A solitary sandhill crane
Blue Herons are common, too.
The Sandhill Cranes did not seem worried I was there
The flight includes cranes, geese, and other birds.
This gaggle includes snow geese, blue geese, and hybrids.
A blue goose. Not common, and quite attractive.
Popcorn is one way the rock condenses.
A Bacon formation is a very thin sheet of rock, with streaks of color. The rock is so thin that it can be backlit.
These fossils are over 250,000,000 years old.
The highlight of Carlsbad Caverns is the Big Room.
The lion's tail is a stalactite which has popcorning on the bottom.
This is a column of rock.
The Chandalier is a rock formation in the roof of the Big Room.
There are many views of the Big Room.
Yet another angle for viewing.
Draperies are like bacon, but they are thicker.
Queen's Palace is only accessible on a guided tour.
Rattlesnake Canyon is part of the park, but since most people visit the caves, it is fairly deserted.
This yucca was in bloom, unlike the ones in California that have not had enough rain.
The dunes at White Sands National Monument are made of gypsum, which explains why they are so much whiter.
The ripples are miniature dunes on the dunes.
All images are © Copyright 2002 James C. Armstrong, Jr.