I love the national parks. And one of my all time favourites is Big Bend National Park in Texas. But right next door is another, even more secluded, gem: Big Bend Ranch State Park.
In the remote State park, there are over 275 thousand acres of Chihuahuan desert to explore. It’s the largest state park in Texas! But you don’t have to go deep into the backcountry for photography — you can see some incredible vistas only a few steps from the road.
In addition to photographing the stunning wildflower display in spring, photography opportunities are abundant as the rugged terrain makes its way along the Rio Grande, which marks the border between the USA and Mexico.
The first time we visited this park, it was just a day trip to the Contrabando movie set. There was so much to see along the way that we made it a top priority for our next trip to Texas and of course we were not disappointed.
The best part about our time in the park was the changing weather conditions which caused all kinds of dramatic clouds. I love dramatic clouds!
This proved to be one of the best “off the beaten path” locations with plenty of photography opportunities to keep me happy, and busy, the entire time 🙂
I made all of these images with my Sony NEX6, which I love for landscape photography because it is small and lightweight making it easy to carry around. For these images, I wanted to convey a sense of depth and have everything from the foreground to the background in focus, so I used a small aperture between f/11 and f/18. They are all single exposures with only minimal processing.