One of the treats of visiting the Big Bend area is the chance to drive along the Rio Grande on Texas’ famed “River Road” (FM 170) running from Brewster to Presidio counties. This 50 plus mile section of paved road winds through the hills and valleys along the US / Mexico border providing some of the most picturesque vistas in the state. The road’s numerous hairpin and “S” curves along with a 2000 foot elevation change make this section of highway a delight for driving enthusiasts.
The fact that you’re driving within a few yards of the border adds a bit of a thrill these days as well. That small stream you see just left of center is the “mighty” Rio Grande and yes, I’m less than 100 feet from the border. No fence along this stretch of road my friends.
The River Road near Lajitas, Texas
Copyright © 2011 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/14 for 1/40th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter and 2-stop graduated neutral density filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.
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