An architectural journey from Santa Fe to Taos

May 25, 2022  •  7 Comments


I have been going back into the photo archives the last couple of weeks and I thought I would put together a project from a photo tour in 2019.  This project focuses on the adobe structures from Santa Fe to Taos in New Mexico. The picture above with a cumulonimbus cloud is from downtown Santa Fe. 

The "High Road to Taos" is a scenic highway that goes through old Spanish influenced villages in the foothills of the Sangre de Christo mountains between Santa Fe to Taos. Below are pictures along that highway from the villages of Nambe and Picuris. 

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For the color image above in Picuris, I was fortunate to be there at the right time when the shadow from the ladder creates a triangle around the window. To me, this picture is like having two great images in one.  One could also crop the image down as a vertical centered around the ladder, the window and the shadow.  


The High Road to Taos ends near the town of Rancho de Taos, a few blocks from the San Francisco de Asis Mission Church. 


This is probably one of the most painted and photographed churches in the nation, especially from the buttresses in the back. It has been famously painted by Georgia O'Keeffe and photographed by Ansel Adams. I have been here several times myself, and you can see a blog entry from my previous trip to this mission church. 


Completion of its construction took from 1772 to 1815 and it looks much the same to this day. 

The final picture below is from Taos Pueblo. It is an ancient pueblo belonging to the Taos speaking tribe of the Native American tribe of Puebloan people. The Pueblos are considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States and is now designated to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

On my last blog entry, I mentioned that my daughter was about to undergo major surgery to remove a tumor in her chest.  I am pleased to report that the tumor has been removed.  We will still get checkups every 3 months to make sure that the neuroblastoma doesn't reappear. However, for now, we are optimistic that we will be able to avoid any chemotherapy. Now at 8 months of age, she appears to be healthy.  Thanks to those of you who reached out to me with your support and prayers!



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