Santa Elena Canyon Photography - Big Bend National Park - Texas Landscapes

We pulled up to the Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park only to see cars parked at least a half mile back on the side of the road, in an undesignated parking area. We went into this adventure wanting to respect nature as much as possible, to leave it better than we found it – so parking in this area was not an option for us. I told Gwenn to go to the front… I knew if the canyon wanted us to photograph her and see her majestic beauty – we would find a proper parking spot… and she did… and I’m grateful.

It was afternoon when we arrived at the canyon. We had planned for morning, but got sidetracked with other alluring landscapes. We walked down to the riverbank and were in awe of the beauty before us… so majestic, grand, unique – sublime… unlike anything I’ve seen before. I took time to look around, take it in, breathe – and search for the perfect ‘spot’ to capture the essence of the location – the Santa Elena Canyon.

As I sat on the bank of the Rio Grande and observed people trying to cross barefoot, I was glad I brought my rain boots. I waded across to a dry area, where a family was enjoying the view, or in my case the ‘spot.’ I kindly asked to borrow their amazing view to photograph the artistry before us. They obliged.

To add some perspective, if you look about 1/3 of the way up, on the right side of the canyon, you can see people standing on the ledge of the overview. Enjoy!

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Nikon D810
Nikkor 14-24mm (f/2.8)
LEE Filters Big Stopper and Circular Polarizer
ProMaster XC525
RFN-4s wireless remote