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About merlin

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    Northern New Mexico
  • Interests
    Most of my photography is meant to document Nature as I see and experience it. So much of the land and wilderness has already been lost, and even more is endangered by those who wish to feed their addiction to greed, power and control.

    My hope is to inspire people to protect what is left, and to go out and experience it for themselves.

    Other creative activities include abstract expressionist painting, playing classical and improvisational acoustic piano, writing, hiking, kayaking, and cooking.

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    16/1.4, 56/1.2, 90/2
  1. Artemus

    Definitely. Thanks!
  2. A magical day filled with tall trees, amazing rock formations, wonderful fall colors, and abundant water burbling in the creek. The stillness and deep connections with nature were, as always, inspiring and uplifting. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.
  3. Pecos River Canyon

    The river is roaring, unusual so late in the season, due to recent heavy monsoon rains. 1. 2. 3. 4. And the soaring rock cliffs are spectacular. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
  4. The Cave Creek trail starts at the Panchuela Campground in the Santa Fe National Forest at an elevation of 8350 feet. It crosses a bridge over Panchuela Creek, which had lots of swift-running water due to late season monsoon rains, and climbs uphill until entering the Pecos Wilderness. 1. 2. 3. It goes through wonderful forests of large blue spruce, Douglas and white fir, and aspens, with some expansive views of densely forested mountain slopes. There are a number of areas of moss and lichen-covered rocks and other vegetation. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. The trail crosses Panchuela Creek after about two miles, on fallen logs, and continues along Cave Creek., which is named after limestone caves, located about a mile after the crossing. It is a magical spot, with tall trees, jays and other birds, and one branch of the creek goes into the caves and runs underground for about 1/3 mile. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. The weather was quite chilly when we set out, requiring thermal tops and long pants, but the effort expended kept us warm. By the time we reached the caves, we broke out tee shirts. 14. 15. It was a magnificent experience to be amidst the tall trees, and we had the entire forest to ourselves until the return part of the hike, and then we only saw two other people. The nature energies were amazing all the way, but especially at the caves and along the creeks.
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  6. Autumn Leaves

  7. Sentinel Tree

  8. 23/1.4 is in the House!

    SOOC, available light.
  9. Down the Chimney

    We went down the rock chimney we discovered last week. It was a challenging feat, but the boulders, rock cliffs, trees, and landscapes visible from the plateau at the bottom were awesome! The chimney from the top of the mesa. 1. 2. Looking back at the chimney we climbed down. 3. Trees, boulders, and rock formations, viewed from the plateau. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Back at the top — a 150-mile view. 14.