Monthly Archives: March 2019

Train, arriving

The Rail Runner train from Albuquerque pulls into the station. It’s a nice way to see New Mexico from a vantage point that doesn’t include driving on an Interstate highway. There are a few places where the route passes through tribal lands, and photography is prohibited; the time I rode the train, as part of a photography class, the conductors kept a close watch on us during that part of the trip. Fifteen photographers and 30 or so cameras had them on high alert…

(Anyone age 62 and older can ride the train free on Wednesdays. Plan accordingly.)

Railyard Arts District
Santa Fe, New Mexico
photographed 3.15.2019

Two Georgias

A nice way to spend a morning in Santa Fe is to visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. In case you were wondering.

This confusing image is the painting called “Church Steeple” reflected in the one called “My Last Door.” Here’s what they actually look like:

There was a woman at the museum who was on Skype; she’d stop in front of each painting and say, “And this one is ‘Church Steeple.’ And this one is…” all the way through each one of the galleries. Later, she was sitting on the bench in the main gallery and I heard her say, still on Skype, “That blue sky reminds me of our trip, and that’s one of my favorite memories.” A security guard said the woman’s mom was on hospice care and too ill to make it to the museum, so her daughter was Skyping the visit. It was a sad and lovely story.

Georgia O’Keeffe Musuem
Santa Fe, New Mexico
photographed 3.15.2019

The other cross

Sun + shadows + pipe + downspout = one more cross at this ancient church.

San José de Gracia Church
Las Trampas, New Mexico
photographed 3.16.2019

Guns, Antiques

My friends are very good at being location scouts for me, and frequently I get advice from them about places they think I should visit. For at least a year now one of them has been telling me that I needed to deviate from my usual Lubbock-to-Santa Fe route to check out this town.

I finally took her advice, and hit the jackpot, photographically speaking.

Yeso, New Mexico
photographed 3.14.2019

PS: If you go, though, the frontier “musem” noted on the side of the building appears to be closed.

Dennis Hopper was nearby

Our traveling companions were keen to find Dennis Hopper’s grave, which is not all that easily accomplished. But we stuck it out, and eventually located it.

In the meantime, there was this fantastic view of the mountains north of us.

Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico
photographed 3.16.2019

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