Year: 2015

Snowy Morning

A typical snowy morning in New Mexico! The shadows of our ever-present black ravens against a high desert winter sky, just a reminder that they are patrolling their territory. Feliz navidad y próspero año nuevo! Title: Snowy Morning This stock image can be purchased in various sizes at: Dreamstime

One Man's Journey

One Man’s Journey

The simple austerity of White Sands, New Mexico can take your breath away! Brilliant white dunes of gypsum sand against an endless clear azure sky feels surreal. “One Man’s Journey” is a basic, uncomplicated stock photo. Yet elevate it to metaphor and the image is symbolic of hope, spiritual seeking, travel and life’s pathway. Image title: One Man’s Journey This stock photo is available in various sizes at: Dreamstime

Coral Beach in Maui

Coral Beach

As winter winds begin to blow, a get-a-way to the Hawaiian islands seems mighty enticing. Maui has always been a favorite place for my husband and I. Beautiful beaches, spectacular hiking, warm ocean breezes in January! Last year, during our escape to Maui, we decided to hike the lava fields on the south end of the island. As we meandered along the coastline, in route to the brick-hard no-man’s land that makes up the Hoapili Trail, a confusing path that snakes through the lava fields, we came across a black beach. Created of crushed lava rock and dark coral, the beach was a small, isolated alcove on the edge of the desolate fields. And there on the beach someone had taken the time to gather white coral from the surf, carefully spelling out “Maui” for the amusement of other passersby. It was the perfect stock image, yearning to be photographed before high tide stole it away. Image title: Coral Beach This stock image is available in various sizes through: Dreamstime

Pile of Pumpkins

Pile of Pumpkins

OK – I had to sneak another pumpkin photo into the blog! This perfect little display was set up outside of our Whole Foods grocery store. Yep, I’ll snap a nice stock image wherever and whenever I see it – even at the supermarket! It always pays to have your camera along for the ride. Image title: Pile of Pumpkins Stock image can be purchased in various sizes at: Dreamstime

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

Since it is the season of ghosts and goblins, I had to post a few pumpkin pics to celebrate October. We have a church in Santa Fe that has a huge pumpkin fundraiser every year. They fill the grounds around the church and part of the parking lot with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. It’s a family tradition to stop at St. John’s each year and select just the right pumpkin for your front porch. If my camera is in the car, I have to pull over and snap a few quickies. It’s a beautiful site to see piles of pumpkins in all of their orange glory! Image title: Pumpkin Patch Stock image is available in various sizes at: Dreamstime  

Lonely Cow on the Prairie

Lonely Cow on the Prairie

I love hiking. To be outside under the magnificent New Mexican blue sky, drinking in brilliant sunshine … it’s intoxicating. One of my favorite hiking jaunts is the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) area around the Galisteo Dam near the Cochiti Pueblo south of Santa Fe. It’s an arid, cacti-studded prairie with rarely a drop of water in the deep arroyos that slice through the land. And yes, laughably, there is a huge earthen dam built right in the middle of this desert. It’s a multi-million dollar boondoggle from some 1960’s bureaucracy created to control flood waters (???). Anyway … this is where we hike during the Spring and Autumn months. Driving back one afternoon from an exhilarating trek, our backpack filled with interesting rocks and petrified wood, we spotted a lonesome cow beside the deserted road. She was obviously curious about us and why we were disturbing her domain. Lowering the window, I waved howdy and snapped her picture. Like a pro, she stood very still – almost posing for her portrait. I like to think that “Lonely Cow on the Prairie” captures the true southwest when you get off the …

Old Car at Sunset

Old Car at Sunset

Sometimes I just want to have fun with my photographs! For some reason I’m attracted to old cars. We seem to have an abundance of them in New Mexico. You can find them parked along the road in any village. Sometimes they run – and sometimes they’re just for show. If I have a camera handy, I just can’t help myself; they’re eye candy that I can’t resist. I spotted this antique beauty many years ago in the village of Madrid along the Turquoise Trail in New Mexico. It begged to have a splashy sunset decorate the background. So I whipped one up in Photoshop and “Old Car at Sunset” was created. Image title: Old Car at Sunset To purchase this stock image in various sizes, go to Dreamstime.

Coming Storm

Coming Storm

With the last few weeks of warm weather lingering, our feet still in sandals and thoughts of winter a distant memory, this stock image might seem out-of-season. But for those planning holiday promotions or websites that showcase winter, it’s right on time! “Coming Storm” was another one of my grab-shots from a moving car. We were driving home from a family vacation at Yellowstone National Park. It was the first week of October and an early winter snowstorm was forecast for that day. Driving through the prairies of Wyoming, heading south along the Rockies, we were hoping to outrun the storm before the roads became snow-covered. Luckily I was a passenger on this trip, allowing me the luxury to daydream and watch the passing scenery from the backseat. The sky had turned gray and threatening. On my right I saw a line of cows, their backs snowy-white, heading towards safe cover. As I looked to my left, a small hill rose above the plain with a cluster of trees decorating its summit. Temperatures had dropped and snow was now clinging to the scruffy landscape. …