Looking through The Window at Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park was never on my radar. Even as a photographer, and having grown up in Texas, I assumed Big Bend consisted only of flat land desert. But in 2013, a friend finally talked me into a trip west. The mountainous landscape came into view as we drove the long road toward the Chisos Basin. At that moment, I realized the memory cards I packed for my camera might not be adequate. Signs alerting visitors to watch for bears and mountain lions lured my interest. I was already hooked, and I hadn’t seen even a fraction of the landscape. As we slowly entered the basin through tight switchbacks, we watched intently, hoping to see wildlife. Then, as we rounded another corner, a breathtaking sight of The Window came into view. Since that day, I’ve visited The Window several times, photographing it from a distance, and up close, at sunrise and at sunset. My heart is at peace when I gaze through the gap in the mountains. I feel as though I’m looking through The Window to the rest of the world, and I can’t take my eyes off of it.

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