Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Year's End

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. - Hal Borland

Happy New Year from Santa Fe, NM

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Faralito or Luminaria

From Wikipedia "The name of the decoration is the subject of a long-running dispute in New Mexico. In general, farolito is the preferred term in Santa Fe and other parts of northern New Mexico, while the decorations are often referred to as luminarias elsewhere. In Spanish, the word farolito translates as "little lantern", while luminaria means "festival light". Historically luminaria referred not to a paper lantern but to a small festival or vigil bonfire; however, this distinction is not commonly made outside of northern New Mexico.New Mexico traditionalists insist that the entire rest of the world is incorrect in the use of luminaria to mean a paper lantern. Farolitos may be referred to as "luminarias" by some, but on Christmas Eve, when the farolitos are lit in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, luminarias (Posada vigil fires) are burning in the small mountain villages of Northern New Mexico. Luminaria bonfires made of square, stacked piñon and juniper wood can often can be seen lining the State highway north of Santa Fe where the highway passes through Espanola. In the mountain villages and by the roadways, families tend and gather around the warm fires and welcome passerby. The distinction still stands in practice, even if the nomenclature is become confused.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Faralitos Close up.

This could be next years Holiday card!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Winter Solstice Labyrinth

Night time photography is not something I am very good at but I could not resist this shot.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Drumming Circle

Welcoming Winter with the sounds of the drums.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Winter Solstice Sky

The evening of the Winter Solstice produced this beautiful sky. I caught this as I was entering the Winter's Solstice Festival at our local Children's Museum.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Glow VI

Happy Holidays from Santa Fe, New Mexico

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Glow III

I loved these light sculpture. It was really cold out so I didn't spend too much time trying to figure out what they were made of.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Glow II

One of the sculptures at the Botanical Gardens. I over hear a woman say that these were created by students at the Institute of American Indian College.

Monday, December 22, 2014


A small arroyo that was lit for the Holiday Glow at the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Santa Fe Sunset

Last nights sunset from the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens. I was there for their Holiday Glow event.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Embudo River

This is another spot that I like to visit when I'm in Dixon. The Embudo river always has a nice amount of water running thought it. It's nice to just sit near by and listen to the river.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Dixon Teepee

My trip to the Dixon Studio Tour would not be complete without seeing the teepee that sits at the end of one of my favorite roads.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


I sure hope this wasn't made to resemble a live model. This was on the table next to the ones from yesterday's post.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mother Mary

Found outside of one of my favorite galleries in Dixon. "R" they must of known I was stopping by.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lonely Road

There is something so peaceful about a lonely quite road. When in Dixon I always make it a point to walk along this road.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Back to Work.

I came upon this after parking at a friends home and art studio while on the Dixon Studio tour. His son must have been in the midst of a construction project and decided to take a break. It brought back memories of the Tonka trucks that my dad used to by for me.

Sunday, December 14, 2014


"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves." - Buddha

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Fall on Red

I love this small red bridge that crosses and acequia located in front of an artist studio.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Highway Star

This is another shot that I had to pull off the highway for.
The blue of the sky made for a nice backdrop.
Wishing you all a very happy weekend.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Pop of Gold

This golden tree was standing proud as I drove along the freeway to Dixon. Now who wouldn't stop for this shot.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Orchard Colors

Last month I visited the small town of Dixon for their Art Studio Tour. As always my first stop was at a watercolorist studio that is surrounded by an apple orchard. This was the most colorful spot on the property.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

New Eyes

These stair lead up to an art gallery at one end of Canyon Road.
I have to attend a work function tomorrow so I will see you all on Wednesday.

Monday, December 8, 2014


I found this one morning right outside of my office building. I like those convenient shots, don't you?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fall Trail

Alone with myself 
The trees bend to caress me
The shade hugs my heart. ~Candy Polgar

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Winter Nights Ride Home

Some evenings you just have to pull out your camera when waiting for a light to change.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Aspen Contrast

This was taken on the Alamos Vista trail one month prior to the previous bare Aspen photos. There is nothing like lying on the ground and letting the leaves fall all over you when the wind carries them down.

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Another shot of the ski basin frame between two aspens, As you can see the the mountain just beyond the trees is covered in bare Aspens.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Long Shadows

When hiking this trail I like getting lost amounst all of these beautiful bare aspens. There is something so peaceful about it. The fact that few people are on the trail helps too.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


There is so much beauty in a tree, whether it be full of leaves or bare. This pine tree sits to the opposite side from where the "Three Sisters" sit. That tuft of snow in the distance is the top of the Santa Fe Ski Basin.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Theme Day: Worker

Theme Day has come again to City Daily Photo and this month's theme is "Worker."
Yes I do agree that manual labor is hard but I think there is no harder working person than the musician playing for tips. This guy can usually be found at our Farmer's Market all season.

To see more "Workers" from around the world click here.