Thursday, November 7, 2013

Guadalupe Peak

I am linking up with NF Winged   and  Skywatch Friday 

On the 4th day of  our vacation we left Carlsbad, New Mexico, stopping at the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. We went on some short hikes and then headed back onto the road passing some of the pretty Guadalupe Mountain scenery.


My hubby teases me about my luck with weather on our vacations. I have rarely had bad weather or rainy weather during any of our PAST vacations. Seems my luck held true, nothing but blue skies were to be seen during our week away.


Guadalupe Peak and more pretty blue sky. It was weird for me to drive for so many miles and see the same mountain peak from almost as far back as Carlsbad. We did get different views of the peak.



While traveling around New Mexico and Texas, the Townsend's Solitaire was one of the birds popping out to be seen.


We saw lots of Chipping Sparrows, another one of the more common birds we saw all week.


I loved the view looking back at the Guadalupe Peak!


Salt Basin and Linda Lake...a few gulls flying away..the blue water and sky almost meet.



On the edge of Linda Lake, I want to guess and say this is a Least Sandpiper.. I will not mind if someone else disagree's with me.



Another look back at the Guadalupe Mountains from Linda Lake.


 Thanks for visiting my post and  blog and I always appreciate your comments.

  Happy Skywatching everyone!

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Thanks to Sylvia, Yogi  and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday! Thanks to Monica the host of NF Winged.   I wish everyone a safe and happy weekend.

63 comments:

Sue said...

Good morning, Eileen!
Such beautiful scenery-and I will definitely be adding these places to our next trip out west to see the grandson. It has just what hubby loves---no crowds! Funny, isn't it, how some of the neatest places are relatively unknown to the tourist crowd...
Have a good weekend!

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of a very beautiful area, Eilleen.
Beautiful mountains with a beautiful blue sky.
Greetings Irma

The happy wanderer. said...

Some different scenery there. It's interesting how salt pans in different parts of the world often have a very similar look. The gulls add extra interest.

Carole M. said...

such amazing scenery and the Townsends Solitaire is a new one for me to see; thanks Eileen

Nancy Claeys said...

Neat that you have a good-weather streak going... the skies are certainly gorgeous there!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

A great view of the Rocky Mountains and this wonderful area. Amazing !
Best regards, Synnöve

Joop Zand said...

Very good photo's....lovely locations there.

Greetings, Joop

Lynne said...

Wonderful photos Eileen. Luck is with you indeed, gorgeous blue sky, great views! I liked the Sparrow in the greens . . .

ladyfi said...

Wonderful blue skies and gorgeous scenery.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

So scenic and beautiful. I love that sparrow - so cute.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Eilleen!!!. Wonderful place and images.In Spain We´ve got Guadalupe, a litte country.. So famous for the Guadalupe virgin..

Mary Howell Cromer said...

We always end up with great weather as well Eileen, but in choosing Washington...not so much. Lots of rain and even more fog. Would you believe I never saw Mt Rainier going, or returning...the fog was so brutal! Your images are such fun to see and to know we traveled just about same time...

TexWisGirl said...

the peak is beautiful! the chipping sparrows have arrived here this week, too. :) such tiny little things.

Montanagirl said...

You have some really nice photos of your drive! Such nice scenery and even a few birds!!

Karen said...

Wow Eileen, that blue sky is awesome. Beautiful scenery. I like the little chipping sparrows, ours have migrated.

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!!
What a beautiful place and a fantastic lake!!!Wonderful pictures!!!Thank you for sharing!!!Have a nice evening!!Hugs!!
Dimi...

George said...

You definitely had beautiful skies on this day. Your photos of the mountain peak are gorgeous.

Gail Dixon said...

The vistas are superb! How blessed to have nice weather for your travels. The chipping sparrow is adorable.

Mersad said...

Nr. 6 and 8 are really standouts, but they are all great. Such a great place to visit.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

DeniseinVA said...

This is such a cool place, great photos Eileen!

Margaret Adamson said...

HI eileen Fantasstic scenery and I love the shots where the sy nearly meeets the water, very tranquill. The skies are so blue. that first bird has a lovely eye ring.

EG CameraGirl said...

