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NICE THINGS

Today is about the stuff of today, ordinary days, nice things happening on ordinary days. Here are a few nice things from this month.

JESSIE GOT MARRIED

STEVE, MICHELE AND I WENT FOR A 11.5 K WALK IN THE BOSQUE–JUST TO BE SURE I’M READY FOR THE 10 K WALK AT THE DUKE CITY MARATHON.

PATRICIA, LUNA AND I WENT TO THE DOG PARK. WHERE LUNA TURNED DOWN THE PHOTO OP.

 

AND I’M ORGANIZING MY WORK SPACE AND MATERIALS IN PREPARATION FOR SOME SERIOUS FALL WRITING.

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From the River to the Mountains

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Or Movin’ on Uptown as we say. I’ve written a bit about my new apartment with which I’m quite happy, especially with my very own bamboo tree/bush/plant? right outside a front window. It’s quiet and pleasant and so forth. However—it’s nearer the mountains than the river. I took a first foray into my new environment this morning, a couple of hours of a Bear Canyon/foothills trek. I was happy to be walking outside again but it’s just not the Bosque and that made me sad. No more ducks and geese enlivening my walks. No water in sight. Only scattered little Piñon trees; no bushes, brush, big cottonwoods. Oh sure, the vista is grand, in a brown-gold New Mexico kind of way, and the early morning air and light and sky have inspired a multitude of painters, and it is completely bugfree. In fact I only saw one single living creature, that one big black bug—a roach cousin I think—who’s managed to make the foothills his lonely home.

I’m going back on Thursday morning with my walking buddy Beth and I will learn to love the foothills. However there are some alternatives like driving over to the Bosque—maybe starting at the north end and doing some round trips or the 10-mile walks I must do to prepare for Greenland. If I have ducks and geese around on alternate walk days I’ll be happy, won’t I?

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WELCOME 2016

Starting the year in the cold Bosque. 32 chilly degrees.

NOW. FINALLY. AUTUMN.

 

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I gave up that silly idea of posting a photo a day. It became obvious it wasn’t going to work when I found myself blogging with only  a picture of an olive oil bottle to share. So only ‘pretty’ pictures and an interesting one two whenever that opportunity arises in the future.

TODAY WAS THE FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN IN ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO. I went for a walk and it hailed on me. And it’s been very gray and thundery and lovely.

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SUMMER’S END

Last week. Last walk of the summer. Oh sure I know it’s October but this is New Mexico. Fall is slow to arrive.

OCTOBER 11, 2015. SUNDOWN. WALK.

In Albuquerque, the trees don’t go gold all of a sudden, instead the green dulls, a yellowish hue appears, and then one day they all fall down.

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THE SANDIA (WATERMELON) MOUNTAINS WERE ESPECIALLY JUICY THIS EVENING.

OCTOBER 3, 2015. BACK IN THE BOSQUE.

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This is best slightly ‘off’ or somewhat artistically-interesting photo I could come up with on my morning walk. But I like its sense of reality about the end of summer.

The Bosque, The Rio Grande (Photo 101 – Day 15)

Landscapes. I think of landscapes as being of far mountains or the beach and the ocean from a distance. Mine are a little more intimate.

Green is coming.

Green is coming.

The Rio Grande has water today.

The Rio Grande has water today.

FIRST DUCK (AND GOOSE) ALBUM OF 2015

Have I mentioned the Bosque and Tingley Beach are the very best things about Albuquerque, New Mexico. I always think fondly of Mayor Marty Chavez when I walk here. And given what we know about Copland it’s hard to think well of any mayors. But this is just pure good. Okay, so I’ve posted similar photos a million times but it makes me happy to walk here and take pictures so what the heck…

Hey Minnesota people, this is Sunday morning fishing in New Mexico. No walleye in sight.

Hey Minnesota people, this is Sunday morning fishing in New Mexico. No walleye in sight.

And you can't eat these ducks. They wouldn't taste like walleye anyway.

And you can’t eat these ducks. They wouldn’t taste like walleye anyway.

Kids learning to like living things.

Kids learning to like living things.

Makes walking worthwhile.

Makes walking worthwhile.

They are just so so pretty.

They are just so so pretty.

New Mexico has early spring flowers too. Or whatever they are.

New Mexico has early spring flowers too. Or whatever they are.

Gotta have dead leaves, branches against blue sky...it's who we are.

Gotta have dead leaves, branches against blue sky…it’s who we are.

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A Saturday Walk

The Bosque is drained of bright colors, except of course for the always bright blue sky, but the tawny-brown-gray is quite calming and pleasant on a warm November Saturday. I took pictures anyway because without them I wouldn’t have really walked…

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JUST ONE...

JUST ONE…

 

 

 

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