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StubEXrube
09-14-2008, 10:26 PM
No pictures of JK's, just some west Texas scenery. The park is approx 800,000 acres.

StubEXrube
09-14-2008, 10:43 PM
...just a few more...

rubirobv
09-15-2008, 06:47 PM
Classic Wild West. Right out of a John Wayne movie. Your giving AlecW a run for artistic expression. Can you comment on the last shot. What are the ruins of ?

StubEXrube
09-15-2008, 08:59 PM
The last pic is Mariscal Mine. Martin Solis discovered quicksilver ore ( cinnabar) here in 1900. Another guy named Ed Lindsay developed the mine. It was bought by W.K. Ellis in 1916. He constructed the furnaces and shipped the refined quicksilver to towns like Terlingua in west Texas. The price of the ore plummeted after WW I. After selling several more times, the mine was eventually closed in 1943. The deep mine shafts have been since covered over with rebar and fencing, but are still open. Looking down into them is like taking a spooky trip back through time. Lots of bats live down in the shafts these days and the bricks still contain mercury. A very hazardous, desolate, and interesting place. And it is really in the middle of nowhere...which makes being there at night EXTRA creepy.

Thanks for the comment...Alec truly takes some awesome pictures.

Jeeper
09-17-2008, 08:56 AM
Very nice photography.

Looks like a great trip.
Thanks for sharing :)

SDMF
09-17-2008, 09:00 AM
Looks like a very cool place, thanks for sharing.

07_Rubi
09-17-2008, 04:20 PM
Classic Wild West. Right out of a John Wayne movie. Your giving AlecW a run for artistic expression. Can you comment on the last shot. What are the ruins of ?
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3110/2866728524_04de23127a.jpg

07_Rubi
09-17-2008, 04:22 PM
sorry for the highjack, StubEx...
Big Bend was awesome, I was there in May. When we got home the Houston heat hit us right in the face! :)

07_Rubi
09-17-2008, 04:28 PM
sorry for the highjack, StubEx...
Big Bend was awesome, I was there in May. When we got home the Houston heat hit us right in the face! :)
oh, hey...i see you've been to santa elena canyon also! here's the shot i got of it;
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3238/2865899173_dce6ee9236.jpg

another nice shot i got;
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3147/2866728710_a48b9478fd.jpg

StubEXrube
09-17-2008, 06:33 PM
No hijack here...This is a thread on Big Bend so it's all good. I will never get tired of seeing pics of this place as it's my favorite camping and wheeling venue in all of Texas. I am really trying to make plans to head back soon. I know that the scenery doesn't compare to Colorado and California, but there is such incredible history and such diversity in the plants, wildlife, terrain, and weather. Where else can you experience black bears, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, tarantulas, Indian petroglyphs, snow, lightning, flooding rain, sweltering heat, and miles of solitude...all within a three week visit?

* Those are a couple great pictures 07rubi...I bet you got a lot more! BTW- Did y'all kyak the Rio Grande or just walk around down there?

07_Rubi
09-17-2008, 07:05 PM
actually, we didn't have much time so we just drove all the roads with the jeep in 3 days...trying to see as much as we could and stayed 1 day in the chisos mountains.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3293/2866186721_ea5b3aa536.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3266/2867015874_0ef25609c7.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3052/2866187721_ec933c1dd9.jpg

the last one was on our property in Terlingua, same trip.

Lensman
09-17-2008, 07:40 PM
I wanna go!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce:

StubEXrube
09-17-2008, 08:22 PM
Several more...

StubEXrube
09-17-2008, 08:35 PM
just a few more...

StubEXrube
09-17-2008, 08:46 PM
last ones...

07_Rubi
09-18-2008, 12:29 AM
dang, i was hoping to see a rattle snake but didn't...nice pics!

07_Rubi
09-18-2008, 12:33 AM
found a few more :)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3131/2867558094_a40070eeab.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3149/2866726741_cf5ffabdc2.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3172/2866727233_8c630081d8.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3026/2866727565_87ede0650b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3060/2866727869_3b0398ac46.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3146/2866727953_06ce44d184.jpg

StubEXrube
09-18-2008, 10:51 AM
dang, i was hoping to see a rattle snake but didn't...nice pics!

Well, there was part of one in one of the pics! You don't want to see the rest of it...believe me. I can't believe you've got a ranch out in Terlingua. What a great getaway. Oh, and you said it was open to any jkowners wanting a place to camp and wheel...right? :laughing: Seriously, those pics are beautiful...especially the sky/ sunset ones.

