Sunday, October 31, 2010

Lots of "stimulus" money being spent in Los Alamos. Across the canyon from these signs is a large demolition and cleanup project going on at LANL that created jobs for several 100 workers.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Main Street Trick Or Treat

Lots of candy, lots of costumes, lots of fun, Friday night (Oct 29) downtown Los Alamos.
                    
                     The crowd                             The best of the best!                Everyone having fun
  
        Two very large scary tall creatures show up.       The very popular haunted house!
Click picture for video of The Hill Stompers strutting their stuff at Main Street Trick or Treat
Crowds on Main Street

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Los Alamos: A Movie Location Again?

Filming Judy Blume's Tiger Eyes which tells the story of a teenage girl, struggling to deal with the murder of her father, moves to Los Alamos with her mother and little brother. This is one of many recent movies filmed in Los Alamos. [ Judy Blume books ]

Monday, October 25, 2010

"Tis The Season For This Too

Cottonwood along the Rio Grande in the Otowi Bridge area.
                             
Lft: Looking upstream towards Black Mesa.  Rt: View down stream to the entrance of White Rock Canyon.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

'Tis The Season

Make sure you know where and how to vote and then GO VOTE! Twenty-eight states allow voting by mail,  early voting, some allow both.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

LAHS Cross Country

Los Alamos High School's Cross Country Boy's and Girl's teams are often nationally ranked. Here are some pics from Girl's C Team race. C, JV, Varsity Boy's and Girl's team results. Go Toppers!

Race held at Los Alamos Golf Course at an altitude of 7300 ft.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fall Colors Above Los Alamos

Fall colors on Pajarito Mountain above Los Alamos due to quaking aspen and one of the scrub oaks stands in the a spruce-fir forest (or mixed-conifer forest). Note: Heavy rains last night and this AM. The show of color might be over. I took the photo just in time!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Riding Lessons

Getting riding lessons in La Senda area of White Rock

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bandelier National Monument

Just down the road from White Rock, NM (about 7 miles on NM 4), is the entrance to Bandelier National Monument which leads to lots of back country wilderness areas and Frijoles Canyon where you find the headquarters, Tyuonyi, museum, and many other preserved ruins.

Monday, October 18, 2010

King Tut's Chariot?

Came up behind this car just outside Taos on way home to Los Alamos from Denver where we toured the King Tut exhibit this weekend. I agreed with the personalized licence plate.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Where Did All The Buildings Go?

"They" use to say, "Nothing ever changes in Los Alamos." All the Los Alamos County and Public School buildings and warehouses are now gone from Trinity Drive to create the Trinity Site Revitalization Project. Where did they go? See Pajarito Cliffs area below (use to be called the Airport Basin)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tennis Anyone?

October night still warm enough for some night tennis. All 4 courts were busy tonight at Urban Park.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bandelier Is Tuff? Who says?

Top: Looking east, across the Rio Grande Rift to the Sangre de Cristo MountainsLos Alamos Canyon Bridge (also known as Omega Bridge). Los Alamos sits on several mesas formed by Bandelier tuff - volcanic ash-flows.
Tuff is compressed volcanic ash flow and is easily carved out for cliff dwellings (see below). Lighter forms of the frothy lava called pumice is everywhere. Obsidian and hard dense basalt from lava flows also makes up the land we live on. See more at Geology of the Pajarito Plateau.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Doves on a Wire

Mourning Doves (in my backyard). One of the many birds species on the Pajarito Plateau. Pajarito means little bird or baby bird in Spanish. Wonder what they are thinking? And, who decides they sit facing the same direction? NOTE: Actually, upon closer look they are White Winged Doves - extending their range north I guess. (See pics below)

 Click on images for larger pic

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happy Hour! Drinks 1/2 $Price

 Time for a well deserved Low-Cal Diet Limeade a Sonic!!!! Happy Hour 2-4. All drinks 1/2 price.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Two Different Ways To Wait For Snow

Pajarito Ski Hill waiting for the snow. Below, stockpile ready to be spread at the shopping center is waiting for the snow (and ice).

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fine Art In and Around Ashley Pond (Pond?)

Sculpture in Ashley Pond in Los Alamos. The pond was named after Ashley Pond, the founder of the Los Alamos Ranch School. Local question, "Is it Ashley Pond or Ashley Pond Pond?" It was joke back in the Ranch School daysNotice in the previous link, playing hockey in shorts, that they wore all year long.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Up, Up, and Away!

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the largest hot air balloon rally in the world, ends this weekend. Pictures taken 10-5-2010 on way to Albuquerque airport. Since I was still north of I-40, I define that as northern NM - just for this posting, that is ;-) There's also the America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race, You can find more photos searching Google images for special shapes, video,  and at the Fiesta's photo gallery.


Friday, October 8, 2010

The Doctor Is In!

I stopped by the Los Alamos Medical Center to pick up some medical equipment.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Does ANYBODY Do This? How?

Following this truck up the Main Hill Road to Los Alamos. Does anyone stay 200 feet back from the back of a slow moving truck?  First of all, you can't read the sign until you get withing 20 feet (see enlarged view of sign in lower left). 200 feet is 2/3 of a football field! That's 15 car lengths! If you stay back that far, cars behind you start honking or passing you. The photo below is of the Main Hill Road (right) leading to Los Alamos. (Lower road is gravel road leading into Pueblo Canyon.)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Golf 'Til It Snows!

Golfing on Los Alamos Golf Course. Aftermath of the 2000 Cerro Grande Fire on the mountains can be seen in the background.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Rancho de Chimayo

           
  My daughter in the atrium at Rancho de Chimayo.        Entrance to Rancho de Chimayo
(These pics taken with my cell phone. Left my other camera at home and cell phone in car as we attended the Nambe Pueblo Feast Day. Nambé Pueblo does not allow photo taking  and wanted to avoid the appearance and temptation of photo taking, Various Feast Days in NM are special.)