Well, the weather sure does look perfect in these photos!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

NM is such a beautiful state and this post shows so well the way it really looks -- so big, so beautiful, so different. We loved it so much and I'm glad you did too.

Debbie said...

WoW eileen, an exciting trip and some really amazing images!!

i enjoyed the birds but the last picture was my favorite. i loved the colors and the depth!!

Betsy Adams said...

Beautiful photos. You did have GREAT weather. We were lucky on our two big trips out west in 2011 and 2012, and our Virginia/West VA/Maryland trip this year to have great weather. BUT---when we take shorter trips, we need to take you with us to give us better weather… ha ha

Great picture of the Townsend's Solitaire….
Hugs,
Betsy

Ranten said...

Great photos as always! Especially enjoyed the last :)

Judy said...

It is odd to see the same feature from such a distance, always the same, yet always changing...

kulasa zen said...

Wow!! I just love those blue skies and your lovely winged friends whatever their names are ;) each shot is refreshing to the eye, indeed you are lucky for always being greeted by awesome "blue" up in the sky :)

Lew said...

Indeed, you have picked some great days for sky (and bird) watching!

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful captures as always, Eileen! I grew up in that part of the country and it's very familiar to me -- lots of memories!! Thanks as always for sharing the beauty!!

Sally in WA said...

Beautiful scenery, Eileen. I have to put this on my "must see" list.

Rajesh said...

Amazing landscape and beautiful birds.

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous scenery.

MitchyLR said...

Hi Eileen!! Some impressive and beautiful scenery there!!! Great bird shots, I really like the Sandpiper :-))

Kusum Sanu said...

Love those little birds too! The peak is beautiful!

thomas said...

Nice weather and a beautiful rocky mountain.

Al said...

Fabulous scenery, and great shots of it. You did have nice weather, although that's not too unusual in that part of the country :)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Wow, such beautiful blue skies! You got some great images here :)

Carver said...

The scenery and animals are very beautiful and I love that vivid blue sky.

Linda said...

Lovely scenery Eileen! Thanks for sharing your trip.

lina@womens perspectives said...

Stunning views, Eileen. Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip.

Brian King said...

Fantastic rock formations! Wow! I love the sparrow photo!

Carletta said...

Such a lovely blue sky! I don't think you could have asked for a better day. Beautiful shots! I really like your capture of the Chipping Sparrow.
Have a wonderful weekend Eileen!

Our photos said...

Beautiful is your SkyWatch photos, Eileen.
Greetings, RW & SK

inge said...

Such a blue sky simply stunning. The landscape is so rugid. I would love to walk and hike here.

Leovi said...

Beautiful rocky mountain, very nice pictures! I wish you a good weekend!

HansHB said...

Lovely post!

Jan K. alias Afanja said...

Wonderful shots of those impressive mountains under the clear blue sky.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

magiceye said...

Lovely blues and birds!!

Cecilia Artista said...

Beautiful pictures!
Have a nice weekend!

rainfield61 said...

These birds have a different view.

The bird's eye view.

Hazel Ceej said...

That mountain must be huge. Beautiful shots. I love the birds and the ones with the water.

Hazel

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

What a wonderful vacation!! I'm surprised you have the energy to post and comment!! Have a fantastic and safe continued trip!

NatureFootstep said...

you find so many nice places to visit. This is stunning . Both scenary and birds.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I've driven through this area... it's beautiful!

Elaine said...

Beautiful scenery! You were fortunate to have such beautiful blue skies! Our luck doesn't always hold like that, but then we're often traveling in October or other winter months.

Bob Bushell said...

Great landscape makes for beautiful birdwatching, and you have one of them.

kim said...

what stunning scenery, beaut images Eileen, and with your luck regarding holiday weather I'm wondering if you'd like to come on a trip or two with me next year ;)

Betty Manousos said...

such terrific shots! the scenery is just beautiful too.
you make me want to go there. love that mountain!

big hugs~

Kilauea Poetry said...

Hi there Eileen..wow, so blue! That mountain would be a trip to see..all the photos are beautiful. Hope your enjoying your weekend~

Pallavi said...

Such a glorious view of the mountains and the blue sky! Lovely pictures Eileen :)

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Stunning! The colors are amazing!!!

Maria said...

This is a great place with great weather!