LBJ Photography Blog
This blog features travel notes and photographs.
Only in Cruces?
Beginning our 7th year in Las Cruces, we still find little things which amaze us—like a sign forbidding swimming in a dry Rio Grande riverbed--or a souped-up Wonder Woman car parked on a side street as we walk to the Saturday Market.
It was surprising to discover that woodcarver, Johnnie, draws freehand most of the images on his walking sticks —only to find that he sells his hand-drawn and painted Christmas cards very unassumingly from the trunk of his car. “Did you study art in school?,” says I? A vigorous shake of the head and “I just picked it up,” he replies.
The Market never ceases to be of interest. A booth housing “The Society for Creative Anacronism” featured costumed members describing themselves as 'out of sync' with today's modern goings-on. Every Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm at the Field House of NMSU a few will meet for dueling matches (weather permitting). In addition to seeing that 'anacronism', a Saturday morning event for one family (of about 6 guys—all brothers, sons, fathers) was to walk their souped-up remote controlled cars down the Market streets en masse. Instead of a dog on leash (like many), they were “tooling” along the avenue with their remote cars on an electronic leash performing stunts.
On the Road Again
January 1-2, 2022
We made two stops this trip to Las Cruces.
Especially for our photography friends: Although we enjoyed being a kid again and riding the train through the Indiana Museum in Indianapolis, a very small exhibit of only 20 photographic images created wonder for us. An annual world-wide competition sponsored by Nikon features the winners of photography through the microscope. Some of It's A Small World winners:
16th place winner = nylon stocking
12th place = human hair
2nd place = embryonic development of a clownfish
1st place = dorsal view of bones and scales (blue) and lymphatic vessels (orange) of a juvenile clownfish
Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AK
We little expected to be awed by the projected expansion of the aesthetically beautiful architecture of Crystal Bridges, a museum funded by the widow of Sam Walton (of Walmart fame). The plan is to enlarge its present structure by 65%. In the video the left three buildings are now in existence. We were delighted to find a new attraction: the Bachman-Wilson House constructed in the 1950's by Frank Lloyd Wright—meticulously deconstructed and rebuilt on the grounds.
New England Trip
August 1-7, 2021
*After driving all day we were thankful to arrive safely in Nashua with a swimming pool as a welcome respite for the boys: Jake and friend, Grayson.
*Monday morning brought us to Louise's—visiting Dennis' grave and helping her undo her beds for transport to FL.
*Monday afternoon Marie hosted an outdoor reunion of sisters/spouse (Lou's), nieces, and niece's boys. Frisbee and exploration of Greeley Park for the boys!
*Tuesday--off to Moody Beach, ME where Ben greeted us at Wheels 'n Waves Surf Shop on his 'one wheel'.
*Tuesday afternoon—surfing lesson with Mike. Reunion with David.
*Wednesday—miniature golf and more surfing. Reunion with Jimmy; dinner with Mike, Ben & his girls; go carts with Mike
*Thursday—rainy day, shopping at Kittery Trading Post, veg day/swimming pool
*Friday—Breakfast Lou's siblings; homeward bound
*Saturday—Stop at Glenn H. Curtiss Aviation Museum; safely home
The Sea in New Mexico???
Excerpts from the chapter entitled, “Mother of Seas”, book: No High Adobe by Dorothy L Pillsbury, published by The Lightning Tree.
“'You, Senora, must miss that ocean very much in this high dry country.'” Mrs. Apodaca remarks.
The author replies that she doesn't miss the sea:
“The Reason is that I still have a sea.......”
“......Cloud ships ply that overhead sea. Their white sails fill with all the winds as they skim on airy voyages.....At sunset, their mastheads shake out pennants and signal flags, whose code meanings I can only guess......”
“.......Against the soft gauze of northern mountains, a rainbow bridge is constructed in the purple mesa...”
“......Sometimes, at dawn and sunset, dream cities rear their battlements on sky islands. For the overhead sea has no shore line. That is its greatest charm. In spite of its immensity, it has moments when it sags close to earth as if it had a secret it wanted to whisper.......”
“The New Mexican sky is like no other.......It is alive, ever moving, given to dramatic violence and gentle whimsy......”
“......Companionship with the sea overhead grows richer with the years.”
Hiking Mania—April 13-21
Four big hikes in one week; most were group hikes taken with our hiking buddies. Soon our snowbird hiking companions will be dispersing until next year--> with anticipation of new discoveries in 2022.
LBJ hike to Cloudcroft—8,000 ft+ elevation; the Osha Trail had lots of rocks, but it was a beautiful day—one highlight was the train trestle bridge, but it was a photo op only—hikers were forbidden on the trestle. History: Because of the altitude and abundance of trees making logging so prevalent around the the turn of the 20th century, a railroad ran from Cloudcroft to Alamogordo. If the loaded train went too fast down the hill, it risked jumping the track; if too slow, the load would slide off. Engineers had to get it right!
Sierra Vista Trail—a trail which runs 13 miles from Las Cruces toward El Paso—we did a hike of +/- two miles—group hike thanks to Betsy.
Petroglyphs of Rincon—Group hike thanks to Carla and Tom who led us to these petroglyphs in the middle of nowhere, NM.
City of Rocks State Park—Group hike to a park which features “geologic formations made up of large, sculptured rock columns, or pinnacles, rising as high as 40 feet and separated by paths or lanes resembling city streets” (per website). Of course, we had to end up at the Adobe Deli, a restaurant only to be found in the likes of NM.
Lou and Bonnie Janelle (LBJ) are career professionals who are currently pursuing life-long interests in photography and digital imaging techniques, respectively.