Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Hiking La Luz

high up on la luz trail in the sandia mountains
About halfway up La Luz Trail in the Sandia Mountains. You can see there's almost no snow to speak of -- it's been an extraordinarily dry winter.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Temple Revisited

Wat Buddhamongkolnimit Buddhist temple in Albuquerque
Albuquerque's Wat Buddhamongkolnimit temple from another angle. It's a beautiful building, but it's hard to get a clean shot of it, since it's surrounded by chain link fence, barbed wire, power lines, and yes, even satellite dishes.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Buddhist Temple

sign for the wat buddhamongkolnimit buddhist temple in Albuquerque, with the temple itself behind it
The Wat Buddhamongkolnimit Temple in Albuquerque is seen behind barbed wire and a piece of its sign.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Car a la New Mexico

quintessential New Mexican car, with snakes and lizards
The quintessential New Mexican car. Its creator told me she'd once come out to find a roadrunner on the car's roof, trying to pluck one of the snakes off the side. No doubt it would've been a tasty little snack... if it hadn't been plastic.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Gnarled Tree

old gnarled tree at tent rocks
An old gnarled tree stands tall among the tent rocks at the National Monument.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Sandhill Cranes

sandhill cranes at the Ladd S. Gordon waterfowl area in Bernardo
A group of sandhill cranes flies over another group feeding in a field at the Ladd S. Gordon waterfowl area in Bernardo.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

More Backlit Weeds

backlit weeds at tent rocks
Dried weeds (or flowers?) backlit at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Natl Monument.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Sandhill Crane

sandhill crane flying at the Ladd S. Gordon waterfowl area in Bernardo
A lone sandhill crane flies across a field at the Ladd S. Gordon waterfowl complex in Bernardo.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Tent Rocks Ponderosa

a very tall ponderosa at Tent Rocks
An incredibly tall ponderosa whose humongous roots dwarf even the tallest people. This ponderosa stands guard at the entrance to the slot canyon at Tent Rocks.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Dried Grass at Tent Rocks

backlit grass at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Dried grass is backlit by the sun at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Apache Plume

apache plume in January
Amazingly, there's still a little apache plume in the Sandia foothills.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

La Luz Trail

about halfway up La Luz trail, on the northwest side of the Sandias
The view from about halfway up La Luz Trail, in the northwest Sandia mountains.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

State Fairgrounds

building at entrance to state fairgrounds
A small building near one of the entrances to the state fairgrounds (oops, now called Expo New Mexico, just like the sign says).

Monday, January 16, 2006

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Sunset Bird

a bird is silhouetted by a sunset
In the Sandia foothills, a bird is silhouetted by last night's setting sun.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Saddle Ridge Ranch

entrance to a ranch -- or a subdivision -- outside Carrizozo
The entrance to a ranch -- or a wannabe subdivision, I'm not sure which -- outside Carrizozo.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Mother and Child

a baby gorilla at the rio grande zoo hides in its mother's arms
A baby gorilla huddles in its mother's arms at the Rio Grande Zoo.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Winter Sunset

photo of a brilliant winter sunset in northwestern New Mexico
The brilliant colors of a winter sunset in northwestern New Mexico.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Blue Grama Grass

photo of a few stalks of blue grama grass
In the summer, the feathered heads look like little flags, but later on the flags become circles. Blue grama is New Mexico's official state grass.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Embudo View

photo of the view looking south from a spur off Embudo Trail in the Sandias
The view yesterday from a spur off the Embudo Trail (#193) in the Sandias. Looking south, one can see the Manzanitas and the Manzanos. It was a fine lunch spot too.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Friday, January 06, 2006

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Bear Grass

bear grass at elena gallegos picnic area, lit by late afternoon sun
Late afternoon at Elena Gallegos Picnic Area in Albuquerque.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Winter Branches

winter tree branches at sunset in Elena Gallegos Picnic Area
The bare branches of a tree at Elena Gallegos Picnic Area are silhouetted by a winter sunset.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Freight Engines

burlington northern santa fe freight engines in western New Mexico
Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway engines pull a freight train through the red rock country near Laguna.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Souvenir Shop Indian

a stylized Indian statue at a gas station in Gallup
A stylized American Indian at the same Gallup souvenir place with the arrows (from the other day's entry).