Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Trip to the Guads

Going north from Van Horn, TX, this is the view of the Chihuahuan desert.
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When the dream began, I was in an RV.  Out the window I watched the landscape change as we wove our way up from the desert floor, through Guadalupe Pass, and into Guadalupe Mountain National Park. Unfortunately, I never got to see or interact with the people I'm with on this trip.

View from a rest stop below the Guadalupe Mountains National Park headquarters.  El Capitan peak is in the foreground.
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As soon as we arrived, we found a trail, and began to explore.  Immediately we were rewarded with birds; most not expected there.  The first two we encountered were a male Northern Cardinal and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Northern Cardinal (Cardualis cardualis) - male in pines
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Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
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After a few turns up the trail I encountered a Bluethroat of all things.  And, finally a male Indigo Bunting among the high country pines of west Texas.

Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica)
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Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)
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The farther I went the more things got... weird.  After exiting a particularly shaded grove, the trees gave way to a large open space of grass covered with sea creatures.  Yep, you read that right.  Anemonies, sea slugs, jellyfish, groupers, flounders and those freakish deep-sea things practically carpeted the small meadow.  This was a potently vivid dream, and it continued repulsively into this last scene.  On the bright side, at least the rest of the dream was breathtakingly beautiful.


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