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Wild Ride II

Rio Grande in Costilla County, CO

Looking upstream here. Yes, that’s the Rio Grande.

Turn 180° from where I shot the previous Rio Grande image from an ancient trestle bridge in Costilla County, Colorado and this is what you get. Hard to believe, isn’t it? The mountains in the background make up the Mount Blanca massif and probably have names, but everyone I know just calls the whole thing [...]

Wild Ride

Rio Grande in Costilla County, CO

That’s the Rio Grande! Looking downriver here in Costilla County, CO.

This was my birthday trip. I thought of it a long time ago, taking the back roads in southern Colorado through some of the emptiest territory I’ve ever seen to an old trestle bridge over the Rio Grande and beyond, ending up at a brew pub in Alamosa before driving home via Antonito, San Antonio [...]

Chthonic Heart

Taos Mountain (detail)

Telephoto image of Taos mountain from our home

The gas wall heater crinks and ticks its little shutdown song. A short time later it will come back with a woomp and heat some more. For this unusual mild, dry autumn, so far that’s been enough. An untouched mound of firewood sits beside the driveway covered by a rotting plastic tarp, waiting for the [...]

Controlled Burn

distant fire south of Taos

Kit Carson National Forest just across the road

This is what it’s all about, New Mexico, my God! The space, the sky, the air! On fire, too, just like they planned it. A lightning strike up in McGaffey Canyon lit up some Ponderosa pines, and the Forest Service decided to let seven hundred acres burn to open up some space. This is actually [...]

Unbound

southeastern Colorado

iPad photo from a speeding car

Yes, we made it to Dubuque! (The image above is from southeastern Colorado.) The trip was long and arduous—approximately 1,200 miles in two days on the backroads of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa—where the confluence of grazing and cultivation has so essentially altered the original landscape, I’m sure no one living remembers the way it [...]

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