It took fifteen years for us to realize that New Mexico might be the 'local' alternative to the Isle of Mull,
Scotland, that we were looking for. It was only while driving to Dixon in 2005, watching the continous shifting of contours and colors,
the interplay of the ground with the sky, that the recognition came. In fifteen years, this was the first
time that we had returned to a American vacation home that we had used before, the first time we had gone back to anywhere
in the U.S. for a second stay. And it felt like coming home.
You might think that there is little to relate the seascapes of Scotland's west coast to the
desert and mountains of New Mexico but the rapid transitions from mountain to high plain are not unlike those of
island to sea. And just as a sea view never looks the same two days in a row, so it is with the the summer
monsoon storms that paint the sky of New Mexico. The picture to the right, taken the hill above Ballygowan Bay in
north east Mull, may give an indication of what I mean.
The photographs below are not an attempt to represent or sum up New Mexico; we have only seem a small part
of the state over a period totaling barely seven weeks. White Sands does not cover 45% of the state though you might
get that impression if you judged only from these images; threatening storm clouds do not hide the
sun from the rest of the state.
Selected New Mexico Landscape Images
The thumbnails below are a selection of the photographs taken in New Mexico that can be found on this site. Click on any of the
thumbnails to browse from that point.