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Happy Birthday at Hovenweep

Happy Birthday at Hovenweep

Hovenweep Castle and diffraction sunstar Hunter-Gatherers - Long before it became the quiet deserted valley of the Utes, hunter-gatherers roamed through Hovenweep in search of now-extinct mastadons and other game. They gathered edible plants when they could, but gave...

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Ghosts at Fort Stanton

Ghosts at Fort Stanton

Indian Uprisings and a Fort of Stone - The place always was pretty empty. New Mexico had no more than 93,516 people in it before the Civil War. Of those, around 10,000 were Indians. There were enough of them to make trouble for the remaining population, mostly whites,...

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Shoot The Dog 4 – Great Shots Begin at Home

Shoot The Dog 4 – Great Shots Begin at Home

Dog love keeps me going - I'm a sucker for a cute pup. This was supposed to be about Civil War-era Fort Stanton in New Mexico. But I keep shooting these cool pup shots, so... Buzz the hero Sheltie. The Best Shots Begin Near Home - You don't really have to go anywhere...

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Shoot the Dog 3 – Lava Fields and Speedlites

Shoot the Dog 3 – Lava Fields and Speedlites

Buzz at Valley of Fires - Before anything else, I look for great backgrounds to put a dog in front of. So when my wife Pat said, "How about a Carrizozo overnighter?" I was an enthusiastic "Yes!" We'd driven through Valley of Fires recreation area many times on our...

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Shoot the Dog 2 – Puppies, Parks and Shows

Shoot the Dog 2 – Puppies, Parks and Shows

I knew from prior experience that Chris' young dogs were a bit shy and skittish, but really cute. So I slung dSLRs with EF 85mm f/1.4L IS and 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses over my shoulders, and we walked over for a visit. Chris with Roo - with flash fill As we sat and talked,...

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Winter Shooting

Winter Shooting

Keep a camera handy in winter. Yes it's cold, and you will have to bundle up like the Michelin Man. But once you get out there, you'll be saying "Oh, wow!" so much you may forget to photograph anything. Low-Angle Winter Sun Gives Great Light The sun travels lower in...

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Fall Color at Bosque

Fall Color at Bosque

I don't hate my smartphone's "AoooOOgah" alarm too much when there's a good reason for it. This time, it's an O-dark thirty wakeup call just a few miles from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Bosque is where many snow geese and sandhill cranes go to spend...

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It’s Petroglyph Weather

It’s Petroglyph Weather

Time to meet 5,000+ petroglyphs and stark mountain landscapes. Mesa Prieta is usually deserted, and touched by decent morning light (sometimes spectacular). So how do you get ready? Beyond revisiting the route to the location, my pre-shoot thoughts go something like...

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Shoot The Dog – Pet Photography

Shoot The Dog – Pet Photography

Find Motivation I've been shooting a lot of dog pictures in the last few months. Bernese Mountain Dogs can be charmingly playful, and they're very cute besides. Our Berner Daisy has always been a star, usually getting our tri-color Sheltie Buzz ignored when they're...

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Every 1’s a Winner – Unique Weather

Every 1’s a Winner – Unique Weather

"There'll be another one tomorrow night!" Another patron shouted this to me as I photographed an Albuquerque evening cloudscape outside local restaurant favorite The Range Cafe. The guy was probably referring to that evening's non-existent sunset. I shouted back, "But...

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