Rocks & Junipers

(Santa Rosa NM)
Within Santa Rosa Lake State Park, was a short trail with views overlooking the dam and lake. It wasn’t a good spot to see the dam; but, had a wonderfully expansive view of the lake.


Rocks & Juipers at Santa Rosa Lake

The road went almost to the top of a hill to a small parking lot. A paved walkway went from there and circled the hilltop. Looking outward were distant canyons and rock walls. Inward were several interesting rock piles mingled amongst desert plants.


Rock Formation & Juniper Pair


Rock Cowpie & Prickly Pear

While similar, each rock had a unique shape; and, the combination of juniper trees, cactus and shrubs provided a nice variety of textures and colors. Simply moving around them, to a different viewpoint, gave a new composition suitable for another painting.


Cholla amongst the Rocks


Rocks & Shrubs

An advantage of this lifestyle, is that I can slow down and experience scenes like that at anytime; no schedules to meet. The rocks along the trail, on that warm and clear spring day, made for a pleasant walk while enjoying nature’s gifts.

Camp: Santa Rosa SP-Los Tanos CG primitive
Scene: Hill, trail, nature

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6 Responses to Rocks & Junipers

  1. Gumo May 6, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

    Looks like they have enjoyed good rains as the lake looks very healthy. Nice weather, too. Thanks.

    • Pleinguy May 6, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

      Yes, it has rained quite a bit. All the lakes seem to be up. It’s a nice change from the past few years. I’m really enjoying hanging around NM for the springtime.

  2. Old Fat Man May 6, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

    Circumstances kept me out of New Mexico this spring. However I do have high hopes for the cooler fall times this year. Your photos are keeping me invigorated.

    • Pleinguy May 6, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

      It’s been a very pleasant season. Too bad you missed it, Barney. Hope things improve, so you can roam at will.

  3. Dorothy May 7, 2016 at 6:10 am #

    Thanks for showing us this stop. Beautiful Photos! Each one a great composition. Makes me want to paint all of them. No I won’t, though. I know the rules.

    • Pleinguy May 7, 2016 at 11:15 am #

      Thanks for the thoughts Dorothy. I appreciate that you are following the journey.

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