New Mexico is a land at once familiar and foreign to me. My grandfather was a forest ranger in the Jemez Mountains and my mother lived in New Mexico as a child, so I grew up hearing stories of life in the Southwest. When I first visited in the 1980s, I immediately felt a deep connection to the place. In fact, it felt more like home than the South, where I'd lived my entire life. And so I return to northern New Mexico every year or two to continue my explorations. And even though I still feel that deep connection to the land, the more I explore, the more foreign and even other-worldly it appears. Both the diverse landscape and the architectural remains of ancient Puebloan communities pose many mysteries and pique my sense of curiosity.