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Deer in Embudo Canyon Albuquerque Foothills

Deer in Embudo Canyon Albuquerque Foothills

As soon as we say we haven't seen any deer the last several hikes, we spot some. This family unit nips leaves off branches, ears cocked, knowing we were here long before we spotted them. They are large animals with delicate faces, soft lips, long tongues, long thin...

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Bumblebee Lunchtime Backyard dining

Bumblebee Lunchtime Backyard dining

If I were a true horticulturist, I would know what this bush in my back yard with the pretty white flowers is called. I would know its scientific and common names. I would know if the plant has medicinal uses, how much water it needs, the proper way to trim it, the...

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Seeing and Believing Reflections on a lake

Seeing and Believing Reflections on a lake

The reflection of the clouds,on the lake's calm surface,quiver. The reflection of the forest's trees, on the lake's surface, reaches across the lake almost to the bank we are fishing from and look as if trees themselves are growing out of the lake, right in front of...

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Hermit’s Lakes, Colorado Richard and Maria's get away

Hermit’s Lakes, Colorado Richard and Maria's get away

Mornings and evenings at Hermit's Lakes are natural wonders. The lake, this evening, is without ripples. Fish rise with a splash to the water's surface for flies, an eagle lazily circles above us, watching the lake's surface for the same fish we are trying to catch....

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Fishing the Rio Grande fishing on rafts on upper Rio Grande

Fishing the Rio Grande fishing on rafts on upper Rio Grande

The Rio Grande river runs through New Mexico and most of the state's population and bigger cities hug the river's edges all the way through the state, from north to south. The river is sustained by melting winter snow pack in Colorado and this is a good year with...

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Great Sand Dunes National Monument Near Alamosa, Colorado

Great Sand Dunes National Monument Near Alamosa, Colorado

I was told by a brother, Neal, and, by Pat, that the Great Sand Dunes are worth a look so I take a quick side trip to test their recommendation. The dunes get bigger as I drive a  narrow two lane road from the big highway deeper into the National Monument.There...

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Cow Talk Sundown

Cow Talk Sundown

  County road 40, cutting away from Colorado State Highway 69, takes me straight to the Alvarado Campground in the nearby Sangre de Cristo mountains - the end of a long driving day from New Mexico. The campground,in the Pike and San Isabel National Forests,is...

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Westcliff, Colorado in the country

Westcliff, Colorado in the country

The mountain range, to the west, rises ten thousand feet plus into the clouds. These clouds, turning dark and ominous,prompt festival help to lower the flaps of our music tent to protect the performers and us, in the audience, from soon to come wind and driving rain....

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Colorado Brook–Video refresh yourself

Colorado Brook–Video refresh yourself

Mother Nature makes her own music. This little brook gently runs through the Alvarado Campground, following a path of least resistance on it's way to join a larger river, and then, with that river, rambling all the way to the closest ocean. Nature's music refreshes,...

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Morning Walk Albuquerque's Embudo Canyon

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

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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