Tiny Planets of the Chiricahua Mountains

Life in southwestern New Mexico in the San Simon Valley between Arizona's Chiricahua Mountains and New Mexico's Peloncillo Mountains is like living on a tiny planet of your own.  I have written about the Bubble hypothesis, here and here, but to date have not created anything visual to illustrate the idea.  Below are several panoramas of the Chiricahua Mountains that were modified to illustrate the idea of the Bubble.  The original panoramic images were circularized and cleaned up to show the mountain range as a tiny planet in either a simple black background or with some starscapes.  The idea of little or tiny planets is not new, for example see these images, but it was something I had not given much thought to, until now.  The process is rather simple, a panorama is inverted then mapped to polar coordinates which circularizes the image.  The seam is cleaned up and any other modifications of the digital image are performed.  These 5 examples in color and black and white are just one more way of "seeing" the landscape in a different way.


  1. The bottom three look like flowers to me! Beautiful!

    I don't know about the "bubble" but hubbie says when you come by the 21 mile-marker up by Granite Gap, you stop aging!

  2. Thank you and yes they are reminiscent of flowers. I always figured you crossed the into the bubble and stopped aging at Granite Gap, is that mile marker 21?

  3. I'm in complete agreement with your husband, Granite Gap is one edge of the bubble and the edge most people first see when coming to the area.

    1. We have 5 ladies coming to Rodeo this coming Saturday. Meg who is bringing them says they have never been out of Douglas! So talk about culture shock! Leaving Douglas AND the bubble!

      AND great scenery on the way here; they'll probably LOVE it!

    2. Excellent news Pat I hope they enjoy themselves and get to see all the sights on the east side of the Chiricahua Mountains. The more visitors to the bubble the better.