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independence

July 05, 2021 - Much fanfare and fireworks are given to the 4th of July or Independence Day in the United States of America. Since they...
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driving along the Gorge

July 06, 2020 - The highway to Taos from Santa Fe through Española runs along the Rio Grande and offers several amazing views of the Rio...
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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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spring cleaning

June 01, 2020 - Spring comes late to the southern Rocky Mountains, and thus I have an excuse to extend the time of seasonal cleaning unt...
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Memorial Day 2020

May 25, 2020 - It is Memorial Day in these United States of America, which some days don't seem quite so united. The day was first cele...
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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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a man, his batteries, and a turkey baster

May 04, 2020 - The title of today's blog might indicate I have some sort of incredibly witty and creative video offering, but my still...
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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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simple and complex

April 13, 2020 - As all of us work our way through something akin to a Michael Crichton novel, my bet is that many are finding their kitc...
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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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March mash ups

March 30, 2020 - Here it is. The final Monday in March 2020. And what an incredible month it has been. Numbers of cases and unfortunately...
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life continues

March 23, 2020 - I will be the first to admit that my journaling practice over the years has been inconsistent at best. Frequently non-ex...
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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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March wonders

March 02, 2020 - One of the most common weather proverbs heard at this time of year is "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a la...
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dressing the part

February 24, 2020 - Last week, complete with its March-like weather of rain, snow, and wind, along with both ice and mud on our road, was an...
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highlighting the abstract

February 15, 2020 - I would call this time of year "late winter". There is more daylight each day in the northern hemisphere, and although t...
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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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sheer luck

February 02, 2020 - Professional photographers do their share of planning when it comes to a particular type of photography. The nature phot...
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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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winter reading and experiments

January 13, 2020 - It is always good and comforting to have a nice stack of books in the house for that snowy or otherwise miserable winter...
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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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outgoing and incoming

December 28, 2019 - We collectively turn our calendars to a new month and new year on Wednesday. While 2020 waits in the wings, and I await...
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greetings of the season

December 22, 2019 - Regardless of where you are this week, you will probably be involved in celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah. To highlight...
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light lessons

December 16, 2019 - Given the fact that this Saturday, 21 December, is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, it seemed appropriate...
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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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new winter gifts

December 02, 2019 - The weather came almost as predicted by meteorologists this week, and, for the most part, the entire state of New Mexico...
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fall fiber fiesta

November 25, 2019 - The car is still packed with wool and rug racks this morning as we enter the post-Fall Fiber Fiesta phase. The fiesta to...
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winter guests

November 16, 2019 - Every season on the mesa is different, and each season varies from year to year, depending on the weather and other envi...
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11th hour, 11th day, 11th month

November 11, 2019 - Two blog Mondays are predictable with me - Memorial Day and Veterans Day - because I feel that credit and respect should...
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Rug 335 in progress

November 03, 2019 - When I photograph people in their work environment, sometimes it seems more appropriate to photograph hands, arms, and f...
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just for creeps

October 26, 2019 - I really got an education reading about Halloween, All Hallow's Eve, and Dia de los Muertos, and who celebrates, who doe...
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remnants after the wind

October 21, 2019 - Two different cold fronts dipped south into northern New Mexico this week, leaving a dusting of snow on mountain peaks,...
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pure gold

October 12, 2019 - Call it intuition or slow knowledge combined with the weather forecast, but I suspected a trip to the mountains for an a...
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if you cannot beat them...

October 06, 2019 - ...join them. That was my approach this week while photographing aspen leaves. I was able to catch a few before the bree...
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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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time of change

September 23, 2019 - Unless the sky is obscured on a regular basis where you live in the northern hemisphere, you have probably noticed that...
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feathers and petals

September 15, 2019 - Each photographer works in her or his own way. Unless I am photographing a wedding, doing an environmental portraiture s...
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visitors at dawn

September 07, 2019 - Odd things happen and new visitors arrive on the mesa when there is a period of dry weather. Birds bathe in the water di...
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beauty in the beast mural

September 02, 2019 - As a photographer, I often ponder the Russell brothers' statement in the Sierra Club book On the Loose, "After the first...
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anniversaries

August 26, 2019 - Since this blog will (in theory) arrive in your email boxes on 26 August, I thought it appropriate to photographically c...
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seasonal joys

August 18, 2019 - One of the myriad interesting things about the Rocky Mountain west part of the United States is the seasonal changes. So...
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August skies

August 12, 2019 - After nourishing rains over the weekend, a deep and broad fog rolled in, covering the land. I saw a patch of brown to th...
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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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intersection of art and climate change

July 14, 2019 - Currently standing tall in the Railyard Park in Santa Fe is the Longview Polar Bear. Made of steel and recycled sheet me...
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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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dancing among the iris

