The Orient Land Trust is home to the old Orient Mine which is now home to a large bat colony. I'm not going to repeat the details. Look on the OLT website for those. The site is kinda cool and I was excited to see a big outflight of bats. I've seen a few others but this one is in my home state. Unfortunately the outflight was a major disappointment. Really it was just a smattering of bats and then it was over. In fact I took a few practice photos after it started and then waited for the main flight of bats. And then the bats stopped coming out and people started leaving. I was rather shocked. I stayed a long time after everyone else left thinking that there must be more bats coming, but no. So bummer. So my pics just show the OLT mine area not the bat swarm.
Wow, very interesting unplanned visit to the Blanca Wetlands today. My presence was accidental. I was actually trying to drive across and the map made it look possible. It was very strange to find wetlands in the area but I read that in earlier times before settlement there was a lake there. Prehistoric camps have been found in the vicinity with fish bones and such. My pictures are here and Wikipedia has a nice article here.
"One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more." — Thomas Jefferson