Mother Nature Saddles Up

Morning Walk Albuquerque's Embudo Canyon

Indian School is an east- west Albuquerque boulevard that ends at the Embudo Canyon Open Space at the far east side of the city.. The parking lot, at the roads end, is the beginning of a city Open Space area that moves into the Cibola National Forest Wilderness. The...

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Albuquerque Foothills in the Clouds one of those sunless days

On the average, Albuquerque sees the sun 280 days a year.The U.S. average is 205 days. This morning the Sandia Mountains are hidden behind low lying clouds and visibility is limited. The clouds have no substance yet they hide the towering rugged peaks on our city's...

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Arizona Cows On a dirt road to nowhere

Where country begins is " when you start to see cows. " We are not in prime cow country in this high desert Arizona.There is much better grazing in Texas, and, even better, in Uruguay.The grass here is sparse amid cactus, junipers, washes, arroyos, ditches, and dirt...

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Museo of Amber Zona Colonia, Santo Domingo

Pat reminds me to dig deeper into amber, highly valued by Kings and royalty way way back when we had Kings and royalty. Tunneling deeper, I start walking to the Museum of Ambar at 454 Calle Arzobismo Merino Street in the Zona Colonia, four blocks from the Plaza Colon....

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Jardin Botanico Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

A ten minute taxi ride to the north of the Zona Colonia is the National Botanical Gardens of the Dominican Republic.   The gardens are huge and narrow city sidewalks are traded for wide foot paths to walk freely in wide open spaces This Sunday there is a...

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Fishing by the Napolitano Casino Fishermen rise early

Before seven in the morning, a kid passes me on his bicycle, carrying a five gallon plastic bucket, with bait and tackle inside, and a fishing pole resting on his handlebars. When the kid, who just whizzes past me, makes a left turn towards the water, a block further...

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Mama Juana Mixology

When I remark that I have a cold, Yuri asks if I want some " Mama Juana? " " I don't want marijuana, " I answer. " No, " she laughs, " Mama Juana. It is a local drink, good for colds. " Berluis shows me a jug which looks like it is filled with bark off a tree, which,...

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Porthole Landing in the Dominican Republic

Visibility is restricted on airplanes. Looking out through a small porthole, flyers can see parts of our plane, but mostly see clouds. Sometimes the clouds are white as your grandfather's hair while other times they are puffed up like a boxer's bruised right eye. They...

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Tumbling Tumbleweed/Albuquerque-Video looking for home

From Wikepedia- " A tumbleweed is a structural part of the above-ground anatomy of a number of species of plants, a diaspore, that once it is mature and dry, detaches from its root or stem, and tumbles away in the wind...." "Tumbleweeds" is also a Roy Rodgers cowboy...

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