June 22, 2019 - Taking a cue from many friends who have gone for hikes in the mountains lately, I knew it was time for an early summer p...
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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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off-grid geekdom

June 10, 2019 - Most of you know that we have been living in off-grid bliss for the past 18 years. Our previous off-grid sequence in wes...
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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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remembrance

May 26, 2019 - The Santa Fe National Cemetery was busier than normal on the Sunday before Memorial Day in the United States, with famil...
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spring chaos

May 19, 2019 - Capricious winds and bouts of winter weather and snow signal springtime in the Rocky Mountains. In spite of the conditio...
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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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round two with food

April 28, 2019 - It was great to hear from so many of you concerning possibilities for my Tasty and Artful greeting card set. The Native...
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ample table

April 20, 2019 - Holidays bring people together. In a world that frequently tends to be manic, holidays, unfortunately, may be some of th...
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anticipation

April 15, 2019 - Photographs of the emerging spring are everywhere on social media. It is obvious that many in the northern hemisphere ha...
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water abstractions

April 08, 2019 - Those of us who live in areas where water is a rare commodity know how necessary it is to body and soul and life. We hav...
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still life on a snowy day

April 01, 2019 - Nature gave us an early April Fool's Day gift of snow, beginning mid-morning yesterday, and continuing throughout the da...
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faces

March 25, 2019 - The week that just passed was certainly typical of the rowdiness that is March. Our weather records show wild swings bet...
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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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get my drift?

February 22, 2019 - After reading comments on Facebook last week, (probably from non-skiers and non-snow boarders or those lacking enthusias...
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the wonder of stairs

February 18, 2019 - After reading one of my recent blogs, my photographer friend, Steve Immel asked about the process used in developing the...
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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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photographic pilgrimage

February 03, 2019 - February began on Friday, and, with great joy, my husband said, "It is nice to be looking at January from the rear view...
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a small study in brown

January 28, 2019 - In the 2016 publication The Secret Lives of Color, Kassia St. Clair indicates that "Brown suffers in part because it is...
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snow angels

January 21, 2019 - One of the great things about publishing a weekly blog is the commentary one receives from readers. Several people menti...
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Fargo in New Mexico?????

January 14, 2019 - During a stretch of leaden skies and snow that makes it necessary to dress like the young boy from The Christmas Story,...
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Happy Birthday, New Mexico!

January 07, 2019 - On January 6, 1912, the territory of New Mexico officially became the 47th state of the United States of America. In cel...
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a new year

December 31, 2018 - Just as we were gifted an extended and lovely autumn, winter has come with intensity, making its presence known in our h...
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ice in the abstract

December 24, 2018 - It is Christmas Eve. After wonderful celebrations with friends this week and weekend, things are moving at a very civili...
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solstice clock

December 16, 2018 - The Concise Oxford English Dictionary helped me with today's blog. The definition of solstice is "each of the two times...
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celebrations

December 10, 2018 - Sunday was a gorgeous day on the mesa, and we celebrated Ingrid and Fred's birthdays with comfort food, lively conversat...
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nature's wallpaper

December 03, 2018 - After living in the high mesa country at 7,800 feet for more than 18 years, a few things have become apparent. One of th...
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a hot cup

November 26, 2018 - Having just been through a holiday in the United States where food seemed to be the major subject, it is good to sit wit...
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hand made

November 19, 2018 - My head is still spinning from the Fall Fiber Fiesta at the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe this weekend, and it has be...
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Armistice Day

November 10, 2018 - The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 was the day Allied countries and Germany signed an armistice bri...
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a few kind words (and images)

November 05, 2018 - As hard as it is to believe, the holiday "season" is approaching in many parts of the world. This was always a time when...
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an autumn to remember

October 29, 2018 - While you are driving on New Mexico highways these days, don't be surprised if you see people stopping abruptly, jumping...
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Morguing

October 22, 2018 - Turning to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, one finds the noun "morgue". The first definition is "a mortuary." Tha...
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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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The New World

October 08, 2018 - Today is Indigenous Peoples' Day in the United States of America. Originally named Columbus Day to celebrate the discove...
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backdrops

October 01, 2018 - When I think of photographic backdrops, I tend to visualize a studio with assorted lights and muted fabrics serving as s...
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color blocks

September 22, 2018 - The northern hemisphere's autumnal equinox fell on Saturday, 22 September, which means it was high time for a pilgrimage...
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unexpected

September 16, 2018 - Harvest season and Farmers' Markets are at their peak in North America and Europe right now, with lovely, fresh vegetabl...
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other members of the cast

September 10, 2018 - Continuing last week's wedding theme, I wanted to feature photographs of others that help complete any wedding story - t...
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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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freshman orientation

August 12, 2018 - It is the time of year that either thrills or puts a shiver down the spines of students all over the world. They are hea...
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jet jockeys

