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return to the aspen

October 01, 2017 - The weather was perfect this week for another aspen viewing drive, courtesy of U. S. Highway 64 in northern New Mexico....
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last and first of the season

September 18, 2017 - Friday, 22 September, is the autumnal equinox, a time when the light is changing faster than any time during the year, o...
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not precisely as prescribed

September 11, 2017 - Hurricane Irma dominated the 24/7 news cycle for much of the week and certainly this weekend, as the hurricane dragged i...
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head in the clouds

September 03, 2017 - During this week of devastation on the Gulf Coast of Texas from Hurricane Harvey, and fires in the western United States...
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odds and ends

August 28, 2017 - Today's blog takes a page from Fred's weaving. Every year before the Taos Wool Festival, which this year is 7 and 8 Octo...
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capturing the unexpected

August 21, 2017 - One of the things a photographer in the field learns early on is that not everything will be as one expects, and frequen...
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a week in the life

August 06, 2017 - When I am not doing environmental portraiture or weddings, a typical photography week includes a number of different pho...
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aerial antics, set 2

July 31, 2017 - The end of July into early August, the hummingbird population on the mesa is at its apex, with anywhere from 425 to 475...
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on the move

July 24, 2017 - One of my consistent photography challenges comes in the form of those aerial daredevils otherwise known as hummingbirds...
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fine stemware

July 16, 2017 - Human beings create any number of both artful and utilitarian objects using nature as a guide. Frequently, what some mig...
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backdrops and depth of field

July 09, 2017 - I have been thinking about portraiture and commercial art lately, and how the backdrop for a portrait can either complim...
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patience

July 02, 2017 - At almost any time or for any reason - large or small - patience in a human being can vary wildly. For photographers, pa...
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looking upward

June 26, 2017 - With the Bonita fire still burning roughly 10 miles west of us, our habit for the last several weeks has been to look up...
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Broadway on the mesa

June 19, 2017 - Another show opened on the mesa today. This time, it was the hedgehog cactus, and I must say, costume designers for Broa...
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outside the box

June 12, 2017 - There are days when I feel like the Julia Child of photography - happily experimenting, adding and changing ingredients,...
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timing is everything

June 04, 2017 - On our planet, terrestrials - animals and plants alike - are controlled by the passing of time. Day into night, night in...
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other worldly

May 22, 2017 - Perhaps it is because I have been reading Truk Lagoon: Legends Beneath the Waves, vol. 1 by Andrew Marriott, and viewing...
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garden variety

May 15, 2017 - Looking back at my blogs this year, I realize there has been a preponderance of them featuring flowers of assorted varie...
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and the winner is...

April 29, 2017 - ...Coyote Pup. It received Honorable Mention at the Santa Fe Reporter Photo Contest. The silent auction held by The Repo...
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life blood

April 24, 2017 - The one thing that differentiates our planet from others is water. It is life blood coursing through our veins. El Agua...
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little surprises

April 17, 2017 - While California and Arizona are having epic wildflower blooms in all their eye-popping array of color, spring has a muc...
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a touch of white

March 27, 2017 - Not just a few times have I addressed the color white in this blog. It fascinates me. On the southwest corner of St. Fra...
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welcoming spring

March 20, 2017 - Today is the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere. The beginning of spring. Some of you are still dealing with moun...
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signs of spring

March 13, 2017 - I literally am unable to count how many times this month people have said to me variations of these questions or declara...
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art and advertising

March 06, 2017 - There are numerous serious, consequential, and frankly, dire things going on in this wonderful and wild world of ours, a...
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nature in the stock tank

February 20, 2017 - This has definitely been a week of change in nature. The days are becoming longer by minutes rather than seconds, birds...
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The Year of the Rooster

January 30, 2017 - The Chinese New Year or Spring Festival (春節 in traditional Chinese characters) began on Saturday, 28 January, and will l...
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shaping

January 23, 2017 - Nature has a way of dealing with things. When water flows over a rock for millennia, it is shaped and smoothed and tumbl...
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studying winter

January 16, 2017 - At this time of year, particularly during a winter such as this when rain and snow and ice are frequent occurrences, my...
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modern art of winter

December 18, 2016 - What do you see when you look out the window? On many days in northern New Mexico, you see a brilliant blue sky. After t...
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fantasies

December 05, 2016 - At this season and this time of year (winter in many parts of the northern hemisphere), people tend to turn inward and t...
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welcoming winter

November 28, 2016 - Although the winter solstice is not until 21 December this year, winter definitely arrived over the weekend. It is fasci...
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dazed and confused

November 14, 2016 - I know (from an independent survey conducted by yours truly) that many people were left dazed and confused by the presid...
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ode to the season of blooms

November 07, 2016 - Other than the seemingly endless political marathon, the one piece of news that effects most Americans at this time of y...
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one more walk in the autumn leaves

October 09, 2016 - Autumn has been spectacular this year in New Mexico's high country. Although the intensity of fall color varies dependin...
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autumn impressions

October 03, 2016 - There is something about autumn that lends itself to photography of an impressionistic or abstract style, especially if...
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late summer tidbits

September 18, 2016 - With a low temperature of 36 degrees fahrenheit this morning, September 18, skim ice sat on the water in one of the bird...
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eye dazzlers

September 11, 2016 - Autumn in New Mexico and in many locations around the world can be considered eye dazzling. The colors and textures are...
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apples by the bushel

