Public Lands

Outside of Carlsbad, New Mexico streches one of the most desolate landscapes I have ever laid eyes on. To the west lie the nondescript waves of the northern Guadalupe mountains and in every other direction sprawls dull brown flatlands, pocked with the occasional oil well.

The land, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, is what is left after various other public agencies selected the cream of the crop for parks, monuments and preserves. Leased off to oil companies and ranches, these public lands are mostly forgotten and misunderstood by those who own them.

But scratch beneath the surface of these places, and more often than not, the vast untameable wilderness that once made the west legend still exists. Turning the car off onto these dusty road and travelling for miles into what is still only a roughly mapped terrain can harken far more adventure then the most rugged parks and wilderness areas, with their detailed maps and visitor centers.

Here, outside Carlsbad, "beneath the surface" literally describes the surroundings, as a careful eye can sometimes spot small perturbances in the monotanous landscape passing by. Dotted with openings, massive tunnels wind just below the surface, remaining a secret to anyone without the curiosity to venture into these vast under-appreciated lands.


See the world, they
told me...

bayou goula towhead

the sea test

the circumnavigator pt5
the circumnavigator pt4
the circumnavigator pt3
the circumnavigator pt2
the circumnavigator pt1
falling dream
the darkness
one hell of a mile 3&4
he will return
the believers
the horror pt2
the horror pt1
death valley

paradise of outlaws
the mountain climbers 1&2
brought to surface
one hell of a mile 3
the lost world
inner gorge
a ghost story
the riddle
slaying the minotaur
heart of darkness
public lands
organ music
two sought adventure
the virgin river
the road north

steal the world
the end of the world
el dorado
the valley of the kings 2
the valley of the kings 1
one hell of a mile 2
one hell of a mile 1
the mountain climbers rr4
heroes rr3
rainy roadtrip 2
rainy roadtrip 1
the transgression
sinister 2
sinister 1
new chapter

like sedona?
torn in two
bridge to nowhere
the door
hitting the wall
elusive 2
elusive 1
pick up lines

revisited 2
revisited 1
which way?
lost mines
in their footsteps
a dance with death

casting the bones
mountain thief
the deer hunter
strange temple
burial pt. 3
burial pt. 2
burial pt. 1
the apparition
return to hell
the lower depths
underground lake
stretch sewer
the hidden lab
shadow movements
meager rations
sw8: the conclusion
sw7: lost gold mines
sw6: the big tubes
sw5: gold!
sw4: el calderon
sw3: redondo
sw2: ghosts
sw1: westward bound
formaldehyde dreams
the underdark
in the beginning