A fellow blogger mentioned feeling drawn to New Mexico. I’m sharing this photo for her.
I took this picture myself in August, 2010. I don’t recall the exact location, but it was somewhere on the drive back to Albuquerque from the Valles Caldera.
Of course, not all of New Mexico looks like this. The area where I live (just a few miles from the Texas border) is flat and generally tree-free except where people have deliberately planted them. It’s not a desert (in fact, I really wish the weather in the summer was a bit less humid — it wasn’t like this when I first moved here), but it’s nothing like the alpine meadows and mixed forest you’ll find up in the Sandias, for example. (Portales is near the western edge of the Llano Estacado, one of the flattest places on the whole planet. If you don’t like difference in elevation, hills/mountains, or anything that can block your view of a flat horizon meeting the huge blue sky, this is a good part of New Mexico to be in.)