Dark skies need to be preserved for the McDonald ObservatoryMany visitors enjoy the Davis Mountains’ dark skies during the Dark skies need to be preserved for the McDonald Observatory McDonald Observatory star parties. But these photos show what a mellow setting the Observatory visitor center is during its daytime programs.

After our rainy season when the grasses are high, the sun glints the seedheads like daytime stars.

Grasses glinting below the observatory

Fort Davis has many historic buildings. These two pictures are of the west side of the old Masonic Lodge. Notice the trowel marks left by the stucco masons and how the swaths show in the different light: the first photo was taken during an evening storm; the second 45 minutes later at sundown.

Evening storm in Fort Davis. The Veranda. Fort Davis. Davis Mountains B and B.Sunset view in Fort Davis. Davis Mountain.