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BIG BEND PORTAL, 2012

Text and Photography • 48 images


Copyright 2012, 2016 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved. No part of this material or any of the images may be reproduced in any form or by any means without written permission from the author/photographer/artist.





In the great state of Texas, Big Bend National Park comprises 801,163 acres—about 1,251 square miles. It is named after a feature of the State border on which it sits; specifically the “big bend” at which Texas and Mexico met in the Southwestern reaches of Texas.


Big Bend is also the national park with the least amount of annual visitors. The reason? Because Big Bend is a destination and not a thoroughfare. In other words, other national parks can usually be visited while a traveler is en route to another destination. But the only thing on the other side of Big Bend, is the desert of Mexico. Or to put it another way, if you’re going to Big Bend, it’s because are going to Big Bend—and not just passing through.


So, in other words, it is very remote and very out-of-the way.


If you intend to visit there, be prepared. The out of the way remoteness of Big Bend makes it a place of dangerous beauty. It can be days of harsh heat and nights of bitter cold. It can be as dry as the desert of which it is a part and in the next moment filled with flash flooding. To read my recommendations on clothing and supplies see the BIG BEND 2011 Portal.


As for this Portal... Below is the collection of photographs I captured during my visit to Big Bend in 2012.


BIG BEND 2012 IMAGE LIBRARY
IMAGE SIZES, FORMATS AND NAMING CONVENTION




Ernst Tinaja, No. 4B
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Ernst Tinaja, No. 28C
02


Juan de Leon, No. 3B
03



Juan de Leon, No. 5C
04



Don't Tread on Me, No. 4B
05



Beautiful Persistence, No. 1B
06



Window Silhouette, No. 1B
07



Tree of Shadows, No. 2B
08



North of Storm, No. 6B
09



Storm, No. 11B
10



Storm, No. 12B
11



Storm Lightning, No. 1B
12



Storm Lightning, No. 2C
13



Coming Out of Cattail Falls, No. 8B
14



Sunset Cloud Color, No. 3B
15



The Flower, No. B
16



Luna's Jacal, No. 1B
17







Luna's Jacal, No. 13B
18



Luna's Jacal, No. 10B
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Luna's Jacal, No. 8B
20



Leaving Luna's Neighborhood, No. 1B
21



Me and Fedora, No. B
22



Ranch Ruins, No. 5B
23







Moonshot, No. B
24



The Stars at Night, No. 2C
25



Grasshopper Returns, No. 4B
26



Second Tarantula, No. 5B
27



Second Tarantula, No. 8B
28



Bearly Seen, No. 2B
29



Fedora's Sunset, No. 1B
30



Ocotillo, No. 4B
31



Sunset Glow, No. B
32



Chisos Morning, No. 2B
33



Competitors, No. 4C
34



To the Boats, No. 6B
35



Racing on the River, No. 1B
36



Jeff and Caelen Take Charge, No. B
37



Canoe Brigade, No. 2B
38



Bike Mark, No. B
39



Bike Matt, No. 1B
40



Oskin Bike Tote, No. B
41



Hall of Victory, No. B
42



The G Man, No.1B
43







Looking Back, No. 2B
44



Sightseeing at Last, No. 2B
45



Mexico, No. 1B
46



Mexico, No. 2B
47



Trophies, No. B
48
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