NIGHT SKIES IN THE BIG BEND REGION, 5-9 JUNE, 2021

NIGHT SKIES IN THE BIG BEND REGION
5-9 JUNE, 2021

(4 DAYS/4 NIGHTS)

with Jeremy Woodhouse

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Cemetery at Terlingua Ghost Town

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Abandoned Airstream Trailer, Terlingua

Highlights

Summer is a warm time to be in the Big Bend region. Although daily temperatures may hover around 100ºF, we will be doing much of our photography in the cool of the night. The core of the milky way will be visible and we will make every effort to be in the right place to get you the best shots. There will be no moon so the skies will be as dark as they can be.

The itinerary is being kept flexible so we can hit the best places for landscapes.

Photograph the milky way in magnificent vistas including the Balanced Rock, Mule Ears, and the Chisos Mountains.

To ensure plenty of individual attention, group size is capped at 6 participants.

Dark Skies
Big Bend National Park is known as one of the outstanding places in North America for astro photography. In fact, it has the least light pollution of any other national park unit in the lower 48 states. One factor that makes this possible is simply the sparse human occupation of this region. The obvious impression one gets of wildness in the Big Bend is the lack of visible lights indicating a house or a town. Most urban areas have such an abundance of light that very few stars can be seen. Big Bend National Park is a refreshing exception.—www.nps.gov


Itinerary

We will keep the itinerary flexible in order to take advantage of the best landscape conditions and to deliver the best possible photography experience. We reserve the right to change the itinerary and shooting locations as needed. The itinerary below is just an example of what you can expect.


Day 1: June 5—Arrive at Terlingua
We will meet at at 5PM at our hotel, Big Bend Resort & Adventure, and after a brief orientation we will head out to photograph our first sunset followed by some night skies.

Day 2, 3 & 4: June 6, 7 & 8—Big Bend region
Based on the weather conditions, the location of any wildflowers, and the will of the people, we will always try to be somewhere scenic for sunrise (unless we have had a really late night out shooting stars). Locations could include Santa Elena Canyon, the Rio Grande & Chisos Mountains View, or the relatively short hike to the Balanced Rock.

Unfortunately, because of Covid, we will be unable to hike down to the hot springs nor will we be able to cross over into Mexico at Boquillas as both areas are currently closed.

Day 5: June 9—Big Bend | Home
We will finish the photo shoot after the sunrise this morning, after which you are free to return home or move on to the extension in the Bisti Badlands in New Mexico.

END OF TOUR



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Mule Ears

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Rio Grande & Chisos Mountains Overlook

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Rock Window at Sunrise


Arrival, Departure

​Arrival & Meeting Place 
We will meet at Terlingua at 5:00PM on Sat, 5 June, 2021. 

​Departure 
We will finish the photo shoot after the sunrise on Wed, 9 June, 2021 after which you are free to return home or move on to your next destination.


Weather 

Summers are hot; temperatures vary greatly between the desert floor, which is often above 100ºF, and the Chisos Mountains, which are ten to twenty degrees cooler. June-August are the hottest months. Visitors should be familiar with heat safety.

The rainy season runs from May through September, with locally heavy thunderstorms and some flash flooding. The rainy season can be a delightful time to visit since afternoon and evening rains often cool the desert.

Dress for the Weather
No matter the time of year, a wide-brimmed hat, comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes or boots are necessary for anyone planning to explore outdoors. Sunscreen is a must and hikers should always carry plenty of water; one gallon per person per day is recommended.

Summer visitors should be aware of heat safety, such as wearing clothing that protects from the sun and avoiding activity during midday.

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TOUR COST: $550
4 DAYS/4 NIGHTS

GROUP SIZE: ONLY 6

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Tour Price Includes

  • Photography guiding during the trip
  • Post-processing and image critique sessions where time permits.

Tour Price Excludes

  • Transportation to/from your home to Terlingua, TX.
  • Transport within the park. Due to safety during Covid, we expect you to use your own vehicle. If you would like to carpool with a friend/partner, that would be great. The fewer cars the better.
  • Entry Fee into the National Park
  • Lodging
  • Alcoholic Beverages.
  • Meals and snacks

    Lodging

    We will stay in the town of Terlingua just a few miles west of the National Park entrance.

    We will be staying at the Big Bend Resort & Adventure (432) 371-3382.

    You should make your own booking. Single rooms are $119+tax and if you can share, doubles are $129+tax. Please contact them directly to make your reservation from 5-9 June (4 nights).


    Dress for the Weather

      Personal Gear List

      • Sturdy hiking footwear, and long pants if you want to avoid being stuck by a cactus
      • Hiking poles to assist on the rocky terrain. I cannot stress how useful these are
      • Layers. The days will be warm but you may feel a chill in the air at night so bring appropriate layers
      • Headlamp for when we are hiking in the dark
      • Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat
      • Water bottle

      Photo Equipment Checklist

      • Sturdy tripod and ballhead
      • Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
      • Wide Angle Lens. Full frame—aim for 16-35mm range or wider. Crop sensor, 10-22mm. A fast, super wide prime would also be great (14mm or 16mm). f/1.4 -2.8 is an ideal aperture
      • Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
      • Telephoto lenses will come in handy especially if we see some wildlife, especially the recently released Desert Bighorn Sheep, or simply for telephoto landscape images—anything in the 70-400mm range.
      • Circular polarizer filters are useful. Bring any ND filters if you have them.
      • Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
      • Remote cord for your camera.
      • Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.

        Covid-19 Precautions

        • Instructors will wear masks while teaching at close range
        • Clients are encouraged to wear masks whenever they are at close range
        • Where possible, we will practice social distancing. Tripods 6ft apart.
        • You are encouraged to wash hands frequently and use hand sanitiser. 

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