Tag Archives: New Mexico

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 Petroglyphs: Rock Art of the Past, Boca Negra Canyon, Albuquerque, New Mexico

by Dr. Denise R. Ames I decided to hike the last trail, the Boca Negra Canyon, on a separate day, since it required a steep climb up a lava-strewn hill. It was more daunting that the Rinconada Canyon or Pedras … Continue reading

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Petroglyphs in Albuquerque: The Ancient Treasures of Rinconada and Pedras Marcadas Canyons

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Albuquerque, New Mexico, my hometown, had the foresight to collaborate with federal agencies to preserve ancient petroglyphs that were etched onto lava rocks scattered across acres of land on the West Mesa. Three sites—Rinconada Canyon, … Continue reading

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The Petroglyphs: Rock Art of the Past in Albuquerque, New Mexico

by Dr. Denise R. Ames I am tacking a break from my blogs on the Baltic Sea cruise. The last stop on the cruise is a memorable three days in Copenhagen, Denmark. Well worth a blog or two. But I … Continue reading

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Cranes Along the Winter Bosque

By Dr. Denise R. Ames Winter in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a sea of brown vegetation and bright blue skies. The sun warms, not scorches as it does in the summer, covering me with a penetrating comfort. I am not … Continue reading

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The Embudo Canyon Trail: A Winter’s Landscape in the High Desert of New Mexico

by Dr. Denise R. Ames I am going to sidetrack from my recent blogs about different ports-of-call during my Baltic Sea Cruise. I just took a fun hike along the Embudo Canyon Trail in the foothills of Albuquerque, New Mexico … Continue reading

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Rio Grande Nature Center: Lessons from Nature

by Dr. Denise R. Ames One of my favorite places to visit in Albuquerque, New Mexico, my hometown, is the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Comfortably nestled alongside the Rio Grande that slices its way through the center of … 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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