New Mexico has such variety in its beauty. Some places are enjoyed by most everyone like the red sandstone formations at the jemez pueblo. What’s a shame now is that its become a business area for selling bread and beads to the tourists. When we were there we hiked up between those two big rock areas and explored behind them where there were multi-colored clay stratification, beautiful. Zia pueblo, below, is striking with the white church in the midst of the green chamisas, cholla cactus and the red cliffs and blue sky. I removed all the telephone polls and other distractions with photoshop. Simple formations for the next picture. The white light of the sun being refracted into a rainbow of colors as storm clouds move in while we were on a hike at Elena in the Sandia Mountain foothills.

I’ve always wanted to see the following, but the only way I could was with the help of Photoshop. The Las Trampas, New Mexico church with a magnificent cloud behind it, The Truchas Church looking clean and stark and a hawk, cholla cactus flower and a beautiful cloud in the same picture.


When I ride my bike up to the Sandia Mountain trails I see two views, the city down below and the mountains.


     Prickly Pear and Cholla cactus flowers

 Sandia Mountain stream composition

 Over the Sandia Mountauns

Old 1950s photos of Madrid, New Mexico mine and row housing.

Old New Mexico adobe homes.

The old Chimayo Church as it was in the 1950s

Sandia Mountain Crest 360 view, click to enlarge.

By Jim Pecha, B. Arch., copyright 2012

3 Responses to “NEW MEXICO”
  1. gpcox says:

    Love the photos, do you think it will always remain wild and beautiful?

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