Bisti Arch, Bisti Badlands, New Mexico

Bisti Arch by Anne McKinnell

Roaming around Bisti Badlands in New Mexico, there are so many different rock formations to see. One that was a surprise to me as I explored was Bisti Arch. I heard there was an arch somewhere, so I was keeping my eye out for it, but I was looking for something much larger. It turns out - it's just tiny! The arch is probably only a few feet off the ground. So when I first … [Read more...]

City of Rocks State Park New Mexico

City of Rocks by Anne McKinnell

One of my favourite new finds from last winter's snow bird trip is the City of Rocks State Park in New Mexico where I found a hedge of large sculpted boulders. Most of the RV's park just outside the rocks, but we managed to squeeze our RV into a site that backed right on to the rocks. What a great spot! I made this panorama photo from another set of rocks across from the … [Read more...]

First Day in Bisti Badlands, New Mexico

Bisti Badlands by Anne McKinnell

This place has been on my wish list for years. A hidden treasure most people have never heard of. A lot of the information I read about it online including directions to landmarks and where to camp turned out to be totally false - but the gorgeous scenery was certainly true. Giant hoodoos, balanced rocks, rocks shaped like every animal you can think of, even rocks … [Read more...]

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 blend in to the gentle slopes of the mountains … [Read more...]

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 the trailer looked pretty roomy inside given its small … [Read more...]

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 is 4,000 feet wide, 625 feet … [Read more...]

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 call begging me to take off my shoes and feel the sand between my toes. I wander off … [Read more...]

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 them, all in one frame. It is visually confusing without one distinct subject. One … [Read more...]