White Sands - New Mexico
Big Bend Region - Texas
All Photographs © Brian & Nancy Morganti
White Sands National Monument
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend Ranch State Park
Various Visits 2008,
2009, 2012, & 2013
A few of my favorite photographs from these regions, mostly taken on "down days" while on storm chasing trips to the Great Plains.
Grasses & Sand Ripples - White Sands New Mexico - May 2013 : An unblemished view of rippled sand and dunes stretching to the horizon in the late day sun. White Sands National Monument.
Sand & Grass Tuft - White Sands New Mexico - May 2013:. A small island of sand held together by grass roots dominants this late day view the sands and grasses.
Sand Dunes & Mountains - White Sands New Mexico - May 2012: The blinding white sand during mid-day is white as fresh fallen snow, a sharp contrast to the distant mountains.
A Sea of Dunes at Sunset - White Sands New Mexico - May 2013: These rolling dunes seem to take on their own light shortly after sunset.
First View - Big Bend NP Entrance Road - May 2008: Nancy photographs a scenic vista along the desolate entry road leading into Big Bend National Park.
Desert Cacti & Ocotillo - Big Bend NP - May 2008:: A scenic view of colorful desert flora stretching across the desert floor to one of the many tall buttes found within the park.
Ocotillo Butte View - Big Bend NP - May 2008: The late afternoon sun warms this fine Ocotillo plant and the red butte beyond.
Salt Deposits - Big Bend NP - May 2008: An interesting view of salt deposits that have been pushed up from below, and then worn down by wind and summer rain storms.
Scenic View - Big Bend NP - May 2008: A pleasing view overlooking the high desert and rugged mountainous terrain, all being warmed by a late afternoon sun.
Sweeping View - Big Bend NP - May 2008: Desert plants and rugged mountain peaks are bathed in the glow of the late day sun on a warm spring afternoon.
Painted Mountains - Big Bend NP - May 2008: Rugged mountain peaks take on an array of beautiful pastel colors as sunset approaches.
Rugged Terrain - Big Bend NP - May 2008: A west facing array of hills and escarpments soaks up the last rays of sunshine and takes on a golden glow of its own.
Sunset Cliffs & Moon - Big Bend NP - May 2008: The setting sun sets these cliffs ablaze with color as a nearly full moon rises above.
Sunset Cliffs & Moon 2 - Big Bend NP - May 2008: Another view of the sunlit cliffs and moon taken a short time later from a slightly different viewing angle.
Rugged Terrain at Dusk - Big Bend NP - May 2008: The higher terrain catching the final sunlight of the day.
Last Light - Big Bend NP - May 2008: A panoramic view of the desert and mountains bathed in "magic light" well after sunset.
Rio Grande River View - Big Bend Ranch SP - May 2008: A grand view of the Rio Grande river valley running through Big Bend Ranch State Park, bringing a touch of green to the desert.
Painted Desert Sculpture - Big Bend Ranch SP - May 2008: Nature's painted desert sculpture found along Highway 170 near Lajitas, Texas.
Lava Dykes & Desert Grasses - Big Bend Ranch SP - May 2008: A contrasting view of rugged lava cliffs and lush green desert grasses, cacti, and flowers.
Slot Canyon View - Big Bend Ranch SP - May 2008: A mid day walk through a cool slot canyon found along Highway 170 between the small hamlets of Lajitas and Redford, Texas.
Church of San Jose Del Polvo - Redford TX - Big Bend Ranch SP - May 2008: An old church found on the dusty streets of Redford, Texas just off Highway 170.
Adobe Ruins - Big Bend Ranch SP - May 2008: The sun baked ruins of an old Adobe structure found in the hamlet of Redford, Texas.
Old Church "Contrabando" - Big Bend Ranch SP - May 2009: This old church sits just above the Rio Grande River and was used as a setting for several western movies.
Adobe Hut "Contrabando" - Big Bend Ranch SP - May 2009: Like the old church above, this adobe hut is part of the "Contrabando" movie setting used for several old western movies.
Rio Grande River Tributary - Big Bend NP - May 2013: Bright mid-day sun illuminates the tall cliffs above the muddy waters of a small river that flows into the Rio Grande.
Yucca Valley View - Big Bend NP - May 2013: A portrait view of the colorful flora and cliffs that are so abundant through the Big Bend region.