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In the cradle of the valley’s hand

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You have to be going there on purpose, to this tiny town on the banks of the Pecos River south of Santa Rosa. It’s so unknown that Google maps will either direct you to Luna, New Mexico, which isn’t it, or will send you to what looks like more-or-less a random location. The only way I even knew about it was from reading one of those cheerful “Welcome to Santa Rosa” booklets once at a restaurant. (If you want to go, just take South 3rd Street from downtown Santa Rosa. It’ll change names to State Highway 91, County Road 2P, and County Road 3C by the time you get there.

This is the view from a little cemetery on a hill east of town.

Puerta de Luna, New Mexico
photographed 9.21.2013

Cooling Systems

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Well, wasn’t this place accommodating to overheated travelers? It’s got a nice variety of cooling options available, for cars and for people.

Too bad it’s out of business. (And I am pretty sure it’s been torn down recently.)

Santa Rosa, New Mexico
photographed 5.4.2013

Interstate Commerce

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A little something I saw when I was standing in a hotel parking lot and looking toward Interstate 40.

Santa Rosa, New Mexico
photographed 3.21.2015

Toward Infinity

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I was on my way home from Santa Fe, and pulled off at a truck stop to take a break when I was mesmerized by these six pipes sticking out of the ground. And then a bird flew into the frame!

Santa Rosa, New Mexico
photographed 7.9.2016

Tree, barren

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My trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, last spring was just early enough to be before the trees were committed to the idea of warm weather, so they hadn’t leaf out quite yet. But that was fine with me, because this scene wouldn’t have been as interesting if it had had leaves instead of bare branches.

The Railyard
Santa Fe, New Mexico
photographed 3.21.2015

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