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the work of photography

December 04, 2017 - Anyone who has used a camera knows that there is more to photography than releasing the shutter. The camera itself, deve...
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Where there is water

November 27, 2017 - One of the givens is that life on Planet Earth needs water. And where there is water, there is life. We have seen this p...
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back to my photographic roots

November 19, 2017 - During the past month, I have been putting together images for sets of prints and cards. One of the sets will be black a...
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extended autumn

November 12, 2017 - I can remember many a November in years past when the temperatures were well below zero and snow was flying fast and fur...
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Sawmill District details

November 05, 2017 - As promised last week, I continue to blog today with images from the Sawmill District in Albuquerque. My penchant for ge...
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Sawmill District revival

October 30, 2017 - Something is afoot in New Mexico's largest city. My old stomping grounds, Albuquerque, is frequently in the news because...
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bravo!

October 23, 2017 - On all counts, we are experiencing an extraordinary autumn in northern New Mexico. The aspen were stunning and long last...
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the over and under of weaving

October 15, 2017 - During the Wool Festival last weekend, answering four basic questions about weaving consumed a good portion of Fred's ti...
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Wool Festival in review

October 09, 2017 - This weekend was the Taos Wool Festival held in Kit Carson Park. From the Friday wind that sent the top of our EZ Up ten...
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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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autumn has arrived

September 24, 2017 - Driving on U. S. Highway 64 west from Tres Piedras to Tierra Amarilla is a pilgrimage for us, one we make at least twice...
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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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playing with your food, again?

August 14, 2017 - Talking with friends recently, the subject of harvest season in New Mexico arose. It almost always means one thing - the...
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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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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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remembering

May 29, 2017 - Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside for remembering those who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Altho...
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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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solar living 101

May 07, 2017 - This week, Fred and I celebrate the 40th anniversary of our first solar house. Then, as now, we felt strongly about ener...
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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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creatures of convenience

April 10, 2017 - All creatures on this earth, including humans, are very practical. Our mission is, first and foremost survival, and all...
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Gifts - chocolate and flowers

April 02, 2017 - Again, I ask your indulgence this spring season, as I follow my photographic obsession with flowers and food. In this ca...
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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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photographic time travel

February 27, 2017 - My photography work this week (other than some fun shots at an anniversary celebration) has involved scanning family pho...
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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 charm of the dirt road

February 13, 2017 - One of the most iconic elements of art in northern New Mexico is a meandering, lovely, gentle dirt road, lined with gras...
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wheels keep turning

February 06, 2017 - What a magnificent invention the wheel is! It has made life easier, brought many things closer, and enabled humans to tr...
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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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black and white and in between

January 10, 2017 - Being in the printing and advertising business, my father always had an odd assortment of cameras at his office and at h...
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2017 - fresh and juicy!

January 02, 2017 - Happy New Year from the piñon and juniper mesa! 2017 may well be a seminal year in the United States and the world, so h...
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celebrating

December 26, 2016 - Celebrations abounded yesterday for Christmas and Hanukkah, and New Year's Eve on Saturday and New Year's Day American f...
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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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a week in the life of this photographer

December 12, 2016 - As a photographer, during any given week, I find myself photographing a variety of subjects. This week, the work include...
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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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thankful

November 20, 2016 - This Thursday is Thanksgiving in America. A time when families and friends gather to talk, laugh, and no doubt argue ove...
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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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the other face of a wedding

October 31, 2016 - I truly enjoy photographing weddings, despite what insecurities about my abilities arise. A great side benefit are the o...
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traditional and off-beat

October 24, 2016 - In last week's blog, I stepped into the wonderful pool of Ashley & Gene's wedding. During the past week, I have become q...
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an autumn wedding

October 17, 2016 - I was honored to photograph a wonderful wedding on Saturday at the Taos Territorial House, under clear blue skies, with...
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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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fiber everywhere

September 25, 2016 - Once a year, the Taos Wool Festival is held in Kit Carson Park in Taos. 60+ vendors from the Southwest and beyond gather...
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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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a new bean in town

August 27, 2016 - One of the most amazing things about humans is the ability to make something edible (not just edible but divine), out of...
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beautiful distractions

August 22, 2016 - From babies to adults - mammals (including humans), birds, fish, insects - seem to love bubbles. Above ice (as shown her...
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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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new eyes

August 01, 2016 - "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust Proust ce...
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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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Jessica

July 02, 2016 - The photo shoot in ponderosa pine and aspen stands along Highway 64 west of Tres Piedras with Jessica Fry had me glued t...
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multi-faceted

June 26, 2016 - The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word facet as "one side of something many-sided, especially of a cut gem". The...
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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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Memorial Day

May 29, 2016 - Some think of Memorial Day as the official opening of summer, others know it only as a three day weekend and holiday fro...
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eye of the photographer

May 23, 2016 - The complete title of an upcoming show is "Eye of the Photographer: Four Guys...Two Galleries...One Outstanding Exhibiti...
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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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San Francisco de Asis mission church

May 08, 2016 - On Friday morning in Taos, I met with Stacey Otte-Demangate, Executive Director of the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature...
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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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noble wood

March 21, 2016 - Wood is one of the oldest building materials used by humans. It is extremely strong, and, in the right climate, it is du...
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chaos

March 14, 2016 - From 1995 through 1997, I had the privilege of photographing some of the great minds on the planet who were either in re...
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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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compression and tension

February 22, 2016 - As you might have noticed, my blogs are sometimes responses to bits and pieces of information that are of interest to me...
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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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Carnival

February 07, 2016 - Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, and Carnival celebrations are going on around the world this week, ending as th...
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Glass: its own world

