“T[he]y headed down, to-o-oo, Old El Paso!” – Steve Miller Band
El Paso, Texas. 260 miles due south via the freeway, starting over in a place a bit drier and warmer than where I was! A variation on where I was, but with some notable and welcome differences…
I’ve worked here and made relationships with like-minded colleagues for years, so it will be great settling in and take it all in. Not in my “own” home – that the bank or county assessor own, but in a place I rent. That’s a change after 21+ years!
Yet, so many of the sounds, insects, birds (like curve-bill thrashers or cicadas) are familiar from my last home. The scent of creosote bush is stronger and more frequent; beyond heavenly if you haven’t known it.
Though notably lacking is the roadrunner…not one around my new neighborhood or on numerous hikes and rides, unlike “back there”. The first ride of which happened my first Sunday afternoon here…peaceful, hot and breezy.
I’m looking forward to new opportunities that build on the past, with a vibrant culture many have no idea about – including some who I don’t want to! Stay tuned, as I discuss spaces and places that inspire, and those who I get to work around.
I also wanted something different as I’m (or larger forces) are changing things up.
El Paso is even more southwestern than Albuquerque, both geographically and culturally. There are few here whose landscapes have icy grips or teary eyes toward places much colder and wetter. Called El Chuco or the Sun City by some, this is in the core of the Chihuahuan Desert and in the heart of the Great American Southwest, not the edge of it, nor near places of much different affinities.
Partly why I started a new blog with a different name.
The El Paso region – la frontera – is less yielding to denial of it’s power, or certain deniers from up north. That’s a relief!
Of course, these spaces are begging for my handiwork, including ridding the place of that invasive, damaging trash tree on the right (Tree of Heaven).
The owner of these apartments is digging on a landscape architect living here, who sees potential in the small landscape spaces, existing courtyard, and overall look. At least until she learns my fees and other conditions! Or when she’s shown what it might entail. Unless I can show her the big picture and how to achieve it over time.
I’m just getting started in these photos, but I’ve already added more here.
Pardon the dust and incompleteness of my new blog, as I wanted to get this posted, since I moved down in early July. The look and contents will soon be in place!
You can also view my blog when I lived in Albuquerque – here