Vacant shop front. Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Retrospecting new mexico

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Exactly a year ago, I walked off the plane at Albuquerque International Sunport (New Mexico, home of sunports and spaceports) after a fairly traumatic border crossing into the USA from Mexico, in LAX. The issue at hand was that I didn’t have a ticket out of the country within the 90 day visa-waiver period. There is a long explanation for this involving some ambiguity around re-entry rules that I won’t go into, but I ended up missing my connecting flight from LA to Albuquerque. Β I’ve never had issues entering a country before, and to be yelled at and held at US customs was downright scary. I cried when the immigration officer considered, out loud, putting me on a flight back to Mexico. Yes, I did.Β 

They ended up letting me in though, so I spent the night at LAX and caught the next flight to Albuquerque in the morning. By the time I got into New Mexico, I needed to get out of the airport, away from officials, into the open road, a hot meal and a drink or two.

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The open road around Galisteo. New Mexico, USA.

Flemming came to pick me up at the airport and drove out to the area around Galisteo, I got an eyeful of some big sky, open road, the comforting thrum of a car and something to eat and drink.

I was restored.

We drove around for a month in April 2013, logging some four and a half thousand miles, taking in nice bit of New Mexico, and Utah and Colorado on the way to Monument Valley and Mesa Verde, stopped at the quirky little town of Truth or Consequences so Flemming could hang with a celebrity:

Flemming and Marilyn

Flemming and Marilyn

and make friends with a pair of Brits who were road tripping across America in a red double-decker bus.

Joe (left) and Dan (right) in Doogle, the red London double-decker bus Joe had converted into a mobile home to drive across America

Joe (left) and Dan (right) in Doogle, the red London double-decker bus Joe had converted into a mobile home to drive across America

We spent a goodly amount of time absorbing wind and silence at out at Elephant Butte.

Elephant Butte, New Mexico, USA

Elephant Butte, New Mexico, USA

and saw a bit of the state on foot and in the car, just dreaming while filmingΒ Beyond.

Flemming speaks to the stars at the Very Large Array. New Mexico, USA.

Flemming speaks to the stars at the Very Large Array. New Mexico, USA.

The road out of Cimarron. New Mexico, USA

The road out of Cimarron. New Mexico, USA

Earthship: http://earthship.com/Designs/earthship-village-ecologies

Earthship: http://earthship.com/Designs/earthship-village-ecologies

Storm, Santa Fe. New Mexico, USA.

Storm, Santa Fe. New Mexico, USA.

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Filming a sequence for Beyond: http://charlenewinfred.com/2013/09/10/beyond-the-film/

I miss New Mexico really, really badly. Can’t wait to go back.

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  1. Beautiful photo’s!!
    I want to know more about the two brits in the bus! πŸ™‚
    So happy I cam across your blog.
    Best of luck with your film project!

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  2. Gorgeous…I’ve been to all of these spots, so this brought back all sorts of memories. Wish I’d known when you were there as a good friend and highly skilled pro photographer pal of mine, Deborah Samuel, lives in Galisteo.

    I love NM too! Jose was born and raised in Santa Fe, so he introduced me to his home state back in 2001.

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      Well the plan is to be back in NM by the time this year is out, so I shall certainly drop you a line when I am back. I think it’s wonderful that Jose is from Santa Fe. There’s a special connection right there πŸ™‚

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  3. I loved the photographs here Charlene. You’re view of the word is unique through your lens…and I’ve never been to NM, but this post has me thinking I should! : ) Safe and happy travels. ps: If you ever do get back to WA, it would be really cool to meet.

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      Thanks Holly! If you love wide open spaces New Mexico is definitely worth a visit.

      I’m actually back in Perth at the end of this month. It would be great to meet πŸ™‚

  4. Charlene I only just saw this message! Of course I would love to meet up. If you want to send me an email I’ll get my phone number to you and we can arrange to meet. πŸ™‚ redterrain @ Hotmail . com

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