Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Santa Fe

Hi, kids. I'm back from Santa Fe, New Mexico. My first visit. Stunning.

I've added it to the wheel of possibilities. Yes, I know it's expensive–but one does grow weary of believing one will only ever be able to afford to live in places so uncomfortable and unattractive that the rents are cheap, you know what I mean? I'm tired of being practical about everything.

Before I steel myself for another day in the salt mines, here are a few snapshots. I love to photograph religious shrines, and New Mexico delivered. I don't think any of these will wind up in my portfolio, but it certainly was fun taking them. Not pictured, because none of the shots are particularly interesting, is the honest-to-goodness Tibetan Buddhist stupa I visited.

I love Santa Fe.

Pinnacle
Loretto Chapel

Spire
Loretto Chapel

Chair
Canyon Road

Votive 2
Juan Diego, Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, El Santuario de Chimayo

Votive 1
Crucifix with Votive Offerings, El Santuario de Chimayo

All images ©Franklin Habit. Use without permission in any format prohibited.

51 comments:

Patience said...

Thanks for that. New England's light has been dimming lately and that blue, blue sky was gorgeous to see against the architecture. Nice contrast.

Faith said...

Wow. I especially like the Juan Diego one. Very captivating.

Carol said...

Welcome home, honey. Beautiful photos, as ever.

Anonymous said...

Sante Fe is fabulous! For a recent knitter's report, Domesticat spent 2 months in Sante Fe during Sept. and Oct. and posted from here. Check out her archives.

(Hope that link works.)

Sarah R said...

Love the Canyon Road shot. You certainly have a good eye.

Riin said...

I like the colors in Canyon Road. I see yarn.

Anonymous said...

Nope. Domesticat is at www.catduck.com/Clog--she's got great sunset and green chile pics in her Sept/Oct archives.

Sean said...

Ahh, the Canyon Road photo is just gorgeous...wonderful light and shadow. As patience tells, the light here in NE has changed...steeling outselves for the long winter.

Nancy J said...

Northern NM is magical. Looove it there...even lived there a year. And, Taos...ah, Taos...........

Sarah said...

Sante Fe is gorgeous!!

Judith in NYC said...

FH, don't pay no mind to Sean about the long NE winters. Come live in NYC. I have lived in Chicago and NYC winters are very mild compared to Chicago's.

By the way, congratulations on sissue's new project.

Jackie said...

I felt the same way about Santa Fe - gorgeous, and I don't know why, but surprisingly so. And the stretch of road between Santa Fe and Denver is by far my favorite, most breathtaking stretch of land I've seen in this country.

I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

Mom said...

I love the photos. You always take wonderful shots. You see things that most people don't see when they look at a building or objects. Glad you had a nice trip and made it back safe.

chris said...

Mmmmm, Santa Fe . . . they don't call NM "Land of Enchantment" for nothing, eh?

Though, I do have to put in a good word for Ft. Worth (and Austin, to a lesser extent)! FW is a GREAT town, lots of art, nice and very genuine people.

Sarah said...

I might have to move in if you head for Santa Fe, and that would really surprise my husband, it wouldn't make my commute to work in London any easier either!

It would make for a very cluttered household - short bald dude, ex-pat Welsh house guest and a sheep ;-). I'm not very tall though, at least I wouldn't put things away out of reach.

Good luck with the search, and with being an uncle too.

marie in florida said...

whoo-whee! beautiful.
thanks
and thanks for the correct use of the word votive.
may you please show us the stupa ? please o please o pleaseOH?
also, thanks for linking me to your mongolian reader who linked me to the stupidist article ever written about buddhism. after i read it i thoughti knew One; but then i realized i know nothing; so there we are.

Elli said...

Mmmm...I love NM. Thanks for the gorgeous pics!

TrickyTricot said...

I love Santa Fe. The air smells of burnt cedar everywhere you go, and the air has this deepness to it. Very beautiful, for sure.

Did you go to the Palace of the Governor's? They have a Christmas Celebration the first or second weekend of December and it was such a hoot last year. What about Pasquales - did you hit up Pasquales?

Lynne aka witchypoo said...

I love Santa Fe! And remember honey, poor people live everywhere so don't let the thought that you can't afford it keep you from your dream. If you want to be somewhere, you will find a way.

Anonymous said...

The Juan Diego photo is fantastic!

Kel said...

Pretty pictures, did you see the "hovering" spiral staircase? It's in a church that, right now, I can't remember the name of.

Anonymous said...

I hope you got to go to old town and eat open faced green chile cheese enchiladas at Garduños.

junior_goddess said...

I like Santa Fe. You can lead the wool festival in (Taos?) And Dolores run the bars with all her sheepy friends.

B

Anonymous said...

Wow. *Gorgeous* pics. Thanks for sharing them!

Tippymarie said...

Franklin, I am glad you had a good visit to my home state. I love NM. Santa Fe is beautiful, as you saw. The Four Corners area, where I live, is also beautiful, but unfortunately, the nearest yarn is in Durango, CO.

I love your blog and think you are a genius. You never fail to inspire, make me laugh or make me think. Please keep up the good work.

I am supposed to be calculating final grades for college classes, and here I am sneaking off to read your blog. I needed the break.

Ryan said...

Love the Juan Diego photo! Moving, moody, meditative. Very nice!

Anonymous said...

I love NM, and though I enjoy traveling to other places I would never want to live anywhere else. I guess that's what happens when your family has pretty much lived in the same spot for almost 400 yrs.

