During the spring of 2005, I made my first visit to Texas's Big Bend National Park during a month-long tour of the Southwest. It was easily the most out-of-place location that I visited during the trip, but it instantly became one of my favorite National Parks to visit during the cooler times of the year. I made my fifth visit during New Years of 2022 after having some bad luck during an attempted visit during the previous holiday season. Thankfully, I have become a bit more familiar with the park and know where some good spots for photography are located. This viewpoint is along a short hike from one of the popular campgrounds, and it features the Rio Grande, which serves as the border between the United States and Mexico. I would really like to canoe down the "lazy river" someday. I wonder what is required to basically travel on the border between two countries. In my opinion, it's a good thing that no sections of the wall were built in the very scenic and beautiful park. The small village of Boquillas, Mexico is very close to where I made this photograph. If my passport wouldn't have expired in 2020, I would have made the crossing to see what it's like on the other side of the river.
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I’m glad that my cousin, @b_radoutside, was patient with me at the Golden Cathedral while I waited around for damn near a day to see how the light would change. It’s one of the coolest places that I’ve visited. •
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One thing that I really liked about visiting the Escalante, Utah area is that there are lots of cool places to bandit-camp. When my cousin and I weren't backpacking, we would just find some remote desert road for camping, and we stayed at this spot twice. There was some nice evening light during the moonrise of our second visit. Surprisingly, this has been my most-liked image of the year on Instagram (@BeauRogersPhoto), so I thought that I'd post it here.
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I messed up during our backpacking trip into the Coyote Gulch of Escalante and lead me and my cousin in through a more difficult and lengthy route. We had to bushwack through brush, hop across creeks in soaking wet shoes and socks, and chase ornery cattle off of the trail. Still though, once we made it to the heart of the gulch after walking about nine miles, we decided to continue on to the Swiss Cheese Falls for some waterfall rejuvenation. I've always loved chasing waterfalls; it's a hobby of mine that began when I first started hiking in the Ozarks of Arkansas as a youngster.This one is called Swiss Cheese Falls, and it's quite beautiful. There is nothing like a desert oasis with water available all around. I am planning to return in November during Veterans Day Weekend.
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My goal as a photographer is typically to get one photo that I like per day, but on this day I ended up with four images that I really like along with a solid wedding proposal image that I made just because I was there, and I'm nice. The Big Pine Lakes area is so amazing, and now I realize why it is difficult to get one of the few available permits to camp there overnight. If you ever want to go there or any of the other high-demand spots in the Sierra, log into recreation.gov before 7 am Pacific time exactly six months before your intended date, and be ready to reserve the permit when the clock hits 7:00. I used the time.gov website, so I could improve my odds of having success.
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