Photos, Artwork, & Musings on Life, Spirit, Entheogens, Time, & Travel

Big Bend National Park–Summer Photography

I have just returned from a short visit to the wonderful Big Bend National Park in southwestern Texas, USA. I’ve been traveling here off and on since the spring of 1962, taking photos and video, hiking and camping, and doing inner work and vision quests. With some extensive new photography equipment in hand including a Nikon D5300 and a computerized slider, I’m setting out to shoot new cinematography and photography of the park in multiple seasons. This is to remake an artistic film I created some years ago using standard definition video. Now, I can remake it in full HD with professional rigging for camera moves.

I’ll post more of the video elements later, but for now, here are some of the still photographs I made this week, accompanied by some script excerpts from the original film.

I hope you enjoy them!

I urge you to click through to the larger images for much higher quality!

MorningBigBend-borderTime

In Big Bend
The scale of time is different from
our time – the observers, ourselves – who come.

It is a different scale of time and of movement than
our time – our movement.

We are too fast to see it.
We cannot slow down.

Slow                 Down

EveningWindowView-borderWonder

There is an enchanted doorway –
a wonder and a sign.

A Temple of water
and air,

And walls of determination.

We briefly enter – and return again.

CastolonPeak-borderHeat

There is nothing between this sand and that yonder star
but empty space and a thin breath of blistered air.

A Weight Bears Down.
Relentless.
We cannot escape.

Our branches grow tough – and dark.
Our water, our blood, our thoughts
Dwindle . . . down.

The white light sears our flesh into dust,
and there is no wind to blow it away.

MexicanWallBoquillas-border

Stillness

The desert does not sleep.
It is an endless movement – the motion of survival.

We look and listen . . . and there is

Stillness

Silence

You can see it move if you are slow enough.
You can feel it, anyway,
if you are still enough.

Do not listen for it or watch for it.

Be Still

and Listen

and Watch

OldWindmillChisos-borderChange

This desert is young. This desert is old.
It depends on your speed, you see.

Some have come to change this land.
Some have changed it – some.

All who have come
Have Been Changed.

Some have gone now.
A fragrance lingers in secret places.
Their song echoes lightly on adobe and wood and stone.

The mesa shrugs, and it is gone.

SotolAndChisos-borderLife

She is clothed in riches. Bejewelled in green and yellow and brown.
An extravagance on this plate of rock – standing up, tasting the water.

Big Bend is not barren.

LIFE is everywhere in this Desert –
this Living Land.

Raising faces – arms to the air,
feeling deeply down for the lifeblood –
a watery current within.
Knowing how to keep that – and to hold it.

A Treasure.

WindowSunset-borderSpirit

The desert is a mirror.
The desert is a portal.

It reflects our souls back at us,
and then offers a Way
into another Realm.

We are opened up
and slowed down.

The soft voices of the Plants can be heard.
The wordless brotherhood of the Animals is known.
The marvel of the Eternal Moment can be felt
In our very ground.

Big Bend is a Heart Land.
A place of shifting Shapes.
It is a healer of the Spirit.

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7 responses

  1. Tom O. Maxwell

    EXCELLENT WORK David.

    July 20, 2014 at 12:17 am

    • Thanks, Tom!
      I’m so glad you liked my work.

      July 20, 2014 at 12:42 am

  2. Gary Duesler

    Stunning

    July 20, 2014 at 12:47 am

  3. Quiet, reflective and powerful images David and when accompanied by your deep and thoughtful text you have found a way to weave the harmony of Spirit and Nature within each image for all to see and appreciate. I’m honored to know you my friend. May beauty and light shine upon you always. Ahéhee’ [many thanks in Navajo]

    July 20, 2014 at 5:54 am

    • I am very honored by your words and inspired by your work, Rick. Thank you, indeed!

      July 20, 2014 at 6:42 am

  4. As a follow up to an earlier comment, in all my travels David, I’ve never been to Big Bend. It’s been on my “hope to see someday” list <<>> I read your post about 6 weeks ago, viewed these stunning images and allowed myself to fall deep into the meditation of your words. Ever since then I’ve been researching the entire area and thanks to you, have just scheduled a week long shoot there later on this year. Many thanks my friend.

    September 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm

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