Monday, April 30, 2012

Full moon over the Sangres

Glen Wurden
The full moon about 10 minutes after rising over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, from Pajarito Acres. October 2011.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

A bucket with a very specific purpose

Reid Priedhorsky
The Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter’s annual Dog Jog was yesterday in White Rock. These gigantic red buckets were placed regularly along the route.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Can you find my inquisitive friend?

Meg Hilko
Los Alamos, October 2010.

Friday, April 27, 2012


Photo by Erin.
Sign outside El Paragua Restaurant, EspaƱola. March 2012.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sunset over the Jemez

Marilee Harrison
Sunset over the Jemez Mountains, from Santa Fe. April 22, 2012.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Blooming on the Blue Dot

Liz MacDonald
Liz spotted 13 types of wildflowers on the Blue Dot Trail last Sunday! April 23, 2012.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Anyone see my snack?

Photo by Arthur Larsen; courtesy Karla Sartor.
I’m not a birder; anyone know what species these guys are? (Villa St., October 2010.)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Need moar photos!

The new Los Alamos Daily Photo has been live for about two months now. Today, I thought I’d talk a little about how the blog is going — some things are great, and other things worry me a little. I’ve wondered whether starting a new business feels like this, only a lot more so. On balance, I’m super glad to be editing Daily Photo, and I look forward to doing so for a very long time.

The “bad” news first, or perhaps good news for folks with photos to submit: I need more photo submissions. The queue currently runs dry* on a fairly regular basis, and I fill in the gaps with my own photos. I’d much rather publish more of your photos and fewer of mine! :)

Anyway, the specific call to action is: I’d love it if every reader (that’s you!) would do one or both of the following:
  1. Submit one photo of your own. It doesn’t have to be a brilliant photo; the point here is to tell the story of Los Alamos using photography, not be a fancy online art gallery.
  2. Tell one other person about Daily Photo and give them the link ( There’s also a Facebook mirror (
Even better: Do these things on a regular basis. I’m sure every one of you takes at least one photo a month that Daily Photo’s readership would love to see.

Speaking of readership, I’m quite encouraged by the numbers:

We’re seeing 150-200 people visiting the site every week, which I find very promising. We’re well on our way to sustainability. And by sharing this site with others, you can help boost the growth curve that looks like it’s beginning to emerge.

Finally, the feedback I see from folks is wonderful. Peoples’ comments on the photos, and the occasional e-mails, are all very supportive. I feel fortunate to be able to offer a service that people enjoy.

What do you think? Leave comments, e-mail me, or I’d also be happy to have phone conversations — e-mail me and I can share the number.

* There’s some nuance here. The queue is never 100% empty, because a few folks sent me several photos in one go, which is awesome. However, it is true that I often have no photos “ready to go”, because I like to space out any individual photographer.

Sunday, April 22, 2012


Hilary Clay
Pajarito Mountain, October 2009.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Beany tent rocks

Yvonne Delamater.
Tent rocks near Beanfield Mesa, north of Barranca Mesa. April 2009.

This photo also appears on Yvonne’s blog.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Well-named cheeseburgers

Photo by Reid Priedhorsky; menu is from Bandelier Grill.
The Bandelier Grill in White Rock will sell you a Little Boy or Fat Man burger. I had the Little Boy; it was tasty. April 2012.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Spring sunset at Overlook Park

Dick McIntyre
April 11, 2012.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Salvador Zapien
Sycamore St., April 2011.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ashley Pond near dusk

Meg Hilko
July 2007.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Recovery happens

Craig Martin.
Craig writes: “Eleven years ago this week, 90 volunteers hiked up the Quemazon Trail and planted about 2,000 9-inch-tall ponderosa pine seedlings. The forest returns, slowly. Thanks once again to that hard-working crew!” April 2012.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Cathy Flowers.
Abiquiu Lake, November 2010.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

To Hell and back

Amanda Schneider.

Amanda writes: “We took a drive past the Sportsmen’s Club and kept on driving on the dirt past this sign. After about 30 minutes down the canyon, we hit a dead end, turned around, and came back. It didn’t turn out to be hellish at all — just a little dusty.” March 2012.

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Facebook experiment, and for-sale in the park

I’m trying out a Facebook version of this blog. If that’s your thing, please “like” it and ask your friends to do the same:

The main site won’t be going away, even if the Facebook version is successful, and the content will be the same. As always, please let me know what you think in the comments!

Reid Priedhorsky.
This house in Western Area has a for-sale sign facing the park as well as (I assume) the street. I think that is awesome. (March 2012.)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Santa Fe graffito

Photo by Erin.
Santa Fe Railyard, January 2012.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tschicoma from Pajarito Mountain

Yvonne Delamater.
Tschicoma is the highest mountain in the Jemez at 11,561 feet. June 2011 (i.e., pre-Las Conchas).

This photo also appears on Yvonne’s blog.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Off the Y somewhere

Hilary Clay
October 2009.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Fifteen-year-old Tom Rutherford’s gate pass

Courtesy of Liz Rutherford.

Liz writes: “Young teen residents were required to have an ID to enter Los Alamos. The USAF sent this card to the AEC, who routed it to my dad at N-6 at LASL, when my brother was killed in 1958. This card survived the Cerro Grande fire because I had taken it to Denver to show friends.”

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Blue-tailed skink

Cathy Flowers
Acid Canyon, July 2010.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

First pasque flower

Craig Martin
Craig writes: “This view of the year’s first pasque flowers (blooming two weeks later than the first ones last year) reminds me of baby birds reaching up to grab a bug from mama bird.” Perimeter Trail in Rendija Canyon, March 29, 2012.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Fun for the whole family

Amanda Schneider
Amanda writes: “This photo was taken at the Los Alamos Historical Museum, where there was a nuclear bomb fallout shelter. Family Radiation Measurement Kit! Who knew it was fun for the WHOLE family!?”

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Jim Lujan
Canyon Rim Hiking Trail, December 2011.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Too soon for a backyard tea party?

Margaret McIntyre
Ed. note: I can’t get over the wonderful cylindrical shape of this table! For the record, I would love a tea party where one concealed one’s tea under a foot of snow. Timber Ridge Road, April 3, 2012.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A snowy April back yard

Reid Priedhorsky
I went in to work this morning under a brilliant sunny sky and returned home in heavy snow which got heavier. Currently we have around 4-5" of snow in the front yard. Above is the back yard not long after sunset, April 2, 2012. Isn’t Los Alamos great?

This photo also appears on my personal blog.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Mystery box

Yvonne Delamater.
Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail, near the airport terminal. March, 2012.

This photo is also published on Yvonne’s blog.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Spring blossoms

Diamond Drive, March 27, 2012.