“Diamond girl, You sure do shine, Glad I found you…”
It was a dewy morning and great day for lifting off in a hot air balloon. Pilot Bud had a great crew behind him as the basket was unloaded and the envelop filled with helium. My cousin was invited to fly and the chase was on.
Diamond Girl floated gently across the sky for about an hour as I followed in my chase car. Before long Bud had put her down in an arroyo a tad off the beaten path. “You can’t get there from here” immediately came to mind. But before we knew it our lead chase car was being followed by the sheriff’s department! A local resident had called 911 thinking that a hot air ballon was in distress setting off a search by local sheriff plus fire and ambulance! Not true! The pilot and lead chase car were in constant contact so we knew there was no problem other than finding the right dirt road to reach them.
We finally arrived at the arroyo only to find three sheriffs curious about the situation. After educating them that a balloon does not have a steering wheel and that it lands wherever the winds blows, Diamond Girl was moved to a safe area where she was deflated and loaded into the trailer. I helped transport everyone back to our starting point where Pilot Bud came up with a unique distress code for the future – “We’re heading for Seattle!”
Adventure is out there. Fly safe my friends.
from snowy?! southern New Mexico! The great southwest was not immune to the cold front that is blowing across the states. We went from 65 degrees to 24 degrees with a wind chill of 13! In my quest to capture these images in historic Old Mesilla my car ended up coated in a sheet of ice….pretty! Normally on a Sunday you’d find lots of people attending mass and shopping the plaza. Not so much today!
On a quick trip to Las Cruces NM, I just had to head to Hatch for some Mexican pottery and the best green chile cheeseburger ever!
Peacock Mercantile has housed many different businesses since 1926; including a grocery store, mercantile, auto parts store, ice cream shop, pawnshop, and community pool hall. In 2007 it was purchased by the Nunn family and “Sparky’s” was born. It’s a destination spot for great chile cheeseburgers, chile lemonade, and chile ice cream! While standing in line to place our order we met people from Seattle and Anchorage…what a crossroads!
The family has acquired an eclectic collection of vintage signs and roadside fiberglass giants and was featured on American Pickers. One of the more recent additions is a giant green alien.
Close by we found a roadside station for remembering loved ones filled with retablos, momentoes, and religious statues. Further down the road, we visited the colorful Garden of Memories Cemetery. The gravestones date from the 1890s to the present day.
In Fairacres, just a few miles out of Las Cruces was City Line Pawn & Antiques that was more like a museum. Metal riding tractor, vintage blue metal lawn chairs are just a few of the quirky items to be found. It’s on my list to revisit later!
I’m sorry you can’t taste the chile but enjoy the view!
As a Christmas present to myself I produced my first photo book and had it printed in Italy! I was thrilled when I received my finished book. It is most charming. If you would like to purchase a mini copy for yourself let me know! Or stop by the studio and pick one up!
You can view the pages here. Enjoy!
This image was presented a 2nd place ribbon in the SPPA March Print Competiton. Enjoy!
It was taken in Old Mesilla, New Mexico. The home belongs to a friend of ours.
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A new art center recently opened in the Mesilla Valley… a place of form and light where I have photographed often, including the image above. On a recent trip back I stumbled across a beautiful art center – Preston Contemporary Art Center featuring art displays and classes. I may have to schedule my next trip back based on the classes they are offering. Perhaps you’d like to visit the Land of Enchantment ? Check out these classes: http://www.mesillaworkshops.com/