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merlin

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  • Location
    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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  • Website
    http://evening-sun.com

Camera Gear

  • Camera List
    XT-1
    X-T2
    X30
  • Lens List
    16/1.4, 23/1.4, 56/1.2, 90/2
  1. Friday on the Trail

    Ice on the car at the start of my solo hike. Frigid winds and some leftover snow might have deterred others, but the wonders of nature awaited. I was not disappointed. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.
  2. Tonight's Sunset

    Taken a few minutes ago. X-T2, 90mm f/2.
  3. Tonight's Sunset

    Taken a few minutes ago. X-T2, 90mm f/2.
  4. Solo Again

    With wet and snowy weather in the forecast, I went solo today to not miss out on another hiking opportunity. Although quite chilly, the sun warmed things up, and by lunch it was time to peel off some layers. I did some off trail exploring, and discovered rocks, lichens, and interesting trees, but gratefully no people or dogs! The stillness, solitude, vistas, and landscape were inspiring and deeply rewarding. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.
  5. New Nature Preserve Trail

    Our hike today was on a trail that is still being constructed. We only learned about it yesterday, and it was time for a new adventure. The trail goes through a variety of terrains — forested areas with large piñons, junipers, and ponderosas, around a large meadow, and skirting arroyos. At places there were spectacular views of the rock cliffs on the other side of the valley, and the mountain ranges off in the distance. And despite chilly winds and temps in the low 40's, the sun broke through occasionally to add to our delight. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
  6. Amaryllis

  7. All the Way

    Once again, despite cold temps and a partly cloudy day, we went all the way beneath the rock cliffs in the Nature Preserve, but in the opposite direction from last time. Strenuous and challenging in many regards (e.g. steep rocky slopes, dicey footing, lots of cacti), the majesty of the cliffs and vistas made the effort more than worthwhile. What a blessing to have this amazing place, with abundant stillness and solitude, almost in our back yard! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.
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  9. New Year's Day

    Despite temps in the mid-30's there was bright sun, so I set off for a solo hike in the Nature Preserve. Being alone meant off-trail travel was limited, but I still discovered new things to marvel at. Viewing the soaring rock cliffs that we explored extensively last year from below was revelatory. At times it was hard to imagine ever being up there! The distant mountains seemed to float in the air, and the stillness and connections with Nature made for a glorious beginning to a new year. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.
  10. Last Hike of the Year

    Our off-trail adventure today was much longer than any of the others. It was the 69th hike of the year and our 83rd outing, quite a feat considering time off for two eye surgeries. It was even warm enough for a tee shirt, another surprise. Being able to traverse the entire length of the rock cliffs in the Nature Preserve was an incredible experience, a testament to the beauty of Nature and our conditioning. One can only marvel at these magnificent and timeless examples of Earth energies and forces. Current events, and especially those who would destroy the land, are seen in vast perspective. Hopefully many of us will be inspired to get out and explore places such as this, and work to protect them from the ravages of the greedy and short-sighted. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
  11. Late December Hike

    Another marvelous off-trail adventure in the Nature Preserve on a sunny and unseasonably warm day. Despite the challenges posed by rocky, steep, and cactus-strewn slopes, being amongst the magnificent rock cliffs was expansive and deeply meaningful. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
  12. Christmas Day Lichens

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  13. Christmas Day

    Clouds, cold, and icy winds at the start of our off-trail adventure in the Nature Preserve. Happily sun and warmth prevailed after an hour or so. Being amongst the incredible rocks and cliffs was an expansive experience, and the colorful lichens offered vast and positive perspectives. (Lichen photographs in separate post.) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
  14. Christmas Eve

    Our hike today featured some off-trail scrambling and new territory. More thermal layers were needed due to icy winds, but the sun broke through and enlivened the rocks and trees. The stillness and vastness offered wonderful insights and perspectives on our lives, involvements, and directions. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.
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