Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tularosa Skies for Skywatch


This photo was taken from Aguirre Spring, at the foot of the Organ Mountains in southern New Mexico, and looking across the Tularosa Basin. The white line that you see in the middle of the photo, a bit to the left of center, is the beginning of the pure white gypsum dunes of the White Sands National Monument.

If you look off into the distance, you will see by the horizontal line of the mountain ranges there that this photo is, in fact, straight. The land in the foreground that slants down toward the right of the photo is the bajada, the broad alluvial slope that starts at the base of the mountains on their eastern side.

I posted some other photos of the Aguirre Spring area yesterday.

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25 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Love it. I really miss being able to see for miles.

Sylvia K said...

That does look so familiar! Have been there numerous times when I was growing up in west Texas! And it does seem as though you can see forever!! Terrific capture, as always, Clair! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

sonia a. mascaro said...

Wonderful photo. Aguirre Spring looks gorgeous!

Steffi said...

Great photo!What a view!Have a nice weekend!

Martha Z said...

We drove across that land a few years ago, it was hot, even in April. I suspect it is a bit cooler now.
The perspective in photos where there is a curve in a shoreline or geologic feature is often a problem for me, should I leave it alone or tilt the picture until I like the compostition. Reality or asthetics.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Thanks Clairz, for your nice comment on my blog and for the compliment to my son!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shot. I could figure out all that you have said in the image.

becky said...

looks lovely- sunny & warm! i am checking in from southern oregon... wet, rainy & 40 degrees!
did you guys make it out to the dunes?
ps- brought some NM green chile out to my friends in OR- it was a hit with breakfast!
:)

Maboe said...

Lovely nature!

EG Wow said...

It's beautiful in its simplicity!

eileeninmd said...

Awesome view and photo. Looks like a beautiful place. Happy skywatching!

eden said...

What a beautiful sky! Great shot.

Kay L. Davies said...

Awesome.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Deb said...

This photo reminds me of the phrase, "for as far as the eye could see..." This is beautiful!

Beth said...

Lovely, Clair! I love mountain landscapes. This is very different from my own Blue Ridge mountain landscape, but so beautiful in its own way.

Jenn Jilks said...

I'm not sure if your skies are more or as scrumptious as the tomato header. Wonderful shots, all!

My Skies !

morningbrayfarm.com said...

Beautiful!

iwaly444 said...

hi:)
found your blog :)
we are from the east coast & have been considering NM, Las Cruces being one....
what can you tell us about the town?
looking forward to hearing back from you
peace&blessings
mary~

Linda said...

Great to be looking at a far horizon through your blog, sitting here with the curtains drawn at 4.30 on a wet, cold night with snow forecast.

charlotte g said...

Claire, you keep referring to the Organ mountains, and indeed, the name may have been changed. In my youth, it was the Oregon mountains, and we pronounced it "Or-eh-gon mountains." When I was last out there, I saw a resterant advertising green chili, too, and sighed. Let me know. What a joy to see the true blue of a New Mexico sky!

clairz said...

Mary, take a look around my blog for lots of photos and commentary about the Las Cruces area. You can use the search feature to look for "Las Cruces" or the "Las Cruces report."

We spent a lot of time researching and visiting different parts of the state--north (Santa Fe), central (Albuquerque), and south (Las Cruces)--while we were living in the eastern part of the state for Beez's job. We finally made the decision to retire to Las Cruces for the weather, the university, the scenery, the housing, and the activities available (sports, hiking, cultural). It's the right place for us, but of course everyone is looking for something different.

I would suggest visiting and touring around as much as possible, since each part of the state has a completely different feel, and that's something you just don't get via the internet.

clairz said...

Charlotte, as far as I know, they've always been the Organ Mountains, named for the pipe organ-like needles of the high part of the range.

sceneoftranquility said...

Wow!Beautiful desert view,it's looks like there is no end.

southernlady64 said...

Beautiful picture and country. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I never tire of seeing New Mexico landscapes. Stunning!

~Lisa