Thursday, November 20, 2008

Desert Skies

Near Torreon, Coahuila Mexico

The Becka and her dad arrived home last night from Mexico to an early Canadian winter storm. The first thing she did when arriving at the house after midnight was to throw herself down in the front yard to make a snow angel. The dust of the Coahuila desert was still on her shoes. Such is the nature of modern travel.

She took the pictures here two days ago while on an outing with her uncles, aunts and cousins. This landlocked state is not really a tourist destination for those who are looking for beaches and resorts. Vegetation is sparse and scrubby mesquite and cacti dot the landscape.


I like this picture of the group as their shadows are cast on the rock by the setting sun. They had spent the afternoon exploring a cave, climbing a steep mountain slope, and walking across the large open spaces. The sky was spectacular as the sun set in the early evening. The nights are very cool at this time of year with temperatures less than 10C in the early morning hours and the daytime values are in the low 20s. Perhaps this is best time of year to explore the desert and enjoy its stark beauty.

All photos by The Becka


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36 comments:

  1. The shadows photo is a really great shot... I have a feeling you were waiting for just the right angle! Beautiful sunset too.

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  2. I love the second photo with the shadows and the last one is amazing! Lovely post!~

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  3. I like the 3rd one the best.

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  4. I will echo the third photo is my favorite!

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  5. The shadows photograph is fabulous.....one you could enlarge and hang.......

    Beautiful sunset.......the desert has always fascinated me....as a young person I could never imagine the desert being cold at night......

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  6. I like the first picture: the sky above the desert!

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  7. Pretty collection of shots. Yes, the second one seems to be the crowd favorite.

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  8. Really great photo's.
    Take care.

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  9. great catch! Happy SkyWatching! I am back now... Hope you'll visit mine too...

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  10. What a spectacular sunset. Wonderful colours.

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  11. The reason for it being very cold at night and very warm at day is because Mexico is closer to the equator than us.

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  12. The last shot is amazing... makes me feel comforted, as if a visual depiction of God watching over us.
    Beautiful.

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  13. I love that picture of the shadow people going on an adventure. All your pictures are beautiful. Lovely.

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  14. The Becka has your eye for photography! Wishing you a smooth & swift recovery.

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  15. Great shots, that last one is amazing.

    Cheers!
    Regina In Pictures

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  16. Love the photos--the last one is just stunning.

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  17. Ruth: That sunset is stunning in your desert.

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  18. Night and day haunting and beautiful

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  19. Lovely skies, Ruth. Wonderful photos by Becka. Welcome to Sky Watch!

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  20. Great photos.
    We had lots of cloud's here in Mo.
    Happy skywatch friday!

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  21. Very beautiful and great photos. :c)

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  22. Nice to see some pictures of desert skies. The first one is beautiful, but the last one is my favourite, I love those warm colours.

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  23. Great shots; thanks for sharing these lovely colors.

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  24. like the shadow shot...very nice series of photographs.
    thank you for sharing with us.

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  25. Pretty pictures! Thanks for sharing with us Ruth.

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  26. How beautiful the sunset is, and the blue desert sky, but the shadows against the rock wall are by far most beautiful; a most amazing picture!!!

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  27. Ah, the west. My inexhorable drive to head toward the setting sun cannot be extinguished.

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  28. Wondeful photos! The one with the shadows cast on th rock reminds me of those prehistoric cave drawings.

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  29. The shadow picture is wonderful. How are you doing?

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  30. thanks to all who commented, and thanks to Becka for her pictures!

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  31. I love the desert and the blue sky!
    Nice shot!
    Cheers,

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  32. Great photos Ruth..this is so foreign to what we experience in our part of the country..

    New Rambling Woods Site

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  33. Tell Becka, great shots. I really like the shadow family. And the sunset is nice also

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  34. Thank you all for the comments of my pics! :D

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  35. Becka, well done! The last photo is worth framing. Thank you.

    Mary

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