I know, I know. My first post in quite a while. I need to jump back in and spend some time here.

Above is a shot of last night’s moonrise over the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains east of Taos, New Mexico. Below is the view west about 30 minutes later as the sun set in a dust filled sky. I considered getting up really early this morning to capture the brief lunar eclipse that graced this spring sky but I chose a bit more of much needed sleep instead.

I’ve suffered a major lack of inspiration the past couple of weeks. I’ve also suffered a major bout of indecision about this website, where I’m going as a freelancer and where to put my energies.

Some things I’d hoped would turn out…and worked hard to make happen…have not come to fruition yet and that kind of set me back emotionally and and has had me questioning what I’m doing.

Couple that with a horrific month-long lung sickness that pretty much left February and a portion of March a blur AND a nice load of both writing and photography work for various publications…. and lo and behold this website has been left in the dust.

AND…..on top of it all….It has been a tough decision but I’m choosing to hold off on any international travel this year (unless something comes up I absolutely cannot turn down). There are a number of things that I want to get settled professionally before I take off again and some of the things I want to do is going to take some longer term planning and financing to make a reality. And I’d also like to finally finish the novel I’ve been working on the past few years.

So trips are going to be limited this year to within the USA and mostly to New Mexico and Colorado. There is a lot that I want to see and experience in my own backyard and with summer coming up I’m looking forward to a lot of camping and backpacking.

AND…..I’m just not quite sure yet where I want to take this site and what I want to do with it over the next year or two. There are a number of things I want to write about but most of those things are longer, in-depth items that I’d most likely hope to publish elsewhere….yes…someplace that would pay me!

Here are a few of the things I’ve published elsewhere the past few weeks:

The Flowers of Spring – I’m a Sucker for These Guys!”, Vrai Magazine, March, 2015

Being a Steward of the Environment Involves More Than Just Greenwashing,” Green Taos, 2015 (pp. 6-8)

Rainwater Harvesting,” Green Taos 2015 (pp. 30-32)

8 Places to Visit to Understand the History of New Mexico“, Matador Network, February 2015

Coming up later this month Vrai Magazine will publish a two-parter on my visit to Zuni Pueblo last summer in conjunction with Vrai’s one year anniversary celebration.

AND…hopefully by the end of the month the guide for the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument I’ve been working on since November will see the light of day. It has been a lot of work and we’ve had a great team on it so I’m very happy to see that on its way to the public.

moonrise taos new mexico


  1. Comment by Taos Rag

    Taos Rag Reply April 4, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    All I can say Jim is that I thoroughly enjoy "Around the World in Eighty Years" ron hagg

  2. Comment by Cathy Strisik

    Cathy Strisik Reply April 4, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Beautiful photos, Jim! I saw that same moon over Sarasota last night and it was as startling. A year or so spent close to home can be a very good thing..a settling for the mind…and the creativity that comes because of that settling…how great!

  3. Comment by Jim O'Donnell

    Jim O'Donnell Reply April 4, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you so much Ron. Thats good for me to hear.

  4. Comment by Jim O'Donnell

    Jim O'Donnell Reply April 4, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you so much Ron. Thats good for me to hear.

  5. Comment by ann cabezas creed

    ann cabezas creed Reply April 4, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    I have enjoyed your blog..with gorgeous photos but understand that it is very time consuming and your need to spend your efforts where you can get paid.

    Regards, ann cabezas creed

  6. Comment by Kiva Duckworth-Moulton

    Kiva Duckworth-Moulton Reply April 5, 2015 at 1:32 am

    in the words of our hippie parents… follow your bliss… (and may the $$ follow!)

  7. Comment by Michele Potter

    Michele Potter Reply April 5, 2015 at 3:03 am

    I get it! I got up at the same hour and noted that! Voila! The full moon wasn't there no mo! Where had it gone?

    It had to be…an eclipse! More cosmic because I was born on a full moon Good Friday Passover! Maybe the whole world was up cohorting with the moon. Anyway, good for you!

    Let the moon inspire!


  8. Comment by Jim O'Donnell

    Jim O'Donnell Reply April 5, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Wow! Well a Happy Full Moon Good Friday Passover Birthday!

  9. Comment by Hanna Uehre

    Hanna Uehre Reply April 7, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Fantastic photos, Jim. Especially love the moon. It's one of those " wish I was there" shots.

  10. Comment by Jim O'Donnell

    Jim O'Donnell Reply April 9, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you Hanna! I hope the melt is on up there in the Great White North, eh!

  11. Comment by Jim O'Donnell

    Jim O'Donnell Reply April 9, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Thanks Hanna! I hope the melt is on up there in the Great White North!

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