365/2: 203. I should be spanked for this ...
“My biggest fan.”
SF Reporter: What happened with nuclear waste leak at New Mexico’s at WIPP?
“About 700 barrels that contain the nitrates and kitty litter are now stored with extra precaution at the lab and at a Texas holding facility where they were already awaiting transportation to Carlsbad at the time of the detected problem ...” Time bombs? Hope they’re being stored in A/C; doubt it.
OneHeadlightInk: Turns out movies DO make money for New Mexico.
365/2: 202. I’ll swear our goat pots only start to smile come summer.
And ... these flowers make me crave crummy tooth-rotting Starbursts.
365/2: 201. Red Virga at Sunset.
Yeah, HDR. With some PS layering to restore some of the sunset spangle.
365/2: 200. Trumpet vine and visitors.
365/2: 199. Virga at sunset.
365/2: 198. Gin on the tree.
CultWestern: The $400 Carhartt Vest.
365/2: 197. Another storm!
And all the blasted rain misses us. AGAIN.
Western Digs: 1,500-Year-Old Village, A Sign of ‘Revolution’ in the Southwest, Excavated
From a time of transition. Fascinating.
Later, a ‘zigzag’ sunset.
365/2: 196. One of Sandra’s anniversary roses ...
Interestingly, I have a recurrent issue with my 5D Mark II overdoing reds in certain lighting situations. This took some doing to make the flower look authentic.
SciAm: Killing Big Animals Allows Rodents (and Their Fleas) to Flourish.
I believe the local version of this is … after a wet winter, rodents flourish. Carnivores (mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, eagles, hawks, owls) respond by gaining in numbers thanks to plentiful and easy-to-snag foodstuffs. When a ‘balance’ is achieved, both populations come down to more normal levels.
ArtDaily: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts acquires major Taos School painting.
“Ufer joined the group in 1917, specializing in portraits of Pueblo Indians and vivid landscapes fluidly painted in a high-key palette with impastoed brushwork. On the Rio Grande melds Ufer’s sensitive portrayal of a native figure with a lushly rendered New Mexico setting in all its remarkable colors and textures.” A lively rendering, to be sure.
365/2: 195. “Behind the RED door …”
Seen while perambulating to a client meeting ...
365/2: 194. Electrical storms all around, not a drop of water.
365/2: 193. My bench’s paint history ...
… in one curl (turquoise - yellow - turquoise). And a fairly disturbing outtake.
365/2: 192. Late with this.
Didn’t get home until midnight last night; figured I could postpone the 365 post and not have to boot up the old warhorse at midnight. Sandra’s silhouette at our friends’ new digs near downtown Santa Fe.
365/2: 191. Light and dark.
Light, potato vine. Dark, geranium.
SciAm: Parched Texas Town Turns to Treated Sewage as Emergency Drinking Water Source.
Why not sell treated wastewater to the frackers instead? Spare the good stuff.
365/2: 190. “Not my biggest fan.”
Mashable: Nature Hits the ‘Pause’ Button On El Niño Development.
Still early in the monsoon season here yet; so far, it’s been minimal. We’ve had the most significant rain just last evening here. Other areas of NM have been swamped - Clovis got 6” in one day last week. But we’ve been strangely impervious to moisture here in north central NM. One can watch the storms build, burgeon, and then disappear on radar … building swiftly again when the storm has passed our area. Not sure why. Heat? Foothill configuration? Winds? Seems like we have a coating of Teflon over our particular geographic area. [If we ever receive 6”, I will rue these contentions at a later date …]
Later: Apparently the Sangres just to the north have received enough moisture that Stage 1 fire restrictions have been lifted in the SF National Forest. We in Eldorado remain on Stage 1 water restriction, however. A dozen miles make a huge difference.
365/2: 189. Happy Cosmos.
They enjoyed a small bit of rain, followed by a bit of sun. And, an outtake of … you guessed it … clouds. Can’t help it … they get my imagination going like nothing else.
SF New Mexican; George RR Martin gives the finger to fans who say he’ll die before he finishes.
“I find that question pretty offensive, frankly, when people start speculating about my death and my health. [snip] So f–k you to those people.” He’s pretty darned active around these parts. I side with George.