Thursday, January 31, 2013

Another beautiful sunset in Terlingua. I have been able to photograph twelve Terlingua Sunsets for the month of January. That means that Terlingua had almost half a months days worth of sunsets. I figured that if the weather department can calculate the amount of rain fall, cloudy days versus sunny days for any given locale for any given month, why not a percentage of beautiful sunset days per month? That is my goal for this year. To catalog as many sunsets as possible for Terlingua, TX. After all, alot of tourists and visitors to our small town are here for the sunsets and the star filled night sky. I have yet to capture a photo of the milky way since in order to do so a cloudless sky also needs to coincide with a moonless sky. The odds so far are not in my favor. But one of these nights I will get it!

This was taken atop the small hill behind the Big Bend Resort & Adventures motel, Rm#33 on the resort property. This was about ten minutes after sunset. Sunset was at 6:30pm.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for a moment.”

- Georgia O'Keefe

This year I have decided to begin a private, on my own, in other words, a private project. The project is to photo document and identify the various flora and fauna that exist just within my property of 20 acres. I'm doing this to promote an awareness of the vast diversity that is the Chihuahuan Desert. But also to promote an appreciation and respect for nature as well as other environments around us. There are a number of people who have the idea that a desert is a wasteland of nothing but sand, dirt and rocks.

I recall growing up on ten acres of Virginia Appalachian countryside. The word, "weed" usually was thrown around a lot to describe anything that you didn't want in your yard or garden. Out here in the desert, I have yet to come across a "weed". Everything has a purpose and a use. So, in the coming months I will be establishing a blog, website, etc and sharing with you what I find. I hope that you will enjoy the journey as much as I will enjoy the discovery.

This yellow blossom can be seen just about everywhere here in the Chihuahuan desert. I wanted to get a closer look. The bloom is about the size of a dime.

Charlton Vaughan