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How do you photograph the sunlight that dances on the sides of mesas, softens red-rock canyons, brightens the green of piñons and junipers and sharpens the smell of sage after a sudden rain? How do you capture New Mexico's blend of language, history, experience, ideas, drama and dreams?

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Photo by Skoop2

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A pair of cottonwoods lights up the Chama River valley near Abiqui.

A pair of cottonwoods lights up the Chama River valley near Abiqui.

The leaves seemed to catch and distill the essence of New Mexico's golden autumn sun.

Photo: Skoop2

Photo by Ruth Ortiz

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Enchanted Circle Rainbow

Enchanted Circle Rainbow

In the summer of 2006, we were traveling from Mora, NM to Angel Fire, NM in a light mist. We came across this double rainbow in an open field.

Photo: Ruth Ortiz

Photo by Marcia Cole

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Historic San Miguel

Historic San Miguel

It's thrilling to see a bit of our country's history. San Miguel is the oldest church in the U.S.

Photo: Marcia Cole

Photo by westcoaster

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State Capitol Building

State Capitol Building

I have never seen a legislative building anywhere that so captured the soul of the people. Instead of the cold formality you usually find, there was warmth and light everywhere and the staff were so gracious in letting us take pictures anywhere we liked. This little corner with the flowers and folksy furniture really captured the character of the place.

Photo: westcoaster

Photo by Stiffler,D'Anna

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The Pine

The Pine

This is the Pine canyon arm of Navajo Lake in North Western New Mexico. The fishing is second only to the beauty!

Photo: Stiffler,D'Anna

Photo by Claudia Magdalena Abendroth

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San Francisco de Asis

San Francisco de Asis

The church's architecture is incredible. This is especially memorable because the photo was taken in the dead of night with no one around, giving it a haunted feeling. This contrasted so differently the next day as people entered it for church services.

Photo: Claudia Magdalena Abendroth

Photo by Marty Phelix

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Roasting Chiles

Roasting Chiles

A worker from the El Jardin de Chile de Chimayo booth roasting annual green chiles at the Santa Fe farmers market in the fall. Yummm!!!

Photo: Marty Phelix

Photo by Marty Phelix

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New Mexico Balloon

New Mexico Balloon

The official New Mexico symbol on a balloon captured against the bright blue sky at the Albuquerque balloon festival. The colors are exquisite in the morning light.

Photo: Marty Phelix

Photo by misty_in_stl

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Tent Rock National Monument

Tent Rock National Monument

The skies were cloudy and grey as we ascended Tent Rocks National Monument. The overcast skies did not detract from the panoramic views. Our efforts were rewarded, however, on the descent when the clouds broke and a gorgeous crisp blue sky emerged, offering a spectacular backdrop to the rock formations.

Photo: misty_in_stl

Photo by April D. Pilley

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Red Windmill at Silver Dollar

Red Windmill at Silver Dollar

My family for three generations have spent Mother's Day in the mountains of Southern New Mexico. After several years away from New Mexico, my mother and I renewed this tradition and have now had Mother's Day brunch at Tinnie's Silver Dollar and then spending the rest of the day in Lincoln. This photograph was taken the first year upon returning to the Hondo Valley.

Photo: April D. Pilley

Photo by alanag

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Desert Flowers

Desert Flowers

We were so lucky to be traveling in Southern New Mexico during the time when these fabulous cactus flowers were in bloom. From the starkness of the plant during the summer to these delicate blooms - shows that if you look there is beauty in ever living creature.

Photo: alanag

Photo by Pat Bean

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Echo Amphitheater, Carson National Forest

Echo Amphitheater, Carson National Forest

Visible from the highway, I admired this scene as I drove past. It was an unexpected sight that prompted a U-turn so I could explore it more fully. The experience of echoing my voice off the cavernous landmarked was enhanced by the chattering of a western kingbird from a tree top. The stop provided a relaxing break for my drive down this scenic stretch of Highway 84 where one watches the rocks turn redder the more south one drives.

Photo: Pat Bean

Photo by 2dogs

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Navajo Eyes

Navajo Eyes

my grandkids ... Navajo children dress to go .. the ever present pickup behind them

Photo: 2dogs

Photo by Katrina Laubach

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Petroglyph National Monument in the Boca Negra Canyon

Petroglyph National Monument in the Boca Negra Canyon

Being from Pennsylvania, I was mesmerized by the blue sky and gorgeous landscapes in new Mexico. At the top of a cliff in the Boca Negra Canyon, I saw this beautiful sky and couldn't resist taking a photograph!

Photo: Katrina Laubach

Photo by jane0822

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Wild West sign on store

Wild West sign on store

another treat to the eyes was the store front with the Indian and Wild West sign.

Photo: jane0822

Photo by Pat Lucas, Reading, MA

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Spirits of the Canyon

Spirits of the Canyon

While studying watercolor painting at nearby Ghost Ranch, our plein-air inspiration for the class was at Echo Canyon. Off to the right of the echo "bowl" was this wonderful, haunting face carved out by winds and rain. I felt the presence of Native American spirits watching and protecting this amazing area.

Photo: Pat Lucas, Reading, MA

Photo by C Gerard Smith

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Picnic Shelters at White Sands National Monument

Picnic Shelters at White Sands National Monument

On a hot August day these picnic shelters looked unreal, however they were real, and I was on Earth. It was also surprisingly cool underneath them on a 98F day.

Photo: C Gerard Smith

Photo by LoreneMills

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Blessed doorway

Blessed doorway

Late afternoon sun lights up one of the most famous doorways in New Mexico

Photo: LoreneMills

Photo by joely092207

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Earthship

Earthship

Within a short distance from Taos are Earthships, which are sustainable, self-sufficient communities. It is an interesting place to visit. A visit includes an extremely knowledgeable tour guide and an opportunity to walk around on your own.

