2020 Best of Show Photography

Bison mom helps calf swim the Yellowstone River
“Mom Helping Calf Swim the Yellowstone River” © Frank Zurey
1st Place Published Images Category 2020 Contest

Photography judge Fred Lord comments:
The image of the swimming American Bison pair conveys the essential nature of wildlife. The younger animal is being carefully escorted through the water by an older animal, probably its mother. This depiction of maternal care brings home the interior feelings of the animals through a wonderfully captured photograph of the scene.

2020 Best of Show Writing

“Am I Really Retired?” by Richard Holmes placed first in the Unpublished Written Works Category, 2020 Contest. Writing judge Mary Taylor Young has this to say:
Though this is a very brief essay, it stands out for the authenticity of the writer’s voice as he reveals himself to the reader. Showing your vulnerabilities is frightening, causing many writers to avoid it, thus losing an opportunity for strong connection to the reader. When a writer opens up authentically, as this writer does, it is a strong tool to engage readers.
Click here to read Richard’s essay.

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2020 1st Place
Photo Award Winners

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Recent news

The Great Chile War

Hatch, NM logo. chile.
This says it all! (Logo for Hatch, NM)

New Mexico and Colorado usually get along just fine. In fact, the two states share ownership of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, which runs between Chama, New Mexico, and Antonito, Colorado, and which many of the attendees of the Alamosa conference enjoyed riding.

However, a rivalry has developed over who has the best chile (or chili).


Laines Thrown out of New Mexico State Park!

By Don Laine

Tired of northern New Mexico’s cold and windy spring weather, on March 11 Barb and I, and our wonder-dog Zoe, headed south in Thor, our 24-foot motor home. Since our plan was to spend at least three or four weeks in New Mexico’s southern (and warmer) state parks, our first stop was at state park headquarters in Santa Fe to buy an annual camping pass. With pass in hand, we headed down to Brantley Lake State Park, just north of Carlsbad. 


Autumn Splendor

Text & photos by Maryann Gaug ©2020

Dallas Divide, Colorado, fall color
Autumn Splendor at Dallas Divide © Maryann Gaug

After a summer of hanging close to home, Rover, my camper van, begged me to take it camping somewhere, anywhere. Perhaps my restless spirit grew more restless as the aspen on the hills near my house started to change. With kids back in school, the campgrounds wouldn’t be quite as full and insane as during the Covid-19 summer. Time to look for gold in them thar’ hills!