New Mexico is ablaze with color everywhere, in pots, in gardens, in fields, on the walls, in the sky–just everywhere!  It made my heart sing loud and long.  On our recent trip there, we had an added bonus–the Aspens were in their full Fall glory.  The first evening we went to Hyde Memorial State Park, outside of Santa Fe, the sky was dark and threatening.  A few days later, that brilliant New Mexican sky was back and we spent hours in the Aspens’ thrall.Aspens-3Aspens-5Aspens-6Aspens-7Aspens-8Aspens-9Aspens-10Aspens-11

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Another few days, and we would have missed the colors’ peak.  What good timing!

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There was a golden glow all around us:

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Come back soon for more colors of New Mexico!

 

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Our first day after reaching Santa Fe, we visited this awe-inspiring park of Pueblo and Spanish church ruins.  The Pecos Pueblo dates back more than a thousand years and for more information on these fascinating ruins, click here.  It is only 25 miles outside of Santa Fe and well worth a trip.  I could have spent many hours more there and the light and shadows that were all around took  me back to my days when I reveled in photographic chiaroscuro.  To get a sense of the Kiva, I climbed down into the underground and had I had the time, would willing have come back several times to get the play of light throughout the day.  Here are some images from that day.  I’ll also have a video later:

 

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Up next, I’ll have some images of the glorious Aspens which were at their peak the weekend we visited:  Y’all come back, now!!

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For years, I have dreamed about attending the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico.  This year, that dream was realized.  As the talented weaver and owner of http://www.chimayoweavers.com/,  Irvin Trujilo,  (whose gorgeous studio we visited), said: “It’s a photographer’s dream”.  And it was and much more!  I am in the process of culling the hundreds of images and videos I took in New Mexico and I’ll be posting more images and videos later.  For now, here are some images of the Balloon Fiesta, beginning with the Dawn Patrol, before the sun exposed the many wonderful colors and shapes to the immense delight of all ages.  New Mexico is truly the Land of Enchantment!

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Keep coming back over the next few weeks!!

 

 

 

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A few months ago, a furry little creature adopted me.  Her name is Shadow because she follows her big brother around every evening when he comes in from his backyard forays and chases him throughout the  night. There isn’t a piece of furniture or fabric in the house that she hasn’t decimated.  But we don’t care.  She has to be the most amusing thing we’ve come in contact with recently and she keeps us laughing at her antics.  She loves to attack toilet tissue and putting it out of sight doesn’t work anymore.  A few days ago, Shadow learned how to open the cabinet door in a bathroom and “retrieve” her toy.  God help us if she discovers where we store the paper towels! One of her favorite toys is the swiffer duster–she even sleeps with it!

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Now, if only she could learn to dust with it!!

 

 

 

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