The Great River

Today’s photo assignment was to take both landscape and portrait images of something on the theme of “Water”.  In the Duke City, we have three major forms of open water.

First is the surprising (to the newcomer) network of concrete arroyos threaded throughout the city.  For a city that gets an average rainfall of less than nine inches, seeing so many twenty feet wide, ten feet deep channels is hard to explain.  But we get so little rain that our ground is packed solid, and when it does rain the water is not absorbed by the soil.  For flood control purposes, we have these channels.  Second is the irrigation channels and acequias that provide both flood control and irrigation.

But the “Grande” daddy of them all is the Rio Grande, sometimes called Rio Bravo.  In its 1900-mile run from the San Juan mountains in Colorado, it falls some 12,000 feet before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico at Brownsville/Matamoras.  On its way, it slices New Mexico in two from top to bottom, passing about two miles from my house.

Here I give you my two pics, one in landscape and one in portrait.  I know which one I like the most; if you’d like to voice your preference, there’s a comment field below that actually works.


New Career: Travel Writer-Photographer

Have you ever changed careers in a way that you had no idea what you were getting into?  If so, maybe you can help me here.  If you’re thinking about it, maybe the tracks of a fellow explorer might be interesting to you.

Since 1968, I have been a practicing engineer; first electrical engineering and then, before there was a name for us, software engineer.  In 2013 my wife and I decided it was time to spend more time traveling, and my long-latent love of photography awoke.  We decided it would be fun to use modern blogging technology to kill a handful of birds with one stone, so we blogged our first big trip to France, a four-week stay in Paris.  One purpose was to keep our friends and family up to date on our activities.  Another was to keep a journal of our trip in a way that captured our experiences as they happened in both written and photographic form, rather than having to make a physical scrapbook after we returned home and all the memories were already fading.  On top of that we would end up with a book that we could only use at home.  So we blogged.  I say “we” because I did the photo selection, editing, and writing, and Anita did final editing.  We have been surprised and pleased by the comments we have received, and with the level of readership of the blogs of our annual trips to France.RueTatin_Garden

Now our next trip is coming up in a few months, and thinking about its associated blog, I have begun noticing that I may be missing out on a new and rewarding opportunity — professional photographer-writer.  So if you’re reading this, you’re present at the birth of a new member of the growing corps of people who have gone public with their new adventures.  My engineering career is still going strong (after 49 years, I still feel the thrill of success when something starts working), and I won’t give it up until and unless it gets crowded out of my schedule by this one.  I’ll let you know.  Wish me luck.

This blog post is Day One of a WordPress class on blogging.  As with my photography, I’m a big believer in learning from those who have been down this path before.  What follows this one will be guided for a few weeks by the ideas recommended by WordPress courses on photography and blogging, and then I’m on my own.  Wish me luck