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  1. Dagger Flats

    Dagger Flats

    Dagger Flats: Dominated by Spanish Dagger (Yucca faxoniana: Agavaceae) with creosote bush in the foreground. These evergreen Yuccas reach heights of 6.1 m (20 ft) tall with pointed leaf blades 0.61-1.4 m (2.0-4.5 ft) long. White to creamy-colored flowers arise from the terminus of each stem in...
  2. Littleleaf Leadtree

    Littleleaf Leadtree

    Littleleaf Leadtree (Leucaena retusa: Fabaceae) Small unarmed trees to 7.6 m (25 ft) tall. Photographed along the edge of Green Gulch at Panther Pass, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA. Piyon/juniper/oak belt at ca. 1,707 m (5,600 ft) elevation.
  3. Firecracker Bush

    Firecracker Bush

    Firecracker Bush (Bouvardia ternifolia: Rubiaceae) Shrub to ca. 1 m (3.3 ft) tall. Photographed on the Lost Mine Trail, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA. Dry piyon/juniper/oak woodland at ca. 1,768 m (5,800 ft) elevation.
  4. Casa Grande

    Casa Grande

    Casa Grande: When you are in the Chisos Mountains Basin and look eastward this is your view, if you look westward you see the Window. Taken with a setting sun. Photographed in the Chisos Mountains Basin, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA. Piyon/juniper/oak belt at ca. 1,646 m...
  5. Tuff Biscuit

    Tuff Biscuit

    Tuff Biscuit and probably a bit stale: A made up term by me but the outcrop is made up of tuff rock material. Photographed along the Ross Maxell Scenic Drive in Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA at ca. 732 m (2,400 ft) elevation.
  6. Big Bend Silverleaf

    Big Bend Silverleaf

    Big Bend Silverleaf (Leucophyllum candidum: Scrophulariaceae) Shrub to ca. 1.2 m tall. Photographed in the Boquillas Crossing vicinity at ca. 579 m (1,900 ft) elevation. Chihuahuan Desert. Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA.
  7. Cerro Castellan

    Cerro Castellan

    Cerro Castellan: Photographed from the east end of Cottonwood Campground looking eastward taken in late afternoon. Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA. The top of Cerro Castellan is 1,006 m (3,299 ft) elevation. May 2014
  8. Ash-throated Flycacther

    Ash-throated Flycacther

    Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens subsp. cinerascens) Photographed in an ash tree in Rio Grande Village, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA. Disturbed Rio Grande riparian at ca. 571 m (1,872 ft) elevation. May 2014
  9. Powdered Dancer

    Powdered Dancer

    Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta: Coenagrionidae) This damselfly has a total length of 3.7-4.2 cm (1.5-1.7 in). Photographed on limestone cliffs above the Rio Grande along the Rio Grande Nature Trail at ca. 579 m (1,900 ft) elevation. Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA. May 2014
  10. Tuff Canyon

    Tuff Canyon

    Tuff Canyon: Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA off of Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive at ca. 729 m (2,392 ft) elevation. Tuff is a type of rock made up of volcanic ash ejected from vents during a volcanic eruption.
  11. Boquillas Canyon

    Boquillas Canyon

    Boquillas Canyon: Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA. Riverine through the Chihuahuan Desert at ca.570 m (1,870 ft) elevation. Mexico on the right, USA on the left.
  12. Big Bend Tree Lizard

    Big Bend Tree Lizard

    Big Bend Tree Lizard (Urosaurus ornatus subsp. schmidtii) This lizard has a total body length of ca. 16 cm (6.3 in). Photographed in Boquillas Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA. Limestone cliffs above the Rio Grande at ca. 570 m (1,870 ft) elevation.
  13. The Window

    The Window

    The Window: Viewed at sunset from the Chisos Basin looking westward at ca. 1,646 m (5,400 ft) elevation. The peak on the left is Carter Peak and the slope on the right leads up to Vernon Bailey Peak. Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA.
  14. Lesser Nighthawk

    Lesser Nighthawk

    Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis subsp. texensis) Sexes similar. Photographed in Ro Grande Village, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA. Disturbed Ro Grande riparian at ca. 571 m (1,872 ft) elevation.
  15. Bee Fly

    Bee Fly

    Bee Fly (Villa lateralis: Bombyllidae) This species ranges in size from 6-11 mm (0.24-0.43 in) long. Photographed on the Lost Mine Trail, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA. Dry piyon/juniper/oak woodland at ca. 1,829 m (6,000 ft) elevation.
  16. Porous Border

    Porous Border

    Porous Border: A Mexican citizen crossing back into Mexico across the Ro Grande in Boquillas Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA.
  17. Townsend's Warbler (female)

    Townsend's Warbler (female)

    Townsends Warbler (Setophaga townsendi) Female, species sexually dimorphic. Photographed on the Lost Mine Trail, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA. Dry piyon/juniper/oak woodland at ca. 1,829 m (6,000 ft) elevation.
  18. Big Bend Beardtongue

    Big Bend Beardtongue

    Big Bend Beardtongue (Penstemon havardii: Scrophulariaceae) This perennial herb can reach heights of 1.2-1.8 m (4-6 ft). Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA. Along the Chisos Basin Road at the start of the piyon/juniper/oak belt at ca. 1,524 m (5,000 ft) elevation. Berm of Green...
  19. Wilson's Warbler

    Wilson's Warbler

    Wilsons Warbler (Wilsonia pusilla) First year bird. Photographed at Dug Out Wells, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA. Riparian area from an old homestead of the Green family in the Chihuahuan Desert at ca. 3,006 ft elevation. May 2014
  20. Lime Crustose Lichen

    Lime Crustose Lichen

    Lime-colored Crustose Lichen: Photographed on the Lost Mine Trail, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA. Dry piyon/juniper/oak woodland at ca. 1,829 m (6,000 ft) elevation.
  21. Inca Dove

    Inca Dove

    Inca Dove (Columbina inca) Male, sexes slightly dimorphic. Scaly pattern on males more pronounced due to darker leading edges of feathers. Photographed at Rio Grande Village, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA. Disturbed Rio Grande riparian at ca. 571 m (1,872 ft) elevation.
  22. Yellow-rumped Warbler

    Yellow-rumped Warbler

    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata subsp. memorabilis) One of the two Audubons Warbler subspecies. Cottonwood campground, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA. Open manicured campground dominated by cottonwood and surrounded by Rio Grande riparian at 661 m (2,170 ft)...
  23. Big Bend Spotted Whiptail

    Big Bend Spotted Whiptail

    Big Bend Spotted Whiptail also known as the Rusty-rumped Whiptail (Cnemidophorus septemvittatus: Teiidae). I watched this lizard below me and saw it making its way up so I positioned myself on a rock and waited for it. I just love the scales on its toes (lol). Photographed on the Lost Mine...
  24. Blue-gray Gnatcather

    Blue-gray Gnatcather

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) This Gnatcatcher was making life miserable for this Canyon Towhee (Melozone fusca). I figured the Gnatcatcher and Towhee both had nests in the vicinity and that the Towhees home range overlapped with the Gnatcatchers territory. Photographed in the...
  25. Red Admiral

    Red Admiral

    Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta subsp. rubria: Nymphalidae) Wingspan 4.5-5.7 cm (1.8-2.2 in). Photographed along the Rio Grande Nature Trail, Rio Grande Village, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA. Marsh edge along the Rio Grande at ca. 571 m (1,872 ft) elevation.
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