Autumn is in full swing in New Mexico and I've been taking every opportunity to get outside to take in as much of the beauty as I can before the leaves fall and the landscape is stark and barren once more. I hope that you enjoy these photos as much I enjoyed taking them.
Every month I look forward to seeing what the new theme will be for Between Lenses. Between Lenses is a photography-based collaboration between Of Trees and Hues and Tara Victoria. Stop by their websites to see their theme photographs, as well as the work of other participants. This month's theme was mornings. Truth be told, I am not much of a morning person. My brain wakes up at 10:00pm and races through the night. Evenings are when my creativity is the strongest. Mornings for me are best when they are slow. A trip to the local growers' market, road trips, or the promise of a good walk are all viable reasons for me to get up early and attempt to be a morning person. This weekend, my husband and I got up early and drove into the mountains near Santa Fe to enjoy the cool Autumn air and the beautiful fall colors. This morning drove away my stress and fears and nature worked its healing wonders on my mind, body, and soul.
Today marked the first official day of Albuquerque's annual Balloon Fiesta. Balloon pilots and hot air balloon enthusiasts will be taking over the town for the next two weeks. I was sucked into the balloon world when I was 16. My boyfriend was a privately licensed pilot, so most of my summers were filled with balloon related events in the midwest. Fast forward eighteen years and my current husband (yes, we were high school sweethearts) is a commercially licensed pilot who still loves ballooning. We moved west and are currently residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This time of year always makes me think of our first balloon fiesta together (in 2005) and our first fiesta as New Mexicans (in 2010), and my husband's first fiesta as a lead commercial pilot (in 2013). Enjoy!
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