These are a series of various Daily Lobo photographers images collected throughout the 2016 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Check back regularly for further additions as the fiesta goes on.
The All Kinds Festival, hosted by Humbird NM founders Josh Stuyvesant and Kyle Ruggles, took over fourth street on Saturday, welcoming Albuquerque’s creative giants to reign supreme. In addition to five large art installations, the promise of live music, galleries and spoken word snaked through various downtown locations. Whether it was jazz at Deep Space Coffee, pop-up local vendors at Sister Bar, the Reptilian lounge or a Canne film showing at Kimo theatre, there was something for everyone to check out.
Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson embraces his granddaughter after speaking at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Saturday afternoon. Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, is running with former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld.
Teammates embrace senior forward Niko Hansen, center, after scoring his second goal in the first half against UNLV Monday August 15, 2016 at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Lobos trumped UNLV with a 3-0 victory and will play Fort Lewis this Thursday as part of their second out of three preseason matches.
Several Satellite Coffee employees from around the city met at the Flying Star commissary to assemble a float to be apart of the 2016 Albuquerque Pride Parade. Workers split responsibilities between assembling signs and constructing a large coffee cup. The floats final construction will take place on Saturday before the parade starts.
The New Mexico Lobo Baseball team beat the Nevada Wolfpack 14-4 in the seventh inning for the Mountain West Championship Saturday May 28, 2016 at Santa Ana Star Field. The Lobos trailed the Wolfpack in the early innings but added points to the score board with multiple home runs from Chris DeVito, Carl Stajduhar and others. The game was called to an early ending by officials due to a ten point mercy rule in the seventh inning.
Thousands of people gathered in downtown Albuquerque to support or protest presidential candidate Donald Trump. The rally toke place within the Albuquerque Convention Center and protestors gathered outside and clashed with police officers. Demonstrators repeatedly broke through police barriers and threw objects at officers.
Every Saturday morning, Carolina Belmares Ortega wakes up early to head over to UNM to mentor students who are in the Simon Scholars Program. Ortega dedicates her time to being a model to other individuals.
Ortega is finishing up her MA in Counseling in May. She will be the first female in the family to complete a higher education degree.
“One story that captures my whole present being is my family, and all the hard work they have done for me and my siblings.”
Ortega’s parents came from Mexico during the Reagan Reformation hoping to create a better life for herself and her siblings.
“As difficult (as it was) for them, we are starting to see the fruits of their action to change,” said Ortega.
After graduating, Ortega hopes to “continue spreading the seed of hope to my community, which I will continue to serve my community through advocacy in the social, educational and personal components. In addition, I will continue to remain focused on promoting personal growth for those I serve through support and leading by example.”
Michelle Waterson, known to most as the Karate Hottie, uniquely balances her life as a professional MMA fighter for the UFC while devoting quality time to raising her daughter Araya with her husband and manager Joshua Gomez. Waterson’s energy and passion for MMA is evident through her time in and out of the octagon. Waterson trains at the Jackson Wink MMA Academy and was formerly the Invicta FC Atomweight Champion. Waterson says she is most at home inside the octagon.
James West is a 26-year-old skateboarder living in Albuquerque. West is a skateboarders’ skateboarder and is always chopping boards into custom shapes, repairing damaged boards and making custom cases and jewelry out of recycled skateboards. He has a small shop set up in his garage, where drawers are home to finished, in progress and failed items while the desktop hosts a variety of sandpaper grits. Often James will spend the day cutting, shaping and sanding his custom jewelry, cases and dugouts. When he is not spending time working on his projects or at his day job, James can be found skating the numerous features and spots that Albuquerque has to offer. Today, it was a hidden Do It Yourself Spot in Albuquerque’s ditches. Spots like these emphasize the spontaneity, creativity and joy of skateboarding and skate photography — they are fleeting moments and can last days or years. This spot was removed shortly after James visited it.
Fiestas de Albuquerque is an annual event held in Old Town that celebrates the city’s unique cultural background. Every April, dance groups and bands perform at Old Town Plaza, attracting dozens of locals and visitors. The groups represent the stages of Albuquerque’s history, from pre-colonial New Mexico to the present. This year, the Sun and Fire Dance Group kicked off the festival with a traditional dance, followed by music and dances from other groups, including Baila! Baila! and Casa Flamenca. Some people carried umbrellas to take cover from the rain that fell throughout the day, while a busker played music on the sidewalk in between performances.
Before 30 major league baseball teams begin the 162-game marathon at the start of each April, there is a much more relaxed period when players have the opportunity to interact with fans in a setting as intimate as any in the world of pro sports. Fans flock to Arizona and Florida — two vacation spots in their own right — in March for the opportunity to experience Spring Training, where teams play exhibition games and shape their regular season rosters. It’s a time of hot dogs, autographed baseballs and anticipation of the impending return of America’s favorite pastime.
Located in Santa Fe, “House of Eternal Return” is Meow Wolf’s first permanent exhibit, and it is truly an immersive experience. With a labyrinth of colorful rooms, treehouses and much more, Meow Wolf engages the audience with mesmerizing displays. An open floor plan puts you in control of how the story will be told. While there are clues hidden throughout the exhibit, solving the mystery soon becomes an afterthought to the exhibit’s dazzling visual features. With unknown adventures tucked behind every corner, Meow Wolf’s “House of Eternal Return” is a must see for all ages.