I am on vacation and that means I don’t want to waste time and miss out. This is my first visit to Santa Fe and I was up early, but not early enough to capture the sunrise. I decided to explore the neighborhood close to our motel, the Garrett’s Desert Inn.
I discovered that we are right next to the Santa Fe river, which I crossed quickly due to its size…
It was not quite 8 a. m. and the coffee shops were just opening up, sending bold espresso and cappuccino scents to the sidewalks as I passed.
Galleries were still closed but the ancient door frames and gates beckoned to be photographed. Few people were about and I was able to make some photos that bear witness to the early morning hour.
I walked to Palace and Cathedral…
…where architecture rivals nature.
Hidden away in a neglected flower bed I found my first tulips. (This one is for all my friends back in Saskatchewan who are waiting for the snow and ice to melt.)
Immersed in south-west history I can’t ignore doors and windows along my path. Some lead me to garden cafes, others’ let me catch a glimpse of local life.
And one garden restaurant, still closed at this early hour, rewarded me with an apple tree in bloom!
Life is good here in Santa Fe. Architecture, new growth, blossoms, art and sculpture – this may be heaven…
Speaking of sculpture, this city is abundant with carvings, bronzes and ceramic sculptures large and small. Enjoy the small selection of images.
“...the most direct way to spontaneous creativity is not in 'breaking the rules.' It is in making contact with the world before there are rules at all... In Nalanda Miksang we work with what we see.” — John McQuade