RMOWP Loses Longtime Friend Sue Baker

Sue Baker
Sue Baker, former board member and treasurer.

Sue Baker, a longtime member of RMOWP, passed away in Stillwater, Oklahoma, October 10 at the age of 82. An accomplished artist, illustrator, and teacher, with post-graduate studies in art, Sue was active in the Stillwater Art Guild. She also had a degree in business education and was office manager of Baker Animal Clinic, her husband Jim’s veterinary practice.

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2021 Conference a Hit

By Virginia Parker Staat

It was wonderful to see so many of you in Alamogordo during last month’s RMOWP conference. We were delighted to meet new member Steve Cochrane and his wife Megan, and spend time with twenty-two RMOWP friends. For me, it was a true joy just to feel a sense of cautious normalcy as we reunited in camaraderie and shared interests. 

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2021 Photography Contest Results

Best of Show: Steve Cochrane

Bear stare down
“Hibernation Stare Down” © Steve Cochrane ~ Winner of 2021 Best of Show Photography

“Hibernation Staredown” © Steve Cochrane
1st Place Fauna.
Looking directly into the eyes of a large Brown Bear is an extremely rare occurrence. Capturing a photograph while doing so is an even more unlikely event. The snow and the surrounding ambience adds considerable gravity to the wonderful feeling of viewing this image. The viewer can only imagine the circumstances surrounding the situation portrayed in this photo. It makes for a compelling experience and an even more compelling photograph.” ~ Judge Fred Lord

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2021 Writing and Video Contest results

Best of Show: Ron Belak

book; fishing guide
“The Fishing Guide to 800 High Lakes in Colorado” © Ron Belak

“The Fishing Guide to 800 High Lakes in Colorado” © Ron Belak ~ 1st Place Books
“A hefty, information-loaded book that gives readers plenty of bang for their book-buying buck that goes beyond a serviceable-but-dull guide book. The author inserts engaging comments that make the text more interesting to read for example referencing Never Sweat Lake with the comment ‘a name many anglers would disagree with.’ ” ~ Judge Mary Taylor Young

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A Bad Man But a Great State Park

Text and photos by Don Laine

first grease rack - concrete. Pancho Villa State Park.
The first grease rack – made of concrete. Pancho Villa State Park. © Don Laine

General Francisco “Pancho” Villa was not a nice person, but the Mexican bandit-revolutionary, certainly without meaning to, played a major role in helping the United States prepare for its entrance into World War I.

Today, those traveling in southern New Mexico can drop in to Pancho Villa State Park in the border town of Columbus to learn about Villa and see some of America’s first mechanized military equipment. If your timing’s right you might also see blooming cactus in spring and do a bit of bird watching in winter. 

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White Sands Welcomes RMOWP

Playing in the cool gypsum sands, White Sands National Park
Playing in the cool gypsum sands of White Sands National Park. © Don Laine

RMOWP’s annual conference is just a few weeks away (Sunday-Wednesday, September 26-29) with a good time for all planned in sunny Alamogordo, New Mexico.

In addition to photographing the glistening white gypsum sands of White Sands National Park, we’ll discover the real Wild West at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. A must-see in the area, that we hope you’ll explore on your own, is Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, with more than 21,000 ancient petroglyphs. Other local attractions include the New Mexico Museum of Space History for a glimpse of the beginnings of America’s space program, the Tularosa Basin Museum of History, and of course the Toy Train Depot. Due to the ongoing pandemic, some of these attractions may have limited hours when we’re there, but we’ll try to get current information closer to the conference. 

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Travels and Travails of a Magazine Photographer

By Jack Olson

[Ed. Note: This article was first printed in the April-May 1996 issue of Rocky Mountain Outdoors.]

I recently had a magazine assignment which I thought might be of interest to members who are aspiring photographers. It seems pretty funny now that some time has passed but it didn’t tickle me too much at the time. Experienced photographers in RMOWP will probably recall similar stories of their own.

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Crikey! It’s National Punctuation Day

By Virginia Parker Staat

 “England and America are two countries separated by a common language.”
~ George Bernard Shaw

I recently edited a children’s book written by a Glaswegian friend of mine (aka, a native of Glasgow, Scotland). I quickly recognized that editing his book would take a bit more effort on my part than I originally anticipated. I had forgotten about the many differences between American versus United Kingdom styles of spelling and punctuation. 

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