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A weekend of clear skies -- no, a whole season free of storms, clouds and snow -- finally gave way to winter Saturday night (Jan. 20). By the time folks in Northern New Mexico woke up on Sunday, the … more
The large reddish blob you see in the center of this image is M86 (the 86th object in Charles Messier's famous list of deep space objects). It is one of the largest in the Virgo Super Cluster of … more
This image of our sun was taken with the new solar telescope at the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails camp Elliott Barker near Angel Fire, New Mexico. The grainy orange peel-like texture of the … more
With the recent snow, many of the trails at higher elevations are covered in a deep layer of white powder. It is still possible to hike year-round both in the deep snow … more
The northern flicker is the only woodpecker to regularly feed on the ground. It has a long, barbed tongue that it uses to dig in the dirt to lap up ants. Don't be surprised to scare up a flicker or two while strolling in the woods or along wooded edges. more
Mountain biking is a unique combination of communing with nature and experiencing the adrenaline rush of riding down a rocky mountain trail as quickly and skillfully as … more
Snow is on the ground, the cold has set in and November is almost done. But if your woodpile isn’t quite big enough to get you through the winter — or show off your woodcutting chops … more
Is this a UFO or a colorful, fuzzy sombrero? It's neither!This is M 104, the Sombrero Galaxy, located in the constellation Virgo The Maiden. It's a rather unusual … more
A hike along Clear Creek in Cimarron State Park is a pleasant way to spend a warm spring day. As the temperatures rise, trails in the woods and near water become more and more inviting. This trail … more
Summer flatlander visitors accustomed to striding along paths at low altitudes should plan on an acclimatization hike or two before they take their first mountain … more
About once a month, snow rangers hike, ski and snowshoe their way to the tops of the mountains in Northern New Mexico. They have a … more
A trek in the wilderness of national forests is not simply a walk in the woods. It can be dangerous, even deadly, for the unprepared. National Forest officials urge the public to be prepared and … more
"We think this may be the only lift in the country where directly out of the base area, you can access greens, blue, blacks and double-blacks." more
Rufous hummingbirds are back! These orange-colored, bossy hummingbirds migrate north through California in the spring to their nesting grounds in the Pacific Northwest up to … more
In the rocky crags above Williams Lake, three intrepid birder-scientists confirmed the presence of a bird species not observed breeding in New Mexico for nearly 30 years.Luke … more
With the return of the rain, the forests are vibrantly green and full of life. The Carson National Forest reopened July 10 and hikers are out in the backcountry again. The monsoon rains … more
When our movements are slow and the space around us so big that the swimming descent seems infinite, it must be Pisces season. more
Enjoy phenomenal star watching and deep sky viewing at the amateur astronomy night in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, (Sept. 8). It's a short … more
About two weeks ago my wife and I met Wilderness Ranger Atieno Ouma on the Santa Barbara Trail in the Pecos Wilderness. She is a cheery, young woman with whom we had a friendly chat. We … more
If you're like me, a world without polar bears would be pretty lame. Right now these big animals are in danger from climate change, aka global warming. more
If you love to explore remote areas in nature but don't care for sleeping on the ground or otherwise roughing it, glamping may be for you. more
LOS ALAMOS -- The sweet sounds of songbirds are sliding toward silence following a massive piñon tree die-off on a local, high-altitude shelf of land. more
Garbology is the study of garbage. Where does all of our garbage go after we throw it away? more
Some of the rise in water is caused by glaciers melting. Glaciers are melting faster because the atmosphere is getting hotter and hotter from the greenhouse gas emissions. This is mostly humans' fault. more
Days are getting longer. Winds are picking up. Green shoots and buds unfurl from earth and branch. Spring, tentative though it may be in the high deserts … more
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