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1920's style aviation with 21st century technology in weight shift control light sport aircraft photodocumenting the bootheel of New Mexico. Flying 10 feet off the ground in strange places, because what can be done on the ground is more fun in the air. These low level (100' AGL)aerial photographs are part of the Bootheel Photodocumentation Project. An effort to document the landscape in this unique and sparsely settled area of the country. http://theskygypsies.blogspot.com/ and http://bloggingfromthebootheel.blogspot.com/

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This is the same outcrop in cave creek canyon as seen in this image, just taken from south of the outcrop instead of from the north.

Note the mimetolith in the lower right looking up at the sky.

The floating yucca.

Glad to help bring back some old memories and thank you for the background information. The land is still farmed and ranched and the old Pullman car still sits in the desert just west of the old railroad line. I have heard of 2 other sections of Pullman cars in the valley that were re-purposed, one near Sulphur Canyon and one near Horseshoe canyon but have not gotten photographs. For more current events around the valley see Blogging from the Boot Heel

I've seen corn, but I imagine any crop could be grown in these center pivot irrigation fields.

Thank you. It was one of those special mornings.

Blue water on a black and white background, this view of the "Bath Tub" in South Fork Cave Creek Canyon, a well known birding area, highlights the importance of water in desert in creating and maintaining habitat for wildlife. Rain falling in the interior of the Chiricahua mountains flows out along Cave Creek Canyon to the northeast then north along the San Simon eventually reaching the Gila River which in turn flows west into the Colorado River. The Colorado River flows south to the Gulf of Mexico creating a counter clockwise spiral of life that spans the state of Arizona.

Thank you. The lighting was marginal earlier but improved as the sun rose higher.

A fork in Sulphur Canyon just below a large talus slope. Most of the recent water appears to come from the right canyon (west side.

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