“Pic of the Week”, July 24, 2015: Montana Sunset

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One of the reasons I love traveling by car is because it affords me the opportunity to stop and take photos whenever the opportunity presents itself.  So it was this past week as my wife and I were driving through Montana on our way for a vacation in the Colorado Rockies, then on to Yellowstone National Park.  We had left Great Falls and were heading south and west.

There were scattered thundershowers, common on the prairies in the summer, and as the sun was setting we drove past a grouping of wind turbines.   I thought they might make an interesting point of contrast in the  beautiful “Big Sky” prairie sunset.  It was very cold as I left the comfort of the …

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The Subterrean Majesty of Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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There’s no easy way to get to the Carlsbad Caverns — it’s a pretty remote destination, in the Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico just north of Texas, and you’ll likely be driving most of a day to get there.  The scenery on your drive will be typical rugged U.S. southwestern desert — cacti, grass, scrub, rocks, mountains and canyons.   But the destination is very worth the effort because beneath the desert landscape lies a cool (nearly constant 56°F or 13°C) wonderland of caves and caverns.  It’s the most beautiful cave complex I’ve ever been to and the sights from the cave’s mouth to the bottom of the caverns are remarkable and very memorable!
Unlike most limestone caves in …

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