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All right, this is serious. The Upper Gorge, formerly known as Wild Rivers Area, now part of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Haven't been up here for years. This is where we came in '98 before we moved, when I looked out at pure landscape (not this view) and started to cry. It [...]

Monsoon Storm

Sometimes it actually does rain here. These western storms are so funny, though. They arrive slowly, creeping and meandering, with almost no wind.* Some of them do dump rain like crazy—this same storm covered the ground with hail a few miles away—but nothing ever goes smash, except from lightning. It's like this incomprehensibly huge thing [...]

Eater of Men

April is getting serious. I don't know what that is, but when it rolled through, we got snow. That picture says a lot about New Mexico. It's like loving giant crocodiles and the only way to make them come is holding out your leg. Something else jumped out at me yesterday besides those clouds. Apparently [...]

Almost Full

It didn't look that small when I took the picture. (Photography is a mysterious business.) Anyway, the full moon is tomorrow. Maybe it'll look bigger then! It was over 60 degrees today, by the way. Dudes with sleeveless T-shirts showing off tattoos, me driving around with my window down. I didn't build a fire all [...]

Sagebrush and Diamonds

For behold, the wealth of Nature lying at your—er, my—feet. I took this last Wednesday at Taos Valley Overlook on a fairly muddy walk. Haven't been out since. In the next 48 hours, we should get another dose of snow and single-digit lows. That may freeze the ground good and hard so I can hike [...]

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