Intense night lights.

January 25, 2012 § 1 Comment

January 24, 2012 Northern Lights

M9-class solar flare erupting on the Sun's northeastern hemisphere

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Desert back roads

January 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

Valley of Fire Arch and Road by Richard Seaman

Winding Road by Richard Seaman

“The Valley of Fire is a fairly compact park located about 60 miles north-east of Las Vegas along interstate 15.   Although three Nevada state parks were officially declared open on the same date in 1935, Valley of Fire state park actually opened for visitors a few months early, making it the first state park in Nevada.” – Richard Seaman



January 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

Virtual view of New Mexico geology from space

Virtual Geologic Tour of New Mexico:

Rio Grande, Jemez Mountains, San Juan Basin, Shiprock in New Mexico

“Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement.” – Alice Koller

Sunday January 8, 2012 Quote du jour

January 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Bisti Wilderness Area in Northwest New Mexico Power of Erosion by Ken Hurst Photography

“There are plenty of ruined buildings in the world, but no ruined stones.” – Hugh Macdiarmid

Sunset Stop Sign Northwest New Mexico by Richard Barron

New Mexico Geologic Map

“The Mesozoic rocks in the northwest (green) mark the Colorado Plateau, topped by some younger strata indicated with orange. Yellow and cream areas on the east are young sediments washed off the Southern Rockies.Similar young sedimentary rocks fill the Rio Grande Rift, a failed spreading center or aulacogen. This narrow would-be ocean basin runs up the left-center of the state with the Rio Grande flowing down its middle, exposing the Paleozoic (blues) and Precambrian (dark brown) rocks on its uplifted flanks. The reds and tan indicate younger volcanic rocks associated with the rifting.” – NM Bureau Mines & Mineral Resources

Thursday, January 5, 2012

January 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Morning in southern Utah 24X30 oil painting by David Jackson

Winter Visitors 24X30 oil painting by David Jackson

“Deer’s medicine includes gentleness in word, thought and touch, ability to listen, grace and appreciation for the beauty of balance, understanding of what’s necessary for survival, power of gratitude and giving, ability to sacrifice for the higher good, connection to the woodland spirits, alternative paths to a goal.  Deer teaches us to find the gentleness of spirit that heals all wounds, to stop pushing to get others to change and to love and accept them as they are. The only true balance to power is love and compassion.” – Julia White


Monday January 2, 2012

January 2, 2012 § 1 Comment


I soled in a 1946 Aeronca Champ at Riverside Airport, California back in 1982. When there’s no smog, the cross countries were amazing opportunities to see the rugged high-desert terrain from the best vantage point. Flying above the freeways in a Champ with a cruise speed of 80 m.p.h was fun as I observed cars below traveling faster than me. Flying through Cajon Pass along I15 was always a memorable experience with constant a visual scanning for that emergency place to land.


Winter Solstice 2011

December 22, 2011 § Leave a comment



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