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THIS UNNAMED GEOLOGICAL formation is the likely result of wind, rain and time eroading away surface material to expose what at one time would have lava (magma) that had cooled and solidified. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
COMING INTO OR out of the Chisos Mountains, this is the northwest view and is several miles south of Panther Junction and the headquarters for Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THE CLARET CUP is covered in barbed spines and blooms a reddish, cup-shaped flower from about April to June or July in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THIS VIEW FROM a formation called, “The Window,” looks out from the westside of the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
INDIAN HEAD MOUNTAIN and its southern region offers this “leaning” wall of geology at the western boundary of Big Bend National Park. The rocks of the foreground are boulders ranging from man-sized on up. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
MASSIVE AND TOWERING, this wall of the geology is at least a couple of hundrend feet high and situated in the Indian Head area of Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
WIDE-OPEN PANORAMAS and mountainous terrain such as this are routine along roadside in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THE SOUTHWEST SIDE of the Chisos Mountains, also known as the Chisos Mountain Basin and home to the lodge in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2011 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A FALLEN TREE is an impassable barrier in an otherwise debris-free dry riverbed in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
INDIGENOUS TO TEXAS, New Mexico and Arizona, Javelinas in Big Bend National Park genetically differ from swine. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
LOST MINE TRAIL in Big Bend National Park, looking southward over Juniper Canyon, the Chisos Mountain’s Northeast Rim and into Mexico. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A TREE SILHOUETTED against the night sky as seen from Chisos Basin in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THIS VIEW EAST of a volcano is an illusion of the setting sun streaming through the Chisos Basin area behind Casa Grande Peak in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
WRIGHT MOUNTAIN in background at Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A VIEW WESTWARD after sundown from the Indian Head area of Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A CAMERA COMPENSATION for the limited light after sundown provides this view westward from the Indian Head area of Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson/Camera One. All Rights Reserved.
SANTA ELENA CANYON after sunset, as seen from the Chimneys in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson/Camera One. All Rights Reserved.
Midland Morning 2012 Gallery
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Midland Morning 2012 Gallery
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Big Bend in Texas is a landscape collage resulting from numerous geological events that were not exclusively localized to the area we now know as the National Park. The evidence of those geological events are as widely varied at the surface as they are scattered for hundreds of square miles. But a few hundred miles from Big Bend variety gives way to a landscape as flat as a pancake.

Midland Texas exemplifies this. After leaving Big Bend and passing through Fort Stockton, it is the largest city on Interstate 20 until hitting Abilene. From the opposite direction, Midland is just beyond the halfway point when en route from Dallas/Fort Worth to Big Bend.

I’m sure Midland has its attractions—other than being the boyhood home of Former President George W. Bush—but not a lot is apparent to passersby on the highway. And for that reason I’ve never had cause to stop there. That is until I was driving home in December of 2012.

It was early morning and that’s when I saw it: a stunning predawn horizon. Midland is “oil country” and it was oil pumps, vaguely back-lit by a not too discernable sunrise glow that caught my attention.

The imagery was so impressive that I pulled off the road, grabbed my camera and walked off into the flat, desert-like terrain. What started out as impressive quickly escalated into surreal. Over the next 45 minutes or so, the sun continued rising, a fog moved in, the sun began burning away the fog and then the fog seemed to fight back. The entire area was blanketed in a resurging fog so thick that I could hardly see a few yards in front of me. A train also rolled into this mix and actually stopped for a short time. Ultimately the climbing sun reasserted dominion and the fog evaporated.

The photographs of this gallery are ancillary to those of my visit to Big Bend, and represent just a few of the images I captured during that morning in Midland, Texas.