Giants of West Texas by Rebel Cry

By: rebelcry , 12:06 PM GMT on November 19, 2010

My name is Zacharias Beau T and I am a poet photographer. My images are sold through Apache Trading Post & Art of the West Gallery in Alpine, TX.
I also show and sell my work online. They are $15 each and are shipped in 8x10 matting. All my work is copyrighted. If you are interested in purchasing a matted copy of any of these images let me know!

See, I have given you this land…-Deuteronomy 1:8

I have traveled and treaked throughout the states, mountains, shores, plains, and forest of this great place that is American beauty. Two years ago I joined photography with poetry as my way to live and connect with all that God has made and I have felt.

I begin my blog journey here to show you an expo on the Alps of Texas. It is a region of two mountain ranges that exist between the Davis Mountains to the west and the Glass Mountains in the east. In between these two great ranges are are the Sierra De Norte and Paisano Mountains. There are sweet sixteen peaks here between 6,089 and 6,899 feet above sea level (seventeen if we include Santiago Peak to the south).

Cathedral Mountain or as I call the Texas Sphinx is one of the most iconic peaks in Texas, raising to 6,867 feet. It is also photographed more than any other peak in Texas save maybe Guadulupe Peak in the Guadulupe Mountains.
But I don't reckon that any are so deep in passion fatigue or love of the view as the photographs I have made of this sacred giant.

Alpine Valley
facing west toward Ranger Peak (6,249 ft) Twin Sisters (6,127 ft) Paisano Peak (6,089 ft) & Pyramid Peak (5,497 ft).
Alpine is seriously the most beautiful community in Texas. Though Fort Davis, Marfa, & El Paso have mountain scenery too their views do not compare to the Alpine foreground. And one of the wonderful things about here is that it is a big enough town to explore and shop. Yet it is not so big that it would take away from the surrounding natural wonders. A lot of the folks here are as friendly as a lot of the mule ear deer that roam throughout the town day and night.
The one disappointing fact in Alpine is that it doesn't exist in its true potential. The surrounding mountains need to be open to visitors and not just a pretty view from the road.

Mount Livermore (8,378 ft & Baldy Peaks (8,206 ft) are the highest peaks in Texas outside of the Guadalupe Mountains. They are located in the rugged and forested wilds of the Davis Mountains.
The dome cliffs rival not only the El Capitan in Guadalupe Mountains National Park but the El Capitan in Yosemite as well.

The gods surely appeal to all that the mighty magnificent Davis Mountains so surely need to be a national park, national monument, or at least a state park!

The Paisano Mountains and Sierra De NorteCienega Mountain, Elephant Mountain, Santiago Peak;
each lovely in this image is over 6,000 feet and they stand to defy the woeful national misunderstanding that Texas is flat.
The traveler between Alpine and Big Bend National Park on Highway 118 will experience these endlessly blue and high Texas contradictions.

Twin Sisters (6,126 ft & 6,109 ft) were created thirteen million years ago along the eastern rim of the Paisano caldera. Covered in lava rock and granite they are mostly bare to the mountain wind and bright blue sky. They are such an important symbol of Alpine; are included on the city seal and even several head stones in the Elm Grove Cemetery. Nevertheless it is illegal to embrace the Twin Sisters and hike to their summits. Honestly the true crime is there are no trails! Traveling Highway 90 through Paisano Pass west of Alpine it is very easy to become empowered and passion fatigued by their greatness and grateful to the God that created them.

Alpine, Texas (rebelcry)
The valley of Alpine Texas, Ranger Peak, and the Twin Sisters one glorious West Tex morning.
Alpine, Texas
Mount Livermore (rebelcry)
Baldy Peaks and Mount Livermore (8,367 ft). Located in the Davis Mountains in Jeff Davis County, Texas (both named for Confederate president Jefferson Davis). Mount Livermore is the only peak in the Texas eighters (mountains over eight-thousand feet) located outside of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. I consider the hike to the summit of Mount Livermore as one of the most beautiful in the west. Though the land is currently leased to the Nature Conservancy many of us dream of these mountains becoming a part of a national park someday! Visitors wishing to experience the Davis Mountains should avoid the Davis Mountains State Park for it barely reaches their foot hills.
Mount Livermore
Twin Sisters (rebelcry)
Twin Sisters Peaks (6,127 ft) on Highway 90 west of Alpine, TX.
Twin Sisters

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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