In Big Bend National Park in Texas, Boquillas Canyon lies just a short drive from the campground at Rio Grande Village where we were staying. I love it when such majestic places are so close to the campground.
We found an overlook where we stopped and cooked hotdogs on the barbeque before heading down to the canyon to catch the last light.
The far side of the canyon is in Mexico. It is only a short wade away and in some spots I don’t think I would even get my ankles wet.
I made this image as the sun went down and the last light was reflecting off the far canyon wall. The scene didn’t necessarily require HDR, but I wanted the water to appear totally smooth even though it was moving very slowly creating small ripples. In order to slow down the shutter enough to show smooth water I used a 4 stop solid neutral density filter. Even then, the rest of the image was overexposed, so I made 3 exposures and blended them together to get the effect I wanted.
The canyon is a popular spot for the Mexicans to cross, not to stay in the USA, but just to sell their wares. They come across, leave some trinkets to sell with a sign showing the price, and go back to the other side to watch to see if any tourists passing by make a purchase.
There are signs all over the park telling visitors that purchasing these items is illegal.
At one time there was a legal border crossing here and visitors to the park could cross over and visit the little Mexican village on the other side, but now there are no legal crossing points in the park, so this is the only way for the Mexican villagers to sell items to tourists. I hope one day the crossings open again since I heard from a few people in the campground that they had been over there years ago and quite enjoyed the experience.