Dark n’ Sunny: Big Bend


West Contrabando Dark Sky Site

We recently spent a long weekend in Big Bend soaking in the massive night skies and glowing morning sunrises out of our tent.


Lunch time view between rides, Pen and Ink, BBRSP


Love this candid of Michelle looking up from the mine shaft


Big Bend Ranch SP has an abandoned mercury mine out in the park to explore


Sun baked textures in the desert


View from Big Bend National Park Hot Springs, Pen and Ink

Everything is exposed and sun baked. Topographic features visibly exist on the mountainsides undisturbed by trees. Trails here are dynamic and range from fast flowing, to rocky scree, to jeep roads. The light is dynamic and fun to photograph and the distances enjoyable to sketch from rare spots of shade.

Michelle and her CHUMBA URSA on Crystal mtn trail, yes, those are all quartz crystals!


The mine area has some cool artifacts like this ole’Chevy


Kept my map handy in my Wanderlust Gear Rattlesnake bag, sweet patch from Everything Will Be Noble thanks to Brent Knepper!


Recent fire damage in the Big Bend Nat. Park, native plants will likely come back strong and happy with new seeds being activated by the fires to grow.

  1. Great! Thanks for sharing this part of the world!


  2. Suzan said:

    Great journal of your trip!


  3. Chris Colvin said:

    Awesome photos & sketches!!!




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