Photo: joely092207

Photo by beingpaged

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Acoma Pueblo (Sky City)

Acoma Pueblo (Sky City)

I like the shadows and light in this photo. Both give perfect distinction to the buildings, kivas, and ladders.

Photo: beingpaged

Photo by jmeyers2

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Cliff Dwelllings Oct '08

Cliff Dwelllings Oct '08

I was fascinated imagining the people that lived here. Where life was lived, ceremonies made and people dwelled. It was amazing.

Photo: jmeyers2

Photo by Norman Tarazona

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Skull on Wall

Skull on Wall

This was located on a wall of the incredible B&B I stayed at ... the Inn of the Turqouise Bear.

Photo: Norman Tarazona

Photo by Greg Morris

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We're not in Kansas anymore!!!

We're not in Kansas anymore!!!

After more than 3 hours riding on dirt roads that seemed to go nowhere and hiking in circles for a time that felt a lifetime, my destination was completed. My only thought was "where in this world am I...???

Photo: Greg Morris

Photo by Norman Tarazona

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Skull and Chile Ristras

Skull and Chile Ristras

Was walking away from the central plaza in the Old Town when this caught my eye and my imagination.

Photo: Norman Tarazona

Photo by Ben Petry

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Sandia Peak Chairlift

Sandia Peak Chairlift

Enjoying Mother's Day at the top of Sandia Peak is where this picture of the chairlifts was captured.

Photo: Ben Petry

Photo by Boko

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A Matter of Semantics

A Matter of Semantics

In a very isolated location now, must have been a big draw in the 40's and 50's.

Photo: Boko

Photo by rockeddy

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Sunset over the desert

Sunset over the desert

We camped (boondocked)with our RV in the BLM area near Ajo. The sunsets were almost alway spectacular and the nights cool quickly. I want to be there again.

Photo: rockeddy

Photo by Peter Bowden

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Crazy Ladders at Bandelier National Monument

Crazy Ladders at Bandelier National Monument

The crazy steps and stairs make exploring Bandelier National Monument an exciting adventure...especially for those with a fear of heights!

Photo: Peter Bowden

Photo by Peter Bowden

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Unique Chacoan Doorway

Unique Chacoan Doorway

The evening sun reflecting off the wall in the room beyond lends a mystical feel to this scene in Pueblo Bonito. You can almost hear the chanting of the Ancient Puebloans who one occupied this structure. It was five stories tall and was the tallest building on North America until the first skyscrapers were built in NYC in the early 1800s.

Photo: Peter Bowden

Photo by John Wehrle

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waiting for mail

waiting for mail

walking along canyon road with my family we came upon these beautifully painted mail boxes and couldn't resist snapping a picture of them!

Photo: John Wehrle

Photo by Marc Knapp

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Hot Babe With Hot Peppers

Hot Babe With Hot Peppers

in front of the gift shop at the San Miguel mission

Photo: Marc Knapp

Photo by Anil Hanumanthappa

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Eye of the Needle

Eye of the Needle

It was a race against time; the sun waning and the mercury plummeting, a backpack heavy on the shoulder and my camera dangling on the neck. Uncomfortable, but I knew I had to do it; sprint two miles across the Badlands to get to the Needle hoping for a decent picture. Once there, I spotted this strange clay structure, carved by the elements, half way up the hill directly opposite the Needle. I knew at once that I had to get above and behind it to compose the picture - the clay structure, in shadow, against the Needle, in sunlight. In anticipation of a great image, I scrambled up, composed and took this picture. It was only after, that I noticed I was standing among a multitude of crevasses, some over six feet deep, carved by rain into the clayey hill side.

Photo: Anil Hanumanthappa

Photo by KE1TH

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Indian paint brush along US491

Indian paint brush along US491

The pop of red indian paint brush in May along the highway between Gallup and Shiprock

Photo: KE1TH

Photo by Brittany Held

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Enchanted Horses

Enchanted Horses

While driving along a quaint road in Taos, I looked over and saw these magical creatures. The moment was beautifully serene.

Photo: Brittany Held

Photo by ozlindy

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Adobe Gallery

Adobe Gallery

Nothing about Santa Fe disappointed me.From the bustling town centre to the quiet meandering streets.Finding wonderful surprises at every turn and talking to friendly and proud residents..Oh to spend more time here!!

Photo: ozlindy

Photo by seabeelarry

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Chili Alley

Chili Alley

I was wandering around Old Town one Sunday Morning in October 2008, and came across this alley near the park.

Photo: seabeelarry

Photo by Jennifer Parker

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Rodeo Tyme

Rodeo Tyme

Saddle Bronc Riders gettin ready for a rodeo.

Photo: Jennifer Parker

Photo by Rudolph Dew

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Loretto Chapel miracle staircase

Loretto Chapel miracle staircase

the staircase was built without nails—only wooden pegs.Upn completion, the carpenter disappeared without pay or thanks. Some believe that he was St. Joseph himself, having come in answer to the sisters' prayers.

Photo: Rudolph Dew

Photo by Rudolph Dew

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View from cliff dwelling window

View from cliff dwelling window

On a rainy day, a breathtaking view from inside a Tsankawi prehistoric cliff dwelling in the Bandelier National Monument Park – New Mexico

Photo: Rudolph Dew

Photo by netanya26

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teepees against the evening sky

teepees against the evening sky

We could not resist documenting this scene. We were driving from Bandalier State Park back into Santa Fe when we happened upon three life size authentic Tee- pees.

