Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
These two ceremonial masks are additional authentic Native American art pieces from Kiva Gallery on Water Street in downtown Santa Fe. Learn more about this outstanding gallery by clicking here.
Below is what is believed to be a ceremonial Kiva in Salinas Pueblo ruins.
According to the description posted on this site in Salinas Pueblo Ruins, because of the unusual shape (somewhat square) and location of this structure, it may have been a combination of both Christian and Pueblo Indian religions. Underground kivas, reminiscent of ancestral pit houses, served as men's workrooms and sacred chambers of special ceremonies.
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Monday, March 29, 2010
On Palm Sunday a traditional ecumenical service is held in the Plaza in Santa Fe. The Roman Catholic clergy, parishioners, fraternal groups, and other interested people gather at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and then form a procession to the Plaza where they are joined by clerics and other pilgrims from the Presbyterian and Episcopal "city" parishes. Bishops from different denominations speak briefly and symbols of the Christian religion: ashes, holy water, communion hosts, and a lily plant, for example, are displayed. The palms are blessed by the Bishops, after which the Roman Catholic pilgrims process around the Plaza again and then back to the Cathedral for the 12:00 o'clock mass. It's fascinating and gratifying to see people of the three faiths gather together to commemorate an important event in the church calendar. I'll show you more photos in subsequent days.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
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Friday, March 26, 2010
The shop has EVERYTHING! Clothes, furniture, china, paintings...you name it. Everything except red cowboy boots in my size! I'll keep looking!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
The area around Ghost Ranch which provided inspiration for Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings are awesome to see. The geological formations are readily recognizable as material for some of her artistic pieces. I knew that tours of her home were not scheduled while we were there, but we couldn't resist stopping at the dusty little area of Abiquiu where her home is located. I got a photo of the entrance and thought about all the wonderful painting she did over her lifetime, especially while she visited and then lived in New Mexico. What an American treasure she is!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
this gallery, which was closed so I couldn't check out the work. Later on another day I went back and met the owner who was busy painting a new piece of art work. I introduced myself to Ed Larson, the owner/artist, and while we chatted I noticed one of his pieces entitled "Washington Island." Curious I asked its location. It turned out to be the same Washington Island in Door County, Wisconsin which our family has loved and where we have vacationed each summer for years. Many years ago Ed had owned the business pictured in his painting, and we knew many of the same people on the Island. Uncanny coincidence!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
"In the shadows of the Salinas Valley pueblo ruins are faint echoes of the communities that lived there 300 years ago." (from the Salinas Pueblo Missions brochure in the Visitors Center). On Saturday, March 13th friends of ours, Jim, and I as well as Maggi our dog (on a leash) visited the Quarai and Abó ruins, and like our visit to Pecos Historical National Park awhile ago, came away with more knowledge of the ancient history of New Mexico. It was a perfect day with temperate temperatures and lots of sunshine. Our picnic lunch under a huge Cottonwood tree was also perfect.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
The Santa Fe Ski Lodge...
The main lift to take to get to other lifts to take you higher on the mountain, and
Part of the ski rental shop with equipment...
Just one of the many spectacular vistas on the road up the mountain to get to the ski area. The road is curvy and not one to take during bad weather. Check our first unsuccessful attempt to reach the ski hill here.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The technicians were non-plussed and didn't bat an eye when I whipped out my camera and brought it along with me. Told you that they were professional!
AND TO MARK THIS DAY...
An Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face
and rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Alan Houser's sculptures can be found everywhere in this fair city: museums, courtyards, churches, and even on the street. The city of Santa Fe and I have a love affair with this man's work! The collage shows pieces of art that are in the IAIA museum courtyard across from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. The sculpture on the bottom is entitled "IMIGRATION" which shows once again the INCREDIBLE IMAGINATION of this treasured artist!
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Monday, March 15, 2010
I met this woman and her assistant on The High Road to Taos when I stopped to take a photo of a village church. Unintimidated by her remarkable equipment, I chatted with her and then proceeded to take pictures with my point and shoot digital camera right alongside of her. Had to laugh as I thought about the differences between us!
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Sunday, March 14, 2010
"For the next 25 years, Santa Feans and
visitors will be blessed with a unique religious and artistic gift – 14 life‐size Stations of the Cross, providedby an anonymous donor.These bronze, life size Stations were sculpted by world‐renowned artist, Mr. Gib Singleton and were donated (on a 25 year loan) to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. The Stations will be installed in the Lamy Gardens next to the Cathedral Basilica Parish Offices in August of this year."
Mr. Singleton is shown above: "Born in Kennett, Missouri, Mr. Singleton resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is considered a modern master in the tradition of Rodin and Donatello, and his work has often been
compared to that of Giacometti’s. Singleton is perhaps the only artist ever to be represented simultaneously in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Vatican Museum and the State of Israel (whose large collection of his art was a bequest of Prime Minister Golda Meir)."
(Read More by checking the link-Information is taken from this Archdiocese Press Release).
Saturday, March 13, 2010
The Wildlife Center was established in 1986 as a raptor rehabilitation center under the name "Las Aves." In 1991, The Center changed its name to The Wildlife Center to reflect an operation that was expanded to include rehabilitation of all indigenous New Mexico wildlife.
The Center’s success rate for return to the wild is around 55 percent.
The Center is the only rehabilitation center in New Mexico permitted by the federal government and state of New Mexico to rehabilitate large mammals, such as the New Mexico black bear, endangered species and the eagle, our national bird.
Thirty educational animals reside at the Center and are the center piece of over 120 educational programs and over 400 public tours each year at the Center and throughout northern New Mexico. These programs and tours reach about 8000 adults and children each year.
Nine staff and 55 volunteers, who give over 10,000 hours of their time annually, enable the organization to provide leadership for programs and in the rehabilitation of wildlife.
Primary funding comes to The Center from individual donors and private foundations. The Center receives no regular funding from the state or federal government. (From the Wildlife Center website).
Friday, March 12, 2010
A plaque on the street reads: Wood peddlers, farmers and merchants used Burro Alley. Burros economically served the many cultures of New Mexico for many years. The people of Santa Fe relied on the burro for their welfare.
To see a previous post of Burro Alley by Randy of Santa Fe Daily photo, click HERE. PS. It's Randy's birthday today; pop over and greet him!!