Images of New Mexico

I've twice visited New Mexico for photography. Christmas of 2000 I went to Bosque del Apache to see the cranes, and April, 2002, I went to Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands.

Bosque del Apache, December, 2000

A Sandhill Crane

A solitary sandhill crane
Great Blue Heron

Blue Herons are common, too.
Sandhill Cranes

The Sandhill Cranes did not seem worried I was there
Flight of Birds

The flight includes cranes, geese, and other birds.
Gaggle of Geese

This gaggle includes snow geese, blue geese, and hybrids.
Blue Goose

A blue goose. Not common, and quite attractive.

Carlsbad Caverns, April, 2002

Popcorn on the rocks

Popcorn is one way the rock condenses.
A bacon formation

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 Big Room

The highlight of Carlsbad Caverns is the Big Room.
The Lion's Tail

The lion's tail is a stalactite which has popcorning on the bottom.
A column

This is a column of rock.
The Chandalier

The Chandalier is a rock formation in the roof of the Big Room.
The Big Room, Again

There are many views of the Big Room.
Another look

Yet another angle for viewing.

Draperies are like bacon, but they are thicker.
Queen's Palace

Queen's Palace is only accessible on a guided tour.
Rattlesnake Canyon

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.
White Sands

The dunes at White Sands National Monument are made of gypsum, which explains why they are so much whiter.
Ripples in the sand

The ripples are miniature dunes on the dunes.

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