Taos in May

Posted in Aerial, Architectural, DJI Mavic 2 Pro, Gopro Hero5, HDR on May 15, 2023 by budbranch


Better Call Bud


UNM mural at dawn

New Mexico: We Are Still In Drought…

Posted in HDR, Sony RX100-VII on April 1, 2023 by budbranch

The Arcane Ramblers in Arroyo Seco

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2022 by budbranch


Lunar eclipse on election day

Posted in Astrophotography, Sony A7III on November 8, 2022 by budbranch

Can you help someone vote today?

Hello Again!

Posted in Available Light, Camera-On-A-Stick, Composite, Gopro Hero5, HDR, sky, Sony A7III, Wide Angle on October 11, 2022 by budbranch

I have been negligent about posting to my blog – here’s an attempt to catch-up!

The Arcane Ramblers

New mural at Sol Food

M & K

Longmire’s casa

Walking rain, Valle Grande

Outhouse selfie

Glam Trash

Glam Trash

Glam Trash

Glam Trash

Glam Trash

Glam Trash floor shot




Excellent trio


Shot from the floor, by voice command!

Monsoon performance

John Dunn dog life

Plaza show

Cat lover

Dirty Dog

New shelter

Construction crew

The Arcane Ramblers

Whale tail

Calving glacier in AK

Roe your VOTE!

Applejack Jam!

Tom and me

Tim O’brien

Omar and Happiness

Weekly jam

Working vehicle

Artist friend


Granddaughter getting her performance on

Taos Canyon Casa

Experimental composite

Gone to Soccoro, Via Espanola

Posted in Available Light, Gopro Hero5, Sony RX100-VII on February 2, 2022 by budbranch

A murmuration of blackbirds or starlings at Bosque Del Apache

Comet Leonard

Posted in Astrophotography, Deep Sky Stacker on December 10, 2021 by budbranch

My first serious effort at stacking images: 44 30sec exposures

Comet Leonard – brighter, more tail…

Posted in Astrophotography, Long exposures on December 5, 2021 by budbranch

A single tracked frame, 30sec 300mm ISO6400

Comet Leonard is HERE!

Posted in Astrophotography, Long exposures, sky, Sony A7III on December 3, 2021 by budbranch

30-sec tracked exposure 200mm.  Passing globular cluster M3 

Checking In: I Broke My Darn Leg *UPDATE*

Posted in Available Light, Cellphone camera, Handheld on September 7, 2021 by budbranch

A few years ago, I broke my leg while mountain biking near Garcia Park.  My biking partner went for help (downhill), while I waited.  And waited.

After a while, I was right happy to hear a couple of ATVs coming down the trail – it was two brothers, who helped make me comfortable and warm – one stayed with me while the other rode UP to trail to cell coverage, and activated EMS.  I was eventually evacuated to SF, and never knew much about my rescuers, until yesterday!  Tim Hasson and I were gigging at Sol Food in Seco:










During a break, a diner introduced himself and asked “Did you break your leg up in Garcia Park?”.  It was Bill Bansberg – one of the brothers!!











He said they had always wondered how things turned out – it was great to close the loop with them!

Here is my original post from 5 years ago:

Dear blog followers –
A friend offered a friendly ride on a borrowed mtn bike last week – the brakes failed on downhill, I bailed off and tumbled, and cleanly broke my right femur. It didn’t penetrate the skin, nor (most importantly) cut my femeral artery. Pure luck.

2:25PM We were by ourselves, out of cell coverage, 14 miles from the bottom. My bike partner bundled me up and headed downhill for help. 10 minutes later, two brothers on ATVs came down from above. One gave me his coat and stayed with me, the other went back uphill to find cell coverage and activate EMS. 3:10 The other brother returned, reporting that EMS was on the way. It took a couple more hours to get me IV-d, medicated, and transported two miles down the trail, where a medivac chopper could land in a meadow and fly me out.

I was in the ER in Santa Fe by 6:00PM – they did surgery ASAP: aligned the bones, drilled out the core, and installed an internal continuous rod, screwed everything together and stapled me up! I was in my room by 3AM.

Four days in hospital (St Vincent Med Center), now five days at home, healing nicely. Thanks for your interest – here are a few pics:

Selfie, 2 minutes in...

Selfie, 2 minutes in…

Clean femur break

Clean femur break

Evacuation helicopter

Evacuation helicopter

Helicopter nurse

Helicopter nurse

ER angel

ER angel

Immediately post surgery

Immediately post surgery


All repaired!

Julie showing us how to use a walker

Julie showing us how to use a walker

Three days post surgery

Three days post surgery

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