Saturday, March 29, 2014

castle in the canyon

Lost in a canyon, accessible only with patience and a high clearance vehicle, is a spectacular castle.
I find it partly by accident and partly by the memory of having been there half a lifetime ago.
The descent into the canyon is slow and rugged, but soon enough the pinon and juniper part, revealing the castle. In the bottom of the canyon, a small spring is surrounded by cottonwood trees. A pool of water in the sandstone welcomes all who follow the path through the trees.
The castle itself was built nearly 800 years ago, and abandoned by 1300 A. D. All that remains are the buildings themselves, a few stone tools and potshards.
This is a land of ancient mysteries, some preserved, some yet to be discovered. This land calls to me, and I return, again and again. The sense of wonder feeds my soul.

Friday, March 28, 2014

hogback watch

I've been on hogback watch for years now,  documenting the decay of this old trading  post. These photos are from my recent drive past on the way to Colorado.
Someday it will  crumble but I will remember how I always drove by this little piece of  history and wondered what it was like back in the day.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

great big love

"I missed you, mesa."

"I missed you too, J"

"I missed your red sand, your blue skies, and your mysteries, mesa."

"I missed the way you lay on my earth, looked up at the sky, and whispered how you were between the two things you love the most, J."

"I said that because I love you so, mesa."

"I love you too, J."

It's been thirty years now I've walked my mesa, learned its secrets, shared my life with its seasons. I've learned about life here, about communion with nature, about letting go and coming back.

Happy Anniversary, my beloved mesa. Here's to thirty more years.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

elk crossing

Early morning elk....about a hundred of them, calling to each other and thundering across the fields.

Linking up with Chrisy down under at living a good north coast life and sharing a little of the natural world around us.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

dry as a bone


Towering sandstone cliffs and heartbreaking blue sky. A hard and hauntingly beautiful land, here on the border between where I reside and where I belong. A passage of sorts that becomes a journey into the heart of this country.

I wander the brown hills of northern New Mexico on a warm spring day. There isn't a sound, another living being, save for my little family--the husband and the dogs. I walk quietly, engulfed in earth and sky. I become this place.

This is discovery. This is life.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Full of hoodoos and holes to hide in. The place that stills the soul and bring clarity to the mind. Clouds like wings, boots gathering dust, ready to take me to the unknown mysteries of the badlands....northern New Mexico style.

Monday, March 10, 2014

sagebrush dreaming

 Your work is to discover your world, and then with all your heart, give yourself to it. -- Buddha

I'll be back soon with all new adventures to share from the place that claims my soul.
Be well, friends!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

reconnect with mexico's inland sea

Approximately 145 to 66 million years ago, the Cretaceous Sea covered a large portion of New Mexico. While fairly shallow, it was filled with marine life. Sharks swam the inland sea. Giant clams burrowed in the mud. Dinosaurs roamed the shores and pterosaurs flew the skies....but I digress.
Collected in northwest New Mexico, at an elevation of about 6500 feet, these little fossil shells once housed creatures that were part of the life in that long-ago sea.

Linking up with Chrisy down under at living a good north coast life and sharing a little of the natural world around us.