Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sunday Stills (6/5/11 Potluck)

This week's Sunday Stills challenge is Potluck. I decided to show some photos from my day trip last weekend. My younger son and I drove the 380 mile round trip to visit my mom for a few hours. This desolate road is the back way to Santa Fe from my house.

I call this formation the Devil's Backbone or Dinosaur Ridge. If you look REALLY close you can see the caboose just left off center at the base of the hills.


There are always bicycle riders on the back roads. This must have been a team working out because there were several people wearing the same shirt.
We made a side trip to the little village of Glorieta. The westernmost battle of the Civil War was fought at Glorieta Pass, which is often called the Gettysburg of the West. You can read more about it if you click on this link.


I took these photos of the local church and then, as we began driving away, my son told me to look!

Emus in front of churches! Okay...

Here's their cute little post office.

This signboard has obviously seen better days. It is written in marker, telling about the Battle of Glorieta on the road ahead. However, we couldn't find the actual battlegrounds.


When my youngest son was a little boy, he would always comment that it looked like we were going to Alaska when we'd drive through this area. Isn't it pretty?
I love this picture of an old run down barn with beautiful snow covered mountains in the background and a bright yellow fire hydrant in front. Crazy!

It's the little surprises in life, like cabooses in the middle of nowhere, emus in front of churchs, hand written historical signs, and out of place fire hydrants that make side trips so worthwhile for me. A road trip in New Mexico is definitely a pot luck of photo opportunities. I hope you enjoyed it.


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12 comments:

VioletSky said...

Backroads are wonderful for seeing how the landscape changes, and what gets left behind! Love that last shot!

Cheyenne said...

I loved this post! fantastic stuff, that Caboose? Didnt see any railway lines? But hey, loved the whole thing!

dibear said...

Beautiful scenery, and I loved the little town. :)

Lee said...

Enjoyed this very much!

Crystal said...

that looks like a fun place to visit. I like the railroad tracks. And am amazed at the desert on one side and the mountains on the other, how cool!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

IMO, this is one of your best Sunday Stills posts, not just for your fun photos but for your clever commentary. So true about the little surprises in life. And New Mexico corners that market easily. lol!

~Lisa

thecrazysheeplady said...

Beautiful country. Nice shots!

Annette said...

I loved your road trip pictures! New Mexico is so beautiful -- we've driven through a couple of times and the beauty just takes my breath away.

MTWaggin said...

What a fun trip. Made me feel like I was there. I love photos of others locales gives me lots of places I want to visit in the future!

Shirley said...

Thanks for the tour! New Mexico is a beautiful state, and I'm glad to read blogs from there because I've really gotten to appreciate its beauty from them.

Ed said...

Great shots, the Battle of Glorietta Pass was more of a skirmish and not that big of a site, but an interesting place. Love the humpback ridge shot..:-)

morephotosplease said...

Nice little town. Love the back road travels. Lost America is along these roads.