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Santa Elena Canyon

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 31 July 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park. (Texas on the right where I'm standing, Mexico across the Rio Grand.)

SONY DSC-F828 1/60 second F/4.0 ISO 64 8 mm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

It is such a huge divide, yet so narrow in reality. Interesting play of light on the rock.

31 Jul 2011 12:22pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thanks, Judy.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful diffused light in this shot Barbara! Nicely captured! ;-)

31 Jul 2011 2:37pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks, Eric.

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

I love the cacti in the shadows! What a nice POV! I bet a nice feel that spot too Barbara! :)

31 Jul 2011 3:48pm

@Sandy Weston: Thank you, Sandy.

Twojays from Southwest Montana, United States

What a lot to look at here Barbara. The exitic looking blue & green cactus ping pong paddles, and that blue against the orange hues of the canyon walls. It's cool that Mexico is on one side and Texas the other, and that the Rio is running choc. milk like us. (actually getting green now to be factual and it's about time. It looks such a secretive place with the light above and back of the scene.

31 Jul 2011 5:33pm

@Twojays: The river did look like choc. milk, but unlike yours, it stays that way most of the time.

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

The sheer canyon walls are amazing. It looks like there hasn't been much erosion once the river cut down, unlike what we see in the Grand Canyon.

31 Jul 2011 7:42pm

@Julie L. Brown: It is very rugged country and the walls there really are steep.

LauraS from Chico, United States

Nicely composed, Barbara. As others commented, a lot to take in here. Great shot with that harsh light ahead.

1 Aug 2011 12:50am

@LauraS: Thanks, Laura.

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Well done Barbara. Technically a hard shot to get. It really shows the depth of the canyon.

1 Aug 2011 1:03am

@Gary: Yes, the shadow was deep, but the setting sun was sending harsh light into the canyon.

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

wonderful shot! i like the light coming through between the cliffs! once again wonderful sharpness and detail all around!

1 Aug 2011 1:42am

@DarkElf: Thanks, DarkElf.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

So.....You get some cactus on Your side, but They get only the rocky wall.....The light brings off the texture and colours in those walls...

5 Aug 2011 6:31am

1/60 second
ISO 64
8 mm