HOPE Outdoor Gallery

HOPE Outdoor Gallery is an outdoor graffiti mural gallery in downtown Austin, Texas aimed at building community through art. I took these images to accompany an article that I wrote for Austin.com titled “Graffiti for Hope.” Taken with a Nikon D7000 camera and accompanying 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.

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Painted Desert

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All throughout Big Bend National Park, bands of different-colored rocks give the mountains a painted look. At sunset, the sky and the mountains and the desert floor all explode with vibrant colors, and it seems like you’ve stepped straight into the canvas into another world. Taken on January 11, 2013 with a Nikon D7000 and 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Nikkor lens. Click image to enlarge.

Casa Grande on Fire

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Sunsets really do set the Chisos Mountains ablaze at Big Bend National Park. This particular peak is named Casa Grande; due to its majestic prominence in the Chisos Basin valley, Casa Grande has become something of a poster child for the park. Dream on, hikers and rock climbers – park rangers adamantly deny access to the peak, since human presence tears up the fragile rock that gives Casa its character. Taken on January 10, 2013 with a Nikon D7000 and 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Nikkor lens. Click image to enlarge.

Tuff Canyon Ravine

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Composed of many different types of volcanic rock, Big Bend National Park’s Tuff Canyon is a geologic wonder. My companion and I climbed through the canyon a good distance before we began to lose daylight. To save time getting back to our vehicle, we scaled one of the canyon walls. Three quarters of the way up, I couldn’t help taking a shot of the breathtaking view below us. Taken with a Nikon D7000 and 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Nikkor lens. Click image to enlarge.

The Grapevine Hills

Sweeping Clouds over Grapevine Hills

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During my Grapevine Hills hike at Big Bend National Park, the clouds were varied and remarkable. Click here for a more detailed description of the hike. Both photos were taken near the trailhead on January 10, 2013 with a Nikon D7000 and 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Nikkor lens. Click image to enlarge.