The Marigold Parade was today. It’s basically a large, quirky, and very exuberant party that moves through Albuquerque’s South Valley each year, celebrating Día de los Muertos. I was able to capture one drummer in the reflective sunglasses of another as they played.
There’s a really amazing Halloween/Dia de los Muertos display in the Jemez this year, on Highway 485 (to the Gilman Tunnels). The entrance features a very large skull:
There are real, honest-to-god gravestones:
Many of the displays move:
And there’s much, much more.
Well … the New Mexico State Fair has come and gone already, a sure sign that fall is in the air (even if it is still pretty warm here in Albuquerque).
This rock in the Sandia foothills doesn’t have an official name, but it always looks like a turtle’s head to me. I took the photo shortly before sunset.
Albuquerque’s Open Space Visitor Center sponsors a mandala-making event each winter solstice (or at least, on the Sunday closest to the solstice). The mandalas are made entirely of bird seed, and migrating geese and cranes eat the artwork during the following week. This is a photo of part of a mandala made last year.