My avocational passions have always been astronomy and photography. With backgrounds in Geology and Archeology, this was a perfect match. In the Sacramento mountains of southern New Mexico, we have crisp, clean mountain air at 7200′ ft (2195 m) elevation and some of the darkest skies in the world. We also have four relatively mild seasons. My wife and I share an interest in photography which was part of our reason for choosing this location. She has a way with animals and a keen eye for natural settings as her photographs will attest.