May 31, 2017
This post contains photographs I took while visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southeast New Mexico.
(Photo credit: wiki-travel.com)
I arrived in the town of Carlsbad the night before, after having visited Ruidoso and Roswell on my way east from Las Cruces, NM. The Caverns are about 20 miles southwest of the town of Carlsbad.
This post contains photos I took the day I was there. While I took well over 200 pictures I was extremely disappointed to discover that most of them are not blog-worthy. In fact, they are terrible! While the formations I was photographing were clear on my smartphone’s screen evidently a combination of low-light and the slightest movement of the camera as I triggered the shutter was just enough to result in about 200 blurry pictures. Here are a few that came out reasonably well. As I mentioned in Post 1, I am so glad that I took lots of time to go through the Cavern and that I periodically put my camera away and just looked at my surroundings. At least now when I look at my blurry photos I am at least reminded of the things I saw with my own eyes which my mind can recall more clearly.
Post 1 of 2 (above) will explain a little bit about where I am and exactly what you are seeing.
In the photo above, the formation on the right, named Giant Dome, is what’s known as a column. The formations on the left, named Twin Domes, are stalagmites (pronounced sta-LAG-mites). A stalagmite is a generally cylindrical cone which rises from the floor of a cave. A stalactite, on the other hand, is a similar shape which descends from the ceiling of a cave. A column is formed if and when the two meet. The way I was taught as a kid to tell the difference between a -mite and a -tite was that a stalactite (which hangs down) has to “hold on tight”.
Below is a pool of crystal clear water, one of several I saw:
To see much better photographs you should check out the National Park Service website. Go to nps.gov/cave then click on “Learn About the Park” then click on “Photos”. That logic applies to every National Park in the US National Park system (just change the “cave” portion of the url to the name of the desired Park).
Here is a quote from the NPS website regarding Carlsbad Caverns:
“Photos can never fully capture the grandeur of the Big Room, it’s a place you need to see to believe!”
Amen to that!! Everything that Roswell wasn’t was more than made up for by the magnificence of Carlsbad Caverns. I highly recommend a visit in person.