Sunday, August 11, 2013

Rancho de Taos

This is my last post from New Mexico. I've been back in St. Paul since July 31st, and it's time to leave my photos taken in that wonderous state safely tucked in  my archives 'til I return again.  It's a bit of magical thinking on my part; it means I'll return again soon if I leave some more photos for later posts.

Above is the front of the church made famous by Georgia O'Keeffe's painting. The smaller photo below is the back of the building from my archives that I'm sure you would recognize immediately.

I had an artist friend paint a likeness of the above photo for me; not as famous as O'Keffee's but he did a great job for me and it's hanging above my bed.  Reminds me of the state.  Sigh!!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Travels with . . . ?

The sleepy armadillo didn't seem to mind having his photo taken, although he seemed a bit shy.  The truck was filled with many animals,  including snakes and birds, that the two volunteers use to educate the audiences they meet during their demonstration travels. It's no easy task since they have to clean and bed the animals before they can relax at night.  Better than Travels with Charlie in some respects!

Linking to Camera Critters

Friday, August 9, 2013

Two Happy Travelers

On one of our road trips out of Santa Fe, we met these two volunteers, Mary and Virginia,  who travel around the state to libraries, community centers and schools giving presentations for the Bio Grande Zoo, an educational arm of the Albuquerque Zoo. We learned that sometimes they are gone for several days, doing what they both love best.  Far removed from their former professions, both are  happily retired while acting as educators for people who are interested in animals.  Tomorrow I'll give you a peek at what's in the van!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Camera Man

There are happy photographers everywhere!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


If you want a quick snack and a cold drink when you're in the Plaza or waiting to watch the Bandstand dancers, here's your answer.  Those fajitas aren't bad at all. (As seen from the balcony of the Marble Tap Room on San Francisco St.)


Other scenes from the balcony:  Some kind of altercation being mediated by the police and grandson hustling back to the car to plug the meter while we enjoy our beer and the view from the balcony.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Doors and Windows

Two examples of Doors and Windows on very old adobe buildings at Ranchos de las Golondrinas.


Monday, August 5, 2013

The Prophet

This Plaza Prophet has a complex system of the universe.

Although I am back in St. Paul, I have photos scheduled through the 11th of this month.  Come see me at VisualSt. Paul, too.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Remains of the Day- Pecos Church

One of the best places to visit while in Santa Fe is the Pecos National Monument, the remains of an earlier Pueblo village and Franciscan Church.  The adobe bricks baking in the sun are placed around the original adobe to preserve it.  Restoration is a constant consideration, yet it is wonderful that it is such an accessible  old ruin to see. It is close to the city and an easy hike that is well-marked and maintained.  You might even consider bringing a picnic lunch to enjoy while there. 

I returned to St. Paul, MN, last Wednesday.  Although I love my city, I am very sad to have left Santa Fe and the friends I have made there.

I'll still be posting here for another week as well as in VisualStPaul.  Visit both and I'll love ya forever!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Camera Critter in the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

The grand opening of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden was attended by humans and other species as well.

Linking to Camera Critters

Friday, August 2, 2013

Arrive Early at the Spanish Market!

Although there are many artist and craftspeople displaying their handiwork at the Spanish Market, if you want first choice you have to arrive early!  We arrived at noon on the opening day and discovered that many items in all categories were already sold, including this beautiful wood cabinet.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Theme Day: August 1, 2013 "Street Lamps"

Although technically not a "street lamp," this light is on the entrance wall next to the door at the Cathedral Basilica of St Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Linking to CDP Theme Day