Another Year, Another Balloon Fiesta

Peering inside a Rainbow Ryders balloon as it inflates.

Sometimes the view inside hot air balloons, as they inflate, is even better than seeing them up in the air. I loved the smiley face and bright colors inside this one.

Arroyo Seco Maple Leaves

Arroyo Seco Maples

Maple leaves changing color in Arroyo Seco. I was told while I was taking photos of this tree that it’s the most photographed tree in New Mexico. It might be true — with the exception of the Rocky Mountain Maples in the Manzanos, we don’t have indigenous maple trees.

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Lighthouse

One of the most picturesque lighthouses along the Oregon coast.

Bandon Sea Stacks (& Photographer)

Bandon Sea Stacks

Bandon-by-the-Sea in Oregon. This particular sunset really fizzled for the most part — but there was this one lovely moment. I don’t know the photographer and doubt she ever saw me.

Old Car and Tree

Rusted Car and Tree

I took a 4,000-mile trip to Oregon and back, and took lots of beautiful (or at least potentially beautiful) photos: sunsets, bridges, lighthouses, etc. But this turned out to be one of my very favorites — a tree that appeared to be growing through the middle of an old car. I looked at the car closely…

Ladybug, Ladybug

Ladybug, Ladybug

One of the biggest reasons I take photos is that I don’t actually see all that clearly in real life. It’s my camera that helps me see, even it it’s not quite in real time. Which means that, when I took this photo, I thought I was taking a shot of a ladybug. However, once…

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