The other evening, I went over to the industrial side of town and did some shooting with a new-to-me 135mm lens. I usually shoot a 28mm on this particular camera and you know what? There’s a BIG difference between the two lenses! Really, who could have even predicted that. Other than, like, you know, everyone?

Anyway, I found this parking lot that was full of what looked like FEMA trailers, all lined up and pointing toward the setting sun.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 7.15.2022


I spotted this gourd vine, creeping across the hard and dry ground the other day. As far as I know, gourd vines do not find drought-summers to be too hot or too dry to flourish. Maybe we ought to shift our thinking and decide they would make lovely landscaping plants, instead of the always-need-water sorts of plants that we tend to believe we have to have in our yards.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 7.15.2022

fish shed

If you go to Santa Rosa and it’s really just too hot* to be out in the full sun, remember that it’s shady and relatively cool over at the fish hatchery. That, plus the pleasant sound of rushing water will help you forget the heat outside and the really fishy smell inside.

Santa Rosa, New Mexico
photographed 5.27.2022


another bold claim

If you’re driving west-to-east along a now-unpaved portion of old Route 66, you will be able to spot this sign proclaiming MODERN RESTROOMS.

Do not believe it.

Endee, New Mexico
photographed 5.29.2022


If you commit to driving old Route 66 and you stumble upon a guidebook about that very thing and you have that book with you when you take the old road across New Mexico and you carefully follow the directions, you’ll find the old route turning under the current Interstate, making a pair of tunnels that don’t seem at all remote and murdery.

Palomas, New Mexico
photographed 5.29.2022

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