Photo: netanya26

Photo by netanya26

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Rail Station

Rail Station

A picture is worth 1000 words... just resting in front of the station after a day at the Indian Market

Photo: netanya26

Photo by Rebecca Ramsey

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Reflection of lake #9

Reflection of lake #9

Over night backpacking trip from Red River, NM. Hiked to all 9 lakes and camped at #7. It was a beautiful, still day...perfect for reflections!

Photo: Rebecca Ramsey

Photo by Jaime C. Jordan

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Holding Nothing Back

Holding Nothing Back

Clouds moving quickly past Acoma Pueblo.

Photo: Jaime C. Jordan

Photo by Jaime C. Jordan

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Sandias from the Bosque

Sandias from the Bosque

The Sandia Mountains, just before sunset, November 18, 2007. Taken from the Corrales Bosque, just north of Albuquerque.

Photo: Jaime C. Jordan

Photo by ronleon49

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The Back Country of Northern New Mexico

The Back Country of Northern New Mexico

Much of County Highway 112, running through Rio Arriba County near El Vado Lake, is dirt road running through the desolate back country. You can drive for miles and see more wolves or elk than you see people. That is one of the elements that makes New Mexico the "Land of Enchantment."

Photo: ronleon49

Photo by ronleon49

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Wide Open Spaces

Wide Open Spaces

This is an August scene typical of northern New Mexico. Beautiful sky, wide open highway, and spectacular mountain scenery. This is paradise!

Photo: ronleon49

Photo by ronleon49

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Tracks in the Snow

Tracks in the Snow

The snow was falling the day before Easter when I took this picture at the rail yard of the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad. This is a narrow gauge railroad that got its start in the late 19th century hauling goods in and out of the mines that were going strong during that time period. Today it does a thriving tourist passenger business out of Chama, New Mexico during the spring, summer, and fall.

Photo: ronleon49

Photo by ronleon49

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The Sky Opening

The Sky Opening

This scene caught my eye when it appeared that the clouds were spreading apart and the sky opening over this little chapel at the Las Golondrinas Spanish Colonial Museum at La Cienega, New Mexico.

Photo: ronleon49

Photo by leahtardo

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Footprints in the sand:

Footprints in the sand:

When visiting the White Sands National Monument, taking off your shoes is a must!

Photo: leahtardo

Photo by leahtardo

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Bug Trails beyond the Yucca:

Bug Trails beyond the Yucca:

If I could explain the White sands to someone I would mention the obvious: Sand and lots of it, yucca far and few between, and blue skys. But what I would also bring up are the small bug impression trails left behind, what perfect photo opportunity!

Photo: leahtardo

Photo by Mary Elizabeth Morrison

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Sunny Glow

Sunny Glow

Photograph taken 04-09-2008 on a cross country road trip. After spending hours at the sand dunes in a black out from high winds, a storm blew over and the sun came out brilliantly over the sand.

Photo: Mary Elizabeth Morrison

Photo by Mary Elizabeth Morrison

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750 Feet Underground

750 Feet Underground

I shot this in 2008 on a National Park cross country road trip. I noticed most of my shots underground were looking the same, so I started to incorporate human elements. I realized with including the railings was a good idea as it gives you more of a feel of being there yourself while looking at the photograph.

Photo: Mary Elizabeth Morrison

Photo by Catherine_Levin

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Metaphor

Metaphor

I'd like to say there is a fabulous story behind this photo, but frankly, I snapped it in my one morning free to wander around Santa Fe on a gorgeous October morning, on my first ever visit. What this little door within a door seems to imply, however, may be more interesting than the story of its genesis!

Photo: Catherine_Levin

Photo by Donna Judd

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A Little Sun, a Little Mud...

A Little Sun, a Little Mud...

Visitors have been enjoying this hot springs since the 15th century.

Photo: Donna Judd

Photo by H. Hermes

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Adobe Gardening

Adobe Gardening

One of the many reasons I love this photo: She was so involved in her gardening, she never knew I was there.

Photo: H. Hermes

Photo by H. Hermes

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Unmistakable Taos

Unmistakable Taos

Anyone who has visited the church of St. Francis of Assisi has certainly seen the beautiful homes that surround it. This turquoise window adorned with red hot peppers is absolutely glorious on a sunny day!

Photo: H. Hermes

Photo by H. Hermes

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Adobe Shopping

Adobe Shopping

The beautiful adobe architecture of New Mexico make it especially interesting to browse through shops from Albuquerque to Taos.

Photo: H. Hermes

Photo by S R Blair

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Ghost at Assisi

Ghost at Assisi

While in the churchyard of St. Francis de Assisi at sunset, I noticed that dark shadows of sidewalk pedestrians seemed to float along a nearby amber wall, like ghosts. I framed the scene, and waited for just the right “ghost” to appear, hoping to catch the reverie of this special time and place dating back to 1626. A man walking his dog appeared. Nah. Two women with shopping bags. No way. Next came a man in a suit carrying a briefcase. Forget it. Then, a tall, lean cowboy came out of a nearby shop, pausing at the entry. “Turn left” I whispered to myself. He did, as I reached for the shutter release. As his shadow appeared, I fired two shots. The second caught part of his real leg and boot in the frame. This one, the “Ghost at Assisi”, was the first.

Photo: S R Blair

Photo by ozlindy

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Grace & Beauty

Grace & Beauty

Every step we took along Canyon Road brought us to another wonderful sculpture or gallery..So much to see but so little time.WILL BE BACK FOR SURE!!!

Photo: ozlindy

Photo by lwyckoff

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Kokpelli and warrior in ancient petroglyphs

Kokpelli and warrior in ancient petroglyphs

An outlying unit of Bandelier National Monument, Tsankawi is full of treasures and surprises. Trails are accessed by ladders. Petroglyphs and cliff dwellings dot the landscape. Ancient pathways are sunken deeply into soft white rock by the feet of many ancestors.

