Big Bend National Park – Vol 3
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The Chihuahuan Desert, a rugged place of snakes, cacti, ragged geology, heat, & thirst. Some years it has looked burnt over. Those were drought years.
This year at this time the predominantly brown-orange-yellow-red paletted desert has a lot of green and multi-hued blooms, small and big.
Apparently it is all about timing (and water).
North America has four deserts: Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran and the Chihuahuan, which extends deep into Mexico. Big Bend National Park lies in its northern third. Mountains that block rain border the Chihuahuan Desert on three sides. Its other side abuts vast semi-arid plains. This young desert is about 8,000 years old. Green and fairly lush, its rainfall comes mostly in the July to October monsoon. Its rain and clouds can mean far cooler temperatures than one might expect in a desert. Heat and seasonal winds increase aridity. Summer ground temperatures may be 180 degrees F at mid-day – or freezing in winter as northern storms sweep through.
An Jacal ( \hə-ˈkäl\ ) a hut in Mexico and southwestern United States with a thatched roof and walls made of upright poles or sticks covered and chinked with mud or clay.
Out on the Old Maverick Road.
Big Bend has lots of high-clearance back roads, ranch roads. Great way to access the history and culture of the Chihuahuan Desert.Sunrise light on the Chisos Mountains through the hoodoos out in the Chihuahuan Desert.
Expanded Big Bend NP Image Gallery
Big Bend National Park – Vol 1
Big Bend National Park – Vol 2
Big Bend NP Brochure, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior