Although New Mexico is one of the places I've always wanted to see, I was less than impressed by what I actually saw. Part of the problem might have been that I covered a considerable part of the Northern section during night to get to where I wanted to be the next day. Perhaps I made a mistake heading to southern “birding areas” because I was heading to Southeast Arizona next.
Perhaps I missed the most scenic areas during that time I was driving at night, though I wouldn't count on it. Let's just say, that I'll take another way home next time. Unfortunately, the birding wasn't much better than the sightseeing even though I was following an online guide provided by the state of New Mexico.
I stayed a night at the Lake Cabello State Park, which, surprisingly, turned out to be the best part of my trip through New Mexico.
Not only did the lake attract birds, but it presented a nice contrast to the sage and mountains in the distance:
It seemed more like early Fall than Winter in New Mexico. At times, the autumn leaves were breathtaking, particularly contrasted with the dry grass.
Without a doubt, though, the dominant feature was the distant mountains that seemed to anchor this land.
I'm still struggling with how to capture that stark beauty in a photograph. For now, I’ll have to hold it in my mind.