Saturday, September 12, 2009

Back from Balmorhea

Balmorhea

It's been nearly a week since my last post! We spent Labor Day week at Balmorhea State Park. Balmorhea is an oasis in the middle of the West Texas desert, an crystal-clear artesian spring-fed pool surrounded by the Davis Mountains. It is 3 feet at its shallowest and 30 feet at its deepest (deep enough for scuba diving) and home to two endangered fish species. We saw dragonflies, turtles, hummingbirds, swallows, hawks, tarantulas, ground squirrels, and numerous fish including tetras, catfish, sunfish and the two endangered species, the Pecos Gambusia (Gambusia nobilis) and the Comanche Springs pupfish (Cyprinodon elegans). I hope to post more pictures of the wildlife and plants soon, but until then, enjoy this single frame.

4 comments:

  1. I AM enjoying this single frame, Caroline. It's a beautiful image, with the deep blue-green of the water echoed in the color of the mountain in the distance. I have friends who went here last year and raved about it, and now I really want to go, having read your post.

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  2. That's a great place. We were there a few years ago...out of the way, but on the way, to camping in CO with our son & his family.
    Wonderful, clear, COLD water. I hope they can always keep it the way it is.

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  3. I havn't been there since I was a kid but your picture shows it to be just like it was then. You took me back, Bob

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  4. I'm glad to know about this place! It looks so nice and the water is so clear.

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