August 05, 2018 - This slang term used to describe pilots of jet fighter aircraft is the term I frequently associate with hummingbirds. Th...
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velvet conundrum

July 29, 2018 - A continuing conundrum as a photographer is equipment. One buys a camera and lens - whether film or digital - expecting...
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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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500 and counting

July 09, 2018 - It is really hard for me to believe that this blog is number 500. Before I moved to Zenfolio as my website provider, I p...
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cumulus bombs

July 02, 2018 - It would be easy and carefree to say that the 2017-2018 weather season thus far has been quite wonderful. The winter was...
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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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the next adventure

June 11, 2018 - How to begin this morning's blog? To say that food is the subject matter would be simply wrong and fall short of explana...
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black and white, color, and in between

June 04, 2018 - Nothing like a three+ hour meeting with a photographer and a couple to be photographed to get the creative juices flowin...
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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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Fiber Crawl

May 21, 2018 - As our friend, Victoria says "get a cup of coffee and a snack." Today's blog is a full one! This weekend was the New Me...
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fiber, fiber everywhere

May 14, 2018 - May signals not only the opening of summer, but the art and studio tour season. The New Mexico Fiber Crawl begins this F...
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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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children of spring

April 30, 2018 - Whether or not one believes that the year, season during that year, and time of day of birth influence the personality o...
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field trip

April 22, 2018 - This is the time of year when lumbering, yellow school buses dot the highways, filled with pumped children who don't hav...
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cloud "tells"

April 16, 2018 - Written media, including books, magazines, and newspapers in addition to movies and television, frequently feature gambl...
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people and portraits

April 09, 2018 - If you read my blog regularly, you know that one of my favorite photographic subject areas is environmental portraiture.
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structure in nature

April 02, 2018 - An episode of NOVA that aired this week on math spurred my thinking on today's blog. A good chunk of time was spent on t...
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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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organization

March 19, 2018 - Nothing like revisiting photographs that are hither and yon to bring home the concept of organizing your photographic wo...
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of winters past

March 11, 2018 - Thanks to all of you who read and comment so regularly on this blog. It is great to receive your input. Which is one of...
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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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Olympic prowess

February 26, 2018 - I love the Olympic games - both summer and winter - and cannot conceive of the practice and development of strength, end...
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"Whose woods these are..."

February 19, 2018 - Robert Frost wrote a poem in 1922 titled "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening". For some reason, while going through th...
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a traditional wedding photograph

February 11, 2018 - Friend and fellow photographer, Steve Immel and I are meeting on this "blog" Monday to discuss weddings. As you know fro...
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the eyes have it

February 05, 2018 - Thrushes or the Muscicapidae family apparently have had a very good year. There are hundreds of robins, bluebirds, and s...
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it is the sky

January 29, 2018 - Besides photography that is scheduled within any given week in the life of a photographer, ideas for blogs seem to come...
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jewels of winter

January 22, 2018 - The first real winter arrived late Saturday evening and early Sunday morning in the southern Rocky Mountains. Although w...
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musings over tea

January 15, 2018 - Nothing like a nice, hot cup of tea to get the creative juices flowing on a winter's day. Today's blog is courtesy of tw...
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January smiles

January 07, 2018 - Most of New Mexico has been frightfully spoiled this winter with the relatively warm and sunny weather. People in the mi...
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a new year

December 31, 2017 - Today is a brand new day in a brand new year. My hope is that 2018 provides each of you abundant creativity, adventures,...
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Happy Christmas!

December 24, 2017 - Short and sweet this week, as I present the lowly and wonderful pomegranate (Punica granatum) for Christmas. Originating...
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Ducks??

December 17, 2017 - I know two things that are true in this world. Where there is water, there is life, and it seems that robins are the nea...
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El Rancho de las Golondrinas

December 11, 2017 - South of Santa Fe, in the bottom land formed by the Santa Fe River emptying into La Cienega Creek, stands a New Mexico t...
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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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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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dreams in stucco

February 16, 2015 - Fans of every conceivable thing on this earth and in our society exist in odd and wonderful forms. I am a fan of many, b...
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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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Windmill dreams

January 12, 2015 - Windmills are a symbol of the wide open spaces of the American west. In May 1977, on the day the Aeromotor windmill was...
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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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Along the Rhine

December 21, 2014 - On the afternoon of the eleventh day and during the dark of that night on our river journey, we departed Wertheim, saili...
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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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rainy city

November 17, 2014 - When you think of rainy places in the United States, Seattle, Portland, New Orleans, the Hawaiian island of Kauai, and t...
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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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Pausing in Passau

November 03, 2014 - After a weekend full of tango dancing and conversation during the Albuquerque Tango Festival with friends old and new, t...
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Cruising the River Danube

September 21, 2014 - One of the challenges of a fifteen-day trip is digesting the places, people, architecture, colors, smells, and sounds, n...
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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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