Sky’s the Limit: New Mexico

The New Mexico Art League’s latest exhibition features representations – in a variety of media – of the  fabulous skies in this state. All three of my submissions were accepted (a first) and the one above was taken right up the  street from my house. It’s titled Eldorado, the name of our little unincorporated community about 12 mile southeast of Santa Fe.

Another image, A Proper Perspective, is a variation on a theme. You’ve seen it before in black and white. Here is the color version.

 

A Proper Perspective (410 x 600)

A Proper Perspective

The third image, Virgas, may also be in a gallery on this site, called there Into the Rain. It was taken in NE New Mexico, near a town called Roy,  where the land begins to become plains. I changed the title because on closer examination I thought the rain wasn’t actually reaching the ground, hence virgas. What do you think?

Virgas (aka Into the Rain)

Virgas

Trees: A Show at the Vista Grande Library

 

Some thoughts about trees

Most of us are familiar with Joyce Kilmer’s poem with its vivid imagery of trees suckling at the breast of mother earth and his self-description as a fool for trying to describe in words such a magnificent creation. I share his frustration.

I am always attracted to trees, to the patterns and textures shown by the bark, the limbs and sometimes even the leaves. Their visual complexity is alluring, especially in the spring when the gloriously complex structure of deciduous trees are tinged with a delicate yellow green halo of small leaves.

I’m often tempted to anthropomorphize: trees “hide” their structure with a covering of leaves or needles; some “show off” with stunning coats of color in the Fall; all “go with the flow” of wind and weather. But here is a lovely example of the opposite:

“When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreen and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You’re too this or I’m too this.’ That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.”

-Ram Dass

I hope you will enjoy the woods that I have created.

Here are some images of trees that do not appear elsewhere on this site.

 

Annual New Mexico Photographic Art Show

Each year hundreds of photographers submit thousands of photographs to the Annual New Mexico Photographic Art Show (ANMPAS) which showcases the finest photographic work being done in New Mexico. A jury of professionals selects only the best photography from Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque, and elsewhere in New Mexico for inclusion in the annual show.

I read that somewhere and saved it for an occasion like this. I probably would not have been so extravagantly boastful. I’ve known about ANMPAS for about 8 years now, since I began to show my work but have managed to submit entries only half those years. Traveling in the RV during the winter I either forgot or didn’t have the right images with me.  When I did submit I usually got at least one entry juried into the show. This year I was determined to not let the deadline slip by and got a couple of images accepted:

Yellowstone Magic

YELLOWSTONE MAGIC     The hot springs and pools at Yellowstone National Park provide           endless variations of color and abstraction.

Bunker Hill

BUNKER HILL                                 Not Boston’s, LA’s!



Here are images accepted in previous ANMPAS shows , 2011-2013.

 

The show runs from April 1 through April 23 and the Fine Art Gallery at EXPO New Mexico will be open  from 10 am to 5 pm. Opening reception is Sat., March 31st from 2-4 pm.

Ta Da!

This post opens my web site to the public. It is not the first post as I  created many in the process of learning how to use this site. I have left a few that I thought might be fun and  give you a sense of who I am besides a photographer. The primary purpose, though, is to  provide a place online where others may view my images. The Galleries are organized by theme and each has 7-15 images relating to the theme. The images that are there now will stay the same for quite a while but I will either replace them eventually or add sub galleries with different images. I will also add new themes as they arise.

Each gallery features a collection of images in a grid. Clicking on any one of them will launch a slide show that you control using the forward and backward arrows on either side of the image that appears.

More Recipes

Summertime

and the livin’ is easy….Who wants to cook?? I mean really cook, over the stove, in the oven. So here are a couple of recipes that minimize the heat and maximize the flavor.

Thai Sesame Edamame

  • 3 T. water
  • 4 cups edamame pods (I use a package of TJ’s frozen fully cooked edamame)
  • 1 T. brown sugar
  • 1 T. dark sesame oil
  • 1 T. rice vinegar

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    Cooking Light July, 2016 Photo by Jennifer Causey

  • ½ t. kosher salt
  • ½ t. freshly ground black pepper
  •  1 t. toasted sesame seeds

Mix the brown sugar, sesame oil, vinegar, salt and pepper together in a small bowl.

Bring 3 T. water to a boil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add edamame; cover and cook 2 min. or until pods are thawed.

Add the brown sugar mixture to the skillet and cook, uncovered until the liquid evaporates and the pods are coated.

