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    Merlin Emrys
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    Northern New Mexico
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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. Water levels were higher in the river today, due to recent rains. Navigation was easier but the current was stronger, and it required more effort to get upstream to Medio Canyon. And there were no Herons since the mudflats were under water. Saw our first beaver and Snowy Egret of the season, though, in addition to a huge flock of Canada Geese, lots of Cliff Swallows feeding their young, and more than a dozen Avocets. With the gusty winds, Turkey Vultures enjoyed soaring amongst the cliffs, and the Ravens lent their voices to the proceedings. We had a long hike at lunchtime in the canyon, marveling at the towering rock cliffs. The river is always magical, constantly changing and forging new channels. The stillness and solitude is unsurpassed, and we are very fortunate to still be paddling after so many years. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
  2. Lovely, whatever camera and lens were used.
  3. Sunset before the storms. X-T2, 90mm f/2
  4. Our hike today in the Nature Preserve was arduous, with very rocky and steep descents and ascents. But as always the solitude, stillness, and beauty of the Earth lifted our spirits, and offered deep connections and wider perspectives. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
  5. Thanks, Mike!
  6. X-T2, 90mm f/2
  7. Thanks, Erv! Nature's beauties...
  8. Pelargoniums, Bacopa, and Thyme. X-T2, 90mm f/2 1. 2. 3. 4.
  9. Made it all the up to Cochiti Canyon on our first kayaking trip of this, our 18th season. Water levels were low due to ongoing drought, but we managed to navigate through some tricky places and against the current. Sightings included Great Blue Herons, Canada Geese, Ravens, Turkey Vultures, Cormorants, Mallard and Teal ducks, Spotted Sandpipers, and for the first time ever on the river, a flock of colorful Avocets that were feeding on the mudbanks. It was wonderful to experience the majesty, stillness, and spaciousness of the river after seven months of no paddling. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
  10. X-T2, 90mm f/2
  11. Thanks very much, Hugh! The rewards make the strenuous effort far more than simply worthwhile. There are many junipers that cling to the rock, or grow in a very small patch of dirt inside them.
  12. We celebrated so-called Mother's Day by immersing ourselves in the mother of us all, the Earth. Our off-trail adventure amidst the incredible rock cliffs, trees, cacti, shrubs, lichens, and 100-mile vistas was awe-inspiring. The scramble and rock climb up the chimney to the top of the mesa was a rebirth of sorts, and the stillness, solitude, and vastness a warm, engulfing blanket of majestic proportions. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.
  13. X-T2, 90mm f/2