Before the Rain

Before the Rain

Size: 24"x24"


Part of the Big Bend Series from my first trip to the park with my family in April 2022.  It was a scorching hot day surpassing 100 degrees.  We came prepared with plenty of food, water, hats, and sunscreen.  After an early morning hike at the Santa Elena Canyon we were wiped out from the heat and wanted to explore a little in the car. 

During this time the park was in a pretty severe drought as the Rio Grande had dried up so you can imagine the rest of the park was barren. These bright little flowers caught my eye as we were driving and I had to turn around to get a picture.  They are called an "Ocotillo" plant and have beautiful reddish-orange blossoms.  A necessary food source for local wildlife including hummingbirds.  Although the rest of the stalk is dry and stick-like these plants were far from perishing.  When in full bloom they will sprout little green leaves.  Thankfully in July 2022 the park got plenty of rain, the river started to flow again and these beautiful flowers flourished.

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During a trip to Big Bend National Park in late April 2022, the landscape was in the grasp of a pretty serious drought. I saw these Ocotillo plants and was in awe of their beauty despite the frailness of the rest of the landscape.  They speckled the desert with reddish-orange dots and I had to get a photo.  Ocotillo means "little torch," quite fitting.  These beauties provide much-needed nectar for hummingbirds and local species and can grow upwards of 20 feet tall.  A striking spectacle.

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