Easily one of the more memorable images of my 2011 visit to Big Bend, the above image was photographed from a group of bus-sized boulders at the edge of the Rio Grande River. The boulder was at the end of the trail and was the last place onto which a person could climb for this unobstructed view down river.
The canyon wall and everything to the left belongs to Mexico. To the right is the property of the United States of America.
This photograph also serves as the abyss depicted in the cover art for the 4th edition of my novel, The Gray Stopgap.
The original image is a Tagged Image Format File (TIFF) with a file data size of 35.1 megabytes (MB).
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