Seven-year-old gelding Dominik nuzzles groomer Challen Clark’s hair while being groomed for the Arabian Hunter Pleasure AAOTR (Adult Amateur Owner to Ride) 18-35 Championship class at the Arabian U.S. Nationals at Expo New Mexico, Wednesday, October 18, 2007. It is the first year at U.S. Nationals for Dominik and his rider Alison McSpadden, 20, of Snohomish, Wash. McSpadden said it was their goal to make it to Nationals this year. “It’s exciting to be at such a big show,” she said.
Comet PANSTARRS is seen over the western horizon and just above Mount Taylor Tuesday evening, March 12, 2013, from Albuquerque NM.
Vietnam Marine Corps veteran Eloy Garcia places his hand on the new life-sized bronze statue honoring Vietnam veterans during its unveiling at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial, Monday, March 29, 2010.
An attendee kisses the bible as she enters the church during Palm Sunday service at St. George’s Church, Sunday, April 17, 2011.
Dance Alive principal Michele Incollingo is bathed in blue light while waiting in the wings to perform as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Jennifer Wilson prepares to enter on stage in the background during the performance in Bunnell, Fla., at the Flagler Auditorium.
Five-year-old Roy Vergara, second from left, runs through a spraying rainbow with his sisters, Jessica Vergara, 11, center, and Maria Vergara, 5, front right, and family friend Jodilyn Bulten, 10, behind Maria, at Manzano Mesa Sprayground, Wednesday, July 23, 2008. The Sprayground is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Sprayground will be closed however from July 28 through August 2 for cleaning and will re-open August 4, 2008.
What seems to be a river of smoke, winds its way through a canyon as the Las Conchas Fire burns the underbrush, Wednesday, June 29, 2011.
Corrales Kennel regular, Katie Belmore, keeps an eye on groomer Cindy Fraley as she rinses Katie during her monthly grooming Wednesday, March 5, 2008. Fraley has been grooming dogs for 31 years and said on average she grooms six dogs a day. Fraley said it could take two and a half to three hours per dog, depending on the size and temperament.
Crew members of Daniel Liberti’s new balloon are silhouetted as they move the balloon to be inflated at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009.
Good Friday sunrise at Tome Hill where pilgrims hike up the hill at dawn, Tome, NM.
Soprano Michele Spiro sings ‘Marechiare’ while being accompanied by Sam Jacobs on piano during the New Mexico School of Music Faculty Recital at Keller Hall at UNM, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010.
Sandhill cranes are silhouetted as they fly above a tree at sunset as other cranes roost under the tree for the night at the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refugee, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009.
Philip Jarell, center, mans the Zipper on the midway at the New Mexico State Fair, Monday, September 8, 2008.
Taylor DesChenes, an eighth-grader at St. Thomas Elementary and Middle School, concentrates while spelling “candidate” during the 2009 Rio Rancho Public Schools District Spelling Bee at Colinas del Norte Elementary, Thursday, January 22, 2009.
Sandhill cranes roost for the night under a tree at the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refugee, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009.
UNM’s Nate Garth passes to Tony Danridge (not pictured) during the Lobo men’s basketball game against Cal State Northridge at the Pit, Monday, November 24, 2008.
Passengers de-board the Rail Runner, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009.
Dancers cool their feet while dancing Argentine tango in the fountain at Cheesman park in Denver during a weekend long tango workshop.
The Rev. Irby Nichols and his dog, Samson (aka Weasel), stand in the Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church Thursday, August 16, 2007. The church was celebrating its 100 year anniversary.
Evan Lau, 9, dives into the pool at the Rio Rancho Aquatic Center, Friday, September 5, 2008. Lau was working on trying to keep his legs together during his dives.
Mary Tallouzi lays a hand on her son Sgt. Daniel Tallouzi during his physical therapy at HealthSouth Thursday, April 10, 2008. On Sept. 25, 2006, Daniel received a traumatic brain injury when a mortar round exploded 10 feet from where he stood in an Army barrack near Baghdad. In 2009 he passed away.
Richardo Munoz, 4, leans over the front pew while clutching his palm during mass on Palm Sunday at San Jose Parish, March 16, 2008.
Italee Lucas goes up for two with one hand on Kentucky’s Crystal Riley’s face during their game against Kentucky at the Pit, Monday, March 21, 2011.
From left, Ms. Torrance County DaCyn Blane-Marie Brown, and Ms. Otero County Marissa Guerrero listen as Ms. Sandoval County Brianna Lemler practices her three minute speech in the bathroom while backstage during the New Mexico State Fair Queen Contest Speech Competition at the African American Performing Arts Center, Friday, September 19, 2008.
Holly Holm defends her WBC & IFBA World Titles against Mariem Brakache at Isleta Casino and Resort, Friday evening, January 11, 2008.
Luminarias light up San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2007.
A model’s tattoos compliment her colorful print dress at a Pin-Up fashion show on Rt. 66 in Albuquerque, NM.
Easter at the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo, April 12, 2009.
Las Cruces High School’s James Hall clutches his helmet after letting an interception slip through his fingers during the game against La Cueva High School at Wilson Stadium, Friday, September 12, 2008.
Photo Story: Imprisoned Innocents
Each of the 51 women imprisoned in Central Ibarra Penitentiary is also a mother. The Ecuadorian courts allow the women to choose to bring their children to live with them as they serve hard time. The opposite of prisoners, the children are free to come and go as they please. But the youngest spend all their time with their mothers, never setting foot outside. Neglected and broken toys are often ignored. One meal a day is served per prisoner and the families receive no extra food. Likewise, the women are forced to share tiny bunks with their children. Fights often break out among the children as they mimic the aggression they see daily. Despite rough conditions, the mother/child bond provides solace in a hostile environment. Forty-foot walls and a watchtower serve as haunting reminders that misplaced children live in jail. Even in the darkness of imprisonment the mothers hope for a future for their children brighter than their own. This story was produced as part of UF’s Florida Fly-Ins program in 2006. To read an extended version of the story written by Vanessa Garcia click here.