Posts Tagged ‘New Mexico’

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Sunday, October 14th, 2012

“Main Street, Pleistocene” mural by Bob Diven showing extinct megafauna cruising Main Street. (Created for The Southwest Environmental Center)

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Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

I’m not so worried about him fitting in a seat as I am him getting through the front door.

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Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Build a tourist photo-op, and dinosaurs will come. At least that's been my experience.

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Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Seems like something has already take up residence in the bank building being refurbished as the new Las Cruces Museum of Natural History (in Las Cruces, New Mexico)

REVIEWS FROM THE REV: Dinosaur tracks at Clayton Lakes State Park.

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Some of the quietly amazing fossil trackways at Clayton Lakes State Park.

This site is, admittedly, out of the way.  Unless, that is, you decide to drive from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Hugoton, Kansas on Highway 56.  Located about 12 miles north of Clayton, New Mexico, these multiple dinosaur trackways eroded out of the bare rock that was scraped clean to make a spillway for the damn that created this reservoir.

To get to the trackways you have to head north from the main intersection in Clayton and hang a right at the Dollar Store.  From there the signs will guide you to the lake and a parking lot from where you can make the relatively short hike to the trackways (this is a State Park fee area).

At first, the trackways don’t look like much.  But they are worth giving a little time to emerge.  I would also encourage reading all of the descriptive signs.  In my case it was as if my eyes needed time to adjust to the landscape (helped, no doubt, by the sun that was getting a little low in the late-afternoon sky).

There are some rather quietly amazing things recorded in this ancient mud flat, including an interesting variety of animal prints, as well as the patterns of ancient cracked mud and rippled beach sand.  Of the more interesting trace fossils is a hadrosaur track that shows the animal pausing, rocking back on its hind legs, and then continuing on.  Another shows the place where a similar creature seemed to be struggling for its balance in the mud and used its large tail to stabilize itself, leaving a distinctive tail-drag mark in the mud.  This was the one that got to me.  Suddenly I was connected as one living animal living out a  moment in time with a long-extinct fellow creature experiencing his or her moment of stepping through the mud along the coast of the ancient interior seaway.

For me it was worth the drive into the far northeastern corner of New Mexico.  If you’re up that way, give it a look.  I found it deeply moving.

t.n.s.r. bob

The rev gives it four Dimetrodons out of four!

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Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Modern development is restricting the traditional migratory patterns of the large dinosaurs. Well, that and extinction.

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Sunday, January 29th, 2012

I may need to change coffee shops if this sort of thing keeps up.

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Sunday, November 27th, 2011

"Road Work". Street painting by Bob Diven.

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Sunday, November 20th, 2011

"Jurassic Feast". Happy Thanksgiving from the church of bob! Street painting by Bob Diven.

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Sunday, October 30th, 2011

"New MexiCow" Street painting by Bob Diven.