Mother Nature Saddles Up

Morning Walk Albuquerque's Embudo Canyon

Indian School is an east west boulevard that ends at the Embudo Canyon Open Space at the far east side of Albuquerque. There is a parking lot at the open space that opens at seven each morning and closes at seven each evening. People and pets can both walk here to...

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Albuquerque Foothills in the Clouds one of those sunless days

On the average, Albuquerque sees the sun 280 days a year. The U.S. average is 205 days. This morning the Sandia Mountains are hidden behind low lying clouds and visibility is limited. The clouds have no substance yet they hide the towering rugged peaks at the far East...

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Arizona Cows On a dirt road to nowhere

Where country starts is " when you start to see cows. " We are not in prime cow country in this high desert part of Arizona.There is better grazing in Texas and, even better, in Uruguay.The grass here is sparse amid cactus, junipers, washes, arroyos, ditches, and dirt...

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Museo of Amber Zona Colonia, Santo Domingo

Pat reminds me to dig deeper into amber, highly valued by Kings and royalty way way back when we had Kings and royalty. Tunneling deeper, I start walking to the Museum of Ambar at 454 Calle Arzobismo Merino Street in the Zona Colonia. It is roughly four blocks from...

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Jardin Botanico Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

A ten minute taxi ride to the north of the Zona Colonia is the National Botanical Gardens of the Dominican Republic.   The gardens are huge and I trade narrow city sidewalks to walk freely in wide open spaces. This Sunday there is a long wavy line at the...

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Fishing by the Napolitano Casino Fishermen rise early

Before seven in the morning, a kid passes me on his bicycle, waves at another man on a bicycle going the other way past us who is carrying a five gallon plastic bucket full of fish and a fishing pole home on his handlebars. When the kid, who just whizzed past me,...

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Afternoon rain Zona Colonia Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

It rains in the Caribbean. This rain storm has blown in in early afternoon and sends me under a roof overhang on one of the streets in the ": Old City. " Bringing an umbrella is one of those suggested things to do when packing for a trip, carrying the umbrella on your...

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Mama Juana Mixology

When I remark that I have a cold, Yuri asks if I want some " Mama Juana? " " I don't want marijuana, " I answer. " No, " she laughs, " Mama Juana. It is a local drink, good for colds. " Berluis shows me a jug which looks like it is filled with bark off a tree, which,...

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Porthole Landing in the Dominican Republic

Visibility is restricted on airplanes. I look outside the small porthole and see parts of our plane, but mostly see clouds, Mother Nature's sunscreens. Sometimes the clouds are white as your grandfather's hair while other times they are puffed up like a boxer's...

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Tumbling Tumbleweed/Albuquerque-Video looking for home

From Wikepedia- " A tumbleweed is a structural part of the above-ground anatomy of a number of species of plants, a diaspore, that once it is mature and dry, detaches from its root or stem, and tumbles away in the wind...." "Tumbleweeds" is also a Roy Rodgers cowboy...

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