[updated 9/10/18 with pics]
I was told by two different Uber drivers that these yellow wildflowers just came out last week due to the rain, and there were purple ones before them. I guess they don’t always bloom. This picture does not do justice to how beautiful they are, this is just a patch that was convenient for me to photograph.
One of the many things I love about Santa Fe is that there is lots of public art. No plain posts here!
Today was the first day of the Santa Fe Festival. There are some pics from about 9:30 a.m. before it started, and a few later in the day after it had started.
I was near the festival because I took a historic walking tour of Santa Fe. It was led by Arlene who is an art, architecture and history buff. It was really interesting. There is LOTS of history about the southwest, New Mexico in particular, that we did not learn about in U.S. History! (shocking!)
One of the many places we stopped was a pottery store that is renowned for its original Native pottery. This map shows the pueblos from which the pottery comes. The black pottery is by Maria Martinez, who is the most famous Native potter. All of this stuff is made by hand – no wheel! So it’s obviously very painstaking and cost reflects that labor intensiveness.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi that I mentioned yesterday was a part of our tour. This statue is right out front, even more prominently than the statue of St. Francis himself!
This is the oldest Madonna statue in the U.S. it’s been here since the 1600’s but was created in the 1400’s.
The brass door of the Cathedral was created by a local bronze worker (a women) within the last couple of decades (I forgot when) and it depicts the history behind the Cathedral.
The pyramid with the Hebrew writing on it is prominently in the keystone of the entryway because, apparently, the bankers got tired of giving money to the Archbishop to finance the Cathedral, so the Jewish powers-that-be (whose title/name escapes me) gave him money that he didn’t have to pay back. Arlene said the Hebrew writing says “Yahweh” (i.e., God), I’ll have to take her word for it! [more pics of inside and outside of Cathedral]
The Loretto Chapel is most famous for its “miraculous staircase.” There are two 360 degree turns in it and there is not one nail in it. Legend has it that a staircase was needed and no one to build it or pay for it, so the Sisters of Loretto prayed and shortly thereafter a man showed up with carpenter’s tools who spent six months building it. He would stop working when people were using the church and no one ever saw him building it. When it was done he left without a word and never took any money. The Sisters went to the local lumber yard to see if maybe they knew the name of the man but they said no one had been buying lumber from them. Many years later the wood was tested by researchers who said it is a sub-species that comes from a cold climate (i.e., not native to NM!).
The other notable thing about the Chapel is that it was the first Gothic style building in the west.
Most of the rest of these are pics of the scenery and landscape of Santa Fe. The neighborhood pictures are courtesy of the tour I got from Jaime (my Uber driver from yesterday and lunch date from today) who drove me around to see “the real” Santa Fe and his favorite neighborhood. I didn’t take any close up pics of the neighborhoods which I regret.
These are on the drive from Santa Fe to Taos, and then of the RV camp where I’m staying. The guy is Ken, an 88 year old who built this camp 50 years ago! He used to work for the University of California on the Los Alamos project, as well as in Alaska on some projects that studied Aurora Borealis. He showed me a bunch of very cool pics of AB. He is legally blind, so the monitor behind him is for enlarging documents so he can read them. Hard to believe he runs this place while legally blind, but he does! He winters in Honduras where he has another home and runs a building business. He is currently building an apartment building down there. He’s a born entrepreneur and has had many businesses over the years. Very cool guy.
[pics of the drive to Taos, the RV campground I'm at, Ken and a photo of a photo of the Aurora Borealis]
Tomorrow I will try to post pics of my time in Taos today (Sat. 9/8). I went to the Taos Pueblo and the Ashram for devotees of Neem Karoli Baba, the guru of Ram Dass, who my deceased brother Pat admired greatly.
Barb Nangle is the founder of Higher Power Coaching and Consulting, an entrepreneur and an eternal optimist. She loves motivating others to become better and better versions of themselves, just as she has become better and better versions of herself.