Photo: lwyckoff

Photo by dessarene

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NM Sunset

NM Sunset

This picture was taken from our tent. We found a spot that was very secluded. We took our truck down a long narrow path with brush taller than the truck and found the perfect spot to be alone. It was a beautiful day that turned into a beautiful evening.

Photo: dessarene

Photo by Joan Kanner

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A Slice of Life

A Slice of Life

Meandering through the back streets of Santa Fe, this scene made me pause and smile.

Photo: Joan Kanner

Photo by Joan Kanner

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Art is Everywhere

Art is Everywhere

I was drawn to texture of the weathered door and bench and the artistic ironwork.

Photo: Joan Kanner

Photo by Joan Kanner

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Crows with Copper Pots

Crows with Copper Pots

I was struck by the starkness of this dramatic entrance to a sculpture gallery on the road from Santa Fe to Taos.

Photo: Joan Kanner

Photo by Sherpa50

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Loretto Chapel

Loretto Chapel

I took my sister to Santa Fe for her first visit there. We enjoyed photographing the churches. This one located right off the plaza.

Photo: Sherpa50

Photo by Sherpa50

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Old Church

Old Church

This old church is located in Tularosa NM and is visible as you drive thru town.

Photo: Sherpa50

Photo by alanag

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Joy

Joy

Everyone has fun at the Sante Fe Indian Market

Photo: alanag

Photo by Richard Swigart

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Historical Hobby

Historical Hobby

As the water trickles down its mountainside,it carries a secret. It's a secret Morry Oden is there to reveal. Kneeling down to patiently uncover the glistening gift that can be gently revealed.

Photo: Richard Swigart

Photo by phieaglefan

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Room to Roam

Room to Roam

On a family trip to New Mexico, we rafted one day and went on a four-wheeler tour the next. The views were incredible, and we climbed high into the mountains. The girls loved it!

Photo: phieaglefan

Photo by phieaglefan

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Now I see it!

Now I see it!

We were driving on our first ever road trip to New Mexico. I pointed out this unusual roadway art to our 3 children. The youngest didn't see where I was pointing for a bit, then she cried "Now I see it!"

Photo: phieaglefan

Photo by Carla McCarthy

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The Buffalo Dance

The Buffalo Dance

The Buffalo Dance danced by the youth of 1 of the Pueblos. Picture taken by my Mom at Museum Hill, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Photo: Carla McCarthy

Photo by Ben Petry

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Polar Bear Toss

Polar Bear Toss

I captured this picture of the polar bear at the Rio Grande Zoo playfully tossing a large white disc in the air.

Photo: Ben Petry

Photo by Mark Iwig

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Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Train

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Train

We rode the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad Train from Chama to Osier and back to Chama in late September 2008. The Aspen trees were turning a brilliant gold which provided many very beautiful photo opportunities.

Photo: Mark Iwig

Photo by Michele Stern

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Final Resting Place

Final Resting Place

Along the high road from Santa Fe, I caught sight of a cemetary seemingly out in the middle of nowhere. We stopped and I noticed this very unique final resting place for somebody (or sombodies, as it might be).

Photo: Michele Stern

Photo by Barbara Nicholson

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Sleding on the Sand Dunes

Sleding on the Sand Dunes

These white sands almost look like snow drifts and they make a good substitute for snow for sleding

Photo: Barbara Nicholson

Photo by kathleen

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Santa Fe Sunrise I

Santa Fe Sunrise I

This image was shot on an early morning, sunrise walk. The distant, ambient morning light, combined with the camera’s immediate flash, created a more enchanting morning landscape, and a feeling of serenity.

Photo: kathleen

Photo by Ashley M. Davis

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Storm in the White Sands

Storm in the White Sands

On a road trip from White Sands to Carlsbad. We arrived in White Sands in the early morning while a storm was finally starting to clear out. It was freezing, and everyone else sat in the car while I hiked the dunes to get photographs. It was amazing to me that something like this exists in NM.

Photo: Ashley M. Davis

Photo by vsaenz2

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Floating over the Rio Grande River

Floating over the Rio Grande River

Skyline of Albuquerque dotted by hot air ballons.

Photo: vsaenz2

Photo by Nance McManus, CPS

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Ghost Mountain

Ghost Mountain

As a native of New Mexico and a full time pastel painter I go to Ghost Ranch a lot to paint....that it practice painting. Ghost Ranch is a never ending love affair...trying to convey what is there to a painted surface.

Photo: Nance McManus, CPS

Photo by bossystarr

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CAR WASH

CAR WASH

i saw this beautiful abandoned car wash on the way up to taos from santa fe. it evokes in me all of the historical charm and untouched beauty of new mexico.

Photo: bossystarr

Photo by jorg36, Keith Jorgensen

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Hacienda de los Martinez

Hacienda de los Martinez

An excellent museum showing living conditions in early New Mexico.

Photo: jorg36, Keith Jorgensen

Photo by M. Jill Barone

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Very Large Array

Very Large Array

One of the radio telescopes at the Very Large Array, about 2 hours south of Albuquerque. The telescopes in the Y-shaped array can be moved along a railroad track in order to study the cosmos.

