Hello friends... the Monument Valley photo above was from a spring trip that Lupe to the Southwest. We hadn't been in awhile and it was delightful. I also made a quick trip Corvallis in March to see my daughter. The weather was a bit wild but we had a marvelous time. California sure has a different look after all the rains this last winter. On my way home I stopped in Sacramento to re-visit the California State Railroad Museum. I'd gone there many years ago and didn't remember much about it and, well... it was OK. I did make a few photos outside and took a short train ride along the rain swollen Sacramento River.
In April, for Lupe's spring break, we took a trip to New Mexico. We go every few years because we are in love with it. Our first night we stayed at La Posada and drove out to the Little Painted Desert. The facilities, such as they are, need to be razed and monitored - what a mess - but the view? Well, the view.
We spent two absolutely wondrous days at Los Poblanos in Albuquerque. It's a working lavender farm and a Southwest gem. I'd read about it in Sunset Magazine and it didn't disappoint - we shall return!
Leaving Albuquerque behind we visited the Pueblo Indian Center on our way for two lovely days in Santa Fe. I was taken by the message at the Center. Recently I have lost two more dear friends - Duffy and Jack... and so to you two wonderful men... "Because I believe in the cyclical nature of our existence, I know we will meet again, whether in the near future or at a time far off. Until we meet again".
Here are just a few iPhone photos of Santa Fe. I put the Nikon down and simply relaxed.
I picked up the Nikon again for our last stop -Monument Valley. I remember, as a kid, my uncle Bill telling my dad- "You HAVE to go to Monument Valley. It's unforgettable". Uncle Bill was seldom wrong and, man, he was spot on again... I think this might have been my 10th time? Heavens but I love the place. Typically I show photos in a gallery but I think these merit a bit more. Here's Mexican Hat on the way into Monument Valley .
The cloudy weather added to the scene.
And, well, I had to make some black and whites. I could make photos every day there the rest of my life and never get tired.
What a place. Thanks for allowing me to share my photos and a bit of my spring travel. Perhaps it's my age and sentimentality but the rains this winter have made this spring one of the most poignant and beautiful of my life. I hope summer is the same and that you enjoy each precious moment.
This will mostly be a journal of my travels. I may include other items that interest me. Feel free to join in.