Thursday, February 24, 2011

Why I Don't Live in El Paso, for Skywatch



I'm sure there are pretty parts of El Paso, but this is what I see when we travel through: Blue skies, yes; but too many cars, too many people, and too much speed and noise. 

I-10 heading north

Looking toward downtown El Paso with poor, war-torn Juarez, Mexico in the distance

I like a little more peace and space around me: A little more solitude, as you can see from the header photo of Beez at White Sands (click here if the header photo has been changed) and from the photo below, which was taken not too far from where we live.

Looking across wetlands at the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park toward the Organ Mountains. We saw a coyote out for a ramble on the day we were there

To see both urban and rural skies from all around the world, please visit Skywatch Friday.

30 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Hmmmm El Paso hasn't changed in the 50 years since I have been there!!! Gotten worse, no doubt though!! Lovely skies if you can take the chance/time to look up!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Clairz!!

Sylvia

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots. The clouds in the blue sky is terrific capture.

EG Wow said...

Hehe! I once stayed in a campground in El Paso...very close to a busy airport. It sure was LOUD!

LauraX said...

Oh I love your spacious view too...I'm not a city girl either!

Tricia said...

Never been to El Paso, but I love the song by Marty Robbins... great song! =)

Hope you have a fantastic weekend! =)

Eaglesbrother said...

That last photograph makes up for all the hustle and bustle of the big city..peace and tranquiliy abound in this one...love the cloud patterns

becky said...

I feel that way sometimes when I go home to San Diego. I miss it 'cause my family is there, and the weather is sublime.... but growing up in a small town of 5 K, I tend to enjoy a slower pace, & the traffic noise & speed get to me! I get really anxious driving on the freeways there. It even seems crowded in Santa Fe sometimes. I've never been to El Paso.

Regina said...

Beautiful skies Clairz. Love the last one. And your header is awesome.

Regina

Robin said...

I am a city girl at heart, but I have to admit that a city full of exhaust fumes and concrete overpasses leaves me cold.

I'll stick to Tel Aviv for now :).

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Steffi said...

Wonderful shots,Clairz!Perfect for SWF!Have a great weekend!

Linda said...

It is scary how much concrete we overlay the earth with.
I can see that you need your wide horizons and skies.

Kay L. Davies said...

I love your last photo.
I was only ever in El Paso in July and I remember getting out of an airconditioned car to go into an airconditioned house... walking into the heat was like walking into a wall.
Yes, I definitely like your last photo best!!
-- K

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

Wanda said...

Great skies... that last one is just outstanding. Traffic in El Paso, looks like our LA traffic.

eden said...

Great shots. Love the clouds in the last photo.

Have a great weekend

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Offhand, I'd say the Mesilla Valley is preferable to El Paso any day!

SKY-SEEKERS

The sky-seekers, some people say,
Do not favor night over day;
They always look up,
The sky is their cup,
And keeping it full’s their cachet!


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Sky and Lupine

Karen said...

The last shot is amazing.

Miss Becky said...

that traffic surely wouldn't please me either. but your skies are beautiful, especially the horizon near where you live. great shots. have a beautiful weekend!

Liza said...

Wonderful photos.

Happy sky watching!

Liz @ A Simple Life

Kim, USA said...

I can imagine it's pretty busy there. And I hope it's not that hot too. Happy weekend!
Full Moon

forgetmenot said...

Great clouds--so unusual. Nice shots. Mickie

Jidhu Jose said...

nice shot
happy SWF

Joyful said...

Ooh, I love you header and the photo in your post (taken near to where you live). I can see I wouldn't like to live in El Paso either as it looks like far too many freeways. That song..."out in the west Texas town of El Paso..." conjures up a more peaceful place than what I see in the photos. Maybe it used to be different.

Tarun Mitra said...

last one is stunning :)

eileeninmd said...

Never been to El Paso, maybe someday. I love your header shot and the last shot for your skywatch is beautiful. Happy skywatching.

Kristin said...

Nice weather for travelling though. Busy hustle and bustle of the city life. But the last photo is really beautiful. Gorgeous skies.

Dhemz said...

what a lovely weather....great shot..:)
Check out my SkyWatch Friday entry too. Thanks!

bracomfotografie said...

very nice series
have a good weekend

Míriam Luiza said...

A terceira foto é linda, mas precisamos da agitação da vida urbana também.

Johnny Nutcase said...

love those clouds in the last photo! What cool formations!

Al said...

I also like a little space around me, which is why I live outside the city limits. I've never been to El Paso, although my county in Colorado is called El Paso!