Monthly Archives: April 2011

A Trip to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

In early December last year Bosque Bill and I went to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, New Mexico’s newest national monument. Because of my work and travel schedule I never managed to put a blog post together on the trip. Kasha-Katuwe is a fascinating geological landscape of wind erosion, water erosion and hoodoos. The area’s striking geology is the result of layers of volcanic rock and ash deposited by a volcanic explosion. Over time, weathering and erosion of these layers created canyons and tent rocks, or hoodoos. The tent rocks themselves are cones of soft pumice and tuff beneath harder caprocks.

The day was fairly overcast, but I did get some photographs to share.

Cliffs near the entrance to Kasha-Katuwe

Cliffs near the entrance to Kasha-Katuwe

You can see the Sandia Mountains from the foot of the trail.

You can see the Sandia Mountains from the foot of the trail.

Starting up the trail at Kasha-Katuwe National Monument, New Mexico.

We got closer to the hoodoo formations as we started up the trail.

Large hoodoo at Kasha-Katuwe National Monument, New Mexico.

This large hoodoo was really impressive.

Sedimentary rock layers showing  volcanic tuff and rhyolite.

Sedimentary rock layers showing volcanic tuff and rhyolite.

Starting up the trail.

Starting up the trail.

Close view of tree roots showing water erosion from periodic flooding through the canyon.

Close view of tree roots showing water erosion from periodic flooding through the canyon.

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Starting up the slot canyon trail.

Starting up the slot canyon trail.

Continuing up the slot canyon trail.

Continuing up the slot canyon trail.

Looking up from the slot canyon trail.

Looking up from the slot canyon trail.

Looking up a little farther along the slot canyon trail.

Looking up a little farther along the slot canyon trail.

A beautiful swirl in the rock.

A beautiful swirl in the rock.

Emerging from the slot canyon.

Emerging from the slot canyon.

Manzanita shrub, a closer view.

Manzanita shrub, a closer view.

A view up the cliffs.

A view up the cliffs.

Close view of a hoodoo.

Close view of a hoodoo.

Going back down the trail, a view of the slot canyon from above.

Going back down the trail, a view of the slot canyon from above.


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Mammals on Monday-Orangutan

Orangutan, Rio Grande Zoo.

Orangutan

Orangutan contemplation.

Orangutan contemplation.

A walk on the wild side.

A walk on the wild side.

In mom's lap.

In mom's lap.

Exploring.

Exploring.

Mother and child.

Mother and child.

The eyes of wisdom.

The eyes of wisdom.

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Turtles on Tuesday-Painted Turtles

“Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.”

Painted Turtle

Painted Turtle

Painted Turtles

Painted Turtles sunning on a log.

Painted Turtle.

Painted Turtle, a fine rear view.

Painted Turtles

Colorful Painted Turtles on a log.

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Mammals on Monday-Lowland Gorilla

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” ~ Martin Buber

Lowland Gorilla, Rio Grande Zoo, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Lowland Gorilla, Rio Grande Zoo, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Lowland Gorilla, Rio Grande Zoo

Lowland Gorilla

Lowland Gorilla in repose.

Lowland Gorilla in repose.

Lowland Gorilla in repose, a closer view.

Lowland Gorilla in repose, a closer view.

A young Lowland Gorilla,

A young Lowland Gorilla,

Adult male Lowland Gorilla.

Adult male Lowland Gorilla.

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Mammals on Monday-Gunnison’s Prairie Dogs

I had to make a quick trip to Taos, New Mexico this weekend to take care of some business. While I was there I was delighted to see a colony of Gunnison’s Prairie Dogs chasing each other around in an empty field. The Gunnison’s Prairie Dog has a much shorter tail than other prairie dogs and is found around the Four Corners area of the American Southwest from 5,000-11,000 feet. Their coloring is unique among prairie dogs in that the upper head, sides of the cheeks, and eyebrows are distinctly darker than the rest of the body.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog

Gunnison's Prairie Dogs, Taos New Mexico.

Gunnison's Prairie Dogs, Taos New Mexico.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog, Taos, New Mexico.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog, Taos, New Mexico.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog in the burrow.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog in the burrow.

Another Gunnison's Prairie Dog in the burrow.

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A New Business in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

There’s a new, trendy, upscale auto shop in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. Sunday, April 3, 2011 was the Grand Opening for a second location of Dan Brown’s Automotive at 7702 Fourth Street NW, at the corner of Fourth Street and Los Ranchos in Northwest Albuquerque. From the eye-catching mural on the south side of the building to the classic leather chairs in the office area to the spic-and-span garage, it was clear that this is no ordinary auto shop.

Adrian Archuleta, Gwen Lewis and daughter Elizabeth admire a vintage auto, complete with canine driver and young passenger.

A classic Volkswagen van on a lift shares an opinion on appropriate driving speeds.

A classic Ford tractor.

A highlight of the festivities was the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Roberta Beyer, President of Los Ranchos Chamber of Commerce prepares to cut the ribbon.

The ribbon is cut …

… and it falls.

Many people brought their classic autos and trucks for everyone to enjoy.

An eye-catching classic.

Under the hood.

This shiny Chevy was for sale.

A classic Chevy Deluxe.

Fabulous tail fins.

The owner of this classic Ford truck brings a gift to the business owners.

Car buffs discuss this vintage Chrysler Imperial.


Local residents and families enjoyed themselves at the Grand Opening.

A family enjoys the Grand Opening.

Local car buffs enjoyed the afternoon.


There was a bouncy house for the kids …

… and a DJ provided music.

Barbacoa Catering provided delicious pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, potato salad and coleslaw.

A warm welcome to Los Ranchos de Albuquerque for Dan Brown’s Automotive!

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