Sunday, February 22, 2009

On the Water

What a wonderful day we had today.

A friend of a friend offered us a ride and we got to go see Elephant Butte Reservoir from the water. Neither Terry nor I can remember the last time we were on any kind of a boat, so this was a special treat for both of us.

We started out
and finally got a close look
at the cliffs immediately across from our campsite.

I love the striations in the rocks.

As we headed south, the clouds came out.
It made the sun
look like diamonds in the water.

And as we got closer,we saw the sailboats.

Here's a closeup of one of the sailboats

This is the island that gives this area its' name.
From this angle,
it just appears to be a small piece of land.
The elephant is hidden.

We discovered that there are goats living on the island!

I know that neither 0f these shots is great,
but give me a break,
we were on a moving boat!
I just wanted to include the goats.

And finally, here is Elephant Butte.
If you look at the upper left profile
(and use a lot of imagination)
you can see the profile of an elephant's head,
his ear and his eye.
(It helps if you click and enlarge the picture)

This shot was taken after we had turned around
and headed back to the campground

It was such a lovely ride . . .

One of the beautiful flat mesas

Now, we're heading for home

Can you spot Cholula Red?

Here's the same shot,
with the rig circled in red.
Do we have a great site, or what?

And finally,
we got close enough to get a better shot of the rig.

A perfect day and a reminder of how very lucky we are.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful! I would never have found your place without the circle. My eyes are trained for different landscape now.

Michele said...

What amazing landscape...the sparkling water is just beautiful!!!
The sailboat is delightful!

Jim and Gayle said...

Thought you guys would like South Monticello. We really enjoyed the views and wished we had known someone with a boat when we camped there. The water looked so inviting!