Drum, evening light.
Paris Review: Hoarding Books on a Road Trip to California
“One of our hosts, a kindly German who spent time in Tibet as a young man before becoming an old one in the hills above Santa Fe, strongly encouraged us to invest in snow chains ahead of a coming storm. The advice was sound, but Sheena and I had trouble accepting that problematic amounts of snow could find their way to any part of Arizona. The next morning, in Flagstaff, we could just make out the Jetta under a foot of fresh, white powder, as more flakes fluttered down.” Never underestimate Mother Nature and the high desert mountain region. This isn’t the Sahara.
SF New Mexican: Horse park’s new owners hope for equestrian revival.
I haven’t been out in a while, but some of the fields used to have the best green grass in Santa Fe.
Albuquerque Journal: Judge overturns Mora County’s drilling ordinance.
“Historically, a county cannot enact or supersede federal law.” I understand why, but it’s still a sad loss. Mora hasn’t much water underground, and the area is just gorgeous. Golden eagles nest in pines on the cliffs. I hope low oil prices kill off any potential development.
NY Times: In Texas, Hunkering Down for the Oil Bust.
You know, there was a huge uptick in “tourin’ Texans” in Santa Fe over the holidays. Last ‘whoop-it-up’ before the crunch? Might explain it. More international tourists at present.
The Monster that Devoured Santa Fe (Photos).
You have to click through to Flickr to see it large - I uploaded it at full resolution (three full-frame image panorama). Stretch your browser out as wide as you can. If you just want to see the detail, try this later shot.
Winter Spirea #2.
Note: Previous was outside, natural light, higher ISO, trying to manage a camera and a black backdrop in brisk winds. This one is indoors, stalk taped to the side of a glass, no wind, gridded flash to right, black foamcore solidly propped, handheld.
Winter Spirea #1.
SF New Mexican: After 6 decades, Garrett losing historic inn.
The lowest-cost inn with best access to downtown, will be no more. End of an era. This place will be *missed*. Terribly missed. Not posh, but a short walking distance to everything you wanted to see.
naked cap: Money Dries Up for Oil and Gas, Layoffs Spread, Write-Offs Start.
“Their hope rests on cutting operating costs and capital expenditures, and coddling every dollar they get, while pushing production to maximize cash flow, which ironically will contribute to the oil glut and pressure prices further. They’re hoping to hang on until the next miracle arrives.” Good luck with that.
NY Review of Books: Los Alamos Declassified, by Jeremy Bernstein.
More than one wolf among the sheep.
Color me astonished. Most popular photo of last year’s 365 garnered almost 9,000 views.
This one. Everyone loves symmetrical sunbeams, it seems.
Carlsbad Current-Argus: 10 percent of Yates Petroleum Corporation laid off.
First signs of oil price effects on New Mexico frackers.
Screwing around with lighting. Last selfie, I scared the hell out of half the internet. Hopefully this won’t break the interwebs.
NY Times, For Sale: Deep, Spacious Roswell Property, Once Occupied by a Missile.
Check those snow clouds.
Looks like a lens problem - I assure you it wasn’t.
SF New Mexican: Highlights of Martinez’s spending plan.
Kids and education. I still say, VP aspirations.
Snowing at the moment, fit to beat the band.
Western Digs: ‘Fool’s Gold’ Mirrors in Arizona Show Ties to Ancient Mexico.
“Radiocarbon dates associated with the burials dated the mirrors from between 650 to 950 CE, a broad range from the Classic Period of Mesoamerica, when the Maya network of city states and the metropolis of Teotihuacan were at their peaks.” Interesting. Chaco was first settled around 950.
Weather moving in tomorrow.
The clouds can’t make up their minds - a complete jumble.
SF New Mexican: Texas town that prepared for oil boom now waits for bust.
Just wait until the cleanup and long-term maintenance costs hit. The new ghost towns of the West. New-oil-money Texans have been all over Santa Fe during the holidays; the last hurrah?
Western Digs: Hundreds of 19th-Century Wickiups Recorded in Colorado Mountains.
“Few examples are still in existence; the majority of the remaining features can be associated with Ute culture and consequently represent the only surviving architecture of the state’s living indigenous peoples.” Oh, cool.
The haircut is devastatingly excellent. On to links.
Tight back and sides, touch of a pompadour. Didn’t think my hair could still look so good. Johnny’s Classic Barber Shop, in the Lofts. The man’s a fan of Gene Vincent. Can’t get much better than that.
Straight from the camera, no ‘cooking’.
Ain’t had much time for photography the last few days. Nice to have a break from last year’s 365 - yet I feel guilty if I don’t press that shutter button at least once a day, even if I don’t post it. You’ll notice a new lens in the arsenal - the Tamron 70-200 VC. It’s as sharp as they say, feels even a bit sharper than the Canon IS II (which I’ve rented). Can’t wait to do some portraits.
Bumper sticker seen today ...
“Progressive Independent: At least the War on the Environment is going well.”