Albuquerque’s west side features numerous petroglyphs pecked into basalt by ancient Puebloans hundreds of years ago. Many, such as these, are officially part of the Petroglyph National Monument; others are protected by the city.
I think of this view as showing the southern end of the Nacimiento mountains — but I might be wrong about that. It might better be characterized as the northern end of the Jemez’s characteristic red rocks and land. Either way, I love the mix of colors and land types in it.
An adorable deer couple I ran into a couple of weeks ago, in the middle of the rut.
The new year brought us rain, snow, and some lovely clouds over the Sandias this evening.
Christmas Eve luminarias in Albuquerque totally washed out due to rain in 2019, and most folks didn’t put them out in 2020, due to the pandemic. So when the forecast earlier this week was for rain and wind on Christmas Eve, I fell into a bit of a depression. Happily, the rain let up right before sunset, and the wind died down (more or less), so people put out luminarias at the last minute after all. It wasn’t quite as crowded around Old Town as it used to be pre-pandemic, but there were plenty of happy people there anyway (many of whom were wearing masks even though we were all outside).
I took lots of photos and all is right in my world again. 🙂