Friday, September 19, 2014

Dark Skies Over Terlingua

Instagrammer @ashbrodysmomma took this amazing photo of the dark sky over Terlingua cemetery.  Have a photo you'd like to see featured here? Email us at!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CDRI presents Urban Gardening Seminar on September 25

CDRI presents Lecturer  Dr. Ken Mix on September 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Lawrence Hall, Room 300.

Dr. Ken Mix owned and operated Sown By Hand, a produce farm just outside of Indianapolis, IN from 1989-1996. Sown By Hand supplied more than 10 grocery stores of  a local large chain and top restaurant chefs in the region. Depending on the season and year, the farm had up to 20 acres in cultivation with crops including heirlooms, tomatoes, zucchini and pumpkins. The farm was innovative for the early 90′s, utilizing a European style intensive planting scheme and applying a single herbicide for grass control once a year. Only once in the history of the farm was and insecticide applied. At the time, this type of maintenance was known as ‘low input agriculture’, and would be more akin to the familiar ‘sustainable agriculture’ system of today. This lecture will be valuable to all interested in gardening.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Art History 101: Luis Jimenez

One of the perks of living in the Texas Mountain Trail region is being so close to the works of Luis Jimenez, born in El Paso and known for his large fiberglass sculptures with Southwestern and Latino themes. He's considered the "Godfather of Chicano Art."

While this iconic piece, "Vaquero," seen above, has been sold to the Crystal Bridges in Arkansas,
you can still check out the El Paso Museum of Art for more works of this "Native Son." Jimenez's work “Los Lagartos” in San Jacinto Plaza downtown has been removed for renovations but hopefully will be back soon.

Sadly, Jimenez was killed at age 65 when, while moving one of his sculptures, a 32-foot high piece came loose and fell on him. His New York Times obit is here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hummingbird Happiness at CDRI

Master Naturalist Jack Dunaway in Waxahachie snapped this pic of hummingbirds at CDRI and had this to say:

"Let me tell you what a great time I had visiting CDRI last week. I had not been to the Davis Mountains for over 40 years, but will not let that happen again! I did not remember how intriguing the Trans Pecos is. I will be back to explore some more."

So glad you feel this way, Jack! Great pics! 

Solitude and Beauty in Hudspeth County

Want to get away from it all? I mean really get away from it all? Check out this photo from the Adventure Cycling Association Southern Tier Route of Farm Road 192 in Hudspeth County. This road parallels the Rio Grande for most of its length. We happen to think it's gorgeous!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gateway to our Texas Mountain Trail region--Balmorhea State Park

Yesterday, the chilly temperatures created a mist over Balmorhea State Park's pool.   The pool was a creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.  When you visit the park, you can see evidence of their work.  Here's an interpretive panel: