I’ve been getting around. Did a tour of Truchas, NM, last Wednesday, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truchas,_New_Mexico and a couple of the art galleries there. A very interesting community on the “High Road” from Santa Fe to Taos, a part of the Spanish “El Camino Real” that linked settlements in the early 1600’s. Then we drove up into the national forest to see the aspens which were at or near the peak of their color.
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.elsantuariodechimayo.us/, and the nearby Santa Nina chapel, followed by visits to the traditional Chimayo weavers, the Ortegas and the Trujillos, as well as the Chimayo museum located in the remnants of a fortified adobe plaza dating from the 1600’s when the Spanish were raided by Commanches for food and slaves.
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)
To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly… this is my way. (Anonymous)