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Silver City New Mexico November 2017

I don't take enough photos for compelling albums. I was once an amateur photographer with film cameras. Now I respect others’ privacy. I think our society has overdone it since everyone has a camera. Instead, I take mental pictures by talking to the locals in order to understand what I'm seeing in a historical dimension. It took me my whole life so far to see the invisible which is beautiful in its own right.

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The frontier is alive and well in New Mexico. Silver City is where large-scale cattle ranching was attempted, start-up style, in the 19th century by venture capitalists. All of the operations went bankrupt due to drought. This was the approximate location of the television show Bonanza. The place looks exactly the same. Time has stood still.

If you want to buy a ranch, I know a place. It's amazing. But water is a problem.

Silver City is probably the most egalitarian city in the US. Although small, the government obviously has the typical jobs such as judge and police chief. They are filled equally between Latinos and "other." This is the result of Silver City's Mexican colonial history but also, surprisingly, silver and copper mining which has allowed the community to survive without bowing to tourism.

Although we west-westerners associate mining with "bad," the folks in Silver City see it as their best means of not just survival but, even today, prosperity that doesn't rely on the whims of rich young people.

Latinos are the first Americans. Their families reach some 17,000 into the past of the “New World," far older than anything in the Old World besides sites in Africa. Although specific knowledge is lost, evidence of the ancients' prosperity abounds. The indigenous peoples of the New World, overall, enjoyed better lives for millennia compared to our own, regardless - no, because of - mining, manufacturing, and building.

The story goes on. Individuals and groups, however, do not. The sun has another billion years of life to give. That is enough time for, say, dolphins to regrow legs and live among the ruins of a land once ruled by an Orange ass.

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