Ann McMahon Photography

Mining Portfolio Work Continues

Field Notes - Placer Mining

In a large arid region, part of the Chihuahuan Desert, that is Grant County, placer mining would seem out of place. However, the drive to find gold has pushed panning for gold. Therefore it is not surprising one of Grant Counties nineteen mining districts is related entirely to placer mining. However, as Dr. McLemore says with a smile, "in New Mexico you have to bring your own water".

Dr. McLemore, fresh from her national recognition and award in Minneapolis, is rejoining me for more adventure into the forest and wilds of the County. Not only is there seldom water where placer mining is conducted, the practice of dry washing does not work.

The image below contains three piles of placer mining waste rock, each pile showing a finer and finer separation of ground materials. The ground mined was adjacent to the arroyo seen in the background.

placer mining waste piles

Preserving Wild Horses

mustang stallon and father

Ann is lending her efforts in support of The Spirit of the Wild Horse. She spent the first week of December, 2017 visiting with Spirit founder, Judy Barnes, and capturing images of Ms. Barnes with the bands of wild horses she has been supporting for fifteen years in southern Colorado.

In the image above, the stallon on the right is the father of the black stallon on the left. Watching wild Mustangs you quickly see that affection and family are paramont. The image captured the end of what was a series of body movements by the black stallon in greeting his father, followed by the father acknowledging the greeting gestures in this image.