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New Mexico surge

  Social distancing at Ft. Union. My walk back to the housing area (rooftops on the left). (Click on photos to enlarge) It’s been a busy week since I last posted to the blog. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued strict restrictions due to a surge in COVID-19 cases from last Monday until Nov. 30. People are ordered to stay at home except for essential activities. Non-essential businesses have to stop in-person services and…

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Viva Las Vegas! (NM)

The train station, still in use. (Click on photos to enlarge). Yesterday I drove down to the town of Las Vegas for some shopping. Somehow there is another town called Las Vegas. This one is much smaller than the Nevada version and there aren’t any casinos. It has a nice railroad station and the Castaneda hotel, one of a series of hotels developed by Fred Harvey along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. I…

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On the high plains: Ft. Union

Driving towards the plains on I-25. I’m here on the high plains of New Mexico as the artist-in-residence at Fort Union National Monument. The park is at 6,775 feet in altitude and the wind is howling across the plain this morning. Ranger B.J. told me soldiers stationed here would call it Fort Windy. The national monument is the site of an Army fort that existed in three iterations from 1851 to 1891 in the newly…

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Sky, Moon, Sun

Join us for the opening of Sun, Moon, Sky, an exhibit of night sky landscapes by Stan Honda, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 presented by Tribeca New Music and nancy manocherian’s the cell. On display will be Stan’s striking images of the night sky, eclipses and the space shuttle. The reception will feature a musical performance of Sapphire by Preston Stahly, inspired by a dawn astronomical twilight experienced at sea. It will be performed by…

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HALEAKALA 2019

In March 2019 I had the amazing experience of working for 29 days at Haleakala National Park as the artist-in-residence. Thanks to the National Park Arts Foundation for the tremendous work in setting the residency up. And to Haleakala Ranger Honeygirl Duman for all the great guidance, information and Hawaiian lore. The sacred landscape spans from the Kipahulu section at sea level to the summit of the volcano at 10,023 feet. I spent much of…

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Night sky

The guard tower and Milky Way. Bright object to the right is Jupiter. (Click on photo to enlarge) One goal was to try and do some night sky photos of the structures at Minidoka. Thankfully, the site is far enough outside of Twin Falls that you get a good view of the stars and even the Milky Way. As you can see there is quite a bit of artificial light along the horizon from the…

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American Vernacular

A mostly tin man, with axe, on Hunt Road, on the way to the Minidoka site.  (Click on pictures to enlarge) My photographer friend Ken and I (see his excellent blog, http://greatvisualtruths.blogspot.com/ ), along with Ann’s help, are on the lookout for photos of what we call the “American Vernacular”. Mostly scenes where you might say, “Only in America” or “Only in Idaho”. Hard to define but we know it when we see it. When…

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Local color and Block 22

Tattos AND aquariums! Last Saturday I joined Hanako and another park employee, Sam, at a local restaurant called Koto Brewery. Across the street was a really interesting business called Churchman’s Tidepool Room. Their sign says it is a, “Tattoz & Body Piercing * Salt and Freshwater Fish” as in aquariums. Quite a combo. I believe it is related to Churchman’s Jewelry & Idaho Artistry next door. In the first picture below, you are looking at…

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The Minidoka Rangers

Minidoka rangers Hanako and Annette.  (click on images to enlarge) I thought I would introduce the two park service rangers I’ve been working with here at Minidoka, Hanako and Annette. They work out of a small temporary visitor center that used to be the house of the Hermann family who farmed 128 acres where the historical site is now situated. In addition to all their other duties, the rangers give tours of the site, lately…

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“Americanism is a matter of the mind and heart….”

A panoramic view of much of the historic site. (Click on images to enlarge) As a historic site, Minidoka is doing an amazing job of telling the history of the camp, the daily life under pretty horrible conditions, and showing visitors a small part of what was at the time the 7th largest city in Idaho. In 1979 Minidoka was added to the National Register of Historic Places and in 2001 became the 385th unit…

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