Alamosa

Wild Ride IV

inside the San Luis Valley Brewing Company in Alamosa, CO

Had to park six spaces from the door at lunchtime, dang it

The best thing about visiting Alamosa (CO) is that it’s an actual town with reasons to exist that don’t depend on tourists, like Taos was when there were stores for locals on the Plaza. Railroad tracks, the Rio Grande, and Adams State University may have something to do with anchoring the place. I saw kids [...]

Crane Quest

sandhill cranes up close

To be in their presence is amazing

We’re off to see thousands of sandhill cranes on Thursday at Monte Vista National Wildlife Area outside of Alamosa, Colorado! This shot is from January 13, 2014 at a completely different place, and I doubt we’ll get that close, but in Colorado we’ll have snow-capped mountains in the background. To get there means another trip [...]

mountain bluebird

Mountain bluebird, first week of December, 2010

Sometimes when I don’t have a fresh photo to post with a story, I’ll check the archives for something nifty on the same date a few years back. This one is five years old almost exactly, off by just three days! Yes, we have western and mountain bluebirds all year round in northern New Mexico [...]

In a Dangerous Land

Taos Mountain from a supermarket parking lot

From a supermarket parking lot

We were zooming around the Washington, D.C. beltway doing eighty in the rain like everybody else—God knows how many lanes wide this was—when a semi passed us on the left and sideswiped a bus, which damn near rolled over and took the next exit with pieces of the body flapping in the wind. The whole [...]

Glory and Surprise

Taos sunset

For behold!

This was Thursday’s sunset, but the colors are similar to what we saw on Tuesday evening coming back from Alamosa, Colorado on U.S. 285. The drive is spectacular under any conditions, and you get this hugeness in the West. That last hour from the Colorado line to Taos just kills me fucking dead. The isolation [...]

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