I've just returned from a week touring around the "Land of Enchantment", New Mexico. As always, we like to start in Taos, where we can imerse ourselves in the light, architecture, art, food and people. An easy five hour drive from Denver, but a world away.
Next, we headed south and east to the Toularosa Basin, home of The Malpais lava flow (photo below), numerous pistachio orchards, wineries, and the White Sands National Monument, our main destination.
The desert flora and fauna are always a treat to see. Many of the prickly pear cacti were covered with colorful fruit.
Spines, thorns, and barbs adorn many plants. And can you beat that blue sky?
This young road runner (New Mexico's state bird) was basking in the sun and totally happy to play to the camera. Stay tuned...more to come!