"Arrival" Big Bend, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec, ISO400
“Arrival” Big Bend, 2016

こんばんは!How’s it going?

Today was an exciting day because we finally made it to Big Bend National Park. And by “finally”, I mean that it was a very long drive to get here, and also it took us 17 years of living in Texas to finally visit the state’s sole national park.

"Natural" West Texas, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/7.1, 1/140 sec, ISO400
“Natural” West Texas, 2016

We didn’t rush to get here, but instead took a short driving tour of the city of Alpine and then drove to Terlingua to check out the famously quirky town and grab a bite to eat and a coffee. From there, it was a 40 minute drive to reach the Chisos Mountain Lodge where we are staying for the next 2 days.

"Waiting for Sunset" Big Bend, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/105 sec, ISO400
“Waiting for Sunset” Big Bend, 2016

The Chisos Basin is an amazing place, with the massive Casa Grande looming on one side, and the beautiful Window on the other side. At sunset, we walked the short Window View trail and took a bunch of photos, then had a nice dinner at the restaurant before heading to our room for some relaxation and star viewing.

"Sunset at Window View" Big Bend, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/8, 1/15 sec, ISO200
“Sunset at Window View” Big Bend, 2016

Big Bend has a spectacular sky so I did a little bit of astro-photography using Mariko’s X-T10 and kit lens. I think the photos turned out pretty good. I even saw a beautiful shooting star!

"Texas Sky" Big Bend, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 18mm, f/3.2, 20 sec, ISO5000
“Texas Sky” Big Bend, 2016

Tomorrow will be a full day of sightseeing and hiking, so I’ll end this post here and get some rest.

おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

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