A Little Southwest of Ohio, part 2 of 3

On our recent trip to the American southwest we decided to stop in Big Bend National Park for three days. Not nearly enough time but we did manage to get in a few nice hikes despite some challenging wind, rain and cold on one of the days.

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Big Bend is not on the way to anywhere else so you really have to want to go there. While there are sexier places to visit in the west, Big Bend has a beauty uniquely it’s own. The focal point of the park is an island of mountains rising out of the surrounding desert. We stayed at the Chisos Basin campground located in a depression right in the middle of the mountains. It’s a magical place.

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Below is a photograph collage of a few of the things seen:

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Rock and living things, Grapevine Hills Trail to the balanced rock, Big Bend.

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Black-foot Daisy, Grapevine Hills Trail, Big Bend

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Branches, Grapevine Hills Trail, Big Bend.

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Mystery wildflower, Grapevine Hills Trail, Big Bend.

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Christmas Cholla, Grapevine Hills Trail, Big Bend.

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Chisos Basin, Big Bend.

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Lichen, Big Bend, (Donna)

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Acorn Woodpecker, Big Bend, (Donna)

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Eastern Coma, Big Bend, (Donna)

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Chisos Basin, Big Bend, (Donna)

 

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Laguna Meadows Trail, Big Bend, (Donna)

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Tree Cholla along the Chisos Basin Loop, Big Bend

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Colorful caterpillar, Big Bend

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Canyon Wren, Grapevine Hills Trail, Big Bend, (Donna)

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Yellow Sunny Bell, Grapevine Hills Trail, Big Bend

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Desert Marigold, Grapevine Hills Trail, Big Bend, (Donna).

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Grapevine Hills Trail, Big Bend, (Donna)

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Pointed Phlox, Window Trail, Big Bend, (Donna)

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Roadrunner near our campsite, Chisos Basin Campground, Big Bend, (Donna)

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Roadrunner, another look.

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A view of Casa Grande along the Chisos Basin Loop, Big Bend.

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Prickly Pear Cactus, Chisos Basin Trail, Big Bend.

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Casa Grande, Big Bend

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Along the Laguna Meadows Trail, Big Bend.

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Abstract, Laguna Meadows Trail, Big Bend

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Dona photographing a Mexican Jay, Laguna Meadows Trail, Big Bend.

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Mexican Jay, Laguna Meadows Trail, Big Bend.

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Mexican Jay, (Donna)

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Along the Laguna Meadows Trail, Big Bend

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“The Window” from Chisos Basin, The Window Trail, Big Bend

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Along the Window Trail, Big Bend

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Window Trail, Big Bend

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Prickly Pear along the Window Trail, Big Bend.

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Cactus Wren, Big Bend

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Cactus Wren nest, Big Bend

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White Winged Dove, Big Bend

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Green Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus, Grapevine Hills Trail, Big Bend

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Balanced Rock, Grapevine Hills Trail, Big Bend.

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Thanks for looking in.

4 Comments on “A Little Southwest of Ohio, part 2 of 3

  1. it’s great to see some flowers and butterflies after seeing white for so long.
    It was nice of the Mexican jay to pose like that.
    I don’t think I’d spend much time under that balanced rock!

  2. Beautiful photo tour! It reminded me of how much I miss the desert. That’s sure a gorgeous photo of the Roadrunner!

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