Blancas and Cottonwoods ~San Luis Valley ~ Colorado

We dedicate this issue of Quill and Parchment to conservationist, seasoned outdoorsman, community planner, photographer and artist Ron Gardiner who left us on September 25, 2016.
If our love could have saved him he would have lived forever.
He went by the river.


"They hang in the currents darting cold and firm"
Fall Fish
by Andrew Higgens

"Oaks and aspens covered dark waterfalls and black pools"
Black Creek
by Andrew Higgins

"Forget the fish and the water surging"
Surgeon's Knot
by Andrew Higgins

"Upstream by a boulder dark"
by Andrew Higgins

Chama Beauty ~ Rio Grande Colorado/New Mexico Border

"My sage-smoke scent"
You Who Sing
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John

"I will ride your wild bucking rapids"
The River
by Michael Graves

"Crossing the bridge over the sun dried river"
Desert Songs
by Alexandria Economou

"Over the sloping meadow, down to river's edge"
Mullican Pines
by Paul Nash and Denise La Neve

"Streams rush over rocks where moss softens stone"
by KB Ballentine

"Beside flood-beaten banks"
Rush River Valley
by Jeannie E. Roberts

"A river near a brick hacienda with no electricity"
by Judith Terzi

"One at a time, she retrieves the water-dark stones"
The Language of Stones
by Katy Brown

"Dappled grey waters that reach across to massive hills"
On The Hudson Line-Poughkeepsie to New York
by Lou Lewis

"We cross the river and park next to a hill of fallen boulders"
The Tour
by Dennis Wayne Bressack

"They never see flocks of ducks before sunup in October"
The Man Who Owned the Susquehanna
by Michael R. Brown

"Moon mirrored in the glossy sand"
River of Love
by Elena Secota

"Dance in light on water"
Insects on Rondout Creek
by Jan Garden Castro

Grand Gulch ~ Utah

The Fathers We Find
by Charles P. Ries.
Reviewed by BookLife

Grand Gulch Canyon ~ Near the San Juan River ~ Utah

Forthcoming from SkyHorse Publishing
The River Wild
A Thriller

by Denis O'Neill

Another offering from Finishing Line Press
by Iris Litt

Sand Hill Cranes ~ Bosque Del Apache ~ New Mexico

An amalgam of Creole and American Indian cuisine makes a great base for chicken, crawfish or shrimp
Louisiana Maque Choux
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

With its quartet of subtle Indian spices, this is the perfect autumn or
Thanksgiving soup
Pumpkin-Sweet Potato Soup
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

A spicy dipping sauce to serve with crayfish or shrimp
Remoulade Sauce Creole Style
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

Considered a Louisiana delicacy
Algiers Point Crawfish Fritters
from the kitchen of Sharmagne Leland-St. John

It's finally starting to feel like autumn
Apple Turnovers
from the kitchen of Teresa Panza

Floating the Rio Chama ~ New Mexico

Ron Gardiner
Painter, wildlife and nature photographer, naturalist, conservationist, outdoorsman

There will be a Celebration of Ron's Life
at the Sagebrush Inn, Taos, NM on November 5, 2016. Please check with the venue to find out the time and to RSVP.


San Juan River ~ Side Canyon Spillover ~ Utah

Grand Gulch Canyon ~ Near the San Juan River ~ Utah

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