Yesterday, I went back to Ghost Ranch and hiked the 3 miles up to the top of the mesa from which the “chimneys” are slowly eroding. (Click on any image to enlarge)
I’ve been getting around. Did a tour of Truchas, NM, last Wednesday, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Another day we drove over to Abequiu, NM, and Ghost Ranch, https://www.ghostranch.org/, artist Georgia O’Keefe’s country. Old Abequiu, where her last home is located, is a characteristic little New Mexico village clustered around what was once a central plaza. At Ghost Ranch we were treated to some late afternoon/early evening clouds from the recent rains that were lit up beautifully as the sun was setting. The Pedernal, which is a black volcanic truncated cone and sacred to the pueblo people, over to the south, was lurking the whole time under dark grey/ purple clouds with “walking rain” off to one side. “Walking Rain,” if you’re not familiar with the term, is/are rain sheets coming down from passing storm clouds that touch the ground and appear like legs under the clouds. Best viewed from afar in this vast open country.
Last Saturday, I toured the Santuario de Chimayo, http://www.
Then Monday I headed over to Chaco Canyon, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
The weather here at 6,000′ is turning cold (frost at night) although the sun is warm in the daytime. There is already snow on the high peaks nearby.
My inspiration for this bench is a classic 18th century original from northern New Mexico. I used Ponderosa pine, as in the original, but substituted an upholstered seat for a solid wood plank seat. (Click on an image to enlarge)