Chile peppers are a favorite New Mexico food, tasty and a delight to the eye as they mature.
A distant mountain range
A distant mountain range, into Mexico, serves as a backdrop to a West Texas cotton field.
The New Mexico State University Cowboy mascot stands guard in an experiment station research plot near the Las Cruces campus.
The Las Cruces skyline
The Las Cruces skyline is magnificent without skyscrapers.
Maturing cotton bolls gleam brilliantly in the late morning sun near Tornillo, Texas.
New Mexico mountains
New Mexico mountains are dappled by shadows from afternoon clouds.
Pepper blossoms show white against a blue New Mexico sky.
Pima cotton displays the distinctive yellow blossom.
Pleasant vistas greet Far West Texas and New Mexico travelers along the Interstate and near El Paso and Las Cruces. But getting off the main roads offers even more scenic wonder.
The rearview mirror
The rearview mirror of the rental car captures some New Mexico clouds.
Red peppers stand out against the green foliage of the chile plant.
Seed pods of the tornillo tree come in a unique cluster.