Cellpic Sunday – 15 April 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A regular stop on our travels between Arizona and North Dakota is at my sister’s house in New Mexico. This year was no exception. In her back yard, she has two ornamental crab apple trees and as luck would have it, the day we were there, they were in full bloom. Before long, I was outside in her back yard snapping some pictures with my cellphone camera. Continue reading

National Museum of Nuclear Science and History – The Story of the Atomic Age

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Warning – If you don’t “science”, you won’t like it here. OK, so maybe that’s a little strong. Museum fans with a bent toward science will find this place fascinating. After all, what self-respecting science nerd wouldn’t love to attend the Einstein Gala. As this is being published, it’s only a few days away. What goes on at the gala? Here are the details straight from the museum’s website:

The Einstein Gala is New Mexico’s biggest science party of the year! This prestigious black-tie event is the Museum’s most important fundraising event and features a cocktail reception with an amazing silent auction filled with the most unique items in Albuquerque, a delicious dinner experience among some of the most brilliant minds in science and history and thrilling entertainment featuring science experiments that will knock your socks off! Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Weathered

The Great Southwest, USA.

This week, Krista Stevens asks us to show the effect of time and the elements. I have some images of old farm equipment and other associated gear that has the patina of old age, maybe measured at no more than a century in time. I even have images of buildings of a certain era that would certainly qualify as meeting the challenge. You can read the entire challenge post hereContinue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Scale

This week, Erica V. asks us to reflect upon scale and a measure of relative size in a photo. She writes about the “… opportunities throughout the day to remember your place in our big, big world.” You can read the entire challenge post here. The photo above, captured at the Very Large Array (VLA) at Socorro, New Mexico features only one of the over 20 dish antennas that make up one of the world’s largest radio telescopes built to give us a glimpse, a small window of time and space in the universe. Continue reading

Albuquerque Balloon Ride – Up, Up, and Away in our Beautiful Balloon

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A common sight over the city, the hot air balloons are airborne on those many calm air mornings. Known for the annual Balloon Fiesta in October, when our family reunion was held last June, one of the attractions mentioned was a balloon ride over the city. This would be our second balloon ride ever as in 2002, at a previous Albuquerque reunion, Lynn and I took our first aerial balloon experience (and still have the champagne glasses to prove it.) Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Layered

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, New Mexico.

In this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, Ben Huberman asks us to explore the interplay of texture and depth. He notes, “The topic is wide open, as long as you focus on the interplay of depth, density and texture…” Of course, as always, we can be flexible in our choices. You can read the entire challenge post hereContinue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 6 August 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In late June, regular readers may recall, Lynn and I went on a hot air balloon ride with several other family members at our family reunion. In addition to my usual collection of images from my Nikon camera, I collected a few from my cell phone. The image above is a photo of our landing area. The large, flat area used to be a golf course. The pilot told us the story of how the developer of the homes and golf course got into an issue over water. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

This week, Lignum Draco suggests that for our weekly photo challenge, we share something unusual. We were given the flexibility to share what we determine is unusual to us. You can read the entire challenge post here. Having just recently visited Albuquerque for our family reunion and getting the opportunity to take a ride in a hot air balloon, I recalled a couple of years back we were in Albuquerque for the annual Balloon Fiesta.

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Cellpic Sunday – 16 July 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The week of our family reunion brought us to Albuquerque and the main purpose for our 3200 mile (5150 km) road trip. This was our second reunion trip to New Mexico. In 2002, our first family reunion in Albuquerque featured a balloon ride, so it was fitting that another balloon ride should be on the agenda. And so it came to pass on Thursday morning. We arose well before sunrise and a subset of our family carpooled the 20 or so minute drive to our appointment with a large hot air balloon. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Dense

This week, Ben Huberman asks us to show us our impressions of texture, specifically, his term is “dense.” He comments, ‘… you could focus on a natural landscape… or take the theme in a different direction.’ You can read the entire challenge post here. Continue reading