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the power of art

August 15, 2022 - The third Monday in August. A time when many students are headed back to school while some in the northern hemisphere ar...
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raindrop joy

June 26, 2022 - It has been a miraculously rainy week in northern New Mexico, which, for the most part, has helped firefighters working...
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made in the shade

June 19, 2022 - As everyone in the Southwest knows and appreciates, the shade of a big tree, even a healthy yucca, calms the eyes and ke...
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crenation

June 05, 2022 - It was some years, probably decades ago (and I have no idea how long), that I first heard or read the word crenulation,...
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garden dancers

May 08, 2022 - I look at Columbine flowers and they make me smile. They are like little dancers in the garden, poised for anything, inc...
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and so it begins

April 03, 2022 - Suddenly, it is April, and seemingly, just as suddenly, many things have evolved from sticks to green or colorful buds a...
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on the rocks

March 28, 2022 - The days of "near spring" weather continue here in the southern Rocky Mountains. Last week, a wet, soaking snow fell, pr...
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roses for all

February 14, 2022 - 14 February 2022. Despite the continuing pandemic, the climate changing seemingly by the minute, and multiple possibilit...
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sky watch

January 30, 2022 - Today is the last blog of January 2022, demonstrating, once again, how days and weeks and months seem to be compressing,...
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color in winter

January 10, 2022 - There are places in the world, even in the northern hemisphere, where color doesn't wain during the winter months. Many...
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taking stock

December 26, 2021 - For most of us, 2021 was a year we anticipated with some measure of both dread and hope, leaving us at times feeling lik...
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comfort

November 28, 2021 - The weekly exercise of photography, for me, contains bits and pieces of what I do, see, or reproduce for publication in...
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curating color

September 19, 2021 - Several of you commented last week that in addition to the black and white photographs I curated for a photo competition...
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back to school

August 22, 2021 - Since many children have returned and others are headed back to school in the coming weeks, I figured it was a good time...
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a study in fuchsia, coral, lavender, and pink

August 16, 2021 - Given the increased chaos of the news this week, including images from the Kabul, Afghanistan airport of people hanging...
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grateful and humble

August 09, 2021 - The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, released a sobering report today on climate chang...
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celebrations abound

July 12, 2021 - Now that most countries around the globe have at least partially opened following what hopefully was the worst of the pa...
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an eruption of color

June 07, 2021 - A visitor to the western United States, viewing the low and high desert regions, might see a rose bush and think of it a...
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what you know and perhaps what you do not

April 18, 2021 - I don't know the person who originally said that writers should write about what they know. But many have said it and ev...
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sun, shade, and in-between

April 04, 2021 - It is spring. As I write, the temperature is 79 degrees, and the thermometer is eeking its way to 80. Either temperature...
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roses and then some

March 29, 2021 - Once again this week, wonderful gifted roses provided the material for today's blog. Over three days, I let my eyes, the...
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they keep on giving

March 14, 2021 - Orchids are amazing flowers. While growing up in New Mexico, it was rare to see an orchid, except upon occasion in a nur...
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it had to be snow

February 21, 2021 - Much of northern and other parts of New Mexico received its deepest snowfall of the season this week, welcomed by almost...
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rhythm section returns

February 08, 2021 - Even if it is interrupted or takes on subtle or huge differences, the rhythm of life goes on for humans and other animal...
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fading to fall

September 21, 2020 - Despite day time temperatures in the high 70 to low 80 degree range in the southern Rocky Mountains, there are fewer hou...
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what do you do?

September 14, 2020 - I have asked myself so many times this week "What can I do" and "what should I do" in reference to the climate crisis ev...
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gift of roses

August 31, 2020 - For this photographer, gifts are wonderful for two different reasons. The first is the experience of pleasure, beauty, a...
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old and new

July 27, 2020 - Before Fred and I ventured into the high piñon, juniper and sagebrush mesa of Taos County, we lived for twenty years in...
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different strokes

June 29, 2020 - Walking around with camera in hand, I found myself seeing the play of light and shadows on stucco walls. Just as adobler...
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sweet, lovely, and short

June 22, 2020 - Father's Day and the summer solstice punctuated the weekend, amidst the pandemic and political crises. The world turns,...
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this, that, and the other

June 15, 2020 - Especially during a year when many people around the world have had their work schedules and home lives altered by COVID...
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counterpoint

June 08, 2020 - As part of nature, human beings frequently have their own ways of being heard. We all saw peaceful protests with incredi...
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flax not phlox

May 18, 2020 - As I continue to follow the seasons on the mesa, it would be remiss of me not to photograph and highlight the wild blue...
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back to blooms

May 11, 2020 - You have noticed by now that my blogs for the last couple of months have featured subjects I find around our place. Like...
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phollowing the phlox

