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Dazzled by the Visions

A leaf-embellished metal grate guards some statues, photos of people for whom prayers have been requested, and one man.

El santuario de Chimayó
Chimayó, New Mexico
photographed 3.16.2019

Andy’s fiesta

Even though Andy’s claims to have just about anything you could need (Cocktails! Curios! Restaurant! Meeting Rooms! Drive-up Window!), I think the availability of all of those things is exaggerated. Which is, of course, my favorite thing about it.

Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico
photographed 3.16.2019

Start of the spring thaw

We were there during that time of year when spring and winter overlap – new snow was falling in the mountains but melting at the lower elevations, already causing the streams to run with clear, cold water.

El Santuario de Chimayó
Chimayó, New Mexico
photographed 3.16.2019

Prairie Window

This old church is the main – some would say only – landmark in Taiban, New Mexico. It’s on the route between home and Albuquerque or Santa Fe, and I stop in nearly every time I’m through town. Last spring, the glassless windows were nice frames for a view of the prairie east of town.

Taiban, New Mexico
photographed 5.25.2018

Blurry crosses of Chimayó

The walk from the parking area up to the sacred church has a chain link fence on one side where people leave crosses and other items woven into the wire. On my most recent visit, as I stood looking at the artifacts and to the building beyond, I let me eyes focus on the distance, which blurred the fence and its contents. And I made a photo.

Later, the blurry crosses and the diamonds of the fence started to make me think of women’s hats, that kind with the dotted-net veil, and this scene started to feel like what the world would look like from behind a hat veil.

I know. None of this makes any sense: welcome to the way my mind wanders around.

El santuario de Chimayó
Chimayó, New Mexico
photographed 3.16.2019

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