Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Who Me?

Statue outside White Rock Library entitled "Who Me?"

Monday, November 29, 2010

Ponderosa Pine Forrest

Ponderosa pine forrest near Bandelier National Monument's Ponderosa Camp Ground. Notice lack of undergrowth due to 1977 and 2000 fires.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nice House, Don't You Think?

 I found this one while biking out in Pajarito Acres. Picture taken earlier this fall was motivated by Sequim Daily Photos of houses. Find out more about Los Alamos real estate.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Time for a Hair Cut?

Dave bought business from Ted who had bought it from long time Ernie's Barber Shop. Dave put in a lot of time and effort to upgrade the fixtures and added full time large screen TV sports.

Friday, November 26, 2010

El Parasol

Popular and good place to eat in Los Alamos is El Parasol located in a remodeled savings and loan building. El Parasol and El Paragua restaurant share an interesting history in addition to great food.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Touch the Sky"

The May 2000 Cerro Grande Fire destroyed 200+ homes (representing 400+ families) resulted from long Southwestern drought, overgrown forests, incomplete decision making, and
strong winds. No lives were lost. This statue, "Touch the Sky" is a remembrance of that fire. (Photos taken earlier this fall)
Cerro Grande Fire 10 year anniversary link.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Take Me Home, Country Roads

NM 4 heading into White Rock. Sangre de Cristo Mtns above Santa Fe in the background.
Below, heading east on  NM 502 and then south on NM 4 towards White Rock.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Largest West of the Mississippi

Los Alamos Fire Department Station #3 serves White Rock and Los Alamos National Labs is said to be the largest fire station west of the Mississippi River. Includes 5 double bays for 10 large fire trucks and a large county meeting room for up to 90 people.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Breakfast at the La Fonda

La Fonda Hotel fire place just outside the  La Plazuela dinning room for breakfast on a quiet Saturday morning and then some window shopping on the historic Plaza. (about 35 miles from where we live)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Interesting Rock Formations

Along side of road (NM 4) between White Rock and Bandelier Nat. Monument in Ancho Canyon

Friday, November 19, 2010

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Los Alamos County Airport take off. We don't see many jets at our airport. This take off is a medical air lift usually carrying patients to Albuquerque, Denver, or other large city hospitals in TX and AZ. Airport was location for "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" staring Sarah Jessica Parker, Hugh Grant and Sam Elliott.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Surviving the Freeze

Several very cold nights (in the low 20s) and the asters still hanging in there. But, not much longer.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

First Snow

First snow in White Rock last night.

Monday, November 15, 2010

United Way Hamburger Nite

United Way Youth Team Hamburger Nite at the Hill Diner in Los Alamos for the Northern NM United Way.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sandia Mtns In The Distance

Looking south from Los Alamos are the Sandia Mountains rising above Albuquerque -about 48 miles as the crow flies. Technically, the Sandias are not part of the Rocky Mountains which end just south of Santa Fe.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bandelier Grill in White Rock

We often eat at the Bandelier Grill in White Rock. Since I've lived here, this building housed an A&W, a "chicken place," The Pub, La Salsas, and O'Henry's if memory serves.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Close Encounters of the Third Kind?

This posting on the way to Los Alamos confirms the rumors about the Roswell aliens. Right? Or maybe it's a sign post for when THEY return. Or, are THEY already here?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Front Yard Statue

Came across this Blue Spruce trunk that had been carved into a front yard statue from a dying tree. Owners say it's color has faded and needs new painting by the artist. Wings are carved out of natural "fork" in the tree.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Bark Beetle Wins!

Due to long term Southwestern droughtPiñon Pines and many Ponderosa Pine could not make the sap to protect them from the ever present bark beetle. Probably 95+% of the Piñon trees are now dead and fallen.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sunrise Over WR

Stepped outside yesterday AM to take a quick picture of the eastern sky above my house in White Rock at sunrise.
And another sunrise from White Rock Overlook taken in September over the Sangre de Cristos

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rock Climbing at Las Conchas

Very popular rock climbing at Las Conchas in the Jemez Mtns west of Los Alamos.
Click here to see map of Las Conchas climbing wall.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Crop Around The Corner

Grand Opening of a The Crop Around The Corner in White Rock.  So what's inside? See below.....
Excited owners of their new scrapbooking and papercrafting shop. Come check it out!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Just Hanging Around Town

Scarecrows made by local businesses, clubs, organizations, schools, families, and individuals have "hang around" the streetlights along Central Avenue. Contest is sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Oh! Deer!

What's wrong with this picture?

Several areas with potential legacy explosives have been cleared. Signs are posted to keep humans out - but not the mule deer and other wildlife. The Lab carefully monitors wildlife in the area. NO! Deer are not triggering explosions. Nor are they radioactive or genetically mutated.  

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Entrance Rocks Into Los Alamos and White Rock, NM

Entrance to Los Alamos and White Rock,  NM
Welcome to White Rock, NM (part of Los Alamos).  Below the much painted White Rock rock. Sometimes the rock changes it's "cover" daily. Sometimes the rock has a really special artwork, I'll take a picture and post it - but I'll have to take it quick - before it's repainted.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Justice Center in Los Alamos

New Los Alamos Country Justice Center (added to a remodeled police station) is just one of the many changes in Los Alamos.