Photo: M. Jill Barone

Photo by Ellen Lyle

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Old and New Embrace

Old and New Embrace

Last summer, when my husband and I visited the St. Francis Cathedral near downtown Santa Fe, it was undergoing an amazing renovation that highlighted its magnificient old Spanish carvings, tiles and paintings by using modern design techniques. Skylights, pale yellow and white stucco, and lightened stain on the wooden pews brightened the ancient artworks. What captured my attention most was the display off to the side of the alter of a slightly different version of Jesus’ great commandment to "love one another.” The wording here went further, saying to do this "constantly." That one little word made the old familiar wording fresh again and allowed it to sink into my soul. Bright adornments of red, yellow and blue flanked this ancient message in a way I could not have imagined in most older churches. Here, the old and new embraced and together created something neither could done alone. We saw lots of other lovely sights in Santa Fe, but none had quite the power for me of this old-yet-new church.

Photo: Ellen Lyle

Photo by Uma

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Her giant friend

Her giant friend

Two friends and I took a road trip to Santa Fe last year. The photo was taken outside a gallery on Canyon Road. My friend, who is 6'2", was dwarfed by this lounging fellow.

Photo: Uma

Photo by Louie Torrez

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depth

depth

walking around and i looked up!lol

Photo: Louie Torrez

Photo by Louie Torrez

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faces

faces

just trying out my new camera.

Photo: Louie Torrez

Photo by larry_MPG

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Abandoned Adobe During Storm

Abandoned Adobe During Storm

I was shooting in a little dusty, dirt-street town on the Turquoise Trail called Cerrillos when I came upon this old abandoned adobe. An afternoon storm was brewing to the south which gave the scene the incredible light.

Photo: larry_MPG

Photo by larry_MPG

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El Santuario de Chimayó

El Santuario de Chimayó

In the town of Chimayo, NM there is a small church or shrine known as El Santuario de Chimayó. It is also known (at least locally) as the "Lourdes of America."

Photo: larry_MPG

Photo by Katherine JF

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Driving Away

Driving Away

The sadness of leaving the land ingrained in me, tempered with the happiness of returning home, a place with fewer roots. I want to stay here forever.

Photo: Katherine JF

Photo by Laurie Slotnick

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artist's studio

artist's studio

We visited an artist's studio, in his home; this is his palate. He softens the paints before using them.

Photo: Laurie Slotnick

Photo by Laurie Slotnick

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Bandelier cave dwellings

Bandelier cave dwellings

The striking rock formations that ancient Pueblo People used as dwelling are almost shockingly beautiful.

Photo: Laurie Slotnick

Photo by Laurie Slotnick

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Early evening in March. My family is up the road, walking to a restaurant, calling me to catch up. The statue and church are too captivating to pass by.

Photo: Laurie Slotnick

Photo by Laurie Slotnick

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Spring morning

Spring morning

My son, husband, & I were wandering around town after coffee on our last morning in Santa Fe this March. This wall captured the cool, bright, smoky-smelling feeling of the city for me.

Photo: Laurie Slotnick

Photo by rbanker

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Sandia Mountains in the morning light

Sandia Mountains in the morning light

Sandia Mountains in the morning light along the Rio Grande

Photo: rbanker

Photo by caverns

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storm over the guadalupe's

storm over the guadalupe's

photo was taken prior to a summer storm in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Photo: caverns

Photo by Josie de Varona

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Mission of San Miguel of Santa Fe

Mission of San Miguel of Santa Fe

Two birds seemed to pose on the cross atop this historic church for the last photo I shot in Santa Fe.

Photo: Josie de Varona

Photo by shields harris

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Azure Sky

Azure Sky

This was last June, taken on a trip to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The oldest building the United States!

Photo: shields harris

Photo by CherylFerrer

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clouds moving in

clouds moving in

Landscape that inspired Georgia O'Keefe

Photo: CherylFerrer

Photo by LeeAnn Kole

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Rock Formation

Rock Formation

The park was deserted, and the only sound was our voices and footsteps as we wandered throught he paths.

Photo: LeeAnn Kole

Photo by LeeAnn Kole

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Ladder

Ladder

I have always loved the ladders made by the Native Americans. The snow covering the rungs against the blue sky captured my imagination.

Photo: LeeAnn Kole

Photo by Vandana Rajagopalan

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Sanctuario De Chimayo

Sanctuario De Chimayo

a holy Land

Photo: Vandana Rajagopalan

Photo by Vandana Rajagopalan

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Sandhill cranes in flight

Sandhill cranes in flight

Migration season at Bosque Del Apache NWR, and two sandhill cranes gracefully home for the evening..

Photo: Vandana Rajagopalan

Photo by Vandana Rajagopalan

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sunset in Clovis

sunset in Clovis

a rural sunset, bright and beautiful

Photo: Vandana Rajagopalan

Photo by suzelovesu

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Virgin De Guadalupe Statue

Virgin De Guadalupe Statue

The Virgin De Guadalupe statue stands in the heart of Santa Fe, drawing people to bring offerings of roses, lilies, crucifixes and more. My friend and I decided to do a walking pilgrimage of many of the gorgeous churches representing all the many faiths present in the city. We started with this Mexican icon and moved on from there with open eyes, open hearts.

Photo: suzelovesu

Photo by Jane Moore

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Salsa Dancing at Pancakes on the Plaza

Salsa Dancing at Pancakes on the Plaza

The live music and dancing was as hot as the sun at the annual July 4 Pancakes on the Plaza festivities. Who could resist a little booty shaking?

Photo: Jane Moore

Photo by travelwoman1

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Manzano Mountains - Spring Snow 2009

Manzano Mountains - Spring Snow 2009

New Mexico had a Spring snow storm in March 2009 and this view of the Manzano Mountains from my back porch was very inspiring, so I grabbed my camera. The light, snow and cloud shadows playing on the mountains was beautiful!

Photo: travelwoman1

Photo by F. Muniz

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Beautiful spring day in Ojo

Beautiful spring day in Ojo

Enjoying the colorful beauty of the hills around Ojo Caliente after a nice soak in the mineral tubs. Always a relaxing getaway...

