Chimayo St. Francis
Statues of saints are very common in the Southwest. This statue of St. Francis is located in the historic village of Chimayo, located about 30 minutes north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Many of the stories of St. Francis illustrate his love of animals. He had a special love for birds, and is even said to refer to them as his sisters.
Located along the Turquoise Trail (State Hwy 14), between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, lies the charming little town of Madrid, New Mexico. It is home to artisans of all varieties. The creativity and talent in this little gem of a place are palpable and evident in every nook and cranny of its 300+ resident community. Once a historic coal mining and ghost town, Madrid is now a treat to visit and spend an afternoon strolling and eating your way through the shops and restaurants. The 2007 film, Wild Hogs, is just one of a handful of movies to be filmed in this quintessential Southwestern town.
Yesterday, was near Spring weather perfection in the New River Valley. By mid afternoon, I had worked, worked out, and been at the computer for hours. Thankfully, I finally hit a point where I hopped in the car to go shoot some pictures. We are very lucky here in southwest Virginia, to have several historic covered bridges dotting the countryside. This one, Link’s Farm Covered Bridge, is located in Giles County. It was built in 1912, and its 49′ length spans Sinking Creek. As with so many landscapes and structures here in Virginia, this bridge evokes a different sentiment with each and every season. On this particular Spring day, I found myself very aware of the serenity of the setting. The scenery, along with the sound of the babbling creek, was refreshing to the soul.
This unique approach to fencing – wood posts and box springs – is used to contain the goats on this Southwest expanse of land.
Old Red Barn
This beautiful, old, red barn is located in Morrisville, Vermont near Stowe. It was such a sweet surprise, and a fantastic place to explore. This picture of it will forever bring back memories of a fabulous family vacation.