Rio Grande Open Spaces

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Rio Grande Open Spaces

M and I went out on a photo journey to one of Albuquerque’s many open spaces, not too long ago.  Cameras in hand, we set out for some inspiration and she led the way to the Pueblo Montano Sculpture Park where we meandered along the Rio Grande, photographing plants, animals, and beautiful sun rays. This park is part of the Open Space Alliance, which is a great project in Albuquerque that preserves natural landscape within the city limits, so that you don’t have to go far in order to feel more connected to the space around you.  One thing I love about just going out with the camera and a friend is that a) it’s cheap b) time to view the world and not through your cell c) you get to see how other people are viewing your surroundings.  (Which reminds me, M, I still need to see your photos!)

Inspiration from Open Spaces

As a native New Englander, I’ve often had a bit of a struggle to figure out what I want to photograph in Albuquerque. A lot of what you see initially is brown, the mountains, the homes, and the landscape.  Not to mention there is so much open space, what should I focus on?  However – I’m slowly finding my vision again. There is color to behold in Albuquerque, and lots of it! I just needed to open my eyes a bit more and get out on some adventures.  Going on adventures is one of the most fun things about living in a new city – and speaking of, Byrd and I ventured out yesterday, looking for the setting of a beautiful photograph I saw on Instagram.  With no help from Google Maps, I found it! I was super proud of myself, so stay tuned for an upcoming post about that excursion, we will surely be going back there! Anyways, back to the current photo-trip:  This adventure led me to some shots of something other than the Sandias, I know ya’ll were getting sick of those 😉 – I was able to take a closer look and focus in on the smaller things around me. I hope you enjoy and are inspired to look around every once in awhile!

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Another day, another adventure.

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Pat Hurley Park – A Discovery

About a month ago Byrd and I ventured to a suggested photo spot – Pat Hurley Park.  It was suggested to me via reddit user Elbiotcho on the subreddit r/Albuquerque (definitely check it out, lots of useful info there!).  Not growing up here has presented a few challenges for me as a photographer – where do I take pictures?  What places offer beautiful views of the mountains without the power lines and rooftops and cars.  And I welcome those challenges, more opportunity to explore the city and space around me.  I was thrilled to find out Byrd had never been there before – a place for both of us to discover together.

Pat Hurley Park

It’s absolutely beautiful.  It’s layered! The park is built into a hillside, at the top lush grass, benches, and a few trees, down the hillside are small gazebos and a pathway to another grassy field below, open to soccer games and frisbee.  The pathways meet up and make for a total distance of 1 mile and loop around the community center and playground – this area is super family friendly from what I saw.   Byrd and I took a few a photos of each other and of the surrounding landscape.  It was of course another stormy day. Take a look for yourself:

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So there you have it! Just another adventure in the life of Byrd Meets Girl.

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TBT – Camping at Lake Heron

Lake Heron

Last year Byrd and I went on an amazing camping adventure to Lake Heron.  It’s about 3 hours north-west of Albuquerque, and one of the most scenic drives I have ever been on. On the way you drive past Ghost Ranch, the place that inspired numerous paintings by Georgia O’Keefe.  Red rock is abundant.  Gorges and cliffs and all kinds of rock structures line the roadways.  We drove through some torrential downpours, since it was August which equals rainy season here, and we weathered some rain while we were camping as well.  We took the dogs swimming in Lake Heron, which was quite funny.  Kimbo would kick his legs even out of the water, and Lily was just bewildered.  These desert dogs don’t have much experience being submerged in water. We went on a few leisurely hikes and ate food cooked on a campfire.  It was so much fun – I think we’re going to try to get back there sometime this summer. Take a look at some of the shots we got while there – just seeing them again is making me nostalgic!

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Get Inspired – Go on an Adventure

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Our Adventures

We all have excuses to stay home and watch Netflix – with their library growing exponentially who doesn’t? But instead of watching 6 episodes of Frasier we’re only going to watch 1 or 2.  With our extra time, we’re going to head outside and we are going to have more adventures.  This means even more chances for you to be inspired to have an adventure of your own! It’s so exciting to see what New Mexico has to offer.  Last year we went camping at Lake Heron, look for a future TBT post of those beautiful photos, and keep your eyes peeled for more current adventures around our lovely state.

Algodones

We had this great “couples” photoshoot planned for Wednesday.  You know the kind, tons of PDA, super cute, out in the desert with the mountains way behind us.  Well, that didn’t quite turn out the way we thought it would.  We headed north on I-25 and into a huge storm.  It totally nixed my plans for the location we were going to use.  Wind was kicking up dirt and lightning was hitting the exact spot. Instead we turned around and pulled off at Algodones.  We drove around for a bit before Byrd remembered a location he had shot at for numerous films in the area.  Breaking Bad actually shot there at one point.   Here are the resulting photos from our little excursion – no couples shots (yet!).

Get Inspired

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No matter where we go, I know I’ll have a good time with Byrd.  He always makes me laugh, even when a storm gets in our way.  Since moving to New Mexico I’ve learned that sometimes you just have to go with the flow.  #LandOfManana, ya’ll.

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