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No pictures of JK's, just some west Texas scenery. The park is approx 800,000 acres.
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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 ?
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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.

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Very nice photography.

Looks like a great trip.
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Looks like a very cool place, thanks for sharing.

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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 ?

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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!

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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;


another nice shot i got;

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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?
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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.






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

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dang, i was hoping to see a rattle snake but didn't...nice pics!

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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? Seriously, those pics are beautiful...especially the sky/ sunset ones.
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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? 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.

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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
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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!

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Been on that trip several times. Love it, Im originally from El Paso. Miss the territory.

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Those are some nice pics! But that jackrabbit sure looks angry.

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Those are some nice pics! But that jackrabbit sure looks angry.
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.
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Sweet man - I just got back from there last week, here're a few pics from my trip:













I also shot some timelapse video, available here:

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