Photo: F. Muniz

Photo by PeteFoley

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Oldest House

Oldest House

A stroll around the quiet backstreets of Santa Fe offers a rich opportunity for discovery. This shot was taken outside of the oldest house in the United States of America built by a European, located at 215 East De Vargas Street, in the Barrio De Analco Historic District. The house was supposedly built in the mid 1600's. It is reputed to be haunted, perhaps by the oldest European ghost in North America?

Photo: PeteFoley

Photo by PeteFoley

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Tent Rocks

Tent Rocks

The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, can be found on the Pajarito Plateau in north-central New Mexico. It is worth an early start to catch the early morning light, which is spectacular. The park opens at 8 am, which means a painful alarm call in Santa Fe, but it's worth it. The cone-shaped tent rock formations are the products of volcanic eruptions from the Jemez volcano that occurred about 6 million years ago.

Photo: PeteFoley

Photo by PeteFoley

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The food in New Mexico almost rivals the spectacular scenery. These beauties, the heart of great New Mexican food, were captured in a market in the old town area of Albuquerque.

Photo: PeteFoley

Photo by PeteFoley

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Sunset in Santa Fe

Sunset in Santa Fe

As the sun dips in downtown Santa Fe, the warm fiery light and long shadows create living art that challenges even the wealth of wonderful, colorful creations that can be found in Santa Fe's plentiful and eclectic art galleries.

Photo: PeteFoley

Photo by PeteFoley

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The Road to Santa Fay

The Road to Santa Fay

Cerrillos is a small town on the Turquoise Trail, one of the old routes between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The area around Cerrillos is rich in the turquoise and lead deposits that were critical to the jewelry and pottery making of the prehistoric Indians, and later to the economy of the Spanish settlers. Once a thriving mining town, today the dirt streets and Spanish architecture of Cerrillos make a picturesque stop on the road from Albuquerque to Santa Fe.

Photo: PeteFoley

Photo by sessa

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Jumping for Joy

Jumping for Joy

My husband captured me (and my shadow) spontaneously jumping while visiting the Taos Pueblo at Christmastime. The pueblo was beautifully covered in deep, white snow. Not your typical New Mexico scenery but breathtaking nonetheless.

Photo: sessa

Photo by marcia cole

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Tent Rocks Natural Rock Formation

Tent Rocks Natural Rock Formation

Tent Rocks National Monument is formed by natural erosion of volcanic material.There is a two-mile hike that takes you to a lookout point at the top affording spectacular views of the rocks themselves and the surrounding scenery.This photo is of the area near the base, with trees seemingly growing in the side of the rocks.

Photo: marcia cole

Photo by SuzieTrue

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Feeling so small

Feeling so small

We were on our way to the overlook. The trail at times became so narrow, it was hard to put your foot down flat. Would not want to be on this trail after a storm.

Photo: SuzieTrue

Photo by SuzieTrue

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House detail

House detail

Being on top of the mesa at Acoma was amzing enough, but the details on the buildings were unbelievable.

Photo: SuzieTrue

Photo by hotzim

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Art at the Capitol

Art at the Capitol

The state Capitol has extensive artwork both inside and out. Don't overlook its free offering.

Photo: hotzim

Photo by hotzim

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Autumn Color Desert Style

Autumn Color Desert Style

I was amazed that the desert was so colorful in September. I expected it to be parched and brown.

Photo: hotzim

Photo by hotzim

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Mesmerizing

Mesmerizing

I took dozens of pictures of the dancer. He just captivated me.

Photo: hotzim

Photo by maddie18

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Catholic Church

Catholic Church

My family and I loved this old Catholic Church. It was a place for us to stop and rest during our fast paced vacation.

Photo: maddie18

Photo by maddie18

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Billy the Kid museum.

Billy the Kid museum.

The artwork in New Mexico is eclectic and authentic. This antique door has most likely been through many historic events as it is in Lincoln County where Billy the Kid romed.

Photo: maddie18

Photo by maddie18

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White Sands National Park

White Sands National Park

The sand glistens and sparkles in the warming sun rays of the March weather. It reflects the light, brightening everything around you. My family and I truly bonded as we surfed down these 10- 20 foot sand dunes, lauging at each other as we continued to fall and slide down, then struggling for breath as we climbed our way up for another round of sand surfing.

Photo: maddie18

Photo by F Rodney Paine

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Santa Fe Fiesta Council

Santa Fe Fiesta Council

Having an official party on wheels? Talk to these guys. Note the "adobe" finish on the truck!

Photo: F Rodney Paine

Photo by F Rodney Paine

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Shadow Man Seen in Desert

Shadow Man Seen in Desert

Move over Kokopelli, Shadow Man's moving in!

Photo: F Rodney Paine

Photo by F Rodney Paine

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Freight Yard Pandas

Freight Yard Pandas

Preparing to hop on the overnighter to LA from Albuquerque, I found three graffiti pandas peeking out between freight cars. Alas, no bamboo along this stretch.

Photo: F Rodney Paine

Photo by grannywitch1348

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Abo' Mission

Abo' Mission

As you drive up the road to visit this mission, your first glimpse is overwhelming. I had to just stop the car, there on the road, and stare in amazement.

Photo: grannywitch1348

Photo by dgassa

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Residence at Taos

Residence at Taos

Residence at Taos, still ocuppied.

Photo: dgassa

Photo by dgassa

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Sunrise at Chaco Canyon

Sunrise at Chaco Canyon

Taken shortly after sunrise, one of about 50 taken in the early morning light

Photo: dgassa

Photo by Lonsbary

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Bandera Volcano lava flow

Bandera Volcano lava flow

Remnants of the lava flow from the Bandera Volcano cause trees to grow in twisted shape as evidenced by the old exposed wood against the lava flow.

