The Land of Enchantment and Open Skies, New Mexico: draft, Nature’s Secrets

From my experiences thus far, I feel that in all the Southwestern USA, there is no greater gem than the state of New Mexico. 🦇🤠

I'd love to visit there again sometime and experience Taos, Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, the White Sands Desert (and stay overnight for the skies, the views of the white sands & the stars, and maybe some astrophotography)

I went on a solo adventure to New Mexico for about a week in 2009, and it was breathtaking and certainly a land of exploration for the super curious!!

I flew into Albuquerque one night, and rented a car first thing in the morning and drove South. I think that I took this picture along that drive. It was the first time in a long time that I'd been able to soar down an empty stretch of road, and I've never seen skies that looked this way, or that went on forever; they really do.

I remember driving with the window rolled down and with my eyes mostly on the road; by feel of hand, I took a picture of the landscape passing before my eyes and periphery as the car & I sped down the road.

I decided to stay in Roswell and explore the town's museum & research center. 📓📰📝One of the days I drove to Carlsbad to explore the Caverns. At dusk hundreds of Mexican free-tailed bats are known to fly above them! 🦇🦇🦇 And there are other wild animals who inhabit the area!! I was there on quite a rainy day, so I didn't get to see the bats, but the Caverns were incredibly beautiful.

And on the drive back to Roswell later that day, I found a pleasant surprise!! The rain had let up a bit and I realized that I was driving through what seemed to be a ghost town of the old Wild West. 🌵👻

I had to stop the car of course! I parked it somewhere and hopped out, and started walking around. There were a number of store fronts on each side of the street, and I was entranced by this bizarre one-horse town! I went over to one of the shops and looked in by the window. It was kind of dark and no one was in there. I walked down the block and found one of those fortune teller machines outside what might have once been a shop or pizza place of some sort. It was such a curious sight, and a bit creepy in the atmosphere of this place, which turned out to be a zero-horse town.

I noticed a lot of dust had collected over time on the fortune teller machine and on the hand that pops out of it! Quite possibly desert dust. I got some weird vibes, and turned around and noticed a diner or restaurant of some sort across the street. I started crossing over, and that's when I realized there weren't any lights on inside this establishment. It was early evening, and the sun was still shining some through the clouds, so it was possible that's why it wasn't brightly lit. I was about to try the door to the restaurant, when I realized it looked closed; which is when I saw the lone man inside this dimly lit diner, staring out at me from behind the door.

And that's when I crossed the street, took a last glance at the shops, and saw a Native American hand-woven dream catcher in one of the shoppe windows. I found my car parked nearby, and drove back to my hotel in Roswell. Along the way, the rain started pouring again, and the skies that night in Roswell (after supper) were a sight to behold with a dark grey cloud formation like a twister! It was like nothing I've ever seen before or since!!

TO BE CONTINUED . .

© Lisa Ellen Goodman Photography
🍃Nature's Secrets🍃

note to self: rough draft, see if I can find more New Mexico pics from 2009- sky, road, Carlsbad caverns, ghost town, Roswell, dark grey twister clouds after I finished supper at the restaurant near my hotel in Roswell.

Add some more detail about the town of Roswell and their research center; and about the beauty inside the carlsbad caverns; maybe make mention of passing signs on the road for the White Sands Desert, and learning more about it and its history, with reference to the trinity site, 1945. 😱

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Wandered into The Forest: draft for 🍃Nature’s Secrets🍃 storybook


I ventured into Reinhardswald Forest at dusk, after the sun had set. Yes, I'm a little bit nuts, but I didn't go too deep inside because I was warned at the castle that at night one would lose their way.

I might have been the only person in that area of the forest at the time, my heart thumping chills down my spine, yet I felt the peaceful presence and connection with nature all around.

And unlike Hansel or Gretel, (which I found a copy of the little storybook to read at the castle during that evening's supper), I hadn't brought my roll of bread, to drop a trail of breadcrumbs.

I was also told that the wild boars come out after dark, (some of whom had wild piglets that spring) and sadly, local hunters arrive after midnight with their guns, so I headed out of the forest and to my car a bit after 10 o'clock, and arrived safely back at the castle, which was now illuminated with lanterns.

note to self: this photo of the castle lit up is from around dusk, when I was heading to the forest. check through all the pix to see if there are any of the castle illuminated on the night sky, when I returned from the forest later that night.

© Lisa Ellen Goodman Photography

Up, up, up, & Away- P2 

The black cat swiftly climbed up the tree. Unbeknownst to her, this was no ordinary tree swaying in the breeze; it was none other than Jorgellson, the Forest Grinch. 

Jorgellson, the Forest Grinch. photo : © Lisa Ellen Goodman Photography, from my series, Electric Skies. words: © Lisa Ellen Goodman

Up, up, up, & Away

Black cat climbing a tree into the sky above, while the werewolf howls. 

 

Photo: © Lisa Ellen Goodman Photography

 
From my series, Electric Skies 

Telling stories with a picture, I am creating a book merging literature with photography. 

I will keep you posted, and you can follow along with me at: 

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📝✨📷

Juxtaposition PhotoArt Series

The view through a "window" hole in a construction site on the Coney Island boardwalk, Summer of 2014. I took this one with a Noir filter.

