Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve

This beautiful preserve is by La Cienega, just south of Santa Fe. It is open only on weekends.   The cottonwood trees are magnificent, especially in autumn.   There is a beautiful reflective pond. Autumn leaves are beautiful close-up as well.      

Chinese Lantern Festival

This festival came to Albuquerque for the first time in 2017. It is a photographer’s delight. The doors open at 6, and the first performance is at 6:30. When it is over at 7, the sun will be down, and then photographs of the displays will be the best.    

Aspen Vista Trail, Santa Fe Mountains

This trail is part of Hyde Memorial State Park near Santa Fe. Because it has so many aspen trees, it is beautiful to visit in the autumn. Gorgeous reflections in the rain puddles:    

Santa Fe Renaissance Fair

The Santa Fe Renaissance Fair is held each year at La Cienega los Golindrinas, is fun for all ages, and a treasure trove for photographers. Both performers and attendees dress in Renaissance costume. There are many fun experiences, contests, vendors, live performances, food trucks, and live music.            

Pie Town, New Mexico

Pie Town is about a 3-hour drive southwest of Albuquerque via Socorro. It is so named because one of its original businesses was a restaurant specializing in pies. Today there are a few restaurants there, and all of them specialize in pie. There are some unusual pies too, such as apple with green chile and…