Tuesday, January 8, 2008

New Years in New Mexico

I left Houston really early so that I could drive straight through to Philmont and get there before the roads got icy. So early that, a few hours after I'd been on the road, I saw this:

Sunrise behind me

In case you're wondering, it's really quite difficult to take an in-focus picture of the sunrise in your side mirror while still driving, haha. It's also difficult to stay focused on a 15-hour drive all by yourself. I listened to a lot of knitting podcasts, and took lots of pictures of the scenery. West Texas and Eastern New Mexico are pretty boring, but occasionally there are some neat things to look at, like this lonesome tree:

Tree along the highway
(If you remove the tree, that's what most of the drive looks like! I told you it was boring!)

Or all the old-fashioned windmills that run well pumps to provide water for livestock:

Old-fashioned Windmill
(See that snow on the side of the road?!? Snow!!!)

Or the way that the colors of the landscape change when the sun starts to set:

Sun just beginning to set
(Please forgive the dust/dead bugs on my windshield, which are also illuminated by the setting sun...)

But the best thing to see is this sign, signaling my entrance into Colfax County:

Colfax County Sign

Shortly after that sign, and conveniently right as I was waiting to turn onto a different road (so I could actually stop and take some better pics), the sun dipped behind the mountains:




See the plane streak up in the top left? I thought about editing it out, but decided to leave it. I think it gives the photo character. What do you think?

I finally made it to Philmont, stayed a few days, rang in the New Year at the good ol' St. James, and took about a zillion pictures of the mountains. Don't worry, you don't have to see all of them. ;) Here's Tooth Ridge:

Tooth Ridge
(I know Montana likes to claim they are Big Sky Country, but I really think New Mexico could give them a run for their money!)

Last but not least, my heart belongs to tall, steep, cold, rocky, dear, sweet Baldy Mountain:

Baldy Mountain
(Hi Mountain! I miss you!)

Happy 2008 y'all! I hope it is a wonderful new year! =)


  1. I like to take pictures while I'm driving too! haha. It most often happens to be of the Houston sky during sunsets -- you can actually get some pretty good views on top of all those highways :p I love the pics, and your blog! Thanks for sharing ~ Mia

  2. Hmm, maybe my husband should have entertained himself on all his trips to New Mexico and back when he worked in Santa Fe three years ago by taking pics. He also thought it was the most boring drive on earth.

    Your pics are lovely, as always.

  3. Hi mountains! Thanks for sharing these. :)

  4. I think that knitting podcasts would put me to sleep driving.

  5. Great pictures, we are sunset pic buddies today. Thanks for coming to my site to see the sunset from my neck of the woods.
    The Park Wife

  6. I love that little Colfax sign! Yes, we love New Mexico and have been there many, many times. Such a unique part of the United States that doesn't get enough credit!

  7. Sweet photos! I love the rear view mirror one :)

  8. Pretty new to the blogging world and this is my first time on your site. This post made me laugh--love to see someone else driving and photo-ing. The latter is so much more important. Can't wait to look around more.

  9. I love these photos - I'd like them on a calendar, or better still, framed on my WALLS.

    I'm glad you left the plane streak in!

  10. Ya know many of the photos I took on our RVing trip this past summer was taken out the window while cruising down the highway. Your photos are gorgeous.
    I agree about the plane streak.......good for leaving it in. I also heart NM.

  11. People make fun of Kansas for being flat, but clearly those people need to drive through West Texas more.


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