Panoramas from Down in Carlsbad Caverns

It was really hard to capture the immense size of the caverns 750 feet underground on camera. I ended up doing some panoramas, a couple of which were HDRs. The largest HDR panorama is a composite of 33 photos that creates a final image that has a resolution of 90 megapixels! Panorama of Carlsbad Caverns […]

Ancient Rock Shelter in Carlsbad Caverns

American Indians apparently inhabited this area, particularly a large cliff overhang at the base of the canyon wall. Ashes, charcoal, rocks broken by heat, pieces of bone, and flint flakes have been found in the rock shelter. It is possible that this site has been used by many cultural groups, ranging back in time from […]

Carlsbad Caverns’ Bat Flight

Six years ago when Heidi and I attended the bat flight at Carlsbad Caverns National Park the only restriction was that you couldn’t use flash. I was really bummed to find that now absolutely NO photography is allowed. After talking to the ranger, I found out it is probably due to the annoying high-pitched beeps […]

Hiking in the Guadelupe Mountains

You could spend a good two weeks hiking this National Park and not cover half the ground. The park is close enough to Carlsbad Caverns (just across the state line in New Mexico) that we could drive there for the bat flight and then return to camp. The next morning we did the 4-mile Devil’s […]

Panos of West Texas

(click each image to open large panoramas) Texas state road 652 headed west to the New Mexico state line and the Guadelupe Mountains. Texas state road 652 headed west to the New Mexico state line and the Guadelupe Mountains (HDR image) Devil’s Hall Trail in the Guadelupe Mountains National Park Sunset over the Guadelupe Mountains […]

Stonehenge, Odessa, TX

We ran across this Texas oddity by complete accident. I pulled off I-20 at Odessa to let Trey take have a bathroom break and noticed a little sign with a stonehenge icon on it and an arrow pointing north. I headed that way and did a quick Google search on my phone for “Odessa Stonehenge” […]

Monahans Sandhills State Park, TX

We pulled into Monahans Sandhills State Park after dark and set up camp. Trey went to sleep not realizing how big the sandbox he would get to play in was going to be. Before sunrise I got up and headed to the top of a dune to take pictures. A bit later Trey woke up […]