Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Y is for Yucca

Adopted as New Mexico's state flower in 1927, the Yucca has over forty varieties growing throughout the southwest and Mexico.  These strange plants have to be pollinated by specific Yucca Moths.  They have beautiful white flowers reaching to the sky, hence the spanish name "lamparas de dios" which translates to "lamps of the lord".  Post # 25 on ABC Wednesday. 

Saturday, June 13, 2009

X is for X-tremely hard picture to catch

This picture was taken on the 4th of july, 2008 during a thunder storm in Tucumcari, New Mexico.  Because of the delay it took 25 shots with my digital camera before I finally got this shot.  I understand there is now a lightning sensor for your camera.  My wife has a picture of lightning and fireworks in the shot on the same 4th of July. Post # 24 on ABC Wednesday.

W is for Windmill Workers

Yes, they really do work way up there on that little platform.  There are windmills all over New Mexico, so windmill worker is probably a good job.  Post # 23 on ABC Wednesday.

V is for very large array (VLA)

The VLA (very large array) is the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, one of the world's largest Radio-Telescope array.  Each 230 ton antenna is 82 feet in diameter.  The 27 radio antennas are arranged in a Y shaped configuration on the plains of San Agustin about 20 miles west of Magdalena, New Mexico.  Well worth a visit.  Post # 22 on ABC Wednesday.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

U is for Underwater.

This picture was taken last summer at the Albuquerque, New Mexico Zoo.  The Polar Bears were playing in their pool and there is an underwater window.  The picture could have been better if the glass in the window was cleaned a little more often. Post # 21 on ABC Wednesday.