Ben H. English

Ben H. English

Good morning, folks!

This shot was taken near the end of a sixteen mile loop along the lower fringes of Burro Mesa. I had been conducting some ‘boots on the ground’ research for an upcoming historical novel about the Cristeros War in Mexico, picking a route for a fast-moving cavalry column.

You can see Burro Mesa in the foreground, its reddish tints mixing with the shades of gold from the fading vestiges of sunlight. The Chisos Mountains rise majestically above it all. A man could spend the rest of his days prowling this mesa, and never see it all. It is rough, it is rugged and it is full of surprises. Humankind has lived in and around here since first coming to this region thousands of years ago.

The evening was still and quiet, so quiet that one could hear their own boot steps in the dirt. The sun was gently caressing the horizon, the closing act to what had been a long, hot day.

Some refer to this as ‘The Golden Hour,’ and I can think of no more apt description.

For there is more than one kind of gold in this world, and especially in the Big Bend Country of Texas…

God bless to all,

September 21 Sonora Texas
September 23 Uvalde Texas
September 25 Kerrville Texas
October 5 Ozona Texas
November 4 Horseshoe Bay Texas
November 6 Hico Texas

Ben H. English
Alpine, Texas
USMC: 1976-1983
THP: 1986-2008

Author of ‘Yonderings’ (TCU Press)
‘Destiny’s Way’ (Creative Texts Publishers)
‘Out There: Essays on the Lower Big Bend’ (Creative Texts Publishers)
‘The Uvalde Raider’ (Creative Texts Publishers)
Facebook: Ben H. English

‘Graying but still game’

Billy the Kid Museum
El Progreso Memorial Library
Sutton County Library
Chris Ryan
Kerrville Public Library


Life is like a bunch of roses. Some sparkle like raindrops. Some fade when there's no sun. Some just fade away in time. Some dance in many colors. Some drop with hanging wings. Some make you fall in love. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Life you can be sure of, you will not get out ALIVE.(sorry about that)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.