We drove the back road up to the town of Hatch last week. It was a beautiful day.
The Rio Grande was running a bit fuller than we have seen recently; irrigation season is here.
For such a dry land with no rain here since last September, water is always a potential danger. When it does rain, much of this road is impassable. There are big dips in the roadway to allow the water to run down through the arroyos, because the dry and sandy soil can't absorb the sudden onslaught of water from the rain.
Here we are looking up a dry arroyo from the road.
And this shot was taken directly across the road, showing how running water can cut through the dry land as it heads down toward the river. At this point, though, any free running water is just a memory.
You can see the effects of irrigation, though. I love the contrast of the spring greens with the dry rangeland.
And here is one of the obligatory standing-in-the-middle-of-an-empty-road photos that all New Mexican photographers just have to shoot. Who could resist, with the lack of traffic and the incredibly empty spaces?