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another road, another highway

Northern New Mexico always seems to take people by surprise, they expect hot, flat, dusty desert.. Yes, it is a desert but it is high desert, a totally different thing altogether. This shot for example, was taken at aprox. 8100 ft. Yes, it is dry, but we get our fair share of snow in a good year and the monsoon rains can be torrential. Yes, it is dusty.. the winds here are notorious in the spring, but we also have mud season when the first spring rains are competing with the winter thaw...

 

We have clean, crisp air that always has a touch of sage, piñon and juniper. We have skies that are a blue you have only imaged in your dreams. And we have an ancient culture that also saw the beauty and the special spiritual significance of this place.. New Mexico.

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Taken on February 11, 2011