September 05, 2016 - Growing fruit in the Rocky Mountains, including New Mexico's southern Rockies, is dicey. Late spring and early autumn fr...
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Sunflowers

August 15, 2016 - Just as sure as the sun rises and sets, August ushers in the season of sunflowers. They line the roadways with New Mexic...
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Once more, for the aces

August 08, 2016 - Migration is one of the great wonders of nature. Particularly stunning is hummingbird migration. Why do they move from a...
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peripatetic

July 25, 2016 - Photographers, by nature, are peripatetic. Although the word is often used to describe teachers and professors walking b...
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Return of the Gingers

July 18, 2016 - With almost the same consistency as the returning broad-tailed hummingbirds around United States income tax filing time...
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our world

July 11, 2016 - Where do we go from here? Any way you slice it, this week in America has been profound and distressing on almost ever...
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solstice

June 20, 2016 - 120 degrees in Palm Springs, California. 116 degrees in Phoenix. 95 degrees here on the mesa yesterday at 7,800 elevatio...
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the mother lode...

June 12, 2016 - ...of wild iris, that is. I never know when we drive west on Highway 64 between Tres Piedras and Tierra Amarilla at thi...
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fade to black

June 06, 2016 - The expression "fade to black" has been in English usage for at least a century. The heavy metal band Metallica used it...
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the green of spring

May 16, 2016 - Poets and writers have expressed their love for and the joy of spring in words flowery and rich, reflecting the time of...
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in northwest gardens

May 02, 2016 - At this time of year in the Pacific Northwest, as well as coastal California and Oregon, so many flowers, shrubs, and tr...
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about the water

April 24, 2016 - Despite the fact that there were four straight days of record high temperatures in the greater Seattle area last week, t...
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out of town, as it were

April 18, 2016 - It is always an adventure blogging remotely, as I am this week. While taking care of my sister in the Seattle area, I ha...
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This and that in Taos

April 10, 2016 - When a last minute drive presents itself, I take my cameras, regardless of destination. This week, the drive was normal,...
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blossoms

April 04, 2016 - On mornings such as this one, I find myself grasping for the proper words to describe the feel and smell of the air. Aft...
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They are back

March 28, 2016 - Short of the hummingbirds, which usually arrive in the middle of April, most of the summer birds that frequent the high...
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inkling of spring

March 07, 2016 - The vernal equinox is more than two weeks away, and yet, in many parts of the country, spring has definitely arrived. Su...
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photography and writing

February 28, 2016 - I have notebooks, binders, and folders full of pithy writing, varying in length from short quotations to pages of signif...
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transitions

February 15, 2016 - Last week held massive high drama, including the death of Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia and subsequent idealogical...
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backdrops

January 25, 2016 - One of the hazards but also one of the great joys of being a photographer is an obsession with everything visual. I cann...
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fantasy in ice

January 18, 2016 - "Diopter: a unit of measurement of the optical power of a lens or curved mirror." Thank you, Wikipedia, and happy 15th b...
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Winter 2016

January 04, 2016 - Who would have known that the "new normal" during winter in New Mexico might be overcast skies with broken sun? It seems...
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in celebration of the sun

December 20, 2015 - For people in northern climates where the winters are not only cold but dark, the winter solstice cannot come soon enoug...
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Color it Red, second installment

December 12, 2015 - In last week's blog, I presented some of the images I plan to enter in the Red Dog News Color It Red photography contest...
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Color it red

December 07, 2015 - Through the New Ground Matrix Fine Art Gallery in Albuquerque's Nob Hill area, I found an extremely helpful photography...
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rime ice

November 30, 2015 - Nature frequently puts itself front and center and says "Look at me!" Such was the case on Saturday morning when a fog c...
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for the artist in all of us

October 18, 2015 - I have written before about this year's Taos Fall Arts Festival, which began on Friday evening, 25 September and ran thr...
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webs of life

October 12, 2015 - Trying my best not to begin this blog like Dashiell Hammett, I will say there was a morning last week when the fog lay o...
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Highway 64 splash

October 05, 2015 - You can see the veins of gold and yellow in the Rocky Mountains from miles away. Given the fact that today is the 5th of...
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design by plants

August 02, 2015 - The first commercial chile roasting stands are popping up in parking lots all over New Mexico, a sign that the chile har...
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a broader view

July 19, 2015 - You have read several times in this blog that Highway 64 between Tres Piedras and Tierra Amarilla bisects some of the mo...
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variations on a theme of gaillardia

July 13, 2015 - It is high summer. Paintbrush and cacti are giving way to light purple penstemon, along with numerous yellow and white c...
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inside out

May 18, 2015 - As humans, our eyes bring settings into stereo view, which enables us to see broad vistas and take in the "big picture"...
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splash of color

April 13, 2015 - Although Española, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and points south have already seen fruit and nut trees blossom, and other bulb...
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of sheep and humans made

April 06, 2015 - Since images of sheep and people have been in the forefront of my brain and digital development this week, I will contin...
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O'Keefe country

March 22, 2015 - A year in New Mexico is not complete without a drive to or hike in the area I and many call O'Keefe Country. There was a...
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Winter companions

February 23, 2015 - The temperature is 15 degrees fahrenheit right now, and a north breeze is blowing the snow into drifts around the house.
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summer remnants

August 25, 2014 - Despite the fact that a friend from the Phoenix area said his swimming pool temperature is 90 degrees and that is how he...
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the sky looks like rain

August 16, 2014 - Anyone who has lived in the desert or the western United States understands microclimates and has seen rain pouring out...
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