April 26, 2020 - One of the joys of spring is looking for and finding plants in bloom on the mesa. The 7,700+ foot altitude and limited m...
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ground work

April 20, 2020 - There are flowers of spring I await with great anticipation, because they are the sure signs of the season. And as if a...
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life in an altered state

April 06, 2020 - Truckers still make their daily runs of hay in the early morning hours from the San Luis Valley in Colorado into New Mex...
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life and love in the time of corona

March 16, 2020 - To say that uncertainty, dread, and nervousness were the order of the day around the world this week, courtesy of the co...
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the color of hope

March 09, 2020 - "Italy starts week with north in virus lockdown", "Actor Max Von Sydow dies at 90", "U. S. trading halted as shares plun...
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the week of love

February 10, 2020 - Love is the subject of more writing, musings, and discussion than almost anything except war. With Valentine's Day being...
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backdrop by nature

January 26, 2020 - This planet of ours is extraordinary, and the nature of it literally never ceases to amaze me. If I am paying attention...
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January gifts

January 19, 2020 - Gifts come from nature and people, and in many sizes and shapes. In much of New Mexico and the southwestern United State...
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new year botanicals

January 06, 2020 - It is hard to think of a better way to begin a photographic year than with "in-your-face" red of amaryllis blossoms. The...
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seeing a little red for the holidays

December 09, 2019 - Nothing like snow on the land to bring out the desire for bright, primary colors. Red brightens everything and so I vent...
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shapes and colors

September 30, 2019 - Although it feels as if the harvest season has just begun, in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, the harvest has...
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in your face gold

August 05, 2019 - August is a great month in the southern Rocky Mountains. The monsoons rains have arrived to moisturize the landscape, an...
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it's all about the wings

July 26, 2019 - Given the fact that the first men landed on the moon on 20 July of 1969 as part of the Apollo 11 mission, I thought flig...
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gifts of elevation

July 20, 2019 - This blog finds life in the northern hemisphere just a month beyond the summer solstice, and adjustments are being made...
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anniversary month

July 07, 2019 - During July of 2010, I began putting together a blog on blogspot.com., as recommended to me by several photographers and...
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the process

July 01, 2019 - During a most delightful brunch this week with friends, they asked how I come up with a blog every Monday. That was, ind...
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minor obsession

June 15, 2019 - When nature provides ample moisture in the western United States and the Rocky Mountain region, I admit I become obsesse...
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in every position

June 03, 2019 - Spring is stubbornly giving way to summer in northern New Mexico, and every day, the landscapes shares it surprises. Des...
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from outer space?

May 12, 2019 - Although there may have been more writers of science fiction who are not known to us, Mary Shelley, author of Frankenste...
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hidden in plain sight

May 06, 2019 - By now, many of you have seen unbelievably beautiful photographs of the desert "bloom" this year in Arizona and Californ...
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emergence

March 18, 2019 - The vernal equinox is this Wednesday, 20 March, and on the same day, there will be a full moon. It is a time of renewal...
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radiant

March 11, 2019 - Red, orange, flame, yellow, and shades within the spectrum are colors I think of as being "warm". But I recently purchas...
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jewels in the fog

March 04, 2019 - After a rather interesting week, comprised of snow, mud, wind, sunshine, and fog, I am reminded of several photo shoots...
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that feeling

February 11, 2019 - Thursday is Valentine's Day. Need I say more? It terrifies many because of societal expectations, and fills others with...
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kissed by snow

October 15, 2018 - It is said that the first snow in northern New Mexico usually happens on Halloween. The snow was a bit early this year,...
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flower girl

August 20, 2018 - Of all the weddings I have photographed to date, a majority of them took place in August. It is a fine month to marry, a...
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visual coolness

July 21, 2018 - Although it is winter in the southern hemisphere, parts of the northern hemisphere are experiencing extreme heat. It is,...
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survivors

July 15, 2018 - Extremely uplifting news came out of Thailand this week when all 12 young members of a football team and their coach wer...
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the cooling touch

June 24, 2018 - Summer arrived officially in the northern hemisphere on the 20th. With the humidity shifting between 3 and 10%, the wind...
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normal?

June 17, 2018 - My desk companion - the Concise Oxford English Dictionary - indicates the meaning of "normal" as "conforming to a standa...
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for each

May 28, 2018 - It is Memorial Day. Throughout the weekend, a steady stream of motorcycles, trucks, campers, boats and assorted vehicles...
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ode to the common

May 07, 2018 - On this spring morning in the northern hemisphere, one thing is certain: somewhere, probably everywhere there isn't snow...
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petal pusher

March 25, 2018 - As far as I am concerned, there is nothing like a gift of flowers to get the creative juices flowing. They also make me...
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the two springs

March 05, 2018 - Because I tend to think that spring arrives on the vernal or spring equinox, I did not give much thought to the 1st of M...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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