A winter adventure in Big Bend National Park

You have to keep it fresh. As a photographer, it's important to renew your image bank with beautifully unfamiliar sights. This keeps the childhood wonder of exploring the world through your camera alive.

This past January we took a trip to Big Bend National Park. We hauled along lots of cameras and lenses not wanting to be unprepared. That was the extent of the planning, this was mostly a spontaneous 10 hour trip.

Entrance to the park.

Entrance to the park.

So remember how there was little preparation? When we got to Fort Stockton (a town close to the park) there was a shortage of places to stay as the roads leading into town were closed due to ice. It was an additional 2 hour drive in black ice to comfort. This was a view from that night.

This is the Dog Canyon Trail right at the entrance of the park. You can see the Dagger Ridge in the distance. Not pictured here are the various paw prints we found.

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Nothing like Mexican food to reinvigorate the adventurous spirit.

Emory Peak in the Chisos Mountains was our next mark. You can spot this range from the entrance of the park. The long and winding roads leading into the heart of the park were incredibly scenic. We often found ourselves parking on the curb just to take a few stills.

Oh my! Apparently if you encounter any of these guys you're supposed to raise your arms high and yell as if you're menacing them...

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Not bad for a cell phone capture no?

I've never experienced such a sunset. Coupled with the beautiful blues, orange and purple hues was a profound silence. The cool air really added to the feeling of complete peace. It was hard to leave it all behind.

Christina & Miguel | Antique Rose Emporium

This engagement session was very memorable not only because of the wonderful couple but also because of the gorgeous scenery. When Christina suggested that we go to Independence we were more than willing to discover a new place. Independence is truly a photographer's dream! After a few snaps of the camera, Christina and Miguel really let their guard down and their wonderful connection showed. Congratulations you two, we can't wait for your wedding!

Esta sesión fotográfica fue inolvidable no solo por la bonita pareja, si no por el escenario espectacular. Quedamos entusiasmados cuando nos sugerio Christina que fuéramos a Independence. Independence en realidad es una tierra de maravillas para un fotógrafo! Después de unas tomas la pareja se relajo mas y dejaron mostrar sus personalidades. Felicidades a los dos, esperamos el día de su boda!

Justine and Michael - Midland Texas

Justine and Michael are a wonderful couple and it was great being able to see them get Married. Maryann and I have known Justine since college so when she invited us and a few other friends to attend her wedding we were very excited. My old roommate even Skyped in all the way from Kuwait! Although the drive was quite long, it was more than worth it because not only did we have a blast, but it was touching to see Justine and Michael’s special day as well as catching up with old friends.