Archive for the ‘New Mexico Sights, Sounds, etc.’ Category

Backburn Smoke Plume due to back-burn fires related to Las Conchas Fire

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

A smoke plume has developed north of Albuquerque due to back-burn control measures by firefighters trying to contain the Las Conchas fire near Los Alamos, NM.

Here are a few pics I snapped just down the road from where we live.


Santa Fe Century 2011 – bicycle 100 miles or more in one day

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Heartbreak Hill -- about 41 miles into the 103 mile ride

Brief summary of the Santa Fe Century: My heart said, “YES!” My knee said, “NO!” My head said, “Remember what happened the last time you didn’t listen to your body? Yes, that’s right, you tore your ACL and you were out for a year.”¬† Knee/head/wisdom won. I quit just shy of making 40 miles. Very disappointed, but I know it was the right decision.

On the bright side, I was able to be present to watch my two riding buddies finish their first century rides–YAY for Connie & Alee!!!

Nearing the finish line...

Turn the corner to find the finish line!

It’s true that I was sad and disappointed that I had to pull out short of my goal.¬† Clearly this outcome is a perceived failure.¬† Yet, how much worse would I feel if I had not listened to my body and damaged my knee to the degree that it would require serious medical intervention or even surgery?¬† Possibly being out of commission and off the bike for an entire year (like when I tore my ACL).¬† Perhaps, taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture, the wisdom I gained weighs heavier in the success column.¬† Afterall, I will be back on the bike and there will be more century rides to complete THIS year.

I have learned so much more about my body and myself…and about what I need to do to get stronger and prepare for next time.¬† Why is it that I seem to learn the more from perceived failures than expected successes?

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Sunday, May 1st, 2011

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Wild, windy New Mexico weather

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

This picture was not taken for it’s ‘beauty’. It’s really more of a wild, windy weather shot. I took it at approximately 5:30PM on 3/4/11 facing toward the west.

Light Orange Glow on the mesa

A light orange glow on the mesa...nearing sunset...winds are howling!

The orange glow is from the sun reflecting off all the dust and dirt blowing around the mesa. The air was thoroughly saturated with pollen.

If you look closely, you can see waves of gusting dirt . The bushy looking objects in the background are mostly juniper (supplier of the cruel pollen). Yes, I am sensitive to juniper pollen. Can you hear me sneezing?

Up, up and away…Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2010

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

The balloons are back in town for the annual Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.¬† I wasn’t able to make it down to the launch field this year, but I was able to snap some pics from various locations in and around Albuquerque.

The balloons are soooo pretty and such a joy to watch.  For even more great pics from the launch field, check out the photo galleries on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta website.

A single balloon floating over houses on the mesa — Rio Rancho
Balloons launching on the mesa in Rio Rancho
Balloons launching on the mesa in Rio Rancho
Sponge Bob Balloon
Sponge Bob Balloon — Corrales
Sponge Bob close-up -- Corrales
Sponge Bob close-up — Corrales

Balloon and Power Lines
Balloon floats near power lines — YIKES — Albuquerque
Trip Around The World — Albuquerque
Lady Bug Balloon
Lady Bug Balloon — Albuquerque
Crazy House Balloon
Crazy House Balloon — Corrales
Balloons Floating Mountain Haze

Balloons floating in front of Sandia Mountain in the morning haze -- notice the radio towers at the top of the Crest.