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Ecdysis

Why, yes, I do often use a thesaurus. How else would I have come up with “ecdysis”?

Taiban, New Mexico
photographed 9.1.2019

Steeple

Every photographer who ever went to New Mexico has, from the looks of things, photographed this old church. (I’m guilty of it: here, here, here, and as recently as yesterday.)

The poor old thing looks worse every time I pass by, and I know for sure that one of these days, I’ll pull up and it will have fallen all the way over. On my last drive by there, I was traveling alone and my mind wandered around* and eventually settled on this Grand Idea: after the building does fall over, there ought to be a show of all the photographs made of the place. It’d take a big space…

Taiban, New Mexico
photographed 3.14.2019

*Yes, my mind does wander all the time. But a few hours into a solo road trip and it gets even more wandery.

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

Faith can have many layers

The weathered wood, glass-free windows, sunlight on the floor, the distant mesa, all layered up.

Taiban, New Mexico
photographed 5.25.2018

Tire and jet at abandoned church

Me (speaking in general terms about this place, which has been photographed a billion times): It’ll be a big service to the photographic world when that place finally falls down.

Me (approaching Taiban, New Mexico, on a recent trip): We HAVE to stop. I need to take some pictures.

Lesson: I cannot be trusted.

Taiban, New Mexico
photographed 5.25.2018

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