A walk in the woods

A walk in the woods

A beautiful little waterfall I found while hiking in New Mexico...

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Visualizing Red River

Visualizing Red River

Today's post is a visual tour of some beautiful spots in Red River, NM.  It's a small town but I am rather fond of it.  Have a look and enjoy!  I'll be back soon with more pics from my current trip in Oregon, and you won't want to miss those!

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The simple beauty of the mountains

The simple beauty of the mountains

Today I wax a bit poetic about my love for the mountains.  There's just something about them, in addition to the generous amounts of beauty and staggering landscapes.  And of course I share a bunch of photos from a trip to the mountains last summer - when I caught some wonderful clouds over an alpine lake.  Good times!

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Hiking to Middle Fork Lake

Hiking to Middle Fork Lake

Today's post is a collection of 20 photos from a summer hike up to Middle Fork Lake in New Mexico.  It's a beautiful and secluded spot, and well worth the effort to get to it!  I shot landscapes, waterfalls and even little fairy mushrooms - good fun!  Have a look, and thanks for stopping by!

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A week in the mountains

A week in the mountains

A week in the mountains is never enough for me, but as an escape from the Texas heat, it sure goes a long way!  Here's a collection of 10 photos from our family trip up to Red River, NM last summer.  Great waterfalls, sunsets, and more!  Oh my!

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Hanging with the dead in Questa, NM

Hanging with the dead in Questa, NM

I stumbled across a little church and a cemetery along an empty road in a deserted corner of New Mexico.  So I stopped and took a few pics!  That's what you would do, right?

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Instagramming a trip to the mountains

Instagramming a trip to the mountains

Today I share a collection of Instagram photos from my recent family vacation up to the little mountain town of Red River, NM.  Lots more to come from this trip!

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Into the Upper Valley

Just a quick post for today - and I want to thank everyone for the visits and comments this week, I really do appreciate them!

We spent some time in Red River, NM this past summer - as we have many times.  It's a beautiful little town, surrounded by mountains and it's just a relaxing place to visit.  One afternoon we went for a little drive into the Upper Valley, which is just outside of town.  At some point we crested a hill and I saw this scene.  I had to stop and get a shot - I love road shots of all sorts.  This one was too pretty to pass up.  Thanks for stopping by!

A real cowboy

Photography, to me, is a journey.  Most folks I know have started with landscapes and similar subjects, and from there have moved into portrait work.  When we get together and talk about it, I'm just not there yet.  I take some family shots, but doing serious portrait work just hasn't gotten under my skin yet.  That's ok, right?  Well, I'm trying.  Change or die, as they say.  I am all about growing my photographic range - notice I didn't say dynamic range, haha - and in the interest of being more well-rounded I have taken some portraits "on the go", or what I like to call combat portait work.  Just a quick snap of a subject that didn't necessarily know it was a subject.  So, this is a real cowboy, from a real working ranch, from the real West.  I know this because he led me on a horse through a 1000 acre ranch in New Mexico this summer.  I regret to inform you I do not recall his name, and he deserves better than that.  So, I still have work to do.  The learning continues...

Horsin' around

The title of this shot is really a double entendre.  What I mean is that although this is quite obviously a horse, the deeper meaning is that I am "horsin' around" photographically because this is not my typical photographic subject.  Apart from never coming across horses, in the past I would not normally shoot one.  I am making a conscious effort to grow my skills, and in doing so that means stretching myself to shoot some different things.  Growth is the only option - without it, you stagnate and wither.

Ok, enough of that talk for now.  We went on a horseback ride up in Red River, New Mexico a few weeks ago, and this handsome steed (stallion? or maybe it was a girl...?) was just standing there, looking cool and calm like a horse does.  So...snap.  I did know one thing - always focus on the eye!