|Cerro Pedernal, near Abiquiu, New Mexico|
I was not new to the Southwest landscape; before my first trip to New Mexico I had driven through Arizona and Utah to see most of National and Tribal Parks and had taken hundreds if not thousands of pictures of red and yellow landscape in different light intensities. I was already sold to the wide open spaces, blue skies, and white cotton clouds. The addition of adobe houses were a pleasant surprise. At my first trip to New Mexico, for a change of pace, I decided not to get a car and take the Rail Runner from Albequerque to Santa Fe to experience the scenic views for the unbelievable price of only 10 dollars. I remember not expecting the green, nor the mountains. The Rail Runner passes through little pueblo villages to arrive in Santa Fe in the historic Railyard District, a picturesque part of the city. My first memories of Santa Fe are the sunset dying the St. Francis Cathedral at the end of the street into a warm yellow, the drips on the beer glass sitting on the table, cold and inviting, the view on the square from the roof, the cool afternoon wind, the dry air, the small talk around. I remember thinking that was enough.
| Joyful Empowerment, |
Angela De la Vega
Tent Rocks National Monument
|At Georgia O'Keeffe's home in Abiquiu,|
"In many ways, Georgia O'Keeffe was an exemplar. Simply by its existence, example is enabling. The fact of it permits other people to behave in a similar manner. Georgia O'Keeffe, by her example, gave permission to following generations of women to give work priority in their life, to consider it crucial." (Georgia O'Keeffe - A Life; Roxana Robinson).
When the last page was over, up close, Georgia O'Keffee and her life looked just like her flowers, extraordinary.