Category: Old/Weathered

Cumbres & Toltec, 2022 Edition

Cumbres & Toltec Steam Engine, 2022

For reasons I don’t fully understand myself, I really enjoy chasing the Cumbres & Toltec narrow gauge steam train each fall. Part of it, I’m sure, is that it goes through such great scenery. Another part, maybe the largest part, is simply that I’ve loved trains all my life.

Thunderheads at Valles Caldera

Gathering Clouds at Valles Caldera

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

Old Car Lineup

Three Old and Rusty Cars

I’m not sure what it is, but there’s something especially New Mexican about old cars, at least to my eyes. In any case, I can’t pass one without succumbing to the temptation of taking multiple photos. And when there’s an entire lineup, well … what’s a girl to do? The background is the east side of the Sandia mountains.

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.

Albuquerque Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs, West Side of Albuquerque

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.

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