In October I made a solo trip west to Big Bend National Park. There were some locations I was hoping to photograph in the dark sky of west Texas. I was also hoping for a few nice sunrises and sunsets in the park.
October is still a warm month in Big Bend. The mornings are comfortable cool but the afternoons still get warm to hot. I spent my time here, photographing sunrise, going for a hike in the morning and then after lunch I would return to the shady trees of Cottonwood and rest and read during the heat of the day. It is not often I relax like that on a photo trip but I wanted to try to relax as much as I could. Then it was back out for sunset followed by Milky Way photography for a few hours in the dark west Texas nights.
Here was the best sunrise I had in the park. I was at an area that overlooked the Rio Grande and had a view south toward the Sierra Ponce in Mexico. The fall rains had the Ocotillo covered in little green leaves, the sign of recent desert rains.
I noticed some early distant orange and spent a few hours here as the sun rose and colored the sky. I made images and changed up several compositions trying to make use of the colorful green of the Ocotillo.
As the light changed to daytime. I decided it was time to go explore a slot canyon and headed up the road and hiked in to a secret little slot canyon I had found last year.