I think Jeffrey Field is originally from New Mexico.
That’s an unfair comparison between Alaska and New Mexico. I lived in Windowrock, Arizona for two years and I can see your trick. You have used spring pictures. Of course Alaska is beautiful in the spring, but the desert is pretty in the fall. That oil derrick will look much better after a little fall rain.
I have never been southwest of Truth or Consequences. Silver City is the first place that I ever visited where I thought, “if I were forced to live here I think I would die” and Silver City must look like San Francisco from Hobbs.
Do you like Lucinda Williams? I always thought that she too was a Texan, but like you, she just grew up near Texas. She’s from Lake Charles, LA. She even has a song about a guy who says he’s from Lake Charles, even though he is from really from Texas.