North American Adventure

Santa Fe’s Historic Adobe Architecture

Santa Fe, New Mexico

One characteristic of Santa Fe that makes it stand out among other cities is the same thing that doesn’t stand out: its architectural style. The distinctive low-profile adobe buildings are made of earth and sun-dried straw. They come in a variety of soft earthen tones and have flat roofs and soft rounded corners making them […]

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Route 66 Vintage Car and Trailer

1950 Hudson Commodore

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, we stayed at an RV park along historic Route 66 called “Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post” which was originally a trading post in the late 1940′s. There I found a fantastic photography subject: a vintage car pulling a vintage trailer! The car and trailer are available for rental and […]

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Travelling through the Guadalupe Mountain Range one has no idea of the wonder that lies beneath: over 100 limestone caves formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone. Please click the images to view larger versions. Carlsbad is the largest of the caves and you can visit without any fear of claustrophobia. It’s big room […]

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These Dunes Are Made For Walking

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

White Sands National Monument near Alamagordo, New Mexico, is as irresistible as a white sand beach but with an added mystery since it is not the type of sand you find at the beach but the world’s largest gypsum dune field. It moves from west to east at about 30 feet per year. The dunes […]

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Minimalism in Photography and Life

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Often new photographers will write to me and ask me to have a look at their photo galleries and give them some feedback. In doing so I have noticed a recurring theme. People try to include too much in their images. They have tried to capture the grand scene, everything they see in front of […]

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The Silence and the Stars

Star Trails, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

I’ve been thinking of recording the sounds of some of the places I visit and Texas had some really unique sounds. First there was the nasty javalinas, which are 60 pound hairy pig-like creatures (but they are not pigs). I wish I had a photo but they were too elusive and I only saw one […]

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

We drove north too fast! After enjoying 80-85 degree and dry weather conditions in Big Bend National Park, we headed up to Guadalupe where we were shocked to see snow for the first time on our trip. It was just a light dusting of snow that was perfect for photography and I had to pull […]

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Which city has the best “Welcome To …” sign?

Fort Stockton, Texas

I can’t say I usually pay attention to the “Welcome to [insert city name], Home of the [insert team name]” signs. Every city big and small has one. Some are square, some are round. But none have caught my attention like the one at Fort Stockton, Texas. Please click the image to view a larger […]

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Sunset on a Ghost Town

Terlingua, Texas

As the sky began to change and late afternoon turned to evening, I made my way to the ruins of the old Chisos Mining Company in Terlingua, Texas. It was such a peaceful evening. I felt lucky to be able to experience such a magical place.

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Terlingua, a Texas Ghost Town

Terlingua, Texas

You know from my recent posts how much I enjoyed Big Bend National Park in Texas. We stayed at Rio Grande Village for the first part of our visit and then we moved around to the other side to be closer to some of the scenery over there. It’s a pretty big park. We chose […]

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Contrabando, Texas

Contrabando Movie Set, Big Bend State Park, Texas

Doesn’t this place look like it belongs in an old cowboy movie? That’s because it does! It’s an abandoned movie set known as “Contrabando” located right along the Rio Grande in Big Bend State Park, Texas. (By the way, sorry for the lack of large size images lately. I have terrible internet and it is […]

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Luna’s Jacal

Luna's Jacal

At the edge of Alamo Creek in Big Bend National Park, Texas, Gilberto Luna built this jacal which is made of rock, earth and plant fiber. It was a scorching hot day the afternoon we were here and I was surprised to find how cool it was inside the jacal. It must have been somewhat […]

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Mule Ears, Big Bend National Park

Mule Ears, Big Bend National Park, Texas

One of the more distinctive mountain formations in Big Bend National Park is known as “Mule Ears”. My husband insisted on calling them “Rabbit Ears” since there were so many jackrabbits in the park and we only saw a few mules. Please click the image to view a larger version. As we hiked along the […]

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Boquillas Canyon, Texas

Boquillas Canyon

In Big Bend National Park in Texas, Boquillas Canyon lies just a short drive from the campground at Rio Grande Village where we were staying. I love it when such majestic places are so close to the campground. We found an overlook where we stopped and cooked hotdogs on the barbeque before heading down to […]

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Chisos Mountains, Texas

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I think the term “go big or go home” must have been coined in Big Bend National Park. This land of extremes is made of massive canyons, vast desert plains and rugged mountain ranges rising from the desert floor. It can be intensely hot during the day and freezing cold at night and during our […]

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Tequila Agave, Texas

Agave, Big Bend National Park, Texas

Another plant common in southern Texas is the agave, known as tequila or blue agave. Technically it is an “agave tequilana” although in Texas it may be better known as a blue agave since Mexico has claimed exclusive international rights to the word “tequila” and even stipulates which regions of the country the liquor may […]

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The Prickly Pear, Texas

Big Bend National Park, Texas

If there is one reason to wear long pants when you hike in the desert, it’s the prickly pear. They are everywhere and their spikes are very long and sharp. I cannot count the number of times I have been concentrating on making an image and I go to move my tripod just a little […]

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Ocotillo in Texas

Big Bend National Park, Texas

This week I want to show you some of the interesting cacti I came across while in Big Bend National Park in Texas. This first one is an Octillo (although technically it isn’t a cactus but we’re not being that picky, right?). It looks like a cactus and it has those similar sharp spines – […]

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Grapevine Hills, Texas

Big Bend National Park, Texas

This is Grapevine Hills in Big Bend National Park, Texas. You have to drive 7.5 miles on an extremely bumpy road that requires a high clearance vehicle or 4 wheel drive. It took a lot longer than expected because you have to drive so slowly. That’s why I always like to leave early for the […]

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Balanced Rock, Texas

Big Bend National Park, Texas

Big Bend National Park in Texas is a love it or hate it kind of place. I heard a few people say they hated it. It’s a harsh landscape with jagged rocks big and small, prickly cacti, and thorny bushes. It’s a harsh environment too with hot hot days, cold nights and dry as a […]

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Postcard From Big Bend, Texas

Big Bend National Park, Texas

Travelling in the National Parks in the USA I have noticed many of them have these really cool postcards. They are old fashioned cartoonish drawings of iconic locations in the park, often with an animal, and the park name in old fashioned lettering. I thought I would try to make a photograph that had a […]

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Photographing Mexico From Texas

Big Bend National Park, Texas

This is actually Mexico. Photographing Mexico from Texas isn’t something I really thought about before. I’ve never been to a Mexican border town, and I still haven’t because they closed the legal crossings in Big Bend National Park. Up until a few years ago visitors to the park could cross over and visit the villages […]

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First Glimpse of the Rio Grande, Texas

Big Bend National Park, Texas

I do like to mix things up a bit here on the blog and in my photography in general by trying out different things. A little lensbaby play, a few city scenes, maybe some close-ups of shells — but I can’t help but notice that the landscape shots get all the attention. When I put […]

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Street Buskers in New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Like many of you, I avoid people in my travel photography. I am always waiting for them to get out of the way. But, after reading the eBook “Rabari: Encounters with the Nomadic Tribe” by Mitchell Kanashkevich, I have been trying to include more people since they add so much context and sense of place. […]

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