Come immerse yourself in the beauty and magnificence of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, September 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the SALA Event Center in Los Alamos.

Don Usner, co-author with Bill DeBuys, of Valles Caldera, a New Vision for New Mexico’s National Preserve (2020) will present a slideshow, book signing, and fascinating stories of his fifty years of exploring the Valles Caldera and surrounding mountains.

Usner is a professional photographer, author, humanitarian, and conservationist. Born in Embudo, New Mexico, Don spent his formative years in Los Alamos and Chimayo. His father took him exploring in the Jemez Mountains from a young age. After studying natural history and geography at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the University of New Mexico, Don returned to his home and heartland and has devoted himself to writing about and photographing New Mexico’s inhabitants and landscapes, especially the Valles Caldera. Don is on the Board of Directors of Caldera Action among other organizations.

Using a special use permit, Don was able to explore the Caldera in places and hours unavailable to the public. His photos reveal the mood of this highly unusual place.

Don’s photographs are stunning, reflecting his eye for sublime beauty and his ability to get the camera to record the feeling of a place.

Don will be able to show his photos on a movie screen and expose you to his wry sense of humor and fine storytelling abilities. This event is sponsored by Caldera Action and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). Free but donations are welcomed.

September 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the SALA Event Center in Los Alamos.