Photo: Lonsbary

Photo by Lonsbary

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Bandera Volcano

Bandera Volcano

The Bandera Crater is a perfectly formed cinder cone said to be the USA’s best example of a cinder cone eruption. The massiveness dwarfed the pine trees growing from the cinders hundreds of feet below the trail lookout. The jagged lava walls of the cone looked deceivingly like rusty- brown velvet from this distance.

Photo: Lonsbary

Photo by Lonsbary

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Eat at Blake's

Eat at Blake's

Route 66 still lives in Gallup where food, souvenirs, and hotels still welcome travelers.

Photo: Lonsbary

Photo by Glenn Hastings

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Hungry Hummingbird

Hungry Hummingbird

The mountains of northern New Mexico are full of hummingbirds each summer. This bird prepares to take a brief stop for some nourishment before speeding off to another location.

Photo: Glenn Hastings

Photo by Raymond Becich

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Acequia

Acequia

Hiking along an irrigation ditch in rural Corrales in the Spring.

Photo: Raymond Becich

Photo by Noelle Kooler

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The Most Beautiful Man Hole Cover

The Most Beautiful Man Hole Cover

We stopped in Albuquerque on a cross-country trip from Los Angeles to Washington, DC. While walking around the lovely old town, I was surprised to find this charming man hole cover - the nicest I have ever seen.

Photo: Noelle Kooler

Photo by Soledad Roybal

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Driving up to the ski basin in the Fall

Driving up to the ski basin in the Fall

This was taken from one of the view points going up the road. The mountains were beautiful and as always the skies so vast and amazingly blue.

Photo: Soledad Roybal

Photo by Soledad Roybal

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The Vast Sky and Ancient Volcanic Rocks

The Vast Sky and Ancient Volcanic Rocks

This is a wonderful park between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. You have to drive through Cochiti Pueblo to get there and past the bison, the Rio Grande and the Dam. The walk up is amazing through the canyon and up to the place where you can see everything for miles and miles.

Photo: Soledad Roybal

Photo by michaelmayer

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Petroglyphs National Monument Flower

Petroglyphs National Monument Flower

This strange and beautiful flower was growing on the grounds of Petryglyph National Monument.

Photo: michaelmayer

Photo by michaelmayer

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St. Philip Neri Cathedral

St. Philip Neri Cathedral

A beautiful example of southwestern church architecture.

Photo: michaelmayer

Photo by michaelmayer

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Christ in the Desert Monastery

Christ in the Desert Monastery

The Sangre de Cristo Mountains provided a beautiful backdrop to the monastery chapel.

Photo: michaelmayer

Photo by rhobo

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City of Rocks

City of Rocks

Amazing rock formations!

Photo: rhobo

Photo by rhobo

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Blooming Cactus

Blooming Cactus

We loved City of Rocks!

Photo: rhobo

Photo by DebitNM

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Test of Time

Test of Time

These were once home to the Ancestral Puebloans. The structure have stood the test of time and the forces of the elements and nature. They are approximately 1000 years old and you can still feel the spirits of the people who called this home.

Photo: DebitNM

Photo by DebitNM

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Chaco Greathouse

Chaco Greathouse

This is an amazing, awe-inspiring site! It is huge and seems hard to imagine that so many people lived here so long ago. There is a special feeling when you walk among the ruins, you can almost hear the Ancestral Puebloans chanting and talking as they carried out their daily lives during the period of AD 850 and 1250.

Photo: DebitNM

Photo by DebitNM

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Floating over the Rio Grande

Floating over the Rio Grande

I had just moved to NM. It was my first autumn and my first view of hot air balloons. I was out walking my dog and was headed to the Bosque to walk when I looked over the river and saw this magnificent sight - the balloon simply drifted across the river. It still takes my breath away to see the balloons sail the blue skies of NM.

Photo: DebitNM

Photo by Hal Schiffman

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Delighted crowd at liftoff.

Delighted crowd at liftoff.

It was a picture perfect day the first weekend of the 2008 Alburqurque Balloon Festival and the crowd was electric with the wondrous sights and sounds of these artistic, airborn behemoths as they come to life and take flight.

Photo: Hal Schiffman

Photo by Natalie Solomon

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High Desert Mountains

High Desert Mountains

I'm a New Mexico native who has resided in Minnesota the last few years, and this is the view that I miss the most. The Sandias are the most unique looking mountains, and they provide a very good guide for which direction you're going.

Photo: Natalie Solomon

Photo by walker_s

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Plants along the dune field edge

Plants along the dune field edge

Graceful white gypsum sand dunes provide a stark backdrop to the contrasting natural beauty of the plants adapted to the minimal desert conditions.

Photo: walker_s

Photo by Rachel E. Cross

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Kiwanis Cabin from Sandia Peak

Kiwanis Cabin from Sandia Peak

The story goes that the Kiwanis Cabin was built as a refuge for hikers that take on the challenge of climbing Sandia Peak.

Photo: Rachel E. Cross

Photo by seashell

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Two Worlds

Two Worlds

It was amazing to travel along Hwy 70 and see these massive dunes of sand seem to rise from nowhere.

Photo: seashell

Photo by Michael Strickland, stricklandia.com

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White sand and white snow

White sand and white snow

Visiting White Sands National Monument in winter made for a surreal experience, as white snow blended with the white sand.

Photo: Michael Strickland, stricklandia.com

Photo by Rachel E. Cross of Chambersburg, PA

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Cacus Garden

Cacus Garden

Capturing the colors and textures of Albuquerque at San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Towne.

