My wife and I live near a famous stretch of Rt. 66, Central Avenue in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Starting out from our home city we wanted to visit some of the iconic places left on this road and travel all the way to the California border. Once underway we stopped often to reflect on our national past! So here we are sharing the sights and some of the history on another one of our epic journeys with the help of our good friends at Topaz!
Recently my wife and I went on perhaps our most epic photo trip ever to places we have always wanted to visit… 16 days, 4328 miles of driving, 8 states, 6 National Parks, 2 National Monuments, 1 National Battlefield, 1 National Wildlife Refuge, 2 National Forests, and 1 National Grassland. We experienced dramatic weather, wonderful scenery and magnificent wildlife!
I will be using some of my favorite Topaz tools and techniques that I use everyday (including the recently upgraded Texture Effects 2) to demonstrate how easy it is to create wonderful art and memories, hoping to show you just a sample of the enhancements you can achieve using this incredible software!
New Mexico’s Vanishing Ghost Towns by Gary Lamott
Continuing Our Adventures: My wife and I are continuing our adventures here in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, traveling the highways and byways to some of the more than 400 ghost towns, some of which not only died, but vanished! You can still find a few hardy souls that live in some of them, as well as some old buildings that are still standing. Starting in the late 1800s, these towns blazed in a moment of glory, then died in a sudden flame. Many were mining towns, where men lusted after the earth’s riches – gold, silver, turquoise, copper, lead and coal. A few were farming communities that flourished for a time and mysteriously fell silent. Some were water stops for the steam locomotives, their usefulness gone with the advent of the modern diesel engines that ride the rails today.
For thirty years my wife and I have been traveling to New Mexico and the American Southwest. We have driven over 30,000 miles in the Four Corner states experiencing the diverse natural wonders, friendly people and history of what is unquestionably one of the most beautiful parts of our great country. It is nearly impossible to explain in words how one feels experiencing the highways and byways of our new home state. By featuring just a few of the thousands of photos I have taken and enhanced using Topaz Labs Software, I hope to give you some sense of how New Mexico is truly the “Land of Enchantment”.
We have been lifelong residents of New Hampshire and have cherished our time in the Granite State as well as all of New England. But for the last 30 years it has been our dream to move to New Mexico. Over the years we have traveled more than 30,000 miles in the Great American Southwest and have fallen in love with the Four Corner States. We have visited many other places of interest, but eventually chose New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment, to call our new home!