Valdez

September 1, 2016

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Santa Barbara Canyon, NM

January 5, 2013

Each summer my family goes on a camping trip.  This past summer we chose Santa Barbara Canyon, New Mexico.  It rained while we hiked in, rained each afternoon, and hailed while we hiked out.  I guess that is to be expected when camping during monsoon season.

The hiking trail is well maintained. and easy to hike.  It passes through tall coniferous forest, open meadow, aspen forest, and follows the Rio Santa Barbara.  Unfortunately the almost all of the Aspen leaves have a dull green look due to some kind of fungus.

We hiked to a huge beaver dam. Later, a ranger explained that there are no beavers left in the area due to hunting and the dam was from the 1950’s.  Also we saw many grazing cows including a calf. Cows are ver large up close.  My dog enjoyed rolling in the cow poop.  We had to dunk her in the river and only pet her head.

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Butterfly Beauty

December 22, 2012

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Nature creates the most beautiful and inspiring patterns.

These images are from ButterflyUtopia.com

Herald the Heron

August 22, 2009

Meet Herald the Heron.  He is the creation of my friend Christina Sporrong.  She and I had an art show together a couple of years back along with our other friend Nicole Kowalski.

Herald is the first of 3 kinetic herons that Christina is constructing.  For more info you can visit her heron blog  .

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The day after Christina’s Heron Party, we went backpacking above Williams Lake in the Taos Ski Valley.  My Mom hiked up and joined us the next day.  It is always gorgeous up there!  I love being out in nature.  We made a base camp and then did some day hikes.  The nights in the mountains are already close to freezing.  Luckily we were prepared.

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