Tag Archive: ABQ

Impact

My brother—who knows his geology—could probably tell you what printed this stony asterisk high in the Sandias. Although it looks to me like the splintering of rock caused by a micrometeorite impact, it was probably the result of some completely different physical process. Still, I’d never seen anything like it before (and there was a…

Miles High Sea

It should be no surprise that some 60% of the U.S. population is either unsure about the theory of evolution or rejects it outright. In a country where it is taken as a matter of political principle that one person’s judgment and intelligence are just as good as the next, where too much intellectual effort…

Gnarled

Beautiful as it is, this weathered stump sums up why I don’t want to live in the desert. Simply put: it’s too hard. (Please have a look at the larger version, the details really tell the story.) It’s too dry. The light is too bright and harsh. The scenery is unforgiving of error. It’s flat…

The Path Ahead

The way forward is clear, although I can’t predict what twists and turns it will take. I’m sure there will be some scary segments, with slippery footing alongside steep drops. I also hope to be surprised by inspiring vistas and delighted by new encounters. Every adventure has its challenges, and every journey has its own…

Sandia Paintbrush

Home again. Wildflowers dotted the rocks around us where we sat to watch the sunset. The cool air and glowing light were balm to the spirit after a hard day’s work A Year Ago: Harmonious Need some interior decorating inspiration? Here’s a freebie for you: do a room in these gloriously calm, muted tones… [read…

Tenacity

In the high alpine environment of Sandia Peak, a tree must take what foothold it can to grow and thrive. And will you look at that ridiculously blue sky? A Year Ago: Admirer The woman in this picture is Kathleen from Houston. We chatted briefly as we both circled the cathedral, cameras in hand… [read…

Sunset Over the Mesa

We took a few hours off and rode the Tramway up to Sandia Peak to see the sunset. The temperature at the top is thirty degrees cooler than the scorching heat at city level. There were no clouds in the sky to catch the late rays, but instead a haze of smoke from the fires…

Dream Machine

There are quite a few beautifully restored vintage vehicles tooling around Albuquerque. This one looks like it drove straight out of the ’60s and into the strip mall parking lot. A Year Ago: Wonder I took shelter until the brief summer boomer passed. The sky cleared, the sun reappeared, and the air absorbed a few…

Intersections

Life doesn’t compartmentalize the way art does. (Probably great art doesn’t compartmentalize much either.) A Year Ago: Public House Here’s another problem with envisioning the past: because we picture it based on reconstructions or museum presentations… [read more]

Hanging Heart

Lots of hard work, physically and emotionally, here in Albuquerque.