Davis Mountain State Park Sunset Pano

Davis Mountain State Park sunset Pano at the rock overlook at dusk just after sunset. This old rock building was built by the CCC as a place to rest up after a day of working the area and has a nice sweeping view over the desert and mountain landscape below. The sky picked up these wonderful colors right after sunset over the rock shelter and the distant landscape with some nice post sunset colors of pinks and oranges which made for a nice end of the day. The park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) which was created to help put young males to work during the depression. The CCC helped build structures like this rock shelter along with other building, picnic tables, fire pits in the park which was officially open in 1938, The park is 2709 acreas with an elevation between 5,000 and 6,000 feet above sea level. The nearist town is Fort Davis Texas in Jeff Davis County. Also located in the area is the National Historic site establish as protection in the area from the Comanche War Trail and Mescalero Apache war trails. It bacame a historic site in 1961 to preserve one of the best remaining military post of that era.

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Davis Mountain State Park Pano at the CCC overlook at dusk just after sunset. This old rock building was built as a place to rest up after a day of working the area and has a nice view over the desert and mountain landscape. This west Texas landscape in the Davis Mountain just as it captures the colors and residual of the sunset after dusk as the sky lights up with oranges and pink colors post sunset was a nice end to the day.

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Stars Over Prada Marfa

The middle of the West Texas desert isn’t the first place you’d expect to find a fully stocked Prada store but just a few miles outside of Valentine Texas that what you will find. Ok it not an actual Prada store its front door doesn’t open and it only has right shoes and the purses have no bottom even if you find one you want you can’t buy it. You will need to go to real Prada store for that. Needless to say there are some that will do anything to shop there and it has been vandalized several times now so the creators put in a security system with gps devices in the purses and camera and stronger glass for those considering a dark night break in. Other wise it is a great place to drive out to and get your selfie of you and Prada Marfa store to prove you were there if thats your thing. The two artist that put this together Elmgreen and Dragset decided this was the place for their art display. Maybe they were trying to prove that people will drive to the end of the planet to get a selfie not sure what it represents, consumerism, or humor whatever it has made a mark on the tiny town of Valentine. The one nice thing is that made it of biodegradable adobe like material so over time it will go back to it natural state. The spent around 80,000 on this so hopefully it will take a while so they get there money out of it.

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On our latest trip to west Texas we decided to see if we could capture the famous Prada Marfa building with a background of stars. The one thing about this area of west Texas is its wonderful dark skies where you can actully capture stars. The road between Marfa and Valentine was so dark we thought we might have missed it because it was so dark, but finally, there it was just feet from the road in all it glory waiting for the next photo or selfie, that seems to draw people out here. The permanet exhibit was created by two artist Elmgreen and Dragset in October 2005 to resemble an actual Prada store. The two refer to their work as pop architectual land art with a bit of humor. They built this structure about 24 miles outside of Marfa in a city called Valentine Texas population around 200. To make it more interesting they found the least likely place to find a store like this and stuck in in far west texas. They added only right shoes and the purses have no bottoms. They have been vandalize several times now I guess people in this area like prada more than they knew. I am not sure what they were saying or not saying about their art. Maybe they were making fun of consumerism but you would have to ask them. As a photographer it great fun to shoot such a unique image. After the latest vandalism they have install cameras and the purses have GPS devices inside that detect movement so making it more difficult to shop there in the future. We had been to see the Marfa Lights many times but never venture over to Valentine to see the Prada Art display and we were glad we finally made it. Having this wonderful starry night sky really helped it pop out as a winning venture for us. Thanks for looking.

Sunrise at Santa Elena Canyon Pano

Captured this wonderful west Texas landscape panorama sunrise at Santa Elena Canyon just as the sun rays pop over the nearby mountains over the Rio Grande River from this vantage point in Big Bend National Park. It is not a too difficult a climb and you get a great view looking south. Santa Elena Canyon is one of the most impressive in Big Bend National Park it is visible for many miles away up to ten miles it can been seen. The Rio Grande changes direction abruptly after following beneath the straight Sierra Ponce cliffs for several miles heading west, cutting through the mountains via a deep, narrow canyon gorge in the mountain. It has national significance as the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States. It contains more than 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and 75 species of mammals. The park has many geological features including sea fossils and dinosaur bones, as well as previous volcanic activity. The park just recently open a Fossil Discovery Exhibit to display the dinosarurs that would of live there in the past when there was an inland sea. The national park covers 801,163 acres for more than 1,000 miles, the Rio Grande forms the boundary between Mexico and the United States, and Big Bend National Park administers approximately 118 miles along that boundary. The park was named after a large bend in the river and Texas—Mexico border. The park is bordered by the protected areas of Parque Nacional Canon de Santa Elena and the Maderas del Carment in Mexico.

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Captured this wonderful west Texas landscape panorama morning sunrise just as the sun rays pop over the nearby mountains from this vantage point in Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park. It is not a too difficult a climb and you get a great view looking south.  Santa Elena Canyon is one of the most impressive in Big Bend National Park it is visible for many miles away up to ten miles it can been seen.  The Rio Grande changes direction abruptly after following beneath the straight Sierra Ponce cliffs for several miles heading west, cutting through the mountains via a deep, narrow canyon gorge in the mountain.  It has national significance as the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States. It contains more than 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and 75 species of mammals. The park has many geological features including sea fossils and dinosaur bones, as well as previous volcanic activity. The park just recently open a Fossil Discovery Exhibit to display the dinosarurs that would of live there in the past when there was an inland sea.  The national park covers 801,163 acres for more than 1,000 miles, the Rio Grande forms the boundary between Mexico and the United States, and Big Bend National Park administers approximately 118 miles along that boundary. The park was named after a large bend in the river and Texas—Mexico border.  The park is bordered by the protected areas of Parque Nacional Canon de Santa Elena  and the Maderas del Carment in Mexico. 

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