Large gray concrete boxes along the right side frame two people flying colorful kites in the bright blue sky above a brown desert scene

Located near the Terlingua ghost town, Willow House offers refined comfort amid the rugged Chihuahuan Desert. The lodging’s 12 casitas capitalize on the landscape with unobstructed views that stretch to the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park, which is 6 miles east. Covering more than 1,250 square miles, Big Bend draws visitors to the Rio Grande borderland to explore its scenery, history, and culture. As a longtime resident of nearby Marathon, photographer E. Dan Klepper knew winter conditions would make for stark desert colors when he visited Willow House in January for “Little Boxes on the Hillside” (April 2021). He brought along his colorful kites, just in case. “I like to bring something out of the ordinary into the landscape,” Klepper says. “The kites are magical and unpredictable, and they create dynamic action. It’s windy down in Terlingua most of the time, so it’s actually a good place to fly kites.” For more on Big Bend National Park, visit

From the November 2021 issue

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