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Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Lightning Strikes Bishop’s Cap

Lightning Strikes Bishop's Cap
This pefectly-captured photo of a lightning strike on Bishop’s Cap was taken by David Cutcher:

“This photo was taken 2 years ago, mid August. The digital camera I used took about 45 seconds to cycle after each shot, because it was ‘computing’ its way through the dark. I’d taken more than 30 shots, decided to abandon my perch & get back in the car as lightning got closer. This was the only really good shot. The lens was already open when the lightning happened.

Pure luck.”

See also:
Hike to Bishop’s Cap Cave
Mine House Spring – Hayner Mine
Mine House Spring – Hayner Mine – The Video
Visit to Apache Wells
Hiking Dripping Springs – Part 1


Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Organ Mountains – Early December Snow

Snow on the Organ mountains this morning.
December Snow - Organ Mountains - Dec 12, 2011
December Snow - Organ Mountains - Dec 12, 2011


Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Rain Granted

The last post (Sunday) noted that rain was predicted. Monday we got it. It rained almost all day, an unusually long rain at an unusual seasonal time.

Tuesday morning the clouds completely obscured the Organ Mountains. There had been a very light snow during the night, so it was reasonable to expect snow on the Organs.

About 12:30 pm the cloud cover cleared and the Organs became visible (click for a larger image):

Organ Mountains - Las Cruces

The rock formation in the foreground in this photo is known as La Cueva, because of the cave at its base:

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Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Organ Mountains – Rain Expected

It has been raining today and the forecast is for quite a bit more rain. We’ll see. Here’s what the Organ Mountains looked like this afternoon:


Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Dustset at White Sands

Yesterday was a bad day for dust over most of this part of New Mexico. Here’s what sunset looked like at :

The sun dropping below the crest of a dune:

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Monday, March 9th, 2009

Under No Rain

The clouds whorled over the mountains. The air was gelatinous, it was so packed with moisture. The desert fragrances were a blast of consonance and dissonance.

A few drops…

And a few drops…

And not much more.

A tenth, less than two tenths, but still the mountains devoured it.

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Squall + Rainbow

A squall lead by a rainbow blew across the East Mesa between Las Cruces and the Organs late this afternoon.

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Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

Dust Bowl

The dust in the last few days has been bothersome, but for a real dust storm, consider this photo of New Mexico in 1935 — during the “Dust Bowl.”

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Wind = Dust

Strong winds today, from the West.

This is what the Organs looked like this afternoon with dust in the air.

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Sunday, February 4th, 2007

No Snow!

The surprising story in the last few weeks has been the lack of snow in Las Cruces. There’s been extensive snowfall to the east, north, and west — even some snow south in El Paso — but virtually none here since . A couple of mornings you could see light snow on the Organs, but it didn’t last long.

Here’s what the Organs looked like yesterday:

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