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    Merlin Emrys
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    Most of my photography is meant to document Nature as I see and experience it. So much of the land and wilderness has already been lost, and even more is endangered by those who wish to feed their addiction to greed, power, and control.

    My hope is to inspire people to protect what is left, and to go out and experience it for themselves.

    Other creative activities include abstract expressionist painter, writer, musician, kayaking, hiking, cooking.
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  1. The gnarled trees are junipers, and yes, their tenacity is amazing! They can grow in a tiny patch of dirt in a boulder or rock cliff, and often stay low to avoid being blown over by the strong winds. There are also piñon pines, and a few ponderosa, although the latter tend to grow at slightly higher altitude.
  2. OK. That is a cinder cone left over from the last huge volcanic eruptions, and it is about 6500-7000 feet high.
  3. Hill? Those mountains in the distance go up to more than 10,000 feet!!!
  4. Thanks very much, Erv! Glad you are getting out.
  5. Thanks, Mike!
  6. A warm and sunny but windy day for our first hike of the new season. The trail is very treacherous in places, with steep, rocky ascents and descents, testing our resolve and conditioning. But we persevered, and the beauty of Nature was joyous and fulfilling. X-T2, 18-55mm 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.
  7. X-T2, 18-55mm Mountain Juniper Storm Coming In
  8. Definitely very old, given the girth of the trunk. Amazing given its location, growing in a small patch of dirt amidst boulders, and exposed to strong winds, intense sunlight, and other elements. Thanks!
  9. This was by far the warmest and driest winter in our 28 years of living in Northern New Mexico. When we headed off-trail up into the rock cliffs on our 27th hike of the season, it was warm and sunny. But after about an hour a fierce, icy wind began to blow, and the dark clouds moving swiftly from the southwest mountains meant a hasty retreat. Fortunately the rock chimney was nearby, so we climbed up it to the top of the mesa, took a last view, and headed home without stopping for lunch. Soon after the snow began to fly, but we were warm and safe. X-T2, 18-55mm 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19.
  10. Wow! Great capture.
  11. Although a bit dicey in more than a few places, going alone off trail definitely boosted my confidence. Fortunately my physical condition was up to the challenge of the steep ascents, descents, and tricky footing, since no one was going to come and rescue me. Visiting new areas is always a treat, and this was no exception. The stillness, deep blue skies, and incredible rocks and trees were food for the soul. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
  12. X30
  13. Yep. Those darn trees have no respect for us photographers!
  14. The Gambel's (scrub) oak grows at a bit lower elevation than the rock cliffs, and in more forested areas. So that's why there are no "views!"