07_Rubi
09-18-2008, 05:04 PM
Well, there was part of one in one of the pics! You don't want to see the rest of it...believe me. I can't believe you've got a ranch out in Terlingua. What a great getaway. Oh, and you said it was open to any jkowners wanting a place to camp and wheel...right? :laughing: Seriously, those pics are beautiful...especially the sky/ sunset ones.
thanks, i like your pics too.
yea, if you wanna call it a ranch...hehe, just 40 acres - nothing on it...but we are looking to buy the lots next to ours if they are ever up for sale. if you can find our property, you are welcome to camp on it as long as you pack out what you pack in. we had to pay a "guide" to show us where our lot is located...taxes are cheap down there but the property association keeps sending us bills for "maintenance" of the roads and such. i tell you; with a regular car it would be impossible to access our 40 acres....the "roads" to the property are that bad. if the taxes would be higher we would sell the place.

Alec W
09-19-2008, 07:00 AM
Awesome photos!!! Photography is easy when you have scenery country like that as a backdrop :)

If I lived somewhere flat my photos wouldn’t be any good ;)

07_Rubi
09-19-2008, 07:05 AM
Awesome photos!!! Photography is easy when you have scenery country like that as a backdrop :)

If I lived somewhere flat my photos wouldn’t be any good ;)
i was at your website and checked out your pics....they make me wanna go to colorado soooo bad!

Moho
10-09-2008, 01:05 AM
Been on that trip several times. Love it, Im originally from El Paso. Miss the territory.

ogre45
10-09-2008, 12:42 PM
Those are some nice pics! But that jackrabbit sure looks angry.

StubEXrube
10-09-2008, 12:48 PM
Those are some nice pics! But that jackrabbit sure looks angry.

:laughing: Just noticed that. He does look a little ticked off huh? I guess if I spent my life running from coyotes and photographers in the 120 degree heat, I would be too. :pissed:

jkdrone
10-12-2008, 09:45 AM
Sweet man - I just got back from there last week, here're a few pics from my trip:

http://dronecolony.com/2008/new_img/blog/shutter/IMGP3270.jpg

http://dronecolony.com/2008/new_img/blog/shutter/IMGP1109.jpg

http://dronecolony.com/2008/new_img/blog/roaming/bigbend2008/P9290037.jpg

http://dronecolony.com/2008/new_img/blog/roaming/bigbend2008/P9290044.jpg

http://dronecolony.com/2008/new_img/blog/roaming/bigbend2008/P9300106.jpg

http://dronecolony.com/2008/new_img/blog/roaming/bigbend2008/P9300095.jpg

I also shot some timelapse video, available here: http://vimeo.com/1927455

!c

venom
10-12-2008, 09:52 AM
Sweet man - I just got back from there last week, here're a few pics from my trip:

http://dronecolony.com/2008/new_img/blog/roaming/bigbend2008/P9290044.jpg


Cute lil Blacktail Rattler!

Billy_Goat
10-12-2008, 11:10 AM
I love this Pic. Maybe it's weird but I've always been fascinated with graves. Specially, very old, unmarked ones.

http://dronecolony.com/2008/new_img/blog/shutter/IMGP3270.jpg

Great shot!

jkdrone
10-12-2008, 02:31 PM
Cute lil Blacktail Rattler!

Yeah - until you come within 6" of stepping on it! That's what I hate about them, they don't always rattle -- especially at about 8am on the trail, hehe.

Billy goat - thanks man, I had a hard time getting many good pics due to the haze down in BBNP, so I took off over to Terlingua, and the graveyard provides hours of fun shots =)

!c

StubEXrube
10-12-2008, 02:50 PM
Hey- Glad you made it back safe! Those are some nice pics. And that rattler looks like a beautiful specimen. One time on Pelican Island (Galveston), I was out of my jeep one day walking around and it was really windy. The wind was all you could hear for the most part. I stopped at one point to take a picture of something, and for only a few seconds the wind died down just enough for me to hear this "chattering" sound. Never even considered what it was, and started to take a step...then immediately saw the little bstrd, coiled up beside an old tire. He never struck, and I slowly backed away towards the jeep. They blend in so well, and even when they DO try to warn ya, you don't always hear it.

Those grave sites make great blk/ wht compositions. Really cool.

Moho
10-12-2008, 04:35 PM
JK Drone, was that first pic where you left the ole lady.

Billy_Goat
10-12-2008, 06:21 PM
Yeah - until you come within 6" of stepping on it! That's what I hate about them, they don't always rattle -- especially at about 8am on the trail, hehe.



