365/2: 209 outtake. A quick pano of tonight’s storm.
So far, we got all of a dozen drops out of it. Sure looked dramatic, though. If you click through to Flickr, and stretch your browser out, there’s 8000+ pixels of goodness.
365/2: 209. “If I could only see ...”
The Daily Beast: Your ‘Craft’ Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana.
Sadly, that apparently includes Taos Lightning and related whiskies.
Popular Archaeology: Did Deforestation Really Lead to Societal Collapse in Chaco Canyon?
“Our point [snip] is that we do not know where most of the wood in Chaco great houses originated, and we cannot eliminate local (canyon drainage) sources. Consequently there is no basis for concluding that the abandonment of Chaco Canyon was brought on by deforestation, improvident use of natural resources, or unstable exchange relationships, and therefore there is no reason to use Chaco’s history as a warning from the past about societal failure.” Indeed. They have so much research on the area, that I understand scientists have only made it up to the early 1900’s documentation.
Later: Sorry for the ugly title. Fixed.
365/2: 208. Sandra’s “galvanized rodent-proof garden.”
Two troughs propped up on cast iron tables. So far, rodent-free. Note the ‘wrinkled crinkled crumpled’ cress in the back trough - Sandra says it goes great on salad or eggs (omelets, etc.)
... the things we have to do to just grow a durned vegetable ...
Contemplating the sadness of an empty martini glass ...
365/2: 206. Too hot to shoot anything else!
365/2: 205. Impromptu hatrack.
Still need to buy that proper summer cowboy hat.
WaPo: Study - Colorado River Basin drying up faster than previously thought.
“The authors conclude federal officials allocated 30 percent more water from the Colorado River than was actually available. The gaps were made up by groundwater.” Water wars are just startin’, kid. Git yer hogleg ... it’s gonna get nasty.
365/2: 204. Hot sunset, no monsoon activity to speak of.
I was revelling in the fact I’ve got Reeder back again. Blog workflow is much faster - though it also allows me to read after more tangents, too. [*slaps wrist*] I have too damned many interests.
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.