Marfa After Dark

While attending Chinati Weekend last month, walked around town. Marfa was dead when I arrived at 6 pm.


Yet within minutes of getting my bags into the room and freshening up, I drove to find the exhibit at the Ice Plant. Everyone was out. I parked my car back at the fine Airbnb where I was staying, a few blocks away from most things that night.

On the way to a few open galleries and exhibitions, I recognized the usual locals and they me. Plus loads of others who must live for these Marfa art parties.


I stayed about 30 minutes, though Big Bend Brewing Co’s Tejas Negra Lager and my conversation with the bartender helped. He’s also looking for something better, and asked about Las Cruces.

By 8 or 9 pm after more visits, it became peaceful again for resuming my walk about town with some dusk-botanizing, including this fine Bur Oak / Quercus macrocarpa in silhouette.


I’m told the Marfa Plateau has some good, deep topsoil, explaining so many amazingly healthy, xeric trees in town.


Donald Judd’s “Ranch Office” was next. I believe the ADC brand means Ayalas de Chinati, the name for his collection of remote properties in the region.


Some of Judd’s art pieces and assorted ranch parts are set in a spare but appealing building room.



Of course, I’m not alone in taking pictures of everything.  Photos of another photographer.


As she snapped away, I sat on the step near her boyfriend, we both connected but kept to ourselves in the solace.


At the local public radio station, Jackson is spinning yet another great selection of tunes on vinyl.


If I had a get-together, I would happily hire Jackson to spin disks and cook all bloody day and night. Plus he’s as friendly and intelligent as his knowledge of music and things culinary is immense.


Of course, there’s someone running short films, somewhere.

This time it’s inside a gritty auto shop, a very independent, touched-up film about who-knows-what, running in the background of some people chatting. No surprise that they are amazingly in the know of each other, even way out here!



11/17/17 weather: 81 / 40 / 0.00


Morning Gold

The light often does something unusual, and sometimes the difference are grand or subtle. Photos from early October 2017.

Take this adobe wall and concrete cap at La Mansana / The Block in Marfa TX.


A leafy tree branch affects an otherwise bright wall.


Time of day affects the light, but even 2 hours after sunrise versus 2 hours before sunset are often quite different. Those would seem similar sun angles, but perhaps morning light has less dust while afternoon light comes at a warmer time?

The change in seasons over a couple months can also affect light, and so can traveling from a humid to a dry place or changing elevation.


The other side of the “Artillery Sheds” have a similar light, though they face the sun directly and it’s over 30 minutes later; there’s more gold than orange. Since my first sunrise visit, I’ve been addicted to this time of day here.

Yes – we were allowed to take photos outside.


Bouteloua gracilis grows lush and happy in Marfa’s plateau, holding it’s green with the past monsoon season.



There’s something about the contrast between soft morning light, the warm glow of concrete, and the cool glow of mill aluminum. Its sum promises an entire day ahead, completely free of toxicity.

The wide Trans Pecos skies don’t hurt, either.

I’m convinced the drudgery of everyday is not reality; this type of thing is reality. We must get real more.


Texas’ state grass, Bouteloua curtipendula, is as stunning as the aforementioned Blue Grama, holding down the vignettes of Celtis reticulata L and Prosopis torreyana R.


A closer view, using the above order.



This is the late morning light on Pinto Canyon Road outside town, facing Cathedral Mountain to the east.


Light only held a passing interest to me until I started photographing my own landscape designs and scenery much more.

Do you see different ways one can use or take advantage of light?

Do you see differences in light from where you are to where I was in this post?


11/5/17 weather: 7847 / 0.00

Bold Flora and Fauna in Marfa

On my first morning’s walk, I found no fresh croissants or anything baked at Farmstand Marfa. Not in the mood for tamales at breakfast either.

This car and the wall with evenly-spaced Salvia plants compensated.


I like the car’s color, though I often see drivers of these Chargers act like too many who have European sports cars and SUVs…no turn signal, cutting corners, and all things offensive.

But for this post, I’ll trust they’re much better than that!


Any ID on this Salvia? Anyone? Email me if you know!

Salvia penstemonoides was one guess emailed to me, but that one’s flowers are reddish.

Another online search reveals this could be a variety of Salvia leucantha / Mexican Bush Sage. Given the garden wall is about 36″ tall including the cap, my vote is it is not one of the dwarf varieties.