A Place Called Home

We hike almost every single morning. Like a prayer, we rise, eat lightly and hustle up the switchbacks of the trails that curl into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains just beyond our house. The south-facing trails are dry and bathed in sunlight. The soil is fragrant with thaw: the scent of rain even on a […]

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21 Beautiful Birds of New Mexico

I first noticed it two to three years ago. I just wasn’t seeing as many birds at my feeders as I had in previous years. Sure, they were still there but just fewer. Then I started noticing it in other areas of New Mexico and Colorado I visit frequently. At home this year, there just […]

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Wild and Rugged: A Guide to Traveling in Alaska

  Massive and wild with scenes of spectacular natural beauty, Alaska is one of the last-remaining, untamed frontiers in the world, and one of the most rewarding travel destinations for outdoor adventurers. Due to the sheer size of Alaska, and the remoteness of some of its regions from any civilization, there’s no chance you’ll get […]

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Plan a Memorable Food Trip to Utah 

Plan a Memorable Food Trip to Utah  Utah is known for many things and the array of delicacies it serves up with practiced finesse and expertise is just one of them. So, if you are a traveler and a foodie planning on taking a life-changing food journey through this rocky red land that somehow is […]

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Top 10 Must See Archaeological Sites in New Mexico

New Mexico has the most impressive collection of archaeological sites in all of North America.  In compiling my top-ten list of the best archaeological sites in New Mexico I went with places that I have personally visited. I also chose not to list sites located on private land, sites that I know of that are […]

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Was the Federal government required to give public lands away to the states at statehood?

Was the Federal government required to give public lands away to the states at statehood? A dubious line of reasoning has emerged among anti-public lands advocates and it’s having real world impacts ~ ~ ~ In January 2016, two dozen armed militants took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. “We’re here to unwind the […]

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What’s New With Me? Climate & Society, Forests, CliFi and Havana, Cuba!

It has been a whirlwind since the kids and I returned from our two-week road trip to the Oregon coast and back in July. And there really is no end in site. I’m off to Havana, Cuba tomorrow morning. Havana Imagined! This Year and Next I’m leading a small group on an 8-day photography tour […]

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Steam Train Trips – The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad

Long time readers of this blog know that my kids and I are fans of old steam trains. I thought that, as the kids get older, they would lose interest in steam train trips. Hellsfire! I’ve got a teenager now! But no. In fact they still love the steam train trips. So on Memorial Day […]

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Trump to Order Review of More Than 50 National Monuments

The word is that on Wednesday (April 26, 2017), President Trump will order a “review” of more than 50 National Monument designations covering more than a billion (yes, with a B) acres of public lands. Trump will do this via an Executive Order that directs the Department of the Interior to examine every national monument […]

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Help Protect Southeast New Mexico’s Wild Chihuahuan Desert

Last year I was lucky enough to work with Joelle Marier of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance as a conservation photographer on her project to protect the wildlands of south-eastern New Mexico. Now we have an update from Joelle on the work she is doing in the region. (All photos by Jim O’Donnell) ~ ~ ~ […]

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Public Lands Action in Taos, New Mexico

On a weekday morning at 11am about 400 people gathered at the Taos Mesa Brewing Company in Taos, New Mexico to support public lands. “The National Monument is one of the best deals ever made,” said the Taos Pueblo War Chief, Curtis Sandoval. “Not just for us Native Americans but for anyone who enjoys freedom.” […]

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The Valle Vidal Geographic Area Proposal – Carson National Forest

A little more than 10 years ago the Valle Vidal Protection Act was signed into law by then-President Bush.  The act permanently protected the Valle Vidal unit of the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico from oil and gas development. Now, the Carson National Forest is revising their forest management plan. This is a […]

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