Billy goat - thanks man, I had a hard time getting many good pics due to the haze down in BBNP, so I took off over to Terlingua, and the graveyard provides hours of fun shots =)

!c

Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of Los Angeles, has a unique variation of a rattle snake that sheds its rattler every time it sheds its skin so you really can't hear it



What's that graveyard called? Any history on it?

StubEXrube
10-12-2008, 06:36 PM
jkdrone- I am guessing that is either in Lajitas or the ghost town at Terlingua....Yes?, No?

venom
10-12-2008, 06:42 PM
Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of Los Angeles, has a unique variation of a rattle snake that sheds its rattler every time it sheds its skin so you really can't hear it

it's also endemic only to that island and critically endangered and declining-
historically due to feral cats on the island, now due to direct human actions like poaching and collecting. Also due to tourists wiping out the only species of rodent that they eat - which is also only found on the island.

StubEXrube
10-12-2008, 06:55 PM
This is another grave site along one of the Big Bend back country roads. Story is that before passing thru, you are supposed to leave coins, trinkets, beads, etc...to avoid misfortune along the way. I left an entire quarter, and had nothing but problems...:laughing:

StubEXrube
10-12-2008, 07:08 PM
And this is the little guy that almost tagged me out on Pelican Island. Guessing it's a diamond back...

venom
10-12-2008, 07:11 PM
yup
western diamondback

StubEXrube
10-12-2008, 07:35 PM
Billy Goat...I love the cemeteries too. The creepier, the better. This one is not in Big Bend. It is in the central Texas area and is extremely old. Due to plague or depression...maybe combination of both, this cemetery has many graves that are crudely dug and shallow, along with handmade headstones, many infant graves...some marked as "unknown"/ "boy" or "girl". Truly- a spooky place.

jkdrone
10-13-2008, 08:10 AM
The graveyard in my photo is the Terlingua Cemetery. Terlingua was founded around 1902 (that's when the area was mapped, at least) to serve as one of the population bases for the Chisos Mining Co's cinnebar mine / mercury production facility (competing with the nearby Mariscal Mine, that SubExRube showed a picture of). The town was largely abandoned in 1944 when the mine owner died, bankrupt, and the mine was shut down (a lot more to do with changing market conditions than the owner's death). The graves date up until the 80s, that I was able to find - the few remaining inhabitants choose to be buried there.

These days, the only "local" inhabitants seem to be strange hippies, I guess the ones that also congregate around the nearby Terlingua Ranch. There's some talk that Terlingua Abaja in the Southwestern end of BBNP is the original Terlingua land site, although I would disagree... AFAIK, Terlingua Abaja was a farming community supplying both the Terlinga and Mariscal mines until the long wet season finally ended.

All in all, I would consider Terlingua a fairly poor example of a ghost town, mostly because it still has inhabitants, and also because of its proximity to BBNP, it serves more as a tourist attraction these days. There's a hotel, a diner, a biker bar, and a gift shop three times the size of the Panther Junction Ranger Station!

I have a few more pics I'm working on from there, as well, I'll share them when I complete them.

Stube - man, I hate the rattlers along the coast, they always seem to be around in the dunes just when you need to take a whiz. That sound makes me kinda sick when I've been camping down in Surfside, stumble off to take a whiz, then come running back out of the dunes =) The worst part about the one I ran into out at BBNP, was that I was actually looking for them, it being sunrise, in the sunny spots. He didn't rattle, and if I had gotten bitten by him, it was a two hour hike back to the jeep, and then a 2.5 hr drive back to the ranger station - solo. That's when you hope for a left-foot bite! *grin*

!c

southwindphoto
10-28-2008, 09:58 AM
Good photography. Nice use of B&W, and vivid colors of sunset.

My wife and I visited that area December of 1995. Camped in a tent a few nights, then it snowed and forced us to retreat to Terlingua to find a hotel.

Thanks for the photo tour.


What kind of camera rig are you using?

jkdrone
10-28-2008, 10:38 AM
Good photography. Nice use of B&W, and vivid colors of sunset.

My wife and I visited that area December of 1995. Camped in a tent a few nights, then it snowed and forced us to retreat to Terlingua to find a hotel.

Thanks for the photo tour.


What kind of camera rig are you using?

Southwind - thanks! I have a few more here as well: http://shutterdrone.wordpress.com/

I shoot pretty much everything with a Pentax K10D, and the Sigma 17-70 DC Macro is my go-to field lens for landscape. I use it primarily for the wide end, with some supplementing from an old manual SMC-A 50/2, S. Tak. 50/1.4, Tamron 80-250 macro, and a number of m42 lenses (all super takumar or SMC takumar) from 28mm-300mm.

Mostly though, the ease of using the AF lenses almost always wins out in the field. =)

!c