Fall fruit on the cactus/ Albuquerque, New Mexico


Social distancing/ Cibola National Forest, New Mexico

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To all my friends, colleagues, compañeros around the world….stay safe and healthy. As John F. Kennedy said “For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet.”


The Badlands in Winter/ Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

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Remnants of a forest that is dated back to the Triassic Period, about 225 million years ago, are scattered all over the park. Visitors are strictly prohibited from taking pieces of fossilized wood as souvenirs and are subject to large fines if they do, but park employees estimate that about 12 tons of petrified wood is carried off every year nonetheless. Parts of the park are referred to as “The Painted Desert” because of the bands of colors that display geological eras. 


River of Lights/ Albuquerque, New Mexico

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The River of Lights is a holiday light display that runs at the  Albuquerque BioPark Botanic Garden for the month of December. The event started in 1997 to raise money for the park which has a zoo, aquarium, botanic garden, and beach.

There are nearly 600 individual light displays with millions of twinkling lights, and the park employs three full-time craftsmen year-round to build new exhibits and to maintain the existing ones. It takes about two months to set up the holiday display. One of the crowd favorites is a 63 foot (19 meters) brontosaurus, named “One-Ton” because of the weight of its metal frame. “One-Ton” took nearly 600 hours to build, and has 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) of rope light.


Low Rider Celebration and Community Day/ Santa Fe, New Mexico


Buffalo with an approaching snowstorm/ Sandia Pueblo, New Mexico

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The high desert in winter/ Zia, Jemez, and Sandia Pueblos, New Mexico

 

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Hummingbird/ This morning in Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

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The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array/ Central New Mexico

The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array is a radio astronomy observatory located in central New Mexico on the Plains of San Agustin, and was a location in the movie “Contact.” It is on a fairly isolated high desert plateau (about 7,000 ft.) and surrounded by mountains, making it an ideal spot to avoid the normal wireless interference in cities. The lack of humidity in the air also makes for a clearer radio signal. There is no cell service there and visitors are asked to put their phones in airplane mode.

The array is routinely re-configured to cover different parts of the sky by moving the dishes on a network of railroad tracks.

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Gathering of Nations/ Albuquerque, New Mexico

Billed as the “The Biggest Pow Wow in North America,” the Gathering of Nations brings together participants from Indigenous Nations all over Canada, the US, and Mexico.

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The Turquoise Trail/ Madrid, New Mexico

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Cattle crossing sign on The Turquoise Trail

 

The Turquoise Trail (named for its rich deposits of turquoise) connects Albuquerque to Santa Fe. There are several small towns along the route, including Madrid (pronounced MAD-rid…NOT like the Spanish city), which was a coal mining town, supplying coal to the railroads. When the mine closed in the 1950’s, it became a derelict ghost town…until the 60’s when hippies, artists, and free-thinkers moved into the small wood frame houses and created an eclectic community. Today, it is known for its colorful shops in the old mining buildings.

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The Mine Shaft Tavern was built in 1947 and attracts a diverse crowd …artists, tourists, and bikers. It has a reputation for hauntings.

 

 

Here’s a segment on Madrid’s Christmas parade from CBS Sunday Morning…worth watching:    https://www.cbs.com/shows/cbs-sunday-morning/video/cMqkwvamLSlR5BuSLSTV0RgabDBxUb0F/a-shining-christmas-in-a-once-dead-mining-town/ 

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High country near Flagstaff, Arizona

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The Badlands/ Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona


The Petrified Forest National Park is in the Navajo and Apache counties in northeastern Arizona. It is on The Painted Desert, named for it’s banded colors. 

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Approaching blizzard/ Gallup, New Mexico

An approaching late-season blizzard on the high desert where The Red Rocks are over 7,000 ft. in elevation. With temperatures in the mid 20’s (F) and howling winds, the storm made the interstate highway nearly impassable for several hundred miles.

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Desert Life

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Near Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico

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Grand Canyon, Arizona

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Strait of Hormuz, Oman

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Mariachi/ Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Sonoran Desert/ Arizona

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Dune riding/ Arabian Desert, United Arab Emirates 

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A light snow on the high desert/ Sandia Reservation, New Mexico

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Sunset/ near Tecolote, New Mexico

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University Campus/ Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Sandia Mountains/ New Mexico 

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Dia de Los Muertos/ Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Burj Khalifa/ Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Garage mural/ Albuquerque, New Mexico

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View of Dubai, enshrouded in humidity, from Palm Island/ United Arab Emirates

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Grand Canyon, Arizona

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Piña Blanca, New Mexico

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Hospitality/ Casa Blanca, Morocco 

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Waterfall, Dubai Mall/ United Arab Emirates

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Buffalo, Sandia Pueblo,  New Mexico

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