Arroyos are the great gutters of the desert. As dry as this place appears much of the year, its shape is dominated by the rare running of water. Before I came to New Mexico, I had never even heard the word arroyo. I grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch farm country and I had no concept of what a dry river bed might look like; all the rivers I knew were wet. And even if I had tried to picture such thing as a dry river bed, with its intricate erosive layers, twists and turns, treasures and debris, I never would have imagined the Earth’s basement to be quite so beautiful.
In celebration of Earth Day, my favorite holiday, here are a few of my favorite shots from the arroyo in my big backyard. Enjoy!
Into the Arroyo
Erosion is Beautiful
Watch Your Step!
Wind Between the Walls
Shale Spillway, Filled With Tumbleweeds
Spillway Self Portrait
Desert Dogs Bruce & D.O.G.
Four Dog Hike
Blue Eyes Bruce/ Salty Dog
Desert Treasure: A giant bivalve from the deep blue sea!
Here was once an ocean…
Desert Denizen. Notice the cactus stuck to his face. I wanted to pull it off but I chickened out.
For more on water in the desert, check out my previous posts: Desert Snow, the Weight of Water and Flash Flood! Thanks to WordPress for featuring the Blonde Coyote on Earth Day!