bloom

Englemanns (?) Prickly Pear Cactus Bloom

Eagle Claw Cactus Blooms

Eagle Claw Cactus Blooms

Bee and Prickly Pear Cactus Bloom

Pollen-Laden Bee and Prickly Pear Cactus Bloom

Claret Cup

Claret Cup Bloom

Strawberry Pitaya Cactus

Strawberry Pitaya Cactus

Cholla Bloom

Tree Cholla Bloom

Bee and Cholla Bloom

Bee and Cholla Bloom

Two Bees In A Prickly Pear Bloom

Two Bees in a Prickly Pear Bloom

Prickly Pear Bloom

Prickly Pear Bloom

Nest In The Cholla View 3

Bird’s Nest in a Blooming Cholla

I used several different methods for achieving these blooming cacti shots – all without the use of a dedicated macro lens:

  • Canon 70-200 or Canon 100-400 telephoto lens zoomed in at their longest focal length
  • Canon 40mm “pancake” lens with a close-up filter attached
  • Pentax WG-3 point & shoot using its macro mode
  • Canon 24-70mm at the 70mm focal length with the image ultimately cropped

Prickly Pear and Chihuahuan Desert

Blooming Prickly Pear and Chihuahuan Desert Scenery in Big Bend National Park

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