Guardians of the Everglades®

To introduce the public to the fragile beauty of the Everglades and its unique ecosystem; to honor today’s leadership in conservation and restoration through great art and compelling human stories; and to encourage the public and policy makers to participate in the protection of the Everglades.

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Giving Tuesday - Please Join Us

Dear Friends,

As you know, I’ve devoted my life to creating impactful images to protect the places and species I love. Through visual storytelling, I attempt to connect people to these issues and inspire action. I am a part of a global Fellowship of visual storytellers with similar missions, goals, and ethics.

I know first-hand the power of visuals. These are recent images from the western New Mexico mesa land, semi-arid yet supporting some of our most ancient American civilizations - Acoma, Laguna, Zuni, Navajo and before that, the Puebloan civilizations at Chaco Canyon just north of these spots.

 ©Connie Bransilver

Giving Tuesday is November 27th, I’m thankful to be a part of this group of passionate visual storytellers, and in fact, a Senior Founding Fellow. A donation to iLCP is an investment in conservation images to protect the pristine and diverse places on this Earth. Please consider donating here.

Any amount will go a long way and will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support.

 ©Connie Bransilver

Wishing you a great holiday season,

Connie Bransilver, Senior Founding Fellow
https://conservationphotographers.org

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VOTE. VOTE NOW. VOTE FOR CONSERVATION.

IT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW.

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.

Glorious Spring in New Mexico

The Land of Enchantment IS:

We have been nesting since January in our new 50-year-old Nat Kaplan adobe house and studio and making it ours. Now it’s time to celebrate the joy of a desert spring and the warmth and friendliness of neighbors and friends. We will continue with direct sales of oil paintings and photos, but Nicholas will also be talking with galleries in Santa Fe and elsewhere to market his work. We will also be marketing the Guardians of the Everglades portraits and accompanying stories. I will find another conservation project, and what is screaming for my attention is the increasing drought and the fights over water. Agua es vida.  Simple as that.

If you are in New Mexico, it’s PARTY TIME. Join us MAY 18, 6-9 pm.  Call, text or email nicholasandconnie@gmail.com your RSVP by May 16.

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  Sandhill Cranes have long since left our rural neighborhood and rattled north.

Sandhill Cranes have long since left our rural neighborhood and rattled north.

 

 Bearded iris in the garden - Mother’s fine, approving of our new digs.

Bearded iris in the garden - Mother’s fine, approving of our new digs.

 

   
  
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  Acoma Pueblo, Sky City, dates back to 1100 AD. View of Katzimo Mesa, the original pueblo site.

Acoma Pueblo, Sky City, dates back to 1100 AD. View of Katzimo Mesa, the original pueblo site.

 

 Acoma today.

Acoma today

 

 Hands of Acoma potter Gary Lous with our new horsehair pot.

Hands of Acoma potter Gary Louis with our new horsehair pot.

 

 From our balloon to another.

From our balloon to another.

 

   
  
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  Middle Rio Grande, achingly dry this year.

Middle Rio Grande, achingly dry this year.  Our house, upper middle.

 

 

 

   
  
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  Gathering of Nations PowWow - 500 US & Canadian nations.

Gathering of Nations PowWow - 500 US & Canadian nations.


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