Republicans Want to Make the Endangered Species Act Extinct

Last week we learned the Republicans are setting the stage to give away public lands such as National Parks, National Monuments, Wilderness Areas and Wildlife Refuges. This week we learn that the Endangered Species Act is also on the chopping block: In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll […]

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Republicans Move to Give Away National Parks and Public Lands

Day one in the new Congress? House Republicans set the stage to give away the public lands that belong to ALL Americans. That includes National Parks, Wilderness areas, National Monuments and more: A new rule, written by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), establishes as fact that any legislation to dispose of public lands and natural […]

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Halloween in Taos, New Mexico

Halloween in Taos brings out the creativity of our little art town. There are a wide range of events all over Taos but the main show is at Taos Plaza and along the John Dunn shops where hundreds of Taos creatives show off their costume works for the year. My daughter is not to be […]

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The Wetland Jewels of the Carson National Forest

Last Sunday, my kids and I left our car by the side of a dirt road and walked out and over one of our favorite meadows: Ponil Park in the Valle Vidal unit of the Carson National Forest. “It’s like a sponge!” shouted my son. And then he squished himself down into the watery muck until […]

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A Haibun of Privilege in Columbine Canyon

At pavement’s end I walk quickly and quietly past the Texans. I give them just a nod and rush the trail’s bend before they can ask directions. Rising into the broad valley I pass Stuart and his llamas. I am going up. They are going down. Stuart and I hug. There are seven llamas and […]

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Taos’ Multicultural Festival – 4th of July in Arroyo Seco

Well this post turned out to be WAY overdue….it is not quite July 5th anymore….but I hope you’re still able to enjoy these images from the best and more spontaneous multicultural festival I know of. The village of Arroyo Seco is located about 10 miles northeast of Taos, New Mexico tucked right up against the […]

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Fort Union

Fort Union Days – My Shot of the Day – June 26, 2015

  Sunday the kids and I drove across the mountain to the edge of the Great Plains to Fort Union National Monument: A bustling center of frontier defense in the Southwest for four decades, Fort Union was the largest U.S. military post in the region and a base for both military and civilian ventures that […]

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Into the Wilderness – Photo Essay from Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

One of the big reasons driving my decision NOT to travel out of the country in 2015 was so that I would have more time exploring and re-exploring the region where I live. I’ve been fortunate to have spent much of my life out and about in the wildlands of the Southwestern USA thanks to […]

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the stars align

My Shot of the Day – The Stars Align – June 1, 2015

  I camped out on the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge about seven miles north of the small community of Pilar, New Mexico on Saturday night. I was with a small group of old friends and the plan was to run the river the next morning (We did! And it was fabulous!). In the western […]

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My Shot of the Day – International Day for Biological Diversity – May 22, 2015

  Just a quick wish for a happy International Day for Biological Diversity! The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of […]

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Cerros del Norte and a Request – My Shot of the Day – May 8, 2015

  Just the other day I was gushing about our new National Monument and Wilderness. This morning I have still more good news to report: New Mexico’s senators are co-sponsoring a bill that would establish two wilderness areas inside the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Tom Udall, D-NM, and Martin Heinrich, D-NM, announced Thursday […]

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The National Monument – News and The Back of Beyond

  On Sunday I set off on a 25 mile bike ride into the back of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Technically, it is the middle of the monument. There is a road that runs right up the spine of the monument, pretty much straight north, to the Colorado border. But I always […]

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