Thursday, December 7, 2017

Postcard from Thursday – December 7, 2017
Daily Commute
Adventures come to us as we allow them to……
Daily Commute

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Postcard from Thursday November 30, 2017
Isn’t it ironic how sometimes we achieve true clarity when we’re in the middle of a crises of some sort?  It’s almost like it takes a lot of distraction for that which is real, is honest, to become clear.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Postcard From Thursday November 16, 2017
End & Beginning
At this time of year, I cant help but have the thoughts of things that end.  However, for every ending, somewhere, somehow, there is a beginning.
End & Beginning

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Backroad Drive
On the day we visited Cloudcroft, we took the backroad back home. 
Backroad Drive
The air was clear and cool, and the pine trees added a wonderful scent.
We found a lovely spot for a picnic, too!  So nice to sit on a log that served as a rustic table!  Miki enjoyed not only the drive, but the picnic as well.  After all, I packed a lunch for her, too!
View of White Sands
As we came down from higher up the mountain, we saw this wonderful view of White Sands in the distance.  I couldn’t help but think of how great it was for the homes we passed – this is their view from the window!
Visiting Cloudcroft
One day, we decided to take a drive up to the mountain town of Cloudcroft.  It’s quite the charming town and worth some artistic renderings.
Downtown Cloudcroft
The downtown is really picture perfect, and so I took an image of it and converted it to a crayon drawing.  People walked their dogs along the street – they, too, part of the population, after all!
Along the Boardwalk
It’s a great little town to just walk around, and they even have a boardwalk, complete with wood “sidewalks”!
Downtown Businesses
Here’s a more realistic view of the storefronts.  I thought they were colorful enough to not need to be converted to a crayon drawing!
Tasty Stuff
And, finally, we stopped at a wine tasting shop.  They had wines from several wineries in New Mexico, including some from this winery, based in a town not far away.  They even have red and green chili wine – rather spicy for me!

Tell a Tale of Sunset
As the sun began to set, Jeff & I went back to White Sands.  The dunes are very different at evening compared to early morning.  Come for a walk at sunset with us..
Warm Sand
  One of the interesting things about visiting White Sands at sunset is the light and how it creates different colors on the dunes.  Initially, when we got there, the sun cast a very warm glow on the sand.
Blowing Sand at Sunset
We were watching the sunset on a trail thru the dunes.    Trails on the dunes don’t look like other trails, and it can be very easy to get lost.  The telltale sign that we were on a trail into the back country of the dunes is the red pole off to the left in this image.  Also, check out the footprints in the sand.  Still, with the winds blowing at times, you can’t always count on footprints being there when you need them!
Lonely Footsteps
Looking off in another direction, I noticed a few other footprints in the sand.  Did they belong to Jeff & me?  I don’t think so, but after a while, one can’t be sure!
Setting Sun
It was tough to look in the direction of the sun, but it was a very beautiful sight to see the sun’s rays casting their light on the dunes.
Last Rays
As the sun set, the scene took on an almost magical tone.  I’m not certain if there are fairies in the dunes, like there can be in the forest (per myths!), but I could just about imagine them dancing on the ridges!
Glowing Sky
Another interesting feature of sunset is that the wind picks up just before sunset.  Take a look at the band of blowing sand in this image.  The sky has taken on a lovely glow from the sunset, which was off to the left of this image.
Moonrise on the Dunes
As we made our way back to the Jeep, the sky opposite from the setting sun took on several colors, as the mountains on the other side of White Sands positively glowed!

Oliver Lee
Just a short distance from where we camped, there was a sort of ghost town, or at least the remnants of one.  Here are a couple of images from this place time forgot a vintage touch to the images seemed to fit with the feel of this place.
Old Windmill and Water Tank
In a way, the lettering on the old water tank seemed to be an old-fashioned billboard advertisement.
Cowboy Coffee Café
Yes, the storefront is rather cool, but that boot just hanging off the roof added all the character in the world!