If you listen to the national news you might get the impression that the border between the US and Mexico is one very large and flat expanse of territory inhabited by little more than cactus and rattlesnake. Nothing could be farther from the truth in the Mexican mountains leading to the Rio Grande river near Lajitas, Texas.
The elevation difference between the Mexican side of the border and our’s is a good 400 foot drop straight down into Santa Elena Canyon making it all but impassible. There are few trails running along this unique geology between our two countries and the climb down looks treacherous indeed.
There may not be a fence between the US and Mexico along this stretch of the border but nature has provided a wall grander than anything man could build.
The Wall – Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park, Texas
Copyright © 2011 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 30mm, f/16 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 and Photoshop CS5.
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