|Willow and Frio|
Made our way up and into First Arroyo where we stopped for a rest and a drink of water. Looking west across the Mesilla Valley to the far horizon I noticed one of the most peculiar phenomena I've ever seen out there: the mesa on the horizon line appeared to be serrated, segmented into a series of smaller buttes. When I zoomed in with my camera lens I could see a number of puffball clouds creating the illusion. These strange low-hanging clouds were the only clouds in an otherwise clear sky.
I've posted here some of the photos I took of the phenomenon, puzzled still by what kind of clouds these might have been.
|Mesquite Tree X|
|Tortugas Mountain Observatory|
|Down First Arroyo|
|All the way across the Mesilla Valley to the Potrillos|
|Another view across the Mesilla Valley|
|Bizarre phenomenon: that far mesa is not serrated|
|Puffball clouds have created the serrated look|
|Heelers and Dr. K way up First Arroyo|
|This and the next: Frio and Willow|
|Soaptree Yucca with a nest|
|Puffball clouds again|
|About half of the Barrel Cactus fruit remains uneaten|