Place in a bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Summer Squash Carpaccio

Using a mandolin, thinly (1/16 inch) slice one medium yellow squash and one medium zucchini lengthwise. Arrange a few slices in a single layer on a plate. Sprinkle with minced shallots and chopped mixed herbs. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Repeat in layers. Top with grated pecorino. Let marinate 20 minutes.

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Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine- Photo by Antonis Achilleos

Variations and suggestions:

  • Use minced scallions or chives instead of shallots.
  • For the mixed herbs try mint, parsley, oregano in equal amounts; or try cilantro, oregano, and chives.
  • If using dill be sparing with it unless you really like dill.
  • Use garlic infused extra virgin olive oil.
  • Make in advance and marinate in refrigerator for several hours.

Cucumber-Tomatillo Gazpacho

I made this recipe recently and people who like tomatillos liked it a lot. I discovered I don’t particularly like the taste, preferring the traditional tomato gazpacho. Thus I am not saving this recipe but thought you might like to check it out.

Possible Categories for Portfolio Images

Introduction

I will eventually want to create collections of images that speak to an idea or theme. Several come to mind. I want each to be accessed by a link within the site and each to be a slide show, assuming the slide show can be manually operated by the viewer. What follows are some of the themes I have in mind and, for my benefit, the titles of the  images that might be included.

Black and White

   A.  New Mexico in Black and White

  1.    Soon, Pecans!
  2.    Folsom
  3.    On Johnson Mesa
  4.    Quebradas
  5.    Helices
  6.    Yucca Moon
  7.    Sugarite
  8.    Rio Grande Gorge
  9.    Taos North
  10.   No Sanctuary – Taos, 1847
  11.   San Geronimo
  12.   Clouds Over Deming
  13.   Wild Rivers
  14.   Across from Black Mesa
  15.   Cerrillos Hills
  16.   Santuario
  17.   White Sands
  18.   Ninety Degrees   
  19.   Abandoned
  20.   Into the Rain &/Rain
  21.   Burn Area 1
  22.   Burn Area 2
  23.   Burn Area 3
  24.   Pebble Place “River”
  25.   San Geronimo
  26.   Marc’s Garden
  27.   Eat Your Heart Out, Henry Moore
  28.   Judy’s Trees
  29.   Bisti Wings
  30. Bisti to Heaven

  B. Trees

  1.      Helices
  2.      Sugarite
  3.      Dance
  4.      Drama
  5.      Dance II
  6.      Soon Pecans

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  7.      Burn area 1
  8.      Burns area 2
  9.      Burn area 3 
  10.     Reflections
  11.     Madera Canyon
  12.     Guajome
  13.     Joshua Tree
  14.     Joshua Tree II
  15.     Mammoth Springs I  & III
  16.     Reflections C
  17.    Gunnison
  18.    Judy’s Trees

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Well, I’ve got to start somewhere…

 

I’ve been noodling around for days now trying to figure out what to put in this first post. I really hate that fake Latin stuff so I’ll just have to write my own, natter on about this and that.

I doubt I will be doing much posting in the future but you never know. Perhaps I’ll want to tell the world about trips, adventures as well as images. Still, that’s not why I’m here.

So why am I here?

I’ve been saying for years now that I need to get/do a web site. Friends, family who are not local often ask where they can see my images and, aside from a few shows and the now defunct Red Dot Gallery, the answer is only if I send you a file. Further, colleagues say “if you want to be in the game you have to have a web site.”

My impression, from taking numerous advanced project Media Arts classes where there was an astounding mix of disciplines, is that creating a web site, even the ones that are supposed to be all set up is an incredible amount of work. Not that I object to work; I do it all the time, slower these days but continuously.  It’s the old language applied to peculiar concepts that I shied away from. I just didn’t get it.

A couple of years ago a friend, a photographic artist, took this course and created a web site she uses mostly for travel blogging (she recently created another for her HOA). She had good things to say about the course, even offered to help me set a site up via WordPress, but it never happened. I knew, though, that I could do this if, when, the course was offered at a time I could take it.

So???

OK, so I want to make a portfolio web site. I want to upload images that I’d like others to see and, perhaps, comment on. I am not creating a vehicle for selling images although I will offer then for sale if anyone is interested.

I want to be able to show a variety of images in one place. I mostly do landscape photography, in color and black and white. Some abstracts, some portraits, some composites, some nonsense. I’d like to organize them and present them in such a way that they hang together nicely, that they make sense as a whole as well as individually.

So with that in mind I think I’m try putting an image in this post, just for starters.