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The Best of Big Bend Photo Thread

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Twas the morning of Christmas
And all through the Park
Some creatures were stirring
Soon after dark.

The snow was hung
On the trees with care
And all were slow moving
Even the black bear.

We drove up the road
And watched with a sight
The snow-covered mountains
All decked with white.

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These shots are really tugging at me to purchase a piece of this beauty...

Keep 'em coming.

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shot this last week .....
That is the old tree near what used to be the Homer Wilson homestead, under the Window cut in the Chisos Mnts. The house was mail-ordered from Sears & Roebuck's, hauled to that site and built in the early 1900's. Wilson bought it, and the Wilson family lived and ranched there until they had to forfeit their land to the US National Park Service. The Park protocol at that time was to bulldoze anything that was considered 'human footprint' to return the landscape to its 'wild' state. Which was naive on their part, and they now regret in hindsight.

The house was a bit further up the bank to the right of that tree. If one digs around enough in the thorny scrub brush, you can see remnants of the old rock retaining wall that was in front of the house, and remains of Mrs. Wilson's terraced vegetable and flower gardens. Gone are the prolific fruit and nut trees, and even the old spring is now diverted into big green tanks and piped away from the creek that flowed and provided an oasis for wildlife and humans alike.

The trail up to the Window is arduous, but well worth the climb.
 
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Beaumont, tx
That is the old tree near what used to be the Homer Wilson homestead, under the Window cut in the Chisos Mnts. The house was mail-ordered from Sears & Roebuck's, hauled to that site and built in the early 1900's. Wilson bought it, and the Wilson family lived and ranched there until they had to forfeit their land to the US National Park Service. The Park protocol at that time was to bulldoze anything that was considered 'human footprint' to return the landscape to its 'wild' state. Which was naive on their part, and they now regret in hindsight.

The house was a bit further up the bank to the right of that tree. If one digs around enough in the thorny scrub brush, you can see remnants of the old rock retaining wall that was in front of the house, and remains of Mrs. Wilson's terraced vegetable and flower gardens. Gone are the prolific fruit and nut trees, and even the old spring is now diverted into big green tanks and piped away from the creek that flowed and provided an oasis for wildlife and humans alike.

The trail up to the Window is arduous, but well worth the climb.
we just went to cattail, from the tree it is an easy walk. Cattail is also diverted to feed the ever growing needs of the park service.

I thought the note on the sign that praised the Wilsons as good stewards of the land for not impounding the waters was rather ironic.
 
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Here's one from a few years back. It was taken on the River Road.
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Another one of Easter Egg Valley in Terlingua
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