Rio Grande River – Disappointing Views

I recently spent three weeks in Texas on a business sales trip.  One day I made a 450 mile loop from San Antonio to call on customers in Laredo, Eagle Pass and Del Rio all along the Rio Grande River and the U.S. – Mexico border.

There wasn’t much time for fun (photography) but in Eagle Pass, the map showed I was only a few blocks from the river so I wanted to take a look – since I had never seen the mighty Rio Grande before.

I turned down Ferry street which the map showed ended at the river and I figured once upon a time had a means of conveyance across the river.  Here is my first beautiful view:Then I read the sign:

Do I dare get closer to try to see the water?  There is at least 10 feet of road I would have to trespass over.

I’ll bet the homeowners who built their homes along the river never expected their view and property values to be ruined by this monstrosity.

I drove a little bit south and found a break in the fence. Construction of the fence obviously is still a work in progress:At this point was a driveway into what obviously was once a community park and gathering place with grass, beaches and water fun.  One of the bridges entering into Mexico in the background.Today (Saturday – late, hot mid-morning)  I only saw in the park three Border Patrol vehicles and one Air Boat that had just been taken out of the river.Oh, by the way, I did see the river:Regardless of your views on immigration problems, the fence just ruins any beauty and enjoyment of this river.

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About Ron Ludekens

God created a marvelous world full of wonderful sights and people. He is the Creator and it is His Palette of beauty that Ron Ludekens tries to capture as photographic images. Images of nature or images of people and their lives - both reflect the handiwork of the Creator. Ron is a photographer living in Visalia, California - part of the great Central Valley. He is immediately surrounded by agriculture and all the hard working people that feed our world. A short distance away are the grand Sierra Nevada mountains, impressive National Parks and, wider still, the vast diversity that California has to offer. Ron is one of the family owners of the L.E. Cooke Co Wholesale Nursery - a leader in the horticulture industry of North America. Even on the job, his camera is always near by. His photos for the nursery trade have been published in print and around the websites of nurseries across America. Ron is also a leader in his church and its missions. Ron's photography has been a resource the church uses in its communications and message. Plus photos of all the fun things we do are shared among members and friends. Ron also loves capturing precious moments in lives of people. Weddings, senior portraits, graduations, family gatherings, maternity and special events. Ron will not shoot more than four weddings a year to provide the attention to detail and followup that is required for such an important milestone event in the lives of the couple. Ron can be reached at 559-732-7165 or cell 559-967-5370.
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