Take Time to Smile #53

What are little boys made of? Snips and snails And puppy-dogs’ tails That’s what little boys are made of

Highway 52, between Magdalena and Truth or Consequences

We were delighted to discover this area of the state. It has a few communities that are called ghost towns, yet they clearly have active communities in them. Much of the road is a dirt road, but a good one. It took us longer than expected to travel it because we stopped so often for…

Utility Poles

We try to avoid utility poles and wires when photographing landscapes, but sometimes, the motto is, “If you can’t lick ’em, join ’em.”


Acequia is the Spanish word for ditch. They’ve been used in New Mexico since the Spanish colonial days for irrigation.

Acoma Sky City, a Pueblo one hour West of Albuquerque

Acoma Pueblo is called Sky City because the oldest part of it is built atop a mesa. The pueblo gives guided tours of the mesa top for a fee that includes a photography permit. Both the views from the mesa and the architecture on top if it are very photogenic. In 2015, the American Indian…

Open Space Visitor Center, Albuquerque

Albuquerque has 29,000 acres of open space land, which is very high for a city of its size. The Visitor Center, on the east side of Coors just south of Paseo del Norte, is the center for all of many open spaces. It features a variety of photographic opportunities. The main building is built in…

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, Las Cruces, NM

This is one of the nation’s newest national monuments. There are many hikes available, but the one in this post starts just east of Las Cruces and ends at the base of the Organ Mountains with some ruins of a 19th-century tuberculosis resort called Dripping Springs. It is 1.5 miles each way. Through open doors.

Tingley Beach, Albuquerque

Tingley Beach has beautiful scenery, but we like it best for the wonderful candids of people that we find there. Fishermen are often willing subjects, especially if they are experiencing success. Runners are a frequent photographic opportunity. We’ve seen unusual sights, such as this wedding shoot and a man playing his flute alone in the…