san juan basin


St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bloomfield, New Mexico

St. Mary’s is a small, well maintained Catholic cemetery that sits in the shadow of a huge natural gas plant. 

The cemetery and the San Juan Basin Gas Plant are surrounded by several other processing plants, and lots of houses.  Knowing there are little kids living across the street from those factories makes me sad. 

I wish everyone who wants to drill the whole country would come live here for a while first.

Emperor Tetra (Nematobrycon palmeri)

…a species of Characid fish which is endemic to the Atrato and San Juan river basins in western Colombia. Emperor tetras are omnivorous in nature, feeding both on a range of freshwater invertebrates and plant matter. N. palmeri is a sexually dimorphic species, with males possessing metallic blue eyes, and females possessing metallic green eyes. Males also possess a three pronged tail with a medial black stripe extending beyond the rest of the tail. 


Animalia-Chordata-Actinopterygii-Characidae-Nematobrycon-N. palmeri

Image: Sitron


Colorado Columbine by Guy Schmickle
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Yankee Basin Dandy, by johnmumaw

The short window of wildflower season is open in the San Juan Mountains of SW Colorado. This spectacular show that draws photographers from around the globe is in my own ‘backyard’ so to speak, and it’s a real privilege. This image was taken in Yankee Boy Basin near Ouray, a 12,000 ft. (3650 mt.) elevation alpine basin nestled in the mountains and accessed via a dicey 4WD road.


Ancient Turtle Fossil Discovered on BLM Land in New Mexico 

A 90-million-year-old turtle fossil has been found in Sierra County, New Mexico, on BLM-managed land in the Crevasse Canyon Formation. The fossil was found by Jeff Dornbusch, a volunteer with the Geronimo Springs Museum in Truth or Consequences. 

In late spring 2014, Dornbusch approached BLM Las Cruces District Archaeologist Jim Renn about the fossil. Through BLM Regional Paleontologist Phil Gensler, Renn contacted Dr. Spencer Lucas with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Spencer confirmed that the fossilized turtle is, in fact, 90 million years old. 

In late October, the group recovered the findings. They collected loose pieces of bone and shell, then dug around the turtle shell, and placed plaster around the specimen for transport. 

The specimen has been identified as Adocus, an extinct aquatic turtle, and it now resides at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque where it is undergoing further examination. Although the species is commonly found in the San Juan Basin of northern New Mexico, this specimen marks the most southern discovery in the state, and may tell us a little more about the area’s ecosystem in ancient times.