Photos on the journey #439

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Both my Grandmother Grace & grandfather James (whom I am named after) were painters. They established a love in me of the Southwestern landscape through the piles of Arizona Highways magazines that were everywhere around their West Texas home. I grew up admiring the photography of Josef Muench, then his son David and now,  grandson Marc. I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I capture just a small flavor of an “Arizona Highways” sky.

I don’t get to AZ quite as often as I do New Mexico and I was more than a little concerned and alarmed when I got an email from the National Press Photographers (NPPA) about the New Mexico Dept of Homeland Security (NMDHS) policy that lists photography of Historical Sites, National Monuments and many other locations as “suspicious activity” and that it should be reported to law enforcement.

While the NMDHS has changed their wording, they still consider recording by means of photography (still & video) and drawing or sketching as activities that should be reported to law enforcement. It seems kind of ironic that the very means (photography) that introduced and incited so many tourists to come to “the land of enchantment” is now considered suspicious activity.

Just a portion from the NMDHS website:

Reporting Suspicious Activities

Your assistance is critical to aiding law enforcement and public safety officials who are working to keep New Mexico, your local community and our country safe.  No one knows what goes on in your neighborhood better than you.  You may see things or hear things that seem out of the ordinary and may indicate suspicious or illegal conduct.  Law enforcement officials in New Mexico often rely on the instincts and perceptions of citizens to detect activity that is out of the ordinary.Always remember: your safety comes first. Never attempt to make contact with, pursue, or in any other way interfere with an individual or group of individuals whom you think are acting suspiciously.  Call 911 immediately to report situations requiring an immediate response from law enforcement.

DESCRIPTONS OF SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES:

Surveillance – Recording or monitoring activities that may include the use of cameras, note-taking, drawing diagrams or maps.

PLEASE PROVIDE DESCRIPTION OF SUSPICIOUS INDIVIDUALS TO INCLUDE:

  • Hair color
  • Hair length
  • Absence or presence of facial hair, and if present, facial hair color
  • Eye color
  • Approximate age
  • Approximate height
  • Approximate weight
  • Distinguishing characteristics, such as visible scars, tattoos, piercings or deformities
  • Clothing, including pants/shorts/skirt/dress, shirt sleeve length, presence of coat/jacket, wearing/not wearing hat or glasses, color of all articles of clothing

PLEASE PROVIDE DESCRIPTION OF SUSPICIOUS VEHICLES TO INCLUDE:

  • License plate number and state
  • Vehicle make/model
  • Approximate year of vehicle
  • Vehicle color
  • Number of doors on vehicle
  • Any visible bumper stickers or window stickers, including their size, color, placement and content
  • Any visible damage to vehicle, such as paint damage, body damage, broken/missing glass, damaged or non-working head or tail light

Details matter. The more you observe, the more helpful your information will be, however all information is important. Even if you do not have complete details, please provide the information you do have.

Click REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES to report or use this URL nmasic.ncirc.gov/cwf/index.html

Where will this madness stop?

Pezful EZ Feelin’ @U ††† en theos ††† jlawrence

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #304

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #304.

Ah, a fitting close to our trip to Bosque Del Apache. We had a full day with three separate trips through the refuge. We saw pheasants, elk, deer, turkey, butterflies, dragonflies, nurtria, cormorants, heron, egrets, red wing blackbirds and I got to follow a pretty black & yellow snake down a hole. Way cool. We had cool weather this afternoon and a little rain, but the sun set behind the mountains as the Great white herons came to roost.

Also had the absolute best green chile cheeseburger in the world at the Buckhorn Tavern in San Antonio, NM. Met some nice folks from Belen NM and had the pleasure of sharing their table. Much fun!

Have some fun and share your story on your journey†††nada te turbe†††jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #302

Dusk time on the Rio Grande in T or C

The Rio Bravo, just a shadow of it’s previous flow, but still stately in places. Although not as blue as the sky reflecting off the surface, it was filled with life, carp surfacing, Red Wing Black birds, Barn Swallows, and Neoropic Cormorants all dancing and skimming across the surface. A brown lab chasing a tennis ball time and again for the joy of self,master, and me. A truly peaceful time held in by reflections of life, past and the river and sky. It feels like you could drift with this for hours.

Reflect on what is and yet to be on your journey†††nada te turbe††††††††jim