Maureen Wilks

Artist, Photographer, Writer

In 2015 after 21 years at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology I retired as an emeritus geologist to focus on my art. During the summer months I explore the desert seeking out the local lizards and snakes. With my late husband, Bob we rescued and relocated rattlesnakes from around Socorro for over 20 years. I photographed many of these snakes in a safe controlled environment in our living room. I often keep the snakes I come across or rescue in reptile terrariums for a week or to two and always set the snakes free where I found them or in the cases of relocation well away from human habitation. I like to head to the San Juan Mountains in the summer to go hiking, four wheeling and photograph the amazing alpine flowers that carpet the hillsides in July and August.
Ochil Hills
Scotland, 2017