Sunday, May 10, 2015

Santa Fe Doors and Gates

As beautiful as the flowers are in Santa Fe, I could not leave without making kaleidoscopes of doors and gates which in the historic part of Santa Fe are really remarkable.  They are made of wood and or metal and have lots of infinite variations it seems.  The colors of the adobe walls, the trim paint, and the spring greenscape make for remarkable colors.

Michael and I plan another retreat next Spring in Santa Fe as we enjoyed our time here so much.







I am off today on the next leg of our trip.  After quickly going across the middle of the country, we will be spending a few days with friends in Ontario, then on to my sister's in Northern Vermont and then finally home after one night on Mt Desert Island (Acadia National Park).  Immediately we turn on the water, hopefully without incident, and settle into multiple seasons without the internet at home which will be really challenging, if not impossible.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Santa Fe wisteria gives way to lilacs now giving way to irises

I am enjoying my 3 weeks of Spring in New Mexico most of which I have spent in and around Santa Fe.  I could totally see myself living here.  I would miss the hiking in Sedona, but the cultural and art opportunities are astounding here.  Just look at this calendar:  http://santafecreativetourism.org/calendar/.

Yesterday I took a walk in the South Capital neighborhood I am currently living in and saw 6 or more colors of irises in full bloom, many of the them had rain drops on them.  So here are some kaleidoscopes I couldn't keep myself from creating.  My next topic will probably be gates and doors as they is an amazing variety here:









Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring in New Mexico and Living out of a Suitcase

Left Arizona Saturday and will be living out of a suitcase for more than 4 weeks. It's fine with me, I like to see new things, especially natural areas in the southwest.  Many of the old ranches have been subdivided into large lots with significant common lands for the common people like Galisteo Basin Preserve near Santa Fe and Timberlake Ranch near Ramah, NM.  We have seen lots of afternoon wind and billowing cloud formations and even a few sprinkles of rain. We have a particular fondness for El Morro National Monument and El Malpais National Monument.  Tomorrow we will visit Pecos National Historic Park.  We hope to see the Randall Davey Home on Friday afternoon at the Audubon Center.  Below are a few recent kaleidoscopes of our travels in New Mexico.  Enjoy!

 New Mexico Clouds

Muddy Water in Ramah Lake


rocks over Ramah Lake

spring has sprung

the stock tank

the photographer


Timberlake Cliffs


feral kitty




Sunday, March 29, 2015

Flowers in my Garden in Northern Arizona made into Kaleidoscopes

Less than 3 weeks and we leave on our trip North and East with a substantial stopover in Santa Fe, New Mexico this Spring.  I am getting my garden areas ready for our summer caretaker and many things are now blooming like lilacs, siberian irises, english lavender, and blanket flower.  I will have an opportunity in 6 weeks or so to see my lilacs blooming on Campobello Island.  Here most of the fruit trees have already bloomed and in the Maritimes and Downeast Maine it will be June before we see the apple trees blooming!  Also added in a few kaleidoscopes of stained glass and mosaic projects that I completed as well as cholla and other cacti!  See if you can figure out what is the original subject matter for all 14 kaleidoscopes.

















Monday, March 9, 2015

Flood and Aftermath Return of Spring in Arizona

The flood on Oak and Spring Creeks came and went this past week, but what a difference in the land surrounding the creeks.  At the same time as we got our 4 inch rain the fruit trees were becoming showy and the leaves on the Cottonwoods are beginning to green.  It was an exciting week to observe the changes.  Some of the sand dunes and charred wood came from Oak Creek Canyon above Sedona where they had a bad fire last May called the Slide Fire.

Great flood sculptures have been created by the wood debris.  The green is very bright right now, bit the grass and the leaves that are beginning to pop out.










Monday, February 2, 2015

Colorful Kaleidoscopes and a More Monochromatic Seasonal Palette

Visited one of our favorite local National Monuments as a treat yesterday.  Spoke with a younger generation seasonal ranger who took out his smart phone to answer a question we had which was a first for us.  Learned he was studying "sustainable communities" in graduate school.  What more appropriate location for him to study than a native American pueblo as a posting!  They were nothing if not sustainable, except evidently the long drought finally caused them to abandon theur communities along Oak Creek and the Verde River.

I was inspired to do 2 series of kaleidoscopes.  One based on my late blooming Minerva Amaryllis at home and secondly the fantastic rock walls of Tuzigoot National Monument with it's wonderful winter palette of seasonal grasses in Clarkdale, Arizona.

Minerva Amaryllis as Subject



Tuzigoot Walls as Subject



Only 10 weeks and we begin our long trip back Campobello Island, NB  This year we will be spending over a month travelling to get there with a significant stopover in Santa Fe, New Mexico on the way.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

End of Year, Beginning of New and Snow in Arizona!

We are in the midst of a fairly large snow storm by Arizona standards so I decided to do my last blog post of the year using snow scene photographs taken today in my neighborhood.  This is my favorite holiday(New Year's Day) as we all look ahead to the upcoming year with great hopes.  Let's hope it is as great as we all hope it will be...









Happy New Year!