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Posts Tagged ‘Albuquerque New Mexico’

From our Rivers to the Oceans

Posted by Jody on January 3, 2013

Albuquerque Bio Park, Albuquerque Aquarium

Albuquerque Bio Park, Albuquerque Aquarium

Even on a cold winter’s day in the American Southwest, there’s plenty to learn about our world’s rivers, lakes, oceans, rugged shorelines, and sandy beaches. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, we have a wonderful BioPark which includes the Albuquerque Aquarium. As you enter the aquarium building, the first exhibit relates to our own Rio Grande, the river that flows from southwestern Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico.

Sign at the entrance of the Albuquerque Aquarium

Sign at the entrance of the Albuquerque Aquarium

As romantic as it might sound to say that a person could send a message in a bottle down a river in New Mexico to be found by someone on an ocean beach, that really is the case, and that is not actually a good thing if one stops to think of that bottle as a piece of trash.  We desert dwellers might not think about the ocean on a daily basis (well, perhaps in our daydreams), but our behaviors upstream do have an impact on the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. Taking the kiddos to this aquarium is a great way to teach them (and ourselves) about the importance of keeping our waters clean. As we say in The Land of Enchantment, “Toss no mas!”

Rio Grande Exhibit, Albuquerque Aquarium

Rio Grande Exhibit, Albuquerque Aquarium

"Oh the Mighty Rio Grande, Flowing to the Gulf."  - Gulf of Mexico Beach, Texas

“Oh the Mighty Rio Grande, Flowing to the Gulf.” – Gulf of Mexico Beach, Texas

You never know!  Maybe that piece of beach glass you found on a beach in Alabama found its way there from farther inland than you imagined.  In the end, there is no way to know, but it is interesting to think about, and the more people we can educate about keeping trash out of our waterways, the better, even if trash can be turned into a beachcomber’s treasure.

So, happy beach combing, everyone!  Do you think that those of us who like to collect beach glass, driftwood, and beach pottery pieces are really clearing upstream litter off the beach?  Wouldn’t that be a nice and unexpected perk!

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A Sea of Balloons!

Posted by alainaflute on October 12, 2012

Every October, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta draws balloonists and visitors from around the world. Hundreds of hot air balloons take to the air in waves, dotting the bright blue, New Mexican sky with vibrant color. Today’s post features pictures of beach and ocean-themed balloons taken in The Land of Enchantment at this year’s event.

A giant globe! (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

97% of the earth’s water is in the oceans! 100% of these balloons are awesome!

Sea Fantasy,” an ocean sampler: octopus, fish, sea star, dolphins, and a sea horse. (Alaina Diehl)

On my mission to photograph beachy balloons, this one stuck out like…well, a colorful octopus covered in other sea creatures! Said creatures are not to scale.

Smiling Sea Star on Sea Fantasy (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

Doesn’t a smiling sea star just make your day?

Crazy Crab looking not too crabby! (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

This happy crab is such a fun special shape! With the blue sky acting as the wide open ocean, there are many more sailing and swimming balloon shape ideas to discover.

Do you have an idea for a beachy special shape?

The Shark  (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

Doooo do. Dooooo do. Dodododododododododododododododododododo! You’re gonna to need a bigger boat! I’d hate to be a giant fish in the sky when The Shark comes to town.

Look out, giant guppy!

Gus T. Guppie from Balloon Fiesta 2011

Yo ho ho and a barrel of root beer! This one is so much fun. As large as it seems by the photograph, the main body of the balloon is a barrel. On the top, a fun-loving (and eye patch clad) kid sticks out with his spy glass. He be flyin’ the Jolly Roger!

Little Pirate (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

Arrrrr! Shiver me timbers!

A Closer Look at “Little Pirate” (Photo by Alaina Diehl)

The next vessel that’s ready to set sail is Noah’s Ark, aka ARKY. Even the balloon’s ground tarp is special; it depicts a rainbow.

 The Balloonist’s Prayer

May the winds welcome you with softness.
May the sun bless you with its warm hands.
May you fly so high and so well that God
joins you in laughter and sets you gently
back into the loving arms of Mother Earth.

Are you missing the Fiesta this year? Never fear, it comes around during October each year. The 2013 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is scheduled for October 5 – 13. Happy sailing!

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