Reportedly, the early Spanish explorers called parts of west Texas “El Despoblado” – which basically means in a rough Texican dialect that “nobody lives here.”

I think of that often when I’m in the Big Bend country and come across vast scenes like this one.

No man’s land

This kind of terrain can be difficult for those of us in the 21st century with our modern heat and moisture wicking clothes, comfy socks and shoes and gps systems that can keep you from getting lost if you know what you’re doing… I can’t imagine how rough it was for those folks who went before us who had none of it and yet still somehow managed to survive.


~ by Derrick Birdsall on August 30, 2012.

6 Responses to “Despoblado”

  1. That harshness seems to add a romanticism to the already stunning beauty of the place… of course I’m saying that from a nice cushy chair in my air-conditioned apartment!
    Spectacular as always, Mr. B!

  2. You captured the harshness of the landscape well. Interesting thoughts to go with your image. I was thinking some similar thoughts yesterday, wondering what people from hundreds or thousands of years ago would think of all that we have now. And maybe, all that we don’t have.

  3. “Nobody lives here” sounds like my kind of place…

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