February 01, 2016 - When a blog reader mentions a specific area of art or photography that she or he likes, I think about that and, if possi...
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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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Taos goth

January 10, 2016 - When I do an environmental portrait, engagement, wedding or family reunion shoot, I try to bring only equipment, the fac...
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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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welcome the new year

December 27, 2015 - No doubt you have heard me say and read the sentiment "Where did the year go?" Once again, I am saying that, because 201...
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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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thankful

November 23, 2015 - In the United States of America, Thursday 26 November is Thanksgiving this year. Canadians celebrated on the second Mond...
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into the fog

November 16, 2015 - Fog is mysterious and mesmerizing, rendering the landscape into a monochromatic palette. Little wonder that it is used i...
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the war to end all wars

November 08, 2015 - 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918 is a time period that some among the living still remember. For those who fought in Wor...
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when tango and Dia de Los Muertos meet

November 02, 2015 - The Albuquerque Tango Festival, one of the largest in the United States, is held the first weekend in November every yea...
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new friends and memories

October 26, 2015 - Given the fact that we spent a lovely day yesterday with Bonnie and Ken, new friends that my sister and I met during the...
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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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Artists' Moon

September 28, 2015 - On Friday evening, the Taos Fall Arts Festival opened in downtown Taos, with the Taos Open section at the Stables Galler...
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harvest jewels

September 21, 2015 - Just after I had photographed the corn featured in last week's blog, I went into the raised bed again to see what other...
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Process

September 14, 2015 - Frequently people ask about the process of developing my blog, writing, and taking photographs. My thoughts always retur...
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Labor Day

September 07, 2015 - Labor Day weekend has very nearly come and gone, as the traffic along the highway signifies the efforts of many to retur...
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Lucia

August 31, 2015 - During the seven years I photographed people throughout the state of New Mexico for my book "A Place Like No Other: peop...
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Santa Fe Indian Market

August 23, 2015 - In 1972, my husband and I drifted into Santa Fe on our honeymoon. It was a rainy August afternoon, so we booked a room a...
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Dancing with the ancestors

August 17, 2015 - About this time last year, my sister and I were close to departure on our river cruise to central and eastern Europe. On...
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Why Art?

August 10, 2015 - The circus came to town this week in the form of the Republican Party debate. In my opinion, it met very few traditional...
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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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also rans

July 27, 2015 - The week was full of photography, from another mini-workshop on lighting with documentary friend Cristina McCandless, a...
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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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Lighting 102

July 06, 2015 - Documentary filmmaker, Cristina McCandless, brought her moveable film setup to the house last Monday. I was deeply humbl...
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beginning

June 28, 2015 - Much of this photographic week has been spent working with my new Westcott uLite kit, familiarizing myself with its capa...
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the time of light

June 22, 2015 - As I begin to write this blog, it is summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and the first "official" day of summe...
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the winner is...

June 15, 2015 - When rain falls on the mesa, magic happens. Even the sagebrush comes alive, showing a brightness and depth of color that...
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flexibility

June 08, 2015 - It was slightly more than a fleeting thought, a lark as it were, that took us over the pass in search of that stunning f...
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illumination

June 01, 2015 - The first of June it is, and summer is starting to make an appearance on the mesa after a record-setting, wet and cool M...
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challenge the photographer in you

May 24, 2015 - I have the people who put the BBC News website together to thank for this week's blog. The website features a section ti...
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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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the beauty of erosion

May 11, 2015 - The word erosion, from the Latin erodere (meaning to eat away), carries negative connotations, particularly in the weste...
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Rose is a rose is a rose

May 03, 2015 - Gertrude Stein had a way with words. When she said "a rose is a rose is a rose", she was speaking the truth, to a certai...
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fast forward

April 27, 2015 - The spring festival at Tierra Wools in Los Ojos was held on Saturday, and although it was snowing near the pass on Highw...
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serenity

April 19, 2015 - Wind is one of those forces of nature that effects almost everything and everyone. It churns the water in lakes, refresh...
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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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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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signs of spring

March 15, 2015 - At 22:45 UTC (coordinated universal time) this Friday 20 March, the Vernal Equinox is upon us. According to Wikipedia, "...
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traps of reflection

March 09, 2015 - I love the substance and power of the polished surface and its ability to reflect any number of subjects. As a photograp...
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snippets from a winter weekend

March 02, 2015 - When an event like the Taos Wedding Expo has been planned for months, organizations and vendors are not likely to cancel...
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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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Why not love?

February 08, 2015 - This coming Saturday is Valentine's Day. It can be a day overflowing with joy and fun, but also a day that strikes fear,...
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Hello, Winter!

February 04, 2015 - After what was a relatively warm January, Winter said "hello" this week, leaving a foot of snow on the high mesa to nour...
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Teasing us

January 26, 2015 - While the United States eastern seaboard is preparing for a winter storm of epic proportions, we are experiencing a Janu...
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Reflections - Kinderdijk and a bridge too far

January 05, 2015 - Before the cruise, my sister had told me about Kinderdijk and the windmills that make this enchanting part of Holland fa...
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On the River Main in Würzburg

December 07, 2014 - There was a feel about Würzburg that is difficult to explain. I was enchanted by it. This Franconian city on the River M...
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Center of the Holy Roman Empire

December 01, 2014 - I did not know nor would have guessed that Bamberg - that lovely, northerly starting point of the Main-Danube canal - wa...
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Nuremberg

November 22, 2014 - Nuremberg is a city of contradictions. Known as the center of Nazi activities during World War II and home to the Nazi R...
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Travis Webb: Renaissance Man

November 09, 2014 - My husband and I met Travis when he was 17 and taking tango from dance teachers in Taos. He was a great dancer then, and...
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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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