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Ausable Chasm: A Stunning 150-Year-Old New York Natural Attraction

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Ausable Chasm sounded so intriguing I thought as I whizzed by the entrance sign and caught a glimpse of the rushing water falls. I was just a few hours into a road trip from Albany, … Continue reading

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Otero Canyon Trail: A Trail of Softness in the Cibola National Forest

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Another scenic trail in the labyrinth of Cibola National Forest trails is the Otero Canyon Trail. Traveling a few short miles east of Albuquerque, New Mexico on Interstate I-40, swinging around the Sandia Mountain, I … Continue reading

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The Three Sisters Volcanoes: Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Sacred Landscape

by Dr. Denise R. Ames You can’t miss them when gazing westward from anywhere in my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are the five extinct volcanoes piercing the western landscape. Actually, two are quite small, and Native Americans call … Continue reading

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Watching Over Albuquerque, New Mexico: The Three Sisters Volcanoes

by Dr. Denise R. Ames You can’t miss them when gazing westward from anywhere in my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are the five extinct volcanoes piercing the western landscape. Actually, two are quite small, and Native Americans call … Continue reading

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A Pre-Spring Hike in the Whitfield Conversation Area: Belen, New Mexico

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Spring is just about to burst open in my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. But not quite yet. Tree buds are poking through and ready to express their full potential. It was in this March … Continue reading

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The Rio Grande: A River of Myth and Imagination

By Dr. Denise R. Ames The Rio Grande, a river of myth and imagination, winds its way through my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The river’s source lies high in the San Juan mountains located in south-central Colorado. The river … Continue reading

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The Sandhill Cranes are Back in Albuquerque!

By Dr. Denise R. Ames November is always a special month for me—flocks of Sandhill Cranes winter in my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Albuquerque warmly welcomes the migrating visitors by providing open space fields of grains specially planted for … Continue reading

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The Sandia Mountain Foothills: Nature’s Best

By Dr. Denise R. Ames November has just dawned. Although October is my favorite month, November in Albuquerque comes in second. It is usually sunny, cool, with light winds at the most. Perfect weather for hiking in the foothills of … Continue reading

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The Bosque in October: A Final Encore

By Dr. Denise R. Ames October is winding its way to the end. Halloween is around the corner, signifying the end of the harvest and the end of October. My favorite month is about to close. But I took a … Continue reading

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The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Garden and Message

by Dr. Denise R. Ames “True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.” … Edith Wharton The Mount, the 10-year home of author Edith Wharton, is a lovely expanse of wooded trails, sumptuous gardens, and … Continue reading

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