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street-side braids

Based on how many times lately I’ve mentioned the joys of exploring Sicilian streets, it’s probably safe to assume that part of the trip made a big impression on me.

In the US, there’s an urban planning thing right now called “complete streets” which is defined by Smart Growth America this way:

Complete Streets are streets for everyone. Complete Streets is an approach to planning, designing, building, operating, and maintaining streets that enables safe access for all people who need to use them, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

I can’t argue with the premise, but the results are way less organic that what I recently saw. For example, the opportunity of getting street-side braids is NEVER listed as a thing that ought to happen. Yet, here in Palermo, a braider and an apprentice braider are busy – and they’re working right there on the street.

It was glorious.

Palermo, Sicily
photographed 8.31.2022

fish shed

If you go to Santa Rosa and it’s really just too hot* to be out in the full sun, remember that it’s shady and relatively cool over at the fish hatchery. That, plus the pleasant sound of rushing water will help you forget the heat outside and the really fishy smell inside.

Santa Rosa, New Mexico
photographed 5.27.2022


angel with broken wings

I can’t go to Santa Rosa without stopping at this old cemetery, with its roofless, falling down church ruins. I like the way a now-gone bush scratched wind-driven arcs into the wall. I like the way the a little more of the stucco has let go of the adobe walls every time I go by. But mostly I like the broken-winged angel, who is watching the slow-motion collapse of the building.

And I also like this song by Los Lobos. In case you were wondering.

Santa Rosa, New Mexico
photographed 5.28.2022

an easter egg

So, you know that I like to find abandoned places to photograph. And you know that I will take any opportunity to shoot the interiors, capturing the stuff that’s left behind. So nothing about this image will surprise you, probably.

My second favorite part of the image are the handprints on the dusty booth. And my favorite part is the little Route 66 sign, hidden away on the back wall.

Santa Rosa, New Mexico
photographed 5.28.2022


This was not the first time I’d stopped at this abandoned place in Santa Rosa, and I am relatively sure it wasn’t the last time, either. Santa Rosa is one of my favorite places to shoot, as it’s got a nice range of the subjects I like to capture. You know what I mean….

Santa Rosa, New Mexico
photographed 5.28.2022

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