Category: New Mexican Culture

NM State Fair, 2022

On the Midway at the NM State Fair, 2022

I went to the State Fair for the first time since before the pandemic. As always, I loved the bright lights, colors, and motion on the midway.

Thunderheads at Valles Caldera

Gathering Clouds at Valles Caldera

Cumulus clouds gathering over the old barn at Valles Caldera predict a monsoon-season thunderstorm.

Sandia Hairstreak, 2022 Edition

Sandia Hairstreak, 2022 Edition

Despite a rather dry winter and a fairly chilly spring, New Mexico’s state butterfly — the Sandia hairstreak (Callophrys mcfarlandi) — has been quite visible in the Sandia foothills during recent weeks. This one is browsing on some three-leaf sumac flower buds which are just starting to open.

Depredations of the New Mexico Sun

Studio La Luz in T or C, with faded paint

I went through T or C (Truth or Consequences) on my way home from Las Cruces this afternoon. I remembered taking a photo of a rainbow-colored building several years ago and wanted to see if it was still there. It was, but its colors weren’t nearly as vibrant as I remembered them. Most of those formerly bright and bold colors now show cracks, splotches, and other colors peeking through them.

I took the first photo just about six years ago and wasn’t surprised to see the sun damage. I am surprised it’s not more extensive — the New Mexico sun tends to age everything (including people) incredibly quickly.

Wood Duck at Tingley Beach

Wood Duck at Tingley Beach

Wood ducks are my favorites, especially at this time of the year, when color in the middle Rio Grande Valley is noticeably lacking.

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