Night Effects

Leaving hours later than planned for my next day’s design session in Santa Fe, 75+ minutes out, just entering Albuquerque. It was a dark and muggy night…

Yet, I drove by a project of mine installed over the winter, and the parking lot and building lighting had some unintentioned consequences. I’m used to using landscape lighting to get some effects, and when not cheapened into something less, it does the trick. This is almost as good!

Photos 7/18/2014 -

young native and adapted plants, only…

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Crazy Cat + Boulders

Back to the renovated building and landscape for retailer Crazy Cat Cyclery.

Part of the design involves boulders. Since this store is named for Crazy Cat Mountain just above the site, mostly a limestone formation, we set out to find some limestone boulders to ground it to the site. They are unavailable for sale, of course, since there are homes built long ago over them.

But if you know someone building in the area…the architect knows someone who knows someone. Photos from 6/28/2014 -

looking at rocks and boulders we might use…

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Go Up, Cool Down

I can no longer pop my laptop or folding chair in the car, and drive 4000′ uphill in 20 minutes to cool off 20F.

To cool off the same way – going 4 of the world’s 7 life zones cooler – it now takes 2 hours of driving, though most of that change is in 20 minutes from Alamogordo. And I’ve still done that, though not nearly as much as I would like.

Enjoy the cool down to near-9000′ elevation Cloudcroft NM. And this mega-photo post.


Trip #1 after Labor Day 2013 -


for me, all this water was great!

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2014: The Year of the Sotol

Everyone is commenting on how amazing the sotols look this year, so many flowering. Or is it that there are more planted than ever, to see them?

Partly my fault!

Photos 7/2014, from parts of “low” El Paso dropping just below 4,000′ above sea level…to parts of “high” Albuquerque nearing 5,700′ -


When I spotted these zipping by one morning, I knew I needed to stop back – Dasylirion wheeleri weeks later, at dusk…that sky…

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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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