The view through a “window” hole in a construction site on the Coney Island boardwalk, Summer of 2014. I took this one with a Noir filter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A slide & swing set in the middle of a field up in the Finger Lakes, NY, June 2014. The sign reads: "Persons over the age of 12 not allowed on." Psssht! :p

A slide & swing set in the middle of a field up in the Finger Lakes, NY, June 2014. The sign reads: “Persons over the age of 12 not allowed on.” Psssht! :p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part of my photography series, Juxtaposition, in which I took two provocative & contrasting quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr. and paired them with photographs I snapped which powerfully contrast side by side, with the very last picture in the series deviating, giving the viewer further food for thought.. 

Tell me some lies. Photo: I popped into a tunnel near The Highline in NYC & discovered some stellar street art in there!

Tell me some lies. Photo: I popped into a tunnel near The Highline in NYC & discovered some stellar street art in there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This "bouquet" is a bit of an illusion, as it was a tiny twig with itsy bitsy flowers, and I laid down on the sidewalk to magnify this lil beauty.

This “bouquet” is a bit of an illusion, as it was a tiny twig with itsy bitsy flowers, and I laid down on the sidewalk to magnify this lil beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Liberty. Photo: Powerful street art in the West Village, NYC.

Lady Liberty. Photo: Powerful street art in the West Village, NYC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: The Atlantic Ocean, with waves rolling in to the beach, off of the Coney Island boardwalk. Spring 2014.

Photo: The Atlantic Ocean, with waves rolling in to the beach, off of the Coney Island boardwalk. Spring 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first alternating quote in this PhotoArt Series, “When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” 

See The World Differently. Photo: Snapped a pic of this poster, affixed to a bus stop in Manhattan.

See The World Differently. Photo: Snapped a pic of this poster, affixed to a bus stop in Manhattan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dandelion Wishes. Photo: An ethereal dandelion flower, swaying in the breeze in my old neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY, on a Spring day, 2014. Laying in the grass for this one :)

Dandelion Wishes. Photo: An ethereal dandelion flower, swaying in the breeze in my old neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY, on a Spring day, 2014. Laying in the grass for this one 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: High-fivin' robotic street art which I found by St. Marks Place, NYC, painted so low on this wall it was touching the street.

Photo: High-fivin’ robotic street art which I found by St. Marks Place, NYC, painted so low on this wall it was touching the street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Coney Island beach, September 2014, as the sun sets over the Atlantic. Originally from my album, "The Levanter", named after the Levanter winds in Paulo Coelho's "The Alchemist."

Photo: Coney Island beach, September 2014, as the sun sets over the Atlantic. Originally from my album, “The Levanter”, named after the Levanter winds in Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dino not extinct yet! Photo: Saw this street art moon bubble up on a building while walking between Union Square & the East Village, NYC.

Dino not extinct yet! Photo: Saw this street art moon bubble up on a building while walking between Union Square & the East Village, NYC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Key. (to the Universe?) Photo: Took this pic at the Summer Solstice celebration, June 2014, at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, with visionary artists in Wappinger Falls, NY.

The Key. (to the Universe?) Photo: Took this pic at the Summer Solstice celebration, June 2014, at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, with visionary artists in Wappinger Falls, NY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” The other quote which alternates throughout the Juxtaposition PhotoArt Series, and it’s a beauty. 

Amazing street art. Photo: Near The Highline, in NYC, I found this tunnel which was a feast for the senses, with gorgeous art flowing all around. I used a Noir filter for this pic.

Amazing street art. Photo: Near The Highline, in NYC, I found this tunnel which was a feast for the senses, with gorgeous art flowing all around. I used a Noir filter for this pic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uprising of Love. Photo: Snapped this banner at the Gershwin Theater in September, 2014, while attending the Uprising of Love benefit concert.

Uprising of Love. Photo: Snapped this banner at the Gershwin Theater in September, 2014, while attending the Uprising of Love benefit concert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dragon.-- by a street artist. Photo: Took this one outside a tattoo parlor in the West Village, NYC, April 2014.

The dragon.– by a street artist. Photo: Took this one outside a tattoo parlor in the West Village, NYC, April 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be with nature. We are all interwoven. Photo: Found this enchanting pond up in the Finger Lakes in June 2014. The warm rain was blissful & the flora hues were popping!

Be with nature. We are all interwoven. Photo: Found this enchanting pond up in the Finger Lakes in June 2014. The warm rain was blissful & the flora hues were popping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art is NOT a crime. -- street artist. Photo: I snapped this under a highway overpass in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn in June 2014.

Art is NOT a crime. — street artist. Photo: I snapped this under a highway overpass in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn in June 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: I carried this little guy to safety, while camping in the woods of upstate New York, August 2014.

Photo: I carried this little guy to safety, while camping in the woods of upstate New York, August 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now the last picture in the series, which deviates from the rest..

"The Future Sucked/Rocked" --anonymous street artist. "Think on it. Act on it. YOU pave the way." --me (LEG)

“The Future Sucked/Rocked” –anonymous street artist. “Think on it. Act on it. YOU pave the way.” –me (LEG)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you for visiting!

–LEG

LEG’s Wordography- “Spectral Vision”

Wordography is a combination of my photography with words I write, or lyrics & quotes of others.

I will continuously add to this series, which you can also find on my photography page, Facebook.com/LisaEllenGoodmanPhotography

Please enjoy ❤️

I call this one, “Spectral Vision.”

If there is something, someone, or somewhere you want badly enough, don’t wonder always, “What if?” or “What could have been..” Let it happen. Make it happen.

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