— As we prepare to revisit Big Bend National Park in a couple of weeks, I’m finding myself going through some old photos and trying to decide what trails I want to revisit. An easy and favorite trail of mine is the one to Ernst Tinaja. I’ve been there several times, including this time when I biked to the trail head. Most people drive the 4.5-mile (7.25 km) dirt road on the Old Ore Road. It is recommended a high-clearance vehicle, but on this particular bike ride, we did see a couple of women driving a Prius! After you get to the trail head, the actual trail is very short (just about 0.5 mile or 0.8 km). The closest thing that comes to mind when a visitor starts looking at these vibrant colored swirling striations in the rocks is that one is seeing the Earth inside out and upside down. Ernst Tinaja itself is a 13-foot (4 m) natural rock pool. Occasionally, an animal might get trapped in one of these pools if the water levels is low. The rocks are very slick, making it impossible for some animals to climb back up.
Camera: NIKON D40X
Taken: 23 October, 2009
Focal length: 18mm
Location: 29° 15.4167′ 0″ N 103° 0.5833′ 0″ W
Shutter speed: 1/100s