Kokernot Mesa – Brewster County

After a long morning and afternoon touring Big Bend Ranch State Park, we were treated to evening rainstorms popping up in the distance. I couldn’t stop looking at the clouds as I continued to drive north. As I approached the mesa, I saw the wonderful opportunity forming. I quickly pulled over, grabbed my gear and set up for this shot.

Andy Morgan specializes in landscape and wildlife photography. His images have been published in the Cenizo Journaland the Lady Bird Johnson’s Wild Flowers magazine. His work can be viewed and purchased at: www.andymorganphotography.com, The Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, Fort Davis, Texas and at Clyde Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery in Ochopee, Florida.

“I was born and raised in Maine and have been taking photos for as long as I can remember. I always had a camera in my hand on family road trips. I continued my love of photography through my adult life. In 2014, I moved to Florida. Shortly thereafter, I began working for legendary landscape photographer, Clyde Butcher. With new inspiration of location and people, I threw myself even more into photography.”

“In 2017, I had the opportunity to spend the summer in the Fort Davis region as a volunteer at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute. It was here I fell in love with the West Texas landscape. I have since returned multiple times continuing to photograph, explore, and try to capture this stunning region.”

Mitre Peak – Fort Davis/Alpine ‘Always look behind you’ has been a lesson I continue to learn when out photographing. This particular evening, I was focusing on the setting sun over Blue Mountain in the Davis Mountains. As I waited for the sun to set, I decided to look to the east (southeast to be precise) and saw this magnificent storm cloud forming on the south side of Mitre Peak. More often than not, I come back with a different shot than I anticipate before going shooting.
Rufous Hummingbird