New Mexico

From Seed To Sky

…or the story of this week’s Monday Bouquet.

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These Seeds from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Sante Fe New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment where we visited this Spring, have given us a glorious display on our kitchen deck for the past several weeks, greeting us each day and adding New Mexican enchantment to our morning coffee. I like to think that Georgia O’Keeffe would have approved.
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Now it’s your turn to be enchanted…

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Color v Monochrome: The Poll of the Century

All right, I admit it is perhaps a slight exaggeration but hopefully it caught your attention. Let me explain… and there will be a poll at the end.

My recent post Monochrome Enchantment was inspired by a superb exhibition at the Andrew Smith Gallery in Santa Fe of the works of Ansel Adams.  Landscape photography never looked more breathtaking and I came away in awe of the drama and beauty of Ansel Adams’s black and white view of the world and a greater understanding as to why he is considered one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century. Continue reading

Monochromatic Enchantment

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Spectacular views of Plaza Blanca, Abiquiu from our recent unforgettable visit to The Land of Enchantment that is New Mexico…

Spring Close-up in the Land of Enchantment


Dear friends, as you see we did “find our way to Santa Fe.” 


New Mexico is indeed the Land of Enchantment where the horizon seemed to stretch for a thousand miles beneath the bluest of skies.


So many images to share in the coming days and what better way to start than by combining this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring with Ailsa’s Travel theme: Close-up, and taking you on our hike to Chimney Rock at The Ghost Ranch in Northern New Mexico. On this perfect Spring morning the trail gave us views to the south of the flat-toped mountain Pedernal, so beloved by Georgia O’Keeffe…


…and to the north across the canyon the sandstone cliffs of the Entrada Formation over 150 million years old.


What made the morning seem even more “enchanted” was the absolute silence, with only the occasional sound and sense of a welcome cool breeze to brake the spell.


To meet the Close-up theme so many beautiful flowers are seen amongst the rocks and beside the trail.


Whilst the distant vistas were truly breathtaking these flowers were equally so.

One of my favourite quotations seems so fitting with which to close. It is by the great humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer who observed so profoundly that,

“In the hope of reaching the moon we fail to see the flowers that blossom at our feet.”


Well, not on this day I’m pleased to say. The flowers, the blossoms, the sky, the rocks, the mountains, the wind, all were enjoyed and appreciated every moment that we spent in this most magical of places.

I look forward to sharing much more of our visit to the Land of Enchantment with you, so please come back again and visit soon. With warmest good wishes as always…Andrew