Six-Years Ago (10-October-2012) — New Mexico

Gone to See America 2012 Road Trip. Day 4: On the Road – Roswell, New Mexico to Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Before leaving for Carlsbad, I stopped back at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge to watch the Sandhill Cranes leave to feed for the day. I was told that one of the places they go to feed is local peanut farms that had been recently plowed. Ever wonder how the salmonella got in the peanut butter a few years ago???

Pair of Sandhill Cranes in Flight. Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Roswell. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pair of Sandhill Cranes in Flight. Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Roswell. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)

Six-Years Ago (10-October-2012) — New Mexico

Gone to See America 2012 Road Trip. Day 4: On the Road – Roswell, New Mexico to Carlsbad, New Mexico.

I first visited Carlsbad Caverns on a road trip in 1976. Well before I had a camera. As part of the road trip this year, I visited Carlsbad Cavern National Park again. This time with a Nikon D4 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens that does well in low light. I took a lot of images. Your first walk down into this big entrance going from bright light into the dark cavern. It takes a while for the eyes to adapt to the low-level of artificial lighting in the cave. At the end of the walk, you take an elevator back to the surface. Someday, I want to go back and do the extended tour where you need to wear a hardhat and headlamp.

Entrance to Carlsbad Cavern. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 35 mm, f/7, 1/200 sec) (David J Mathre)
Entrance to Carlsbad Cavern. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 35 mm, f/7, 1/200 sec) (David J Mathre)
Entrance to Carlsbad Cavern. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 35 mm, f/1.4, 1/80 sec) (David J Mathre)
Entrance to Carlsbad Cavern. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 35 mm, f/1.4, 1/80 sec) (David J Mathre)
Entrance to Carlsbad Cavern, Looking Out. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 35 mm, f/1.4, 1/6400 sec) (David J Mathre)
Entrance to Carlsbad Cavern, Looking Out. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 35 mm, f/1.4, 1/6400 sec) (David J Mathre)












Six-Years Ago (09-October-2012) — New Mexico

Gone to See America 2012 Road Trip. Day 3: On the Road – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Roswell, New Mexico.

I stopped in Roswell, New Mexico to spend the night. Just outside of the city is Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. This is one of the stops that Sandhill Cranes make during their annual migration. They leave every morning to feed, and then return in the evening. There were literally thousands of the birds and the wildlife refuge — and they make a lot of noise.

Sandhill Cranes at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Roswell, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 500 mm f/4 VR lens + TC-E III 20 teleconverter (ISO 400, 1000 mm, f/8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sandhill Cranes at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Roswell, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens + TC-E III 20 teleconverter (ISO 400, 1000 mm, f/8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

Three-Years Ago (22-October-2012) — New Mexico

Gone to See America 2012 Road Trip. Day 16: Roswell, New Mexico.

Sandhill Cranes in Flight. Morning at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Roswell, New Mexico. Images taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens.

Sandhill Cranes in Flight at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Roswell, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/4, 1/1600 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sandhill Cranes in Flight at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Roswell, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/4, 1/1600 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sandhill Cranes in Flight. Morning at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Roswell, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec) (David J Mathre)
Sandhill Cranes in Flight. Morning at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Roswell, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec) (David J Mathre)

Two-Years Ago (22-October-2012) — New Mexico

Gone to See America 2012 Road Trip. Day 16: Roswell, New Mexico to Alpine, Texas.

Three Sandhill Cranes in Flight. Morning at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Roswell, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec).

Sandhill Cranes in Flight. Morning at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Roswell, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec) (David J Mathre)
Sandhill Cranes in Flight. Morning at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Roswell, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec) (David J Mathre)