Saturday, April 19, 2014

Farewell Breakfast

I have to confess that I have been back in St. Paul, Mn for awhile. I was still reluctant to leave 
Santa Fe, but it's time to start posting from my permanent city. The photo above was my last breakfast burrito meal at The Chocolate Maven before we left town on Interstate 25N.

Part of the fun of eating breakfast there is watching the bakers complete their work behind plexiglass, easily viewed from the dining room.  The guys even waved good-by to us.  We'll be back!!

Starting today, switch over to Visual St. Paul, and I'll meet and greet you from there now! My 
Santa Fe blog is temporarily closed 'til I return again.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday Image

In April of 2012 Jim and I were in Savannah during Passover and Easter.  I found this image in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.  I offer this on Good Friday to those of you for whom this is a significant Christian religious period.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

National Radio Astronomy-Very Large Array

Socorro, NM- Nat'l Radio Astronomy Observatory: Very Large Array is a scientific facility that has a powerful telescope that observes the universe, night and day,  27 dish-shaped antennas are turned to a kind of light that eyes cannot see.   The invisible light is in the form of radio waves.    Unhindered, radio waves can travel billions of years across the vastness of space.  They provide the VLA with the data that helps construct a timeline of the universe——from its ancient past to the possible future.
(Credit: VLA brochure)


Monday, April 14, 2014

Springtime Mural

Children at playtime
Innocence and springtime fun

Linked to Monday Murals

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday

I took these photo in 2010 during a procession on Palm Sunday from the Basilica Cathedral to the Plaza, led by the charismatic Monsigneur Jerome Martínez who was then the Rector but who is now pastoring in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sculptured Beauty

An Allan Houser
Sculpture at the Wheelwright Museum
A Master Artist

Linked to CameraCritters

Friday, April 11, 2014

Captured Tumbleweeds

April is National Poetry Month

Someone asked to see
A few Southwest tumbleweeds
Nature to behold!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Filigreed Gate-Good Fences

While driving down a two-lane highway in New Mexico, on the lot of an old abandoned and shuttered Trading Post/Antique store I saw this fabulous gate.  What a beautiful addition to a fence this would make!

Linking to Good Fences

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wordless Wednesday #3

Wordless Wednesday #3

Linking to Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


REMEMBER:  April is National Poetry Month
Put a poem in your pocket!!
A Magical World
A Kindle isn't the same
Read books and more books 


Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Mural Scorpio

Are you Scorpio?
Is there a message for you?
A thought for the day.

Another astrological sign from Fort Marcy sports complex.

Linking to Monday Mural

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday Treats

Sundays definitely should be days of rest.  Go to the Chocolate Maven on San Mateo and treat yourself to some nummy breakfast rolls or a delicious dinner dessert.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Princely Fellow-Camera Critter

April is Poetry Month

Froggie Comes Courtin'
Are You Ready for a Kiss?
Prince of a Fellow!

Friday, April 4, 2014

A free spirit

A small free spirit
Wonder what her future holds?
Enjoy freedom now!

Since 1996 April has been designated as National Poetry Month.  Get involved: put a poem in your pocket!!

April 4, 2014, St. Paul, MN.  Does anyone wonder why we spend winter months in Santa Fe?
But, April?!  This is ridiculous!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Checking erosion

Checking erosion
The job of a barrier
Some fences are good

Linking to Good Fences.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lest We Forget-ABC WEDNESDAY "L"

ANOTHER WAR MEMORIAL: The inscription reads "Remember those Santafeans who went to fight in the mud, snow, and the choking dust of a strange land. Korea 1950-1953"

People in Santa Fe obviously honor their veterans.  This memorial is situated in a sweet little park on Old Santa Fe Trail on land donated by Amelia White and dedicated to her.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Triangles-Theme Day, April, 2014

Another mural from Cafe Pasqual. Lots of lines, angles, geometric shapes and some subtle triangles.

To see more CDP posts involving triangles,  go here.

Monday, March 31, 2014

PISCES-Monday Mural

Another mural from Fort Marcy Sports Complex

Linking to Monday Mural

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Portraits Old and New!

Portraits Old and New
Exhibit not to be missed
Cultural blessings

This is one of the fine museums on Museum Hill in Santa Fe. The permanent collections are outstanding and the gift shop holds many treasures (think turquoise jewelry!). The brilliant sun here often makes photography challenging if one is not able to get out early in the morning or late afternoon. The lettering looks like you may have double vision, but it's just the shadow of that wonderful sun! The exhibit was instructive and great fun to view. The contemporary photos displayed some portraits with a terrific sense of humor.  If you go, do not miss "White Man's Moccasins!"

ADDED LATER: If you want to see the photograph by Lee Marmon, I found more images on the web. See credit below.  An added bonus - I discovered that he is the father of Leslie Marmon Silko, a Native American writer that I had taught to students.  Have any of you read Ceremony?

Linking to Lee Marmon's Bio

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Patient dog Maggi
Ready for springtime frolics
Will summer begin

Linking to Camera Critters

Friday, March 28, 2014

Meet Frank

Frank from Edgewood, New Mexico has a booth at the Santa Fe Saturday Farmers Market where he displays hats and other items of apparel that are made from yarns that he gets from the Navajo Angora Goats he raises.  The yarns are spun and hand dyed to make a variety of colors for his wares. Frank cheerfully donned and modeled a few hats for you to see and enjoy.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Coyote Fence

This is the coyote fence in the backyard of the condo we rented.  If you look closely you can see that it's too early for any spring planting yet but above the pots hangs one of the bird feeders we kept full during our stay, plus the suet cage on top.  The house finches and the doves that visited us regularly kept emptying the feeders at dizzying speed (we provided water, too), but they ignored the suet. No visits from coyotes!!

Linking to Good Fences

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Kindly Remember #2-ABC WEDNESDAY

Momentoes Left by Families and Friends at the "Wall That Heals"which was in Santa Fe for Six Days

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Kindly Remember-ABC WEDNESDAY

Haunting Images from the Vietnam Veterans Installation in Marcy Park I described in this post.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Virgo-Monday Mural

I found this colorful astrology mural on a large round pillar at the entrance to the Fort Marcy Sports Complex off Bishops Lodge Road.  As you can see, there are more signs so I'll have to photograph some on a return trip.

Linking to Monday Mural

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Wall That Heals

The Wall that Heals is a half scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. It was escorted by the American Legion riders and the Patriot Guard Riders to the Fort Marcy Baseball Park in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 18th.  The schedule for the public:

11:00 a.m.  March 20: Welcoming Ceremony
  5:00 p.m.  March  22: Reading of Names and Candlelight Vigil
11:00 a.m.  March  23: Honoring Ceremony

Hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America Northern New Mexico Chapter 996

Saturday, March 22, 2014

ELVIS LIVES!!-Camera Critters

Last week we took a road trip to White Sands National Monument near Alamagordo and spent some time in Las Cruces.  While there we noticed a little dog hanging around our motel.  "Elvis" is a stray that has been adopted by the employees who take care of him, pooling their money to buy him dog food.  One day one of the maintenance men brought in Elvis' very own doghouse, with his name and room number attached.  It now sits next to the outdoor pool, providing a home for this lucky little critter.  Had I been able to get away with it, I would have spirited him away with us because he and our dog, Maggi, hit it off!

Linking to Camera Critters and
Saturday's Critters