That’s my own word, and my first project with a local architect specializing in private residences – i.e. small spaces, where each element matters.

It’s for a bike shop in a mid-century modern building, now given new life but true to it’s original vision. That business uses another invented word in their name, “Cyclery”. From this shop I frequent, it’s only a several block ride to access part of El Paso’s trails, carefully cut into the limestone  rocks and boulders.  And two blocks from UTEP, and several more blocks to where I live.

Photos at various stages of the soon-to-open Crazy Cat Cyclery store -

before (1/14) – the front

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Mountain, Arroyo and Valley

To think I once did this drive more often. Not that I’m totally into 220+ miles, but now I’m getting ideas as I decompress, like the old days!

The late afternoon sky, as it fades into sunset and dusk, is perfect.

7/17/2014, business trip to work with my project team in the City Different -


the Hatch Valley, Black Range of the Gila behind…

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Almost 20: A Park

Westbluff Park is a small city park I designed 20 years ago, while an employee of COPA; construction completed 1996-ish.

After I moved to the far end of town from near the park, I rarely drove by – a handfull of times, either mid-winter or on a mid-summer’s day. But on a recent trip through the Duke City, I stopped with a residential client by my side looking at a few projects I worked on, it was tolerable after sunset.

Westbluff Park on the Albuquerque West Mesa, 7/18/2014 -

Prosopis torreyana my idea, but the Dasylirion wheeleri grouping was the CABQ project manager’s…good call

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Latest Projects

Not having my own garden anymore, I’m concentrating on my design practice.

Someday, probably not until later this summer fall, I need to trick out what garden space I have – my patio. And probably bleed that into adjacent planting areas, landlord willing. That will likely include some fitting containers, maybe some paint, and minimal accessorization.

For now, I need to keep paying the bills. Here are some recent and new projects to help do that -

Crazy Cat Cyclery (retail)


the south, uphill side…the mountain biking side…more later:-)

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I’m a Landscape Architect, Not a Doctor, Jim!

And I’m not a psychiatrist. But I do like Star Trek.

A few in our landscape field have said certain things are just  “our cross to bear”. After 25 years in our field, I do not think much of that is our cross to bear. A legitimate concern, but for now, what to do?

Report to the ER, at least figuratively. Photos from Sierra Providence Eastside Hospital, South Tower Expansion, spring 2014 -

from inside the spacious lobby, a soon-to-be, shady canyon oasis…

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Lighting Up Some Chihuahuan Compadres

The clean air of a Chihuahuam Desert morning has incredible lighting. The breeze makes it even better.

Maybe that’s all real, or maybe it’s merely relative to the glaring oven of high-noon and afterwards?  You decide, but after all, this is typically our hottest few weeks of the year.

See what the light reveals. How can you manipulate what light does, to make the ordinary into the extraordinary?

More posts soon, including some work keeping me busy. From my 6/17/2014 hike -


typical plants in the wild, like Whitethorn Acacia / Acacia constricta…


Did you see anything else in the shadows?


Texas Rainbow Cactus / Echinocereus dasyacanthus, against the shady rock…this clump had a bloom on it during this past spring.



Roadtrip Designs

I’m always up for a trip somewhere else! Sometimes it’s a necessity, like to the office, out for errands, or breakfast tacos on a Saturday morning, to start the weekend.

Other times it’s a break, like to a place far out of town.

Always, I’m scoping out interesting plants and outdoor spaces…good, bad or ugly. Photos 5/11/14 and 5/17/14 -


Desert Willow/ Chilopsis linearis (El Paso TX)

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