Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Slice Of Heaven





Tent Rocks in New Mexico is a National Monument. Bet most of you didn't know that! It's less than a 45 minute drive from my door-although I don't take advantage of it being so close as much as I think it should. Blame it on the never ending lament of, 'not enough time'.

This unique geological phenom is a result of a cataclysmic volcanic eruption took place event many, many years ago (a few million really). The volcano that 'blew it's top' no longer exists and instead, we are left with a giant caldera:

"The area owes its remarkable geology to layers of volcanic rock and ash deposited by pyroclastic flow from a volcanic explosion within the Jemez Volcanic Field that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago. Over time, weathering and erosion of these layers has created canyons and tent rocks. The tent rocks themselves are cones of soft pumice and tuff beneath harder caprocks, and vary in height from a few feet to 90 feet.[2]" (from Wikipedia)

If you come to visit New Mexico, make sure you put this on your list of stops-even in a wheelchair, you can at least see these rock formations without having to do the hike. If you can hike, it is an easy hike and GREAT for kids! To better plan your trip, be sure to visit the department of tourism's website (New Mexico True).


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Valentine With Mussel




My son was enjoying a bowl of mussels earlier this week at home and he came across this little individual and said, 'look, Mom' and handed this to me. Took me a moment, but then I realized it was a HEART hole! I thought it very apt for this week's post since it lands on Valentine's Day!

What are the odds, I wonder?

Well, Happy Valentine's Day y'all!

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Saturday, February 07, 2015

Fred Harvey and the Harvey Girls













Look closely and you can see a sliver of a vertical shadow on the right side on this image.


Ever heard of Fred Harvey and the Harvey Girls? I think it's safe to say that Fred Harvey put 'civilization' or, being civilized into the Wild West:

"In 1878, Harvey started the first of his eating house-hotel establishments along the AT&SF tracks in Florence, Kansas.[1][2] The rapid growth of the Harvey House chain soon followed.

Fred Harvey is credited with creating the first restaurant chain in the U.S. Harvey and his company also became leaders in promoting tourism in the American Southwest in the late 19th century. The company and its employees, including the famous waitresses who came to be known as "Harvey Girls", successfully brought new higher standards of both civility and dining to a region widely regarded in the era as "the Wild West". The popularity of the Harvey Girls grew even stronger in 1946, when Judy Garland starred in the film version of Samuel Hopkins Adams’ novel The Harvey Girls.[3]"    ~from Wikipedia

I took these images in the New Mexico History Museum. Until I  moved here to NM, I had never heard of Fred Harvey, his stores and the Harvey Girls. A pretty interesting slice of American History that you don't get in school (I didn't). If you find yourself in Santa Fe you can see these items along with other memorabilia at the New Mexico History Museum.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Profiles of Light and Shadow




























I dont' know about you, but I love art museums. A couple of friends of mine and I went up to the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe the other day to see the Pinhole Camera Exhibit and the Gustav Bauman and Friends Exhibit (artist cards from Holidays past). On the wall in the upstairs lobby area are a neatly organized grouping of acrylic squares. In the morning hours, you might notice why it really is there than you would from midday on. The sunlight coming through the windows casts unique and intentionally made shadows from these pieces of acrylic. Each one casts a different profile. Pretty cool, huh?

I looked up the name of the artist-Kumi Yamashita and I'm sure one of us has posted her work before as her art uses light and shadow. I suppose we should all be able to remember and rattle her name right off the bat since we are all shadow aficionados!


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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Evening Shadows

"Sandia Gold" © Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio



"deciding everything is falling into place perfectly as long as you don't get too picky about what you mean by place. Or perfectly."         -storypeople


Or, it doesn't get any better than this.

You get to define what, "this" is.

Speaking of perfection, such is the late afternoon light today bathing the ever majestic Sandia Mountain in a shimmering gold. A small group of us-the planning committee for the Rio Grande Youth Art Show (an annual show that showcases the art of our youth in Sandoval County) has found a roosting home so to speak, to conduct our planning meetings. It's a year long process and no sooner than one is done, we are back at it again to plan the next one. It is truly a labor of love as we are all volunteers and we all put in lots of hours towards this project. That's where I was when I took this shot in the Rio Grande Lounge at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa. What a great view to enjoy during a meeting, don't you think?

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