Saturday, June 06, 2009

A Jemez Retreat

Shadows cast from wrought iron that surrounds a grave in Jemez, New Mexico.

This is the source of the shadow. Note the lovely (and very 'blingy' heart wreath).

You can see the church which is where this graveyard is, in the window of Linda's mini-Cooper.

This past Tuesday, Linda and I did one more road trip before she heads off on a month long trip. It was her goal this year to go and take pictures anywhere in New Mexico at least once a month. I get to tag along!

It was a much needed trip for me since a very close friend of mine, Delma Petrullo went into hospice on Sunday (see previous post, Titillating "T's"). I needed to do something to clear my head and gather strength. You can get a pretty good idea about how Delma had affected so many people by reading the comments that were left on the web page that was created to keep everyone up to date on her status: www.caringbridge.org/visit/delmap. Or, just Google her name and you will see pages and pages of her name.

The comments are amazing and none of them are an exaggeration. She passed away early Wednesday morning at the age of 60. A living legend and a living legacy even when she was alive. The memorial service will be this Monday and it will be held at the Rio Rancho High Scool Performing Arts Center since it seats 600. I imagine it will be at near capacity as we celebrate her life. There will be a police motorcade from the mortuary to the Performing Arts Center and the Rio Rancho Fire Department will also have their ladder trucks present. She was an activist for the arts (especially visual arts) in our community and was very proud of being a city councilor. I cannot even begin to tell you what an amazing person she was, but if you do go and read the comments left by people, you will get a sense of who she was.

She will be pleased to know that she has made a lot of grown men (which includes a lot of politicians and very successful businessmen) cry these past few days. That's how well loved and respected she was.

Anyway, the trip to Jemez (and Bandelier State Park) was a trip to clear my head and it certainly was what the 'doctor had ordered'. It gave me the strength to get through this part of the journey in letting go of a dear friend.

Every week, a group of us from around the world post our shadow shots over at Hey Harriet. Entertain your muse by stopping by to see what others have posted!

12 comments:

Sylvia K said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear friend! Your shadow captures are beautiful and a lovely tribute! Thanks for sharing!

Enjoy your weekend!

prkl, Finland said...

Color, texture and shape of the shadows makes the first one my fav. It's great! All thou so sad with the story of your friend passing away. Virtual powerhug to you!

Paula Scott said...

Thank you, Sylvia and prkl from Finland for your kind words.

Greyscale Territory said...

Lovely intricate shadows here! Fascinating!

I am sorry about your friend, but I am sure that her legacy will keep her soul very much alive in many people!

Beautiful post!

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

Paula, so sorry to hear of your friend Delma, from the looks of her tribute page - she was a beautiful person to know!

Just to let you know too, your painting "tears" is nice - loved it!....Great shadows - loved that first one!

Catherine said...

That first shot is really beautiful...wrought iron never disappoints for shadow shots!!

Hey Harriet said...

The wrought iron shadow is lovely. I'm so very sorry about your friend passing away. Big hugs to you. xo

just jody said...

great shots....what better way to celebrate your friend's life than to continue an artful life........

Sweet Repose said...

I too am sorry for the loss of someone so young, but her legacy lives on in the effects she had on everyone around her. Beautiful shots shared...

Dianne said...

the detail and color in the top shot is amazing!

Linda said...

Absolutely beautiful, stunning shadow shot. So sorry about your friend.

The Explorer said...

What a creative way of getting s shadow shot...

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