Mesa Hills Wash

I was needing to get out of the office for a bit so I jumped in the Jeep and went to check out a drainage culvert off of Mesa Hills. I had seen it in my previous excursion to the area when I almost get trapped on the other side of the Sunland Park Dam.

After parking in the Westside Recreation center, I headed down a path that paralleled the arroyo till I could find a spot down.

Run for your Lives!
Run for your Lives!

Now I have lived in El Paso all my life and I think this is the first time I’ve seen a sign warning about snakes.  Come on! We are smack in the middle of a desert next to a mountain, snakes should be expected.

The Wetlands
The Wetlands

The arroyo empties into a large wetland area, that despite the recent Hotter-Than-Hades heat wave, was quite green. I moved on to the concrete spillway hoping to find some interesting graffiti.

Concrete steps
Concrete steps

Not so much, just a bunch of lazy tagging.  From here I walked back up to another feeder where I found the youth of El Paso’s favorite passtime: shopping cart stealing and dumping!

No more shopping for you!
No more shopping for you!

“Who” ever did this was long gone but left their mark.  There had to be a skunk near by because this place smelled pretty foul.  Time to head out before I get sprayed. The full set of photos can be found here: Mesa Hills Wash

The Big Green Meanie

Its been nice being one of a handful of people in town with a lime green vehicle.  It makes it easy to give directions to your house,

“Down the street and at the end of the Cul-De-Sac you’ll see a lime green Jeep, can’t miss it”

Lime green gets you instant recognition that you belong to a club of people who aren’t afraid of “BOLD ALL CAPS” color.  Well us El Paso Lime Greenie’s will be inducting a new member soon:

Big Green Meanie
Big Green Meanie

He sits menacingly off the freeway waiting for the right individual to snap him up and lay waste to the tread wrapped around the 20″ aluminum wheels.

Fuel
Gimme Fuel!
His Large chrome fuel filler is easy to spot, which is good because with a 392 HEMI under the hood you’ll need to stop often to fill up.

HEMI? Check!
HEMI? Check!

Come on, you want to join the club. We’ll let you in… the membership fee is only 50,000.

Join the club!
Join the club!

Full Flickr here: Green Meanie

La Casa de Asucar

Like any big metropolitan area, El Paso has its share of weirdness. Today I bring you the end result of one really devoted individual in the northeast part of El Paso.

La Casa de Asucar:

La Casa de Asucar
La Casa de Asucar (the Sugar House)

This houses perimeter is completely covered on a very ornate and intricate fence that makes no bones about just exactly who this person believes in.

shrine
This guy knows how to build a proper shrine

The level of detail is amazing.  I wouldn’t want to be responsible for the upkeep on this place.  I was also quite shocked that there was no apparent damage from vandals. No tagging, no missing heads or hands.

La Casa de Asucar
The Sugar House

I was left with a kind of Hansel and Gretta feeling after seeing the Sugar House.  What do the neighbors think? Its well maintained and lighted at night but it is a bit over the top.  The Sugar House is a very appropriate name for the religious beacon just off the freeway. More sweetness can be found here: La Case de Asucar

Big Dragonfly

I caught this guy buzzing my tomatoes:

Big Dragonfly

Zoom lenses are awesome for getting close like this.  Luckily he wasn’t moving around a whole bunch so I was able to focus in on him.  I thought it was interesting that his wings were placed in a forward position when he was at rest, not backwards.  It’s kind of like he’s using them as counter balances.