Thursday, September 30, 2010

Blocker Spring

I thought this little spring house was cute.  You see them still in the mountains here and there...
I would have never noticed this with out my camera.
These old homes always call out to me.  I wonder why they were abandoned, what the stories of the place were, what they were like when they were new and had families.
I leave you with a shot of autumn flowers.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Balloons and Mountains

These had drifted north of town...
I love the flags hanging off of this one.  If I had a balloon I would want it to look more like this, or a Jules Verne balloon, lots of swags and flags!
Slainte, means Health in Gaelic.  It is used as a toast in Ireland.
We were south of town here, just incase someone recognizes the mountains and calls me on it!
Here you can see them in the distance, floating above town.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Balloons close-up

I see most of these balloons each year and have pet names for them now...
This one I call the Purina Balloon.  Balloonist chow, champagne and propane.
Close-ups and under-shots...

 This one reminds me of the old NBC (I am corrected)  logo of the peacock that used to fan its feathers.
If you haven't been up in one, the baskets are sturdier than they look.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Slipping the surly bonds of gravity

I can never get enough of these beautiful sky creatures... 
 They remind me of butterflies, their life in flight is never long enough...

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sky Watch Saturday

I didn't think quickly enough and by the time I thought about a photo,
I was down the road...
This is one of the things I love about it here, you can see.  Yes, it IS raining somewhere in the basin, just not where you are.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Up, up and away

The balloon fiesta was this weekend.  I saw many old favorites. Perfect weather!  We went to the launch site in town this year.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sac Peak Lookout....

Talk about Fantastic views...
It is more of a climb than you would think...
Yes, that is my toe in the shot.  This is one of the old time survey markers.
I wonder how it was back in the day when these were being placed...
Or even further back when they had mules and chains to measure and mark the land.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunspot Armillary

One of my favorite things ever!
Who doesn't want an armillary?
They have my birthday imortalized.  I have always been fascinated with these.  By the way, we are still up at Sunspot.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sky Watch Saturday

I don't recall if I mentioned, I got the idea for Sky Watch Saturday
from a blog I read out of Scotland.
Since I believe New Mexico has un-paralleled skies, I went forth to conquer...
This was a quick shot~ no time to get another angle away from the pesky electrical lines.  I barely had time to run inside, grab my camera and snap a couple of shots before it changed.

Friday, September 17, 2010


This is the silo building up at the observatory, one of the oldest ones on the site.
This beauty is my favorite structure there,
you dont grasp the size of it from here...

Up close....
and from a distance...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sunspot Observatory

I have been meaning to post....
I have a ton of photos from these places.  It's hard to know where to begin, hence, the sign.
Yes, Sunspot is also a community. 
Sunspot is worth the ride, it does have a museum/interactive center.
I really enjoyed the trip, from the moment of arrival onward.  This art at the center caught my eye.
Have to give credit to the artist!  Both places, Apache Point and Sunspot are huge contributors to the astronomical community,  and not so well known locally.  Many people do not realize that right here we have some of the best skies in the country.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Apache Point Observatory

Should go.

I am reminded

How vast our universe is... 


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Lunch at the Top of the World

It was a blessed 65 degrees up here today.
You can see
for miles and miles....
Across the entire Tularosa Basin
from here to eternity?