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West Of Here: Chasing The Perseids Across Big Bend National Park

A meteor during the Perseids meteor shower viewed from Big Bend National Park near the Burro Mesa pouroff on August 12, 2016 around 4 a.m. Heavy clouds, part of a storm system from Mexico, made viewing difficult. However, at about 2 a.m., the skies cleared and debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet soared into the earth’s atmosphere. ©2016 Robert W. Hart

A meteor during the Perseids meteor shower viewed from Big Bend National Park near the Burro Mesa pouroff on August 12, 2016 around 4 a.m. Heavy clouds, part of a storm system from Mexico, made viewing difficult. However, at about 2 a.m., the skies cleared and debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet soared into the earth’s atmosphere. ©2016 Robert W. Hart


I sped out to Big Bend National Park, a mere nine hours west, on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, last week with two goals in mind. One: Photograph the Perseids Meteor shower in one of the darkest skies in North America and two: Photograph the desert storms that develop in and around the park in August. A pair of Mexican storm systems almost thwarted my meteorite plans by stalling directly over the park and surrounding area Thursday night. Fortunately, on Friday morning, the peak time for viewing the Perseids, the clouds cleared at about 2 a.m. and I was able to shoot till dawn.

Unfortunately, the wall of moisture-filled clouds up from Mexico threw a wrench in my plans for storm shooting but one does not despair when faced with the prospect of two full days working in BBNP. I made for Terlingua to stay at Villa Terlingua, the beautiful guesthouse owned by my friend Cynta De Narvaez. It’s my favorite place to stay when I’m not in a tent in the park. It’s in the ghost town but far enough away from the store and the Starlight to be quiet, even during the chili cookoffs. I shot the Perseids image with the Nikon D810 and an f/2.8 17-35mm lens at ISO 2000 and a 20-second exposure.

Villa Terlingua in Terlingua  Ghost Town: My favorite place to stay in the Big Bend.

Villa Terlingua in Terlingua Ghost Town: My favorite place to stay in the Big Bend.

West of Here: Santa Elena Canyon After Dark

Santa Elena Canyon on the Rio Bravo in Big Bend National Park is one of the park’s most popular spots. I shot this at 2 a.m., more or less, on December 30, 2015 in sub-freezing weather alongside my friend and fellow photographer Matt Larseingue on a photo/camping trip. ©2015 Robert W. Hart

Santa Elena Canyon on the Rio Bravo in Big Bend National Park is one of the park’s most popular spots. I shot this at 2 a.m., more or less, on December 30, 2015 in sub-freezing weather alongside my friend and fellow photographer Matt Larseingue on a photo/camping trip. ©2015 Robert W. Hart

A Fort Worth Weekly Cover Story

Railway bridge over the Trinity River on 9/14/2013. The Trinity Railway Express, the commuter line between Dallas and Fort Worth runs on this bridge.

Railway bridge over the Trinity River on 9/14/2013. The Trinity Railway Express, the commuter line between Dallas and Fort Worth runs on this bridge.


October 14, 2013 issue of "Fort Worth Weekly.

October 14, 2013 issue of “Fort Worth Weekly“.

My short feature package of story and photos documenting a few of my favorite bridges along Fort Worth’s Clear Fork and West Fork of the Trinity River. Also includes not-so-subtle digs at Dallas.

Final Round of the Van Cliburn: Night 3

An intense Beatrice Rana performs Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor op. 16 during the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas on June 8, 2013. ©2013 Robert W. Hart

An intense Beatrice Rana performs Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor op. 16 during the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas on June 8, 2013.
©2013 Robert W. Hart

June 8, 2013--Fei-Fei Dong performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major op. 58 during the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas on June 8, 2013. ©2013 Robert W. Hart

June 8, 2013–Fei-Fei Dong performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major op. 58 during the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas on June 8, 2013.
©2013 Robert W. Hart

Nikita Mndoyants performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor during the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas on June 8, 2013. ©2013 Robert W. Hart

Nikita Mndoyants performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor during the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas on June 8, 2013.
©2013 Robert W. Hart

Beatrice Rana returns to the stage for a curtain call after performing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor op. 16 during the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas on June 8, 2013. ©2013 Robert W. Hart

Beatrice Rana returns to the stage for a curtain call after performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor op. 16 during the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas on June 8, 2013.
©2013 Robert W. Hart

Fei-Fei Dong bows to the audience after performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major op. 58 during the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas on June 8, 2013. ©2013 Robert W. Hart

Fei-Fei Dong bows to the audience after performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major op. 58 during the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas on June 8, 2013.
©2013 Robert W. Hart

West of Here: This Texas Drought is Far From Done

March 6, issue of "Fort Worth Weekly." Photo by Robert Hart

March 6, issue of “Fort Worth Weekly.” Photo by Robert Hart

The Fort Worth Weekly published my photos from three Texas drought-stricken ranches this week. I’ll be making periodic posts here as I continue this long-term personal project.

For information on my Texas drought photos, contact robert@roberthart.com

West of Here: Albany, Texas

A sign on the west end of town proclaims Albany as "Home of the Hereford."

A sign on the west end of town proclaims Albany as “Home of the Hereford.”

This Texas thunderstrom rolled across Shackleford County in October while I was in Albany wrapping up a story for Texas Highways magazine. I started visiting Albany in the late 80s while quail hunting in Roby. In all my Texas travels, Albany rates at or near the top for friendly and sophisticated. The town’s Old Jail Art Center is home to works by Picasso, Modigliani and Rembrandt. The restaurants in this town all serve excellent fare.

It’s a mere two-hours from Fort Worth. Hop in the car or get on your Harley and head west!

Texas Energy Photos

Wind and petroleum are two of Texas' largest energy sectors.

Wind and petroleum are two of Texas’ largest energy sectors.

For more photos depicting the energy industry in Texas, contact robert@roberthart.com.