Photo: Rachel E. Cross of Chambersburg, PA

Photo by Davenport

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Family Potrait

Family Potrait

Sitting in the lobby of the La Fonda Hotel.

Photo: Davenport

Photo by Robyn Royer

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Picture of a Picture

Picture of a Picture

On my way from Santa Fe to Taos, I stopped and took an awesome shot of the Rio Grande Valley and the artist painting it.

Photo: Robyn Royer

Photo by Minda Hodges

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Big Skies and Spectacular Beauty

Big Skies and Spectacular Beauty

The drive from Santa Fe to Los Alamos provided spectacular scenery.

Photo: Minda Hodges

Photo by Minda Hodges

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Chapel on the Hill

Chapel on the Hill

This small chapel sits on a hill above Santa Fe.

Photo: Minda Hodges

Photo by Carol27

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Caught in a Shower

Caught in a Shower

This was my first visit to Santa Fe and I was sharing the experience with my daughter. We visited the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and were overwelmed with the depth of her pictures. When we came out of the Museum it was raining and it felt like we were witnessing the straight lines and renewed earth as she did.

Photo: Carol27

Photo by violentsea

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Gila Cliff Dwelling

Gila Cliff Dwelling

700 Years Old and still in like-new condition!

Photo: violentsea

Photo by violentsea

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Sunset at Sands

Sunset at Sands

Covered in white as far as I could see and a solitude to remember.

Photo: violentsea

Photo by Tennisfox

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Gila Cliff Dwellings

Gila Cliff Dwellings

A wonderful day in February climbing up to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. This is a fairly easy half hour walk up the hills in the park near Silver City, New Mexico. The dwellings are very well kept and worth seeing.

Photo: Tennisfox

Photo by AliKing

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Ristras, Swamp Cooler and Shopping Cart

Ristras, Swamp Cooler and Shopping Cart

October is the best month in New Mexico. In addition to the more widely known Balloon Fiesta, it's chili roasting season. Gus Wagner's is a multi-sensory feast as you watch the chilis being roasted in large quantities North of the building. The skins pop, the roasting flavor invades your nose and the color of the chilis is too rich to be believed. All of this is accompanied by the turning of the Aspen leaves and perfect weather that is both warm and crisp.

Photo: AliKing

Photo by Larryjq

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ROAD TO TAOS

ROAD TO TAOS

We were driving from Santa Fe to Taos last April and the river looked just like the first time I had seen it in 1967. I was stationed with the Navy at Kirtland AFB. The two years here in New Mexico were great for me!

Photo: Larryjq

Photo by Bob Patterson

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Big Sky New Mexico

Big Sky New Mexico

On the high road from Santa Fe to Taos.

Photo: Bob Patterson

Photo by silkismom

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St. Francis and friend

St. Francis and friend

This little prairie dog lives in a colony at the Jackalope SW specialty store. It's always fun to just stand and watch their antics.

Photo: silkismom

Photo by Susan Crawford

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Only in Roswell.

Only in Roswell.

We stopped at the Walmart in Roswell and were intrigued by the creatures in the windows. Only in the land of "UFOs."

Photo: Susan Crawford

Photo by silkismom

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Door to the past.

Door to the past.

We were in Santa Fe in the fall and walked along Canyon Rd, not for the art, but for the wonderful architecture. It was a perfect fall day with crunchy leaves, blue sky and comfortable temperature.

Photo: silkismom

Photo by Vister

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Balloon Fiesta 2004

Balloon Fiesta 2004

It was fantastic to see all the balloons aloft!

Photo: Vister

Photo by Susan Crawford

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Waiting for their Cowboy.

Waiting for their Cowboy.

Driving through Carrizozo last fall we saw a cowboy tie up his horse, leave the horse and his dog and go into a convenience store. They waited patiently for his return.

Photo: Susan Crawford

Photo by July West

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Old Window

Old Window

A back alley window

Photo: July West

Photo by Vister

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Night Glow

Night Glow

2004 Balloon Fiesta It was so cool to see all the balloons fired up at dusk. They didn't fly at night, just inflated and stayed tethered as a fun show. People could walk around amongst them to admire them closely.

Photo: Vister

Photo by Beth Moseley

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Turquoise Door

Turquoise Door

Another doorway in a neighborhood just a little north of downtown Albuquerque. The time was early evening in August.

Photo: Beth Moseley

Photo by Beth Moseley

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Downtown Transit Hub

Downtown Transit Hub

This is the very attractive sign at the downtown transit hub in Albuquerque. Lots of action on this corner with buses, cars and people coming and going.

Photo: Beth Moseley

Photo by July West

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Chiles and Skulls

Chiles and Skulls

Just out shopping and the scene caught my eye.

Photo: July West

Photo by drdonna

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White House ruins

White House ruins

ancient Anasazi ruins...awe-inspiring

Photo: drdonna

Photo by Beth Moseley

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Early Evening Adobe

Early Evening Adobe

It was my first time in New Mexico (July 2008). I was walking in one of the neighborhoods west of downtown ABQ in the evening and came upon this beautiful, curvy building facade.

Photo: Beth Moseley

Photo by Mamaw

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School Children

School Children

This little boy just got out of school and is waiting in line for some goodies we were passing out. How sweet those children were.

Photo: Mamaw

Photo by andym58

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Out of the clouds

Out of the clouds

I was flying a hot air balloon at the AIBF and out in front of us all these other balloons kept coming up through the clouds.

Photo: andym58

Photo by wis_hiker ... Barry Kevin

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a room with a view

a room with a view

There's nuthin' like this back in Wisconsin!!

Photo: wis_hiker ... Barry Kevin

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