Walk on air against your better judgement. –Seamus Heaney, “The Gravel Walks”
In the last year I’ve had the pleasure of traveling in New Mexico, sometimes alone, sometimes with friends, sometimes with my wife Mai, snapping pictures. Sometimes in a car, sometimes by bike, always on foot at some point in every journey. Taking pictures is a balancing act between being fully present in the moment and framing a visual instant to realize a deeper meaning. Although pictures just show surfaces somehow they can fuel our imaginations and help the world become incorporated into our being. As Cormac McCarthy notes in his return to the Kekulé problem, “the world has a great deal to tell us while we have nothing at all to tell it.”
At La Cueva Farm near Mora, New Mexico we picked raspberries last September. I’m ready to go again. A big monsoon storm erupted and we took shelter in their Cafe, eating ice cream.
We took the raspberries back to our campsite at Morphy Lake and ate them over oatmeal for breakfast the next day, like two bears anticipating a long winter hibernation.
It was nice to pluck berries off the plants and feel the stems gently letting go of the ripe ones!
Morphy Lake was low on water, but still beautiful. The rumbling storms at night were powerful!
Looking north from the Manzano Mountains out into the Albuquerque Basin. Space & solitude.
Cycling off of old route 66 West of Albuquerque, horses galloped across the road and hilltops
This hotel is new in Albuquerque and links together what really matters in New Mexico. Albuquerque is such an interesting city to ride in, in part because it is a city of open spaces, distinct cultural heritage, wonderful local flavors, reflective of the rural character of this State.
The landscaping is still new on the skirts of the building, but is growing up
Bikes make everything look better. You can feel the energy rolling
We camped in the Gila National Forest and I went on morning rides. The roads there seem like they’re made for cycling, & the region hosts the Tour of the Gila, a world famous cycling event.
Camping on the north end of Elephant Butte reservoir we were delighted by wintering Sandhill Cranes and surprising iterations of New Mexico’s mesmerizing atmospherics.
We visited Alpacas on Victory Ranch near Mora
Contrasts in New Mexico are sharp, between wet and dry, hot and cold, even daily temperatures fluctuate widely. Everybody comes together to be fire wise and protect NM
We are not the only ones looking at New Mexico through the lens of photography! Outdoor recreation is an emerging opportunity to bring people and nature together more sustainably.
Being here and being healthy is a grand adventure. Fun!
Cormac McCarthy Returns to the Kekulé Problem, Nautilus, Nov. 30, 2017
A couple of these photos (the better ones!) are Mai’s. You can visit her website and Instagram:
Almost all of my photos first appear on my Strava account, where I log my daily cycling: