Thursday, September 24, 2009

Laguna "del Mosca" for Skywatch Friday

The Laguna del Perro, located in Torrance County, New Mexico, is actually a large group of salt lakes and ponds. You can see a satellite photo here and an aerial photo here, all taken by other photographers.

The photo on this page is mine and is, to me, evocative of the hot stillness of the place. What you can't see in the photo, besides the discarded tire that I cropped out, are the flies--there must have been millions of them and quite a few hitched a ride with us in our car when we left.

Laguna del Perro, of course, means Lake of the Dog or Dog Lake. Our family calls it Laguna del Mosca (Lake of the Fly).

This photo has appeared before elsewhere on this blog. It remains one of my favorite shots from the past summer.

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24 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Great shot, Clariz! You get such a feel of the remoteness! And you can almost feel the heat!!

Happy SWF! Glad to see you participating! It is fun, isn't it?

Sylvia

Regina said...

Great view Clairz. Beautiful shot of the blue sky.
Have a nice weekend.

Woody said...

I started to sweat just looking at it. Cool Shot, Happy SWF!

Luiz Ramos said...

Good. Your shot and report.
Thanks for share.

Japa - cbanga360 said...

This is very interesting piece. Although by your account makes me feel sweaty, yet the sky fully compensates for the little discomfort.

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful image with lovely colors. I had never heard of Laguna del Perro before, fascinating info, too bad about the flies.

fourwindsphotojournal said...

Good shot, but don't know if I could stand the flies, and you know I am used to flies (black) being from Maine.

Deborah Godin said...

What a wonderful limitless stretch of sky and land. And the atmosphere is such a part of it all. Great SWF shot!

Mar-Bear said...

Great shot Clariz!

eileeninmd said...

Great photo, it does look hot there. I'll bet there is a lot of wildlife hanging out there.

Gaelyn said...

It does look like a hot place with the clear sky allowing the sun to beat down and bake the salt crusted land. The salty Salton Sea draws a mass amount of flies also. Excellent capture.

Larry Jordan said...

That looks like it goes on forever Clair! Are there many animals or birds there that eat flies?

Northanna said...

The picture doesn't do anything for me but get me around adobe buildings, an ancient town square, mountains and ancient churches and I'll be in Seventh Heaven. We all have our different places that "call" to us. But we do share a fondness for Santa Fe/Albuq & New Mexico at large and that's great.

Reader Wil said...

Very interesting! There are so many places in the world which are still unknown to me. That's why blogging is so interesting.

magiceye said...

beautifully panaromic

clairz said...

Larry and Eileen, I wish I knew more about the wildlife in the area. We were just passing through and noticed hawks and swallows. I'll bet the place really wakes up at night, much like other spots in hot and dry summertime New Mexico.

Jenn Jilks said...

Wow. That is amazing. We are so surrounded by trees here. Such a diverse world we live in! Thank you for visiting My Muskoka !

texasnascarcowgirl said...

Hey I think we did get your storms!! hahaha thanks for the visit. I love your photo. NM is such a pretty state, I have been to the bottomless lakes, skiing, camping and all that. We want to goto Chama soon and ride the train.

clairz said...

Texas Nascar, we have been to Bottomless Lakes, too! Funny thing, tons of flies there as well. See the post Endless Days at Bottomless Lakes.

ga.farmwoman said...

Beautiful picture!

I know about flies!They are everywhere on the farm. Poor Betsy(the cow) has those little aggravating ones no matter how often we powder her.
We won't talk about heat. In the 90's today.Whew!!

Have a great weekend.
Pam

Della said...

I'm glad I dont have to deal with the flies. The view though is beatiful.

A New England Life said...

It is beautiful, though definitely not New England. It kind of reminds me of winter ... quiet and empty.

What's with the flies?! I'd be a little freaked out since I detest flies! LOL!

Nan said...

What kind of flies? It seems like so many beautiful places are plagued by them - I always read about bugs in Scotland or Alaska, and I know that here it is hard to be outdoors on many summer evenings. I hate them all - noseeums, fruit flies, house flies, black flies, deer flies. Okay, I'll quit. :<)

clairz said...

Nan, they were just plain old house flies. Pesky, pesky house flies, but not in anybody's house.