Saturday, December 31, 2005

Friday, December 30, 2005

Route 66 Arrow

a large red and yellow arrow at a gas station in Gallup, New Mexico
One of a number of large arrows surrounding a Route 66 gas station and tourist shop in Gallup, New Mexico.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Sandhill Crane

a sandhill crane walks in tall grass
A sandhill crane browses through tall grass near the Rio Grande Nature Center.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Downy Woodpecker

a downy woodpecker at the Rio Grande Nature Center
A downy woodpecker takes a few bites from a feeder at the Rio Grande Nature Center.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Old Town Sunset

sunset in Albuquerque's Old Town
The gazebo in Old Town Plaza is silhouetted by a particularly colorful sunset.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Santa's Sleigh

photo of a sleigh pulled by a tandem bicycle covered with christmas lights
Santa and his sleigh. But wait -- is it really Santa? And where are his reindeer?!?

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Santa's Helper

photo of woman wearing Santa hat inside a store
Peering through the window of a shop in Old Town, it's easy to imagine you're seeing one of Santa's elves hard at work.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Old Town Luminarias

photograph of luminarias in Albuquerque's Old Town
Luminarias in front of a shop in Albuquerque's Old Town. Luminarias -- paper lunch bags filled with sand and a votive candle -- are a Christmas Eve tradition throughout most of New Mexico.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Ristras and Ribbons

indian gift shop in albuquerque's old town, decked out for the holidays
A gift shop in Old Town Albuquerque, decked out for the Christmas holidays with chile ristras and big blue bows.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Tumbleweed Snowman

the tumbleweed snowman along the side of I-40 in albuquerque
The AMAFCA tumbleweed snowman that appears each year alongside I-40 in Albuquerque.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Friday, December 16, 2005

Truck with Lights

photo of xmas lights on an old truck at the annual river of lights display
An old truck covered with Christmas lights, at the Botanic Garden's annual River of Lights display.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

St. Francis Cathedral

st francis cathedral in Santa Fe
Santa Fe's St. Francis Cathedral. The original building (not this one) was built in 1610.

Monday, December 12, 2005

More Tent Rocks

canada camado overlook in the jemez
More tent rocks, as viewed from a memorial to Vietnam Veterans, a bit northwest of the national monument itself.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Pena Blanca Church

our lady of guadalupe church in pena blanca, new mexico
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, framed by autumn trees and a quarter moon, in Peña Blanca, New Mexico.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Red and Green

green chairs upside down on the tables of an Albuquerque Old Town restaurant's patio
The sidewalk patio of La Hacienda, a restaurant in Albuquerque's Old Town. It's a little too chilly to eat outside these days -- but not too cold for Christmas decorations!

Friday, December 09, 2005

Lady of Guadalupe

the lady of guadalupe in stained glass at the St Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe
A stained glass representation of the Lady of Guadalupe at the St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Route 66 Sign

photo of the neon sign at a route 66 nonsmokers hotel
Sign at a motel on old Route 66 in Albuquerque (Central Avenue).

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Scaled Quail

photograph of a scaled quail on a wall
A scaled quail keeps a wary eye on me from over his shoulder. They're skittish little critters.

Monday, December 05, 2005

El Vado Motel

photo of the el vado motel sign
El Vado Motel, the "purest Route 66 motel surviving," is behind a chain link fence these days.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Take the Train

photo of the new Bio Park train
The new Tingley Beach narrow-gauge train. Rides are free on weekends through the end of the year.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Friday, December 02, 2005

River of Lights: Reflections

river of lights, reflecting in the Botanic Garden pond
River of Lights at the Rio Grande Botanic Garden. The reflections of several light scupltures in the Garden's pond shimmer in the water.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Cranes at Sunset

sandhill cranes at bosque del apache
Sandhill cranes flying in at Bosque del Apache NWR. This is a composite.