Monday, June 28, 2010

Biking Along the Canal

Whether you call it the acequia or the ditch or the canal, it is the lifeline that brings water to the fields of the Mesilla Valley and makes the place an oasis in the midst of the Chihuahuan Desert. I tend to call it whatever I have last heard it named; I spoke the other day with a native of the area who has lived here for 85 years--he was charming and he called it the canal, and so I call it that now.

Early, early on Saturday morning, just as the sun was coming up over the Organ Mountains, Beez and I climbed into our saddles and took off for a lovely ride up the canal. The skies were an unusual overcast gray that made the light, together with the low angle of the rising sun, just perfect for photography.

We passed chile fields, alfalfa and onion fields, and maybe even some cotton fields, although we don't know how to recognize young cotton plants just yet. The mother ducks herded their babies along the water banks, the air was cool and smelled like water and soil, and everyone we met along the footpath called out, "Beautiful morning, isn't it?"


thesouthernlady64 said...

Hi Clairz, Just breathtaking pictures on your blog. I love coming over and checking them out. The header is just beautiful, too. I can tell you are loving your new home and living life to the fullest! Yea for Clairz!

Linda said...

It must be lovely to go out in the cool of the morning and enjoy all the fresh scents. Here we tend to wait until later, once it's heated up!