Some of the same weather, in terms of wind, plagued us early at Big Bend NP.  By the second day, the wind died and the clouds cleared to blue skies during the day and star filled skies at night.  With almost zero ambient light, the night sky was incredible…with Jupiter and Saturn burning brightly.  My impression of Big Bend is one of remoteness, stark beauty, and incredible diversity…from the Rio Grande River basin and Santa Elena Canyon, to the rugged deserts to the higher altitude Chisnos Basin.  We spent the first few days photographing and hiking in the lower elevation desert areas…along the river and Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.  We moved for the final few days to the Chisnos Basin, at 5000 plus feet, a greener and cooler environment.  On the final morning, we photographed sunrise at one of the parks iconic  locations – Balanced Rock.

Sunrise at Balanced Rock. Located at the end of a 7 mile dirt road (drivable) and a mile hike on a well-marked trail, Balanced Rock is one of the most photographed subjects in the park. Requires some scrambling for the best tripod spots. Nikon D300, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray Warming Polarizer, Gitzo Tripod, Kirk BH-3 Ballhead. (c)Chuck Lockett Photography

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  1. Erin March 23, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    Hey Dad – let me know via email when you were in each place and I’ll back date it for you. Also, did you have another photo for the previous post?

  2. starshineandbear March 26, 2012 at 1:28 am #

    Absolutely Beautiful. We shot Big Bend in February and although we made the drive back there, it was 31 degrees and misting heavily that morning. I’m from the East Coast but didn’t have the intestinal fortitude for that. We were lucky to have clouds descend on the Chisos Mountain the nights we were there so got some good images of our descent through the clouds. Great images Doug Clark

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