When we made the decision to move to Carlsbad, New Mexico we received a lot of questions about why we wanted to move from our home for the last several years to an area not too far away, but far enough that people had questions. One of the things that we have always loved about the Carlsbad area is its close proximity to the mountains, rivers, and other natural features we missed in Hobbs.
This week we decided to go off on a local adventure and see what wildlife and other natural elements we could find and photograph.
In the shadows of the flume in Carlsbad, New Mexico we found this Great White Egret. After following him around and capturing several great images of this beautiful bird he began wading in the shallows of this small pool of water. The majority of the water has recently been drained from this portion of the Pecos River to complete necessary repairs to some of its structures.
If you find yourself with an afternoon off make sure to head down to the Flume and see what wildlife you can set your eyes on, If you aren't sure how to get to the Flume, here is the address that will get you right to it; 100-102 US Hwy 285, Carlsbad, NM 88220.
On the South end of the Pecos River, closer to town we found several pelicans and hundreds of Seagulls. Finding Pelicans and Seagulls living on a river was a pleasant surprise and made for plenty of interesting photographs. While enjoying this part of Carlsbad we laughed as Seagull chased one another when they found food. Similarly, Pelicans would chase the Seagulls for food that they believed was rightfully theirs.
My husband and I both captured great images of one Seagull attempting to knock a fellow gull from his resting place on the handrails of a riverside dock.
These photos were captured near the Carlsbad Veterans Memorial Park. Here you will find a monument honoring those who have served in the United States Armed Forces next to the Pecos River.
We then ventured towards Sitting Bull Falls. It was too late in the afternoon to head to the gorgeous waterfall, but the winding road leading towards the popular tourist location offers plenty of photographic opportunities. It had stated snowing during this portion of our expidention, which made for an eventful trip with periods of low visibility. The beautiful bull was among a large herd of open range cattle in the area. We found several calves with their mommas during this trip as well.
Ben was able to capture a young bull galavanting through the foliage towards the road and his mom when he realized she had walked off and left him.
Now onto plant life! If you know me, you know I am a sucker desert plants. This day with snow and ice finding its way into this Yucca's crevices was no different. Where the desert landscape meets the mountains is one of my favorite places near Carlsbad. It is where you will find Yuccas and Pine Trees, Elk and Cattle, and me walking around in wander.
I encourage you to get out and explore the wonderful world around you. If you find yourself in the Carlsbad area and need any tips for your weekend adventure, call me and I will point you in a fun direction.
Maybe, we can even go for coffee or a glass of wine!