Petroglyph National Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico
These photos were shot on December 21, 2018
My mom and I like to go exploring for petroglyphs. Albuquerque is host to Petroglyph National Park and within the park these are several unique sites. Piedras Marcadas Canyon is not as well known as some of the other trails in the park and it's difficult to find because the there is no address listed for it on the park service website.
The petroglyphs range in age from 400 - 1000 years and as you enter the canyon, it is like stepping into a time machine. The noise of the city falls away and a sense of suspended time sets in. It is easy to image what the people who drew these images saw everyday because the area has remained unchanged since these drawings were made.
I call this one, "Thin Man At The Anteater Rodeo". The original meaning was probably something different though.
Wheel Of Fortune
A beautiful spiral petroglyph!
A partial spiral that seems to have a head. This one may be a snake.
If a starfish and stingray had a baby.
From the top of Piedras Marcadas Canyon, looking across Albuquerque and the Rio Grande River Valley to the Sandia Mountains.
Sand Angel of a lizard.
From the top of Piedras Marcadas Canyon, looking south across Albuquerque and the Rio Grande River Valley to the Manzano Mountains.
Volcanos on Albuquerque's west side as seen from the top of Piedras Marcadas Canyon.
Boldly Going Where iPhones Are Not Supposed To Go
You may not realize that almost all of the photos on this blog are shot with an iPhone. There are a few exceptions (like the previous lightning post say for instance) but, by and large, these are iPhone photos. I have a real camera and I know how to use it but it's just so bulky and time consuming to lug it around and transfer the images from device to device that I have made it my mission to do as much as possible with the camera that fits in my pocket, the iPhone.
On a side note, way back in the day I remember saying "My camera doesn't make phone calls, why do I need my phone to take pictures?!?!" Ha...ha...oh.., I kill me. Famous last words and all.
Anyway, I found a lightning trigger app for the iPhone. Skeptical peeps said it would never work, that no such thing could exist.
Well, I would like to demonstrate that such a thing could exist and, not only that, but it works too!
All of the lightning photos in this post were shot with the iLightningCam2 app. It's not perfect, sometimes it doesn't fire, but when it works it works pretty well!
I'm not much of a storm chaser, unless there's no actual chasing involved. All of these photos were shot from my yard (or in one instance, through my living room window) with a Canon EOS 80d.
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Fun With Lightsabers
The following images are not evidence of extraterrestrial life but rather my husband, Johnpaul Vincent, demonstrating his mad skillz with the lightsaber. But seriously, he used to own a martial arts school and taught sword fighting so he does in fact have mad skillz.
Last weekend, Johnpaul and I went on a little photo-adventure to the Rio Puerco Bridge on-the-mother-road-to-rio-puerco-bridge.html which is out on Historic Route 66 west of Albuquerque. From there, we decided to take Hwy 6 back to Los Lunas and, on the way, came across Maybelle's Diner.
After posting a few photos on Twitter, one of my followers shared some interesting information about this location, namely that there never was any such place as Maybelle's Diner.
Turns out the original name of this place was Wild Horse Mesa Bar. After it closed, Hollywood came in and used it for an on-location set in the 2016 movie Katie Says Goodbye. It was renamed Maybelle's Diner for the movie.
Interior of Maybelle's Diner shot through the security bars on the window. Good thing the iPhone has a tiny lens!