Thursday, September 18, 2014
My mind is on Walnut Canyon this morning and a recent trip there I made on an early summer evening when the sunlight was just beginning to cover up the desert mountains of southeast New Mexico. This road leads visitors up through Walnut Canyon to the visitor center and entrance to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
From this roadside perspective, I could see and hear the sights and sounds of the canyon going to sleep. I wished I had a time lapse camera to photograph the changes in the canyon. The evening was still and the arid air was perfect for taking in a relaxing view of the canyons below me.
The reason my mind came back today, three months after my visit there, was that the local news about the southwest getting lots of rain lately and canyons were flooding there, including Walnut Canyon. They are getting hit again with even more beneficial rains coming from the tropical systems in Mexico.
So, the dry canyon I viewed on my recent trip were flowing today instead of dry. The animals and plants are enjoying a good drink. Sometimes the government closes the canyon and Carlsbad Caverns for safety reasons. They always enjoy a good administrative closure when they can.
I have seen this canyon and other canyons in the area (McKittrick Canyon, Pine Canyon) roaring with incredible force and power and it is always great to see huge boulders tumbling and rolling down the gorges where a few hours before you could never imaging such a thing happening.
The Chihuhuan Desert should really come alive next spring if these rains keep their promise.
Posted by gumo at 10:19 AM
Monday, September 15, 2014
I thought it was about time I took another look downtown at the new improvements at our Water Lily Garden. The updates are very impressive and it is just in time as our River Fest celebration is coming up this weekend and thousands of visitors will be in town with the locals to enjoy what the North and South Concho rivers have brought to the community.The water lily garden is recognized around the world as one of the most inclusive and impressive such collections. I would not have normally gone out of my way to see a collection of lily pads but since it is near me, I am glad I took the time this morning to see what it is all about.
I wonder if I should feel guilty.
If you may be in west Texas this weekend, you may enjoy spending time at our local River Fest. Click here for more information.
Posted by gumo at 11:10 AM
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Murals always catch my eyes when I am out and about. Whether it is at home or on the road, these beautiful paintings on the sides of large buildings always makes me pull over and take a long look at the detail and the story they are conveying.
Sometimes I am lucky enough to see the artist at work on one of their paint jobs. It takes a long time to plan and paint these artworks.
|photo courtesy of http://texasmountaintrail.blogspot.com|
|I wonder if advertisements can be considered murals?|
These murals were from the Big Bend area of Texas.
A cold front has moved in today. Forecasters are saying it is the probable end of our 100+ degree days for 2014. I am glad. They say the front will bring us some much needed rain. They are also saying El Nino will be with us this winter bringing increasing chances of good moisture. Hope so.
Posted by gumo at 12:30 AM