The Still of the Night

Yes, I am back!

If you live in Texas and have never visited Big Bend National Park, then shame on you. I’m just kidding but you’d be surprised by how many folks have never driven farther west than Del Rio and never seen the beauty of the Big Bend region. “Big Bend” is named for the curve of the Rio Grande in the remote corner of southwest Texas. It is a wildly beautiful region with unique geology and a fascinating history. Over one million acres of public land including Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park offer hiking, camping, river running, horse riding, mountain bicycling, jeep touring and thousands of photographic opportunities on paved and back-country roads. What more could a landscape photographer ask for?

The Still of the Night

The Still of the Night – Big Bend National Park, Texas
Copyright © 2011 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 40mm, f/14 for 4/10th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter and 2-stop, soft, graduated neutral density filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 4.
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8 thoughts on “The Still of the Night

  1. Thanks for the posting and welcome back.

    This resident of southeast Louisiana has very fond memories of my and my wife’s visit to Big Bend back in 1986. Ahhhhh, seeing both beautiful sunrises and beautiful sunsets from the same exact Chisos Campground camping spot, and the whole park’s exquisite scenery. Then there was the wildlife, the cactus wren and the acorn woodpecker at the campground, the trill of the canyon wren heard while floating down St. Elena Canyon during a leisurely, 3-day raft trip, seeing peccaries as we were driving back to Chisos Basin (not long before dusk), seeing the multitude of roadrunners along the way after driving in from Persimmon Gap (if my memory is correct).

  2. Nice shot.
    Thanks for the reminder to add Big Bend’s to my list for when I finally make it back to Texas, sometime next year.

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