New images of New Mexico, beginning in August 2004, can be found here.




St. Francis of Assisi, Ranchos de Taos, NM, November 2004


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New Mexico, August 2003

In August 2003, I was invited to visit New Mexico for two weeks, for a spiritual retreat in the Zuni Mountains on sacred land between Gallup and Grants. On the return trip, we also spent some time in Santa Fe and Taos.

This was my first visit to New Mexico. I jumped at this opportunity to visit places I had dreamed about for years, but had never before visited in person. I fell in love with the land immediately, and returned home with several hundred new images. Some of the best can be seen below. This visit was for me a life-changing experience, with repercussions that will take me years to integrate.

The first of these was that I have moved, at least for now, to the Taos, NM, area. I have been staying in my camper-trailer, my portable home, on a friend's land just north of Taos. As winter pulls in, now, though, I plan to travel around the Wouthwest till spring. It's too cold for wintering over in the camper itself, but I will take the opportunity to go visiting friends throughout the Southwest and California.

Many more images of New Mexico, as well as some new poems about the trip, will be available on these New Mexico pages on an ongoing basis. New images from 2004 begin on page 5.


Taos Sunset9388w.jpg:
Sunset, Highway 64, west of Taos, NM

NM8855w.jpg:
Sunset, Zuni Mountain Sanctuary, NM

Taos9270w.jpg:
Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Taos, NM

NM9169w.jpg:
Santa Fe, NM






Circles

I can't really explain these circles. It was just something I felt called to make.

After spending some time at the North Altar at Zuni Mountain Sanctuary, I felt drawn to walk through the backlands on the property. I found myself drawn to choose deadwood branches lying around on the dry ground, juniper and cedar and pinon pine, and make circles with them. I don't know how many I made, at least a couple dozen, in various locations. I photographed them as I made them, then sometimes came back and photographed them again. One or two are bound to end up in Spiral Dance. Below are a few representative samples.


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North Altar, Zuni Mountain Sanctuary, NM


Circle8778sw.jpg:
Circle, Zuni Mountain Sanctuary

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Circles, Zuni Mountain Sanctuary

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Circle, Zuni Mountain Sanctuary






NM8530w.jpg:
Sangre de Cristo Mountains, northern NM

NM8532mrc1w.jpg:
northern New Mexico

NM8539bww.jpg:
southbound Highway 25, near the Santa Fe Trail

NM8580w.jpg:
southeast of Santa Fe, NM

Sandiaw.jpg:
Sandia Mountains, near Albuquerque, NM

NM8612w.jpg:
Clouds and cliffs, west central New Mexico

NM8624piw.jpg:
Raven remains, Highway 40, NM

NM8640w.jpg:
west of Albuquerque, NM




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