Totems in Northwest Albuquerque

In My Life by Daniel M. Clark9 Comments

Here in Albuquerque, on the southeast corner of Coors Blvd. and Montano, is a collection of carvings set amongst fields of sunflowers. It's quite striking, really. I have three photos to share, and then… weirdness. I can't really… well, you'll see.

Carved bird

Carved otter

Carved eagle

Explorer guy

Okay, now for the weirdness. It seems to be an explorer kinda guy from a distance. Once you get closer though, you notice that he's holding a rake and a walkie-talkie, and he's standing on a dragon.

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He's standing… on a dragon. In Albuquerque. What the message is here, I won't pretend to know. I can only guess that he's a landscaper who came across a dragon in someone's yard one day and managed to slay it with the rake. I've never heard of a dragon felled by any garden tool; I can see maybe a shovel, if it was sharp (and the dragon small), but a rake? Can you imagine how many times you'd have to scratch the dragon before you managed to draw blood? My rake can barely get all the leaves into a pile, but Super Landscaping Man apparently has one that will cut dragon hide.

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  1. I think what you have there is a forestry firefighter “slaying the dragon of fire”–or something like that.

    Anywho……I hope all is well out there in NM. It has finally dropped into the upper 50’s at night here in O town. I can actually sit outside for more than 10 minutes without looking like I jumped in a pool! The boys are playing football this season and I’ve been pretty busy every night. I see Keith every so often but getting together has been difficult. Hope you and the wife and the baby are well.

    Take care,

    Tony

  2. I think what you have there is a forestry firefighter “slaying the dragon of fire”–or something like that.

    Anywho……I hope all is well out there in NM. It has finally dropped into the upper 50’s at night here in O town. I can actually sit outside for more than 10 minutes without looking like I jumped in a pool! The boys are playing football this season and I’ve been pretty busy every night. I see Keith every so often but getting together has been difficult. Hope you and the wife and the baby are well.

    Take care,

    Tony

  3. Heeeeey Tony! Good to hear from you, man. Dragon of fire, huh? Could be!

    Glad to hear the boys are doing well, and a belated congrats on the wedding! Angela and Winter are doing great – Winter is starting to get taller and thinner, more like a little kid and less like a pudgy baby.

    We’re having a good time out here – anytime you guys want to come for a visit give me a shout!

  4. Heeeeey Tony! Good to hear from you, man. Dragon of fire, huh? Could be!

    Glad to hear the boys are doing well, and a belated congrats on the wedding! Angela and Winter are doing great – Winter is starting to get taller and thinner, more like a little kid and less like a pudgy baby.

    We’re having a good time out here – anytime you guys want to come for a visit give me a shout!

  5. Daniel, I had no idea you were from Albq! That is my hometown…well, I actually had most of my childhood in AZ, but all of my family is from Albq and most still there.
    I’m in NC and just had delivered to me from a friend who just went hunting out there…a bushel of red & green chilies…yeee haaaw! I’ve been roasting and drying…well, drying chilies in NC is a joke…dehydrating in the oven is more like it.
    Anyway…just wanted to comment and thank you for all of your help and great resources for us CP & IK folks! Anxious to get your IK book!

  6. Daniel, I had no idea you were from Albq! That is my hometown…well, I actually had most of my childhood in AZ, but all of my family is from Albq and most still there.
    I’m in NC and just had delivered to me from a friend who just went hunting out there…a bushel of red & green chilies…yeee haaaw! I’ve been roasting and drying…well, drying chilies in NC is a joke…dehydrating in the oven is more like it.
    Anyway…just wanted to comment and thank you for all of your help and great resources for us CP & IK folks! Anxious to get your IK book!

  7. Albuquerque by way of Orlando, Houston and Providence! We love it here though, and we’ll probably be staying put for a while, unless my wife’s company makes her an offer she can’t refuse.

    Don’t get me started on chiles… about 1/4 of our freezer is taken up by roasted greens lol

    Thanks for the comment, Ash!

  8. Albuquerque by way of Orlando, Houston and Providence! We love it here though, and we’ll probably be staying put for a while, unless my wife’s company makes her an offer she can’t refuse.

    Don’t get me started on chiles… about 1/4 of our freezer is taken up by roasted greens lol

    Thanks for the comment, Ash!

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