No, I won’t be showing any travelog-style photos of this mid-size town in central New Mexico. I really haven’t seen any of the historical and/or scenic parts of town, and thus I can’t do it justice. I’m on foot, way out on the edge of town while my truck is being fixed, and the sun and low humidity have been relentless.
You don’t want, I am sure, to see shots of the long commercial strip along California Street. It’s all too easy to see such scenes of fast-food, gas station, and motel commercialism wherever you might live.
I was walking down the strip early this afternoon, cap-brim held low against the glare, as I needed some groceries.
I happened to walk by a clump of cacti which has been gradually coming into full bloom, with showy scarlet blossoms, during the past few days. Today I had remembered to bring my camera. The clump, most likely the species Echinocereus fasciculatus, was growing next to the sidewalk in front of an unmarked stucco or adobe building, evidently a business not doing much or any of that these days.
My attention was attracted by a card pierced by a slotted hole which was hanging from the doorknob of the main entrance. I moved closer:
Hmm… it looked like a business of some sort failed and left behind an outstanding power bill. The business also left behind a nice clump of Echinocereus, which is carrying on regardless of the fate of the human planters!
A view of the clump:
Notice the sharply-cut shadows on the sidewalk cast by the merciless sun typical at this eight-thousand-foot altitude.
A shot taken from up-under:
A single flawless blossom:
After this mild exertion, squatting there on the sidewalk and regarding the clump, I straightened up, took a drink from my water bottle, and proceeded on down the sidewalk.