ABQ Museum's Open Air Sculpture Garden: The Head is not included...

ABQ Museum's Open Air Sculpture Garden: The Head is not included...
by Chris Lucas

I love the ABQ Museum Sculpture Garden's Big Head, that rests prominently in front of the museum's main entrance. You can't miss the massive bald head, with it's attached-lobe ears, pointy chin & sporting a concerned look under furrowed brows. With the Explora Museum nearby & across from the 8+ acre Tiguex Park, the sculpture garden helps create a great greenspace corridor in that part of Old Town. The sculptures make you want to linger there longer. 

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High Elevation Foothills Garden Tour Map: Kachina Hills & Glenwood Hills

High Elevation Foothills Garden Tour Map: Kachina Hills & Glenwood Hills
by Chris Lucas

Where the Sandia Mountains seem to ooze into the city limits--see map below--stands two neighborhoods, Kachina Hills & Glenwood Hills. Both sit on the eastern edge of the Metro, bordered by the Foothills Open Space further east. Read More


UNM Spotlight: Mushroom Shade Structures in Redesigned Smith Plaza

UNM Spotlight: Mushroom Shade Structures in Redesigned Smith Plaza
by Chris Lucas

Steel mushroom shade structures have sprung up in the largest plaza at the University of New Mexico's main campus, Smith Plaza, outside the Student Union. Named in honor of Sherman E Smith for his "outstanding & versatile contribution to the university, his special interest in landscaping made this campus a more pleasant place in which to live & work."
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Where in the MetroABQ is Hidden Park?

Where in the MetroABQ is Hidden Park?
by Chris Lucas

Hidden Park is not easy to find. It has no formal entrance & there is no parking for it. To enter, you follow discrete pathways between homes often marked by a low picket fence or block wall. You could walk around the outside perimeter of the park, set amid mostly Mid-Century built ranch homes, & not even know the park is there. Once inside the enclosed park, though, you are surrounded by lush 60' tall, 70 year old trees that provide an almost unbroken three-acre shade canopy. A rather large L ittle Free Library greets you at the north entrance. Another Little Free Library lives just outside the park, on the west side of Hermosa St. Read More


Corrales: Loma Larga Road Main Canal Acequia

Corrales: Loma Larga Road Main Canal Acequia
by Chris Lucas

Sitting smack dab in the middle of the most populous area of New Mexico, the burgeoning metropolis of Albuquerque, the often sedate Village of Corrales still strives to retain it's rural character. The image above & below are examples of that tradition--this acequia is the Main Corrales Canal, which runs the length of the town along Loma Larga Road, & provides water via dozens of turnouts serving the many private farms. Acequias are community-operated canals that carry water from the river to the fields.Originally used in Spain, the idea migrated to the modern-day Southwest, & Northern NM specifically, around 400 years ago. Above is a padlocked gate-lock, opened only by the acequia Mayordomo; the canal was already running in mid-March, ready to irrigate the Corrales farmlands. For a more complex article about the small Village of Corrales, click here.
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Winter Views of the Sandia Mountain Range, NM

Winter Views of the Sandia Mountain Range, NM
by Chris Lucas

Another reason to love the MetroABQ is the random views you experience, when you're doing something else. Showing a newer home last weekend in northern Placitas, the winter Sandia Mountain view was impressive--the recent dusting of snow looked like confectionary, above. In Placitas, homes often sit on one-acre + lots, & often atop their own hill, overlooking the arroyos below. The distance is deceiving: between the mountains & myself are dozens of hills & arroyos, which often make travel there a bit slow-going. as you must drive around the hills, not through them.

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There's a lot going on in Corrales, New Mexico

There's a lot going on in Corrales, New Mexico
by Chris Lucas

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