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How did we switch from “Doing” to “Being?” Taking in the gorgeous fall here in New Mexico has been all about just being enchanted.

 Maximilian Sunflowers at my cousin’s house ©Connie Bransilver

Maximilian Sunflowers at my cousin’s house.


Our “doing” was taking two intensive acting classes and signing up for Background, Stand-in and minor acting roles. Connie has two on the acting resume, and Nicholas one. You may know that Netflix has been filming in NM for a number of years. “Chambers” is being filmed now, starring Uma Thurman. We are in Episode 8, and they are still filming so there may be more. The ten episode series will be out next year. Some of you may know that Netflix is buying Albuquerque Studios and pledging millions of dollars in production and local hiring, so . . . stand by! Photography strictly forbidden, so you will have to wait.

To be ready for anything, and just to have fun, Nicholas and I are horseback riding. I was once quite a cowgirl, so for me, it’s a tune up. For Nicholas, it is learning experience, sometimes quite bumpy. This photo was made when my sister, Roberta, and I went on a trail ride in the foothills around Cerrillos.

 Riding in the Sandia Foothills ©Connie Bransilver

Two riders in the Sandia Foothills


I have not yet latched onto a new conservation project. I believe the right project will appear when the time is right. Agua es Vida calls, but I need to define a goal. Anyone have ideas or suggestions? Nicholas is just getting back to painting and presenting his work to galleries.

 Acequias ©Connie Bransilver

Acequias in color and light.


The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has come and gone and will return again next October. Come!

 Balloons Ascending ©Connie Bransilver

Balloons Ascending


The New Mexico State Fair with the rodeo and races was a walk through memory lane. The rodeo was spectacular. Obviously, I loved the barrel racing and roping best, but the photos were best on the bucking stock. Emily and Mary Darnell invited me to help give the trophy to the winner of the 6-1/2 Furlong Casey Darnell Futurity, and join them and friends in the Jockey Club. Was that ever a blast, and a wonderful re-entry to the NM rodeo/horse racing world. Friends and their families. For Nicholas, it was seeing the real deal up close. These are not movie cowboys!

 Not Connie Barrel Racing ©Connie Bransilver

Not Connie Barrel Racing


Come to The Land of Enchantment. Adobe, clean clean air, hot summer days, cool evenings, and now, a piñon fire in the fireplace at night. Magical light.

 View From Acoma Pueblo ©Connie Bransilver

The View From Acoma Pueblo

Ballooning Over the Rio Grande River Video

 Buddy Cockatoo enjoying one of the last warm days in his favorite cottonwood ©Connie Bransilver

Buddy Cockatoo enjoying one of the last warm days in his favorite cottonwood.


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