Northeast Rim in January

January 24, 2011 at 8:36 am (Big Bend National Park, Big Bend National Park TX, Birds - Big Bend TX, National Parks, Nature, Photography, TX, Wildlife)

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Sunrise from Southeast Rim of the High Chisos

The weather forecast was delightful, and the moon would be full.  In two weeks the trail would be closed because of the peregrine falcon nesting season, so I decided on the spur of the moment to stay overnight at Northeast Rim in the High Chisos.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Ice Fog in the Chisos 1-11-11

January 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm (Big Bend National Park, Big Bend National Park TX, National Parks, Nature, Photography, TX)

 

Casa Grande 
When I couldn’t see the mountains this morning from my front window, I knew something glorious was happening up there.  In Panther Junction it was in the 20s, and combined with little droplets of moisture up higher, hoarfrost would surely be the result.
Road to the Basin 
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Sun Dogs and a Sun Pillar

December 3, 2010 at 7:53 pm (Big Bend National Park, Big Bend National Park TX, National Parks, Nature, Photography, TX)

Sun Dog on Right of Sun
 A pair of sun dogs flanked the setting sun this evening, formed by ice crystals in the cirrus clouds.
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Tufted Flycatcher

November 29, 2010 at 6:41 pm (Big Bend National Park, Big Bend National Park TX, Birds - Big Bend TX, Birds - Texas, National Parks, Nature, Photography, TX)

I would not have known about this rare bird at Big Bend National Park if a fellow who worked in Southern Florida hadn’t come through my entrance station on Friday to tell me he drove 30 hours straight to see it after it was posted on the North American Rare Bird Alert.  It was number 731 or something like that for this young man!  Evidently this is only the third US sighting ever of this Mexican bird, as far as I can tell, and the second for Big Bend – the first was in 1991.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Another door opens…

November 19, 2009 at 9:26 am (Big Bend National Park TX)

Maverick Entrance

When one door closes, another opens.  I can be thankful for that huge stack of job applications that didn’t even garner an interview.  It left the door open for a job I never considered before, and one that I might like to do for years to come.

I’m a park ranger look-alike seasonal fee collector for Big Bend National Park, Texas.  Yeah I’m a fedrul imployee.  For America’s Best Idea.  I am still amazed at the direction my life has taken on rather short notice.  If it weren’t for my advice to a young photographer looking to live in Alaska to photograph wildlife, I may not have ever considered applying to the National Park Service myself.  But since the art show business has been dismal the last couple of years, I lost my migratory flyway to warm winters.  I browsed the job listings to see what kind of seasonal opportunities there might be and spent many hours applying to about six parks.

I thought my chances of even being contacted were one in a thousand, and when I was offered the job in September, I immediately put the holiday portrait ads on hold, found a great housesitter for the cats and chickens (thanks Julie!) and mentally placed myself at Big Bend.  I’ve never been to this part of Texas before but my brother raved about it, and it felt right.  It is also closer to my family in Houston and Beaumont  (600 miles away instead of 2300).

Big Bend is Way Out In the Middle of Nowhere, Texas.  And that’s the charm.  It is so uniquely beautiful here.  I will be posting my observations on life here, and my photographs will be on my gallery at www.photoartgal.smugmug.com.

So ya’ll come visit, hear?

Cindy McIntyre Images – more photography

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