Anonymous said...

Okay, so apparently Blogger is having some issues about letting me comment if I don't sign in through the beta. I was trying to say that although I never made it to Santa Fe, I did spend a month on the Navajo Rez. It's a lovely part of the country, but insufficiently verdant to suit me as a long-term option. But then the "where next?" project isn't mine to decide.

Also, congratulations, Uncle Franklin.

strangelittlemama said...

Next time, swing by Albuquerque. Same gorgeous views, much more affordable!

Wendy said...

I too LOVED Santa Fe when I was there in October. Gorgeous. I missed the Taos Wool Festival by a day, though.

Welcome back!

Anonymous said...

I'm a New Mexican by birth, and a Santa Fean by choice - come west, young man! - 360 days of sunshine a year - and it was unusually cold when you were here - gotta love it!

beadslut said...

"Juan Diego" has been in my head since I first saw your post this morning. I love how you got the shadow crosses in the picture and your use of light. Thanks for sharing something so lovely.

Anonymous said...

Santa Fe has a lovely inner beauty. My friends Keith and Andre just moved there and they are loving it! There are lots of fiber enthusiasts (Mystical Creations) in the area. Plus Taos Wool Festival is in October in the mountains west of SF. Four seasons but no damp windy crap. Good luck with your journey. Anna M

Yvonne said...

Stunning photographs, Franklin. Santa Fe is a beautiful place. I lived in Albuquerque four years so got up there occasionally. Sky and sunsets are breathtaking. I still miss the green chiles that we used to get each fall.

David said...

There's a beautiful song called "Santa Fe" from a terrible movie musical called "Newsies" that you would probably enjoy. Debra Gravitte-Shapiro does a rendition that always makes me teary.

nancyneverswept said...

To add my voice to the growing chorus... I always loved it, every time I visited there. You could do much worse. Good luck with the quest!

Angela said...

Santa Fe is lovely. My in-laws live in Truth or Consequences, NM (not the lovely part of the state) and I always insist on a few days in SF if we have to go to TorC. Your photos are gorgeous.

MonicaPDX said...

Gorgeous photography, all of 'em... But I have to admit, I like Canyon Road the best. I get mesmerized by the shadows... Thanks for the great photos, and keep enjoying your journeys!

Adele said...

Congratulations to the Habit clan! And that of your bro-in-law, of course.

Although I've no great desire to be a parent, I LOVE being an aunt. You can spoil your niece/nephew then send them, hyperactive on food colouring & sugar, back to their parents. Because you're never the disciplinarian you're always Cool. (I've had a serious discussion of the hunting habits of birds of prey with a 7-year-old.) You can take revenge on all your sister's evil deeds as a kid by buying her child the most annoying (for her), wonderful (for the kid) toy you can find.

Enjoy!

Linda said...

For me, northern NM would be the ultimate place to live. I've traveled there 5 times in the last 15 years, because it just is good for my soul. I think it would be good for you, too, Franklin. If you feel you have to leave Chicago, then move to northern NM, OK? Not sure if you like this sort of thing, but there is a very affordable place with natural hot springs just north of Santa Fe called Ojo Caliente. You can just enjoy the hot springs or you can also get massaged, etc. Ojo Caliente is so remote, a cell phone won't work there...but that's often a plus!

Chris said...

I love Sante Fe and Taos. Did you stop at any of the weaving/dyeing studios between Santa Fe and Chimayo? Those were cool. And Los Ojos is worth a trip for the fiber fanatic.

Anonymous said...

Wow. The photo of Juan Diego - I can't stop looking at it. The shadows of crosses on the statue are just... mesmerizing. I keep looking at them, waiting to see them shift a bit in the breeze.

Glad you had a good time!

Claudia said...

Sigh, yeah, me too. We've been trying to get there for three years now, there isn't much work, so not an easy thing to do. But, we keep trying and will get there eventually!

Carson said...

I particularly like the chair on Canyon Rd.

Jude said...

Should you be missing NM too much, read *Death Comes for the Archbishop*, Willa Cather, if you haven't yet. You can prop it up whilst knitting the christening shawl (perhaps a bit too much multi-tasking).

V said...

Wonderful. I was there on a 'study abroad' trip (from Delaware, believe it or not) this summer. I miss Santa Fe. But if you loved the architecture and the look of the place, you should read Chris Wilson's The Myth of Santa Fe -- very interesting read about Santa Fe history and how the place got to look the way it does.

Lizbon said...

Not having been to Santa Fe, I cannot in good conscience dissuade you from choosing it.

But but but - if you are pining for European-type cities, and cities with streets that vibrate with energy, and cities where creative-minded knitters (and artists, writers, photographers, musicians, and Zen dogwalkers) are thick on the ground, there's just no substitute (in the US) for nyc.

I say this purely out of selfishness, as New York needs all the cool creative people it can get. Greedy greedy greedy.

Emilee said...

Hi Franklin, I've been reading your blog for a while and just wanted to comment that if you move to the Land of Enchantment, there are some great SNB groups here in Albuquerque, we'd love to have you.
Emilee

Obsidian Kitten said...

Your blog had me laughing out loud (actually Harry's bit did, I think he's destined for stardom).

We went to Santa Fe on our honeymoon in June 2002 and it was a truly awe-inspiring place. I'm more of a city-and-snow than hot-n-dry kind of girl (ok, so I live on a farm now, long story) but I was completely fascinated by NM.

Gorgeous photos!

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