Sometimes, still, the sky is magic. This March, the skies over Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas provided just the inspiring backdrop needed to explore the amazing geology of this place. Here the tail end of the Appalachian Mountains is exposed – the folded and crunched Ouachita-Marathon Orogeny in full display on a ridge… Continue reading Geology In Plain View . . . Big Bend Ranch State Park
Photo © Al Braden, 2021 This photo has been hanging in our den for years. Sandra might say, “Too many years.” I’m an old school landscape photographer, an admirer of Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter’s Sierra Club books in the late 60’s. Their breath-taking work was a call to conservation! A clarion call to appreciate… Continue reading The End of Landscape Photography
July 28, 2021 Photo Credit: Jim Brainard © 2021 used with permission. This photo and caption came over Jim’s phone as Sandra and I worked our way north to an eagerly anticipated rafting trip on the Main Salmon River in central Idaho – one of the most pristine and remote whitewater runs in the United… Continue reading SMOKED SALMON, July 15, Below Elkhorn Rapid
Texans came to the State Capitol on June 20th to fight for voting rights in opposition to state Republican bills of voter suppression and voter intimidation. Led by Beto O’Rourke’s Powered By People campaign, the rally brought together a state-wide coalition to support the courageous Texas State Representatives who walked out to kill Senate Bill… Continue reading The Fight For Voting Rights in Texas
So exciting to have be part of a book project on my favorite place to experience the wonders of the outdoors. Joining with fellow Texas photographer Rob Greebon, we team up on a photographic journey of Big Bend National Park – the raw beauty of far west Texas. It’s a celebration of the space and… Continue reading Big Bend – A Photographic Journey
Al Braden for Austin Sierra Club Newsletter 01-30-21 Link to Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/austinsierraclub/austin-sierra-club-newsletter-january-2021-covid-and-the-election-insurrection-climate-equity-plan-webinar-lege-training-stop-fracking-discharge-84373?e=97e6f953d6 What’s it going to be? A good year? Average? Not so much? We all need to get out. What is more socially distanced than a big field of bluebonnets on a country road? Soon it will be time to buy that ticket for… Continue reading Bluebonnet Lottery
Al Braden for Austin Sierra Club News 01-30-21 Image from: whitehouse.gov What a month! Wednesday, January 6th – U.S. Capitol trashed by gun-toting mob incited by Trump and also fired up in speeches by Texas own Senator Cruz and Attorney General Paxton. Even after this attack that put both the Senators and Representatives at grave… Continue reading Whiplash . . . End of an Error!
The Connecticut River Conservancy is a major advocate for the health of New England’s central river. With many of the key hydro power licenses coming up for renewal, this is the time to protect river species and habitats with sensible minimum flows, fish ladders and other requirements that will direct dam operations for 40 to… Continue reading Hydro Licensing on Connecticut River Sets Standards for 40-50 Years
2021 launches with a complete redesign of my website to make navigation to photo galleries more direct. Galleries is now the first tab and it leads to a well organized gallery structure by subject. It’s easy now to quickly look for images by subject – or use the search tool to pull all the images… Continue reading Al Braden Photo.com redesign
I’ve spent fifteen years in love with the amazing and varied spring wildflowers surrounding Austin, Texas. This year wasn’t a year to be out, so I gathered my favorites from all those country roads and ranchlands and parks during the spring wildflower season and made a video. All are within a 100 mile radius of… Continue reading Spring Wildflower Season . . . at home!