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Thursday, August 31, 2006

San Rafael Mission Church

San Rafael Mission Church, at Salman Ranch in northern NM
San Rafael Mission Church, at Salman Ranch in northern New Mexico.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

White Rock Canyon

A muddy Rio Grande wends its way through White Rock Canyon in northern NM
A muddy Rio Grande wends its way through White Rock Canyon, in northern New Mexico.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Globemallow Field

a field of globemallow at Elena Gallegos Picnic Area in Albuquerque
The orange wildflowers are globemallow; I can't honestly say I've ever seen this much globemallow in one place before. And I can't count the number of folks I've run into while hiking over the last few weeks who say, "Can you believe all this green? Can you believe all the wildflowers?!?" I feel exactly the same way....

Monday, August 28, 2006

Water in the Foothills

Water running through the Pino Arroyo has carved a little canyon this summer
It's hard to tell, but today's photo was taken from almost precisely the same point as this photo (although I had to be a bit more careful this time about where I put my feet). It has been amazing to watch as a cañoncito has been carved over the course of a couple of months.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Church in Corrales

San Ysidro Church in Corrales, New Mexico
I wouldn't want to tempt the weather fates -- but it sure is nice to see blue skies again. I believe this is the San Ysidro Church.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Corrales Tail Fin

the side of an old red car, in Corrales
The side of an old car, held up by fence posts.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Field of Gold

A field of yellow wildflowers in the northwestern foothills of the Sandia mountains
A field of yellow wildflowers in the Sandia foothills. (I swear these colors are real -- no Photoshop magic.)

Thursday, August 24, 2006

High on La Luz

looking out over Albuquerque and environs from high on La Luz trail
The view from high on La Luz trail, in the Sandia mountains.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Reflection in Puddle

a puddle reflects the late afternoon sky
The late afternoon sky is reflected in one of many puddles on a trail in the Sandia foothills. I know I complained about how dry it was earlier in the summer, but really -- it would be OK now if it didn't rain for a few days.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Gorge and Vulture

a turkey vulture swoops over the Rio Grande Gorge
A turkey vulture catches the drafts over the Rio Grande Gorge.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Descanso with Flamingo

descanso with a flamingo, lei, and mardi gras beads
A descanso along the roadside in northern New Mexico. I thought the flamingo -- wearing a lei -- was a nice touch.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Mural and Datura

mural in Santa Cruz with jimsonweed in the foreground
Jimsonweed (datura) and a mural in Santa Cruz.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Sunflowers at the Santuario

sunflowers at the santuario
Sunflowers at Santuario de ChimayĆ³.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Rio Grande Gorge

rio grande gorge
Looking south from the west rim of the Rio Grande Gorge.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Arroyo Seco Church

holy trinity church in arroyo seco
Holy Trinity Church in Arroyo Seco. It may be even more beautiful inside than outside.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Harbinger of Autumn

ferns starting to change color high in the sandias are a harbinger of fall
The ferns (and even the aspens) high in the Sandia mountains are starting to change color. On another note, I'll be taking a website vacation starting today; look for new photos near the end of this week.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Mother Nature's Rock Garden

wildflowers growing among the rocks near Sandia Crest
There's a profusion of wildflowers near Sandia Crest right now -- I've never seen anything like it (here in Albuquerque, anyway).

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Michial Emery Sunset

summer sunset as seen from the sandia foothills
A classic summer sunset, taken from just east of the Michial Emery trailhead, in the Sandia foothills.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Nodding Onion and Ferns

nodding onion and ferns
A nodding onion surrounded by ferns, along the Pino Trail in the Sandias.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Cerrillos Hills

horse riders at cerillos hills historic park
Horse riders at Cerrillos Hills Historic Park.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


common checkered skipper butterfly
A common checkered-skipper butterfly (Pyrgus communis).

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


a recent thunderstorm in albuquerque
Looking west from the Sandia foothills at a thunderstorm on the other side of Albuquerque. I shot this less than five minutes after I took the photo of the concurrent storm in the foothills.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Mud... Lots of It

mud on the west side of albuquerque
You know that old saying, "When it rains, it pours"? Indeed. This is what large parts of Albuquerque (especially on the west side) look like right now.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Foothills Thunderstorm

a thunderstorm in the sandia foothills
A thunderstorm moving through the foothills, with Apache plume in the foreground. It's unusual for it to be blossoming so prolifically at this time of the year -- I think it's another benefit of the rain.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Piedras Marcadas

petroglyphs at piedras marcadas
Petroglyphs in the Piedras Marcadas area of Petroglyph National Monument.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Tailed Copper

tailed copper butterfly on cut-leaf coneflower
A tailed copper butterfly drinking from a cut-leaf coneflower.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

After the Rain

before and after the rain, at Elena Gallegos Picnic Area
Two views of Elena Gallegos Picnic Area this summer: the top photo was taken on June 25, before we got any rain; the lower photo was taken yesterday.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Foothills Wildflowers

green grass and wildflowers at elena gallegos picnic area
All that rain has brought green grass and wildflowers (verbena and snakeweed in the foreground) to Elena Gallegos Picnic Area.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Sandia Clouds

clouds in the sandias, as seen from elena gallegos picnic area
More rain today... and it is really green in the foothills!
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