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Tag: New Mexico

Cowboy at Dusk

Cowboy at Dusk, originally uploaded by elefanterosado. Alone on the range with just his dog, he watches as the long, hot day wanes to dusk. There’s no other life for a young cowpuncher. Near Tucumcari, New Mexico.

Bareback Boy

Jon Luse, originally uploaded by elefanterosado. New Mexico’s number one bareback bronc rider, Jon Luse, takes a minute to pose for me at The Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico. Mr. Luse was kind enough to take the time to give me some suggestions on where I might keep three horses in Tucumcari when […]

One Paper Kid

Cattle Feeder Wagon & Running Horse, originally uploaded by elefanterosado. …and he’d heard of a place it was legal to dream So he sat with his coffee in a blue [New Mexico] wind And he wrote on a rock The one paper kid is rollin’ again. —Emmy Lou Harris He tells me there are only […]

Ranch Gate at Sundown

Ranch Gate at Sundown, originally uploaded by elefanterosado. What’s that song? “Like a red rubber ball?” Yeah, that’s the one. A rubber sky at sundown. Roasted Red. Fuch Ranch. Santa Rosa, New Mexico. (Back in Vermont now, so stay tuned for real blog posts to follow.)

Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Drag Racers

Don’t Let All Your Babies Grow Up To Be Drag Racers, originally uploaded by elefanterosado. Even though he could name all of the cars after the first tour, he insisted on going a second time. And a third, fourth and fifth. Finally we told him a few little white lies. Such as: “Today they’re only […]

Burnt Orange Sky

Burnt Orange Sky, originally uploaded by elefanterosado (away in New Mexico). The glowing embers of a burnt-orange sky spread like a smooth butter cream frosting over miles of cactus and prickly pear at day’s end. The sun’s gone down. Farewell, Land of Enchantment. I’m gonna miss you. Santa Rosa, New Mexico.

Running Horse

Running Horse , originally uploaded by elefanterosado (away in New Mexico). A running Quarter Horse sails into the sunset at magic hour, ready to take off into flight with gilded wings. Fusch Ranch. Santa Rosa, New Mexico.

Quarai Ruins

Quarai Ruins, originally uploaded by elefanterosado (away in New Mexico). On the edge of the plains stands the abandoned Tiwa Pueblo Indian village of Quarai (ca. 1200-1670’s), the southern-most of the Tiwa villages, located along the eastern flanks of the Manzano Mountains. The Spanish Franciscan Mission Church of La Purisima Concepción (1630) is the most […]

Desperately Seeking Enchantment

Land of Enchantment, originally uploaded by elefanterosado (away in New Mexico). In mid August, the long, hot, wind-whipped expanse of I-40 stretches for what seems like interminable miles, from the eastern edge of Texas through the middling heartland of New Mexico. By Tucumcari one can feel the steady presence of The Land of Enchantment, that […]

Oh My Land

Oh My Land, originally uploaded by elefanterosado (away in New Mexico). Oh my land is like a wild goose Wanders all around everywhere Trembles and it shakes Till every tree is loose It rolls the meadows and it rolls the nails So take me down to your dance floor And I won’t mind the people […]