Tuesday, March 23, 2010

On the high road to Taos

Santuario de Chimayo, one of our favourite places in the Santa Fe area. This adobe church was built in 1816. It snowed the evening before we went up and the grounds, roofs, and walls were blanketed in about 4 inches of snow. It was absolutely stunning. I think this may be the only time this year that I have been happy about snow.
I think my favourite part of the santuario is the bell tower. Every time I visit I snap many photos. This is my first one with snow. The snow was very fresh and didn’t really start melting off until later in the day.

I’ve always loved this headstone that is in the courtyard just in from of the Santurario. It seems so serene and quiet.
We had a lovely trip. Spent most of the time just relaxing. No rushing to see everything we could. Bead Fest was amazing and I came away quite over stimulated and not quite broke. We finally made the tour of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Abiquiu home and studio. It is huge, 5,000 square feet. Her bedroom overlooks ‘the white place’ in her paintings. Oh to wake up to a view like that every morning.

I really wasn’t ready to come home. I never am. But Santa Fe is reasonably close and we’ll go back soon. It does feel good to get back to work. I have a bronze experiment firing right now. I have fresh clay from Albuquerque. There is nothing in the world like opening a bag of fresh clay! Except maybe going up to Chimayo.


mairedodd said...

thank you for sharing the beauty in santa fe... it is so calming to look at, can only imagine what it feels like in person... georgia's house sounds awesome... have fun with your clay and bronze!

Judy said...

I am longing for a road trip...of new destinations and sites, places I have never been. I am adding Santa Fe to my list, thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

I can't wait to see what new creations you have in the works!!

sharon said...

Gorgeous pics LeAnn and thanks for sharing them! It does look serene.
Georgia's house...ohhhh my, how wonderful for you! I bet you are all refreshed with new ideas!!

Unknown said...

What wonderful pictures. Sounds like you had a fabulous trip.

Peridots Garden Blog said...

Dear Leann,

You're not going to believe this...I posted about a photo that I own and treasure of this church back in February.

I never knew the history of the church in my photo but I loved it from the first time I saw it! And now I know the church's name "Santuario de Chimayo" thanks to your post!

If you're interested go to my post on February 27, 2010!http://peridotsgarden.blogspot.com/2010/02/place-of-dreams.html

I can't believe how absolutely wonderful it is to now know the true history of my beloved "Place of Dreams" photo!

Thank you so much for sharing the photos and the history...Don't you just love Georgia O'Keefe's life story and her art work?

Thank you again!


The Joy of Nesting said...


It's so good to have our Clay Queen home in Bloglandia where she has been missed!!!!!!!

Ohhhhh I can see that you had a very inspirational/inspiration filled trip and I can't wait to see all the beautiful creations to come!!:)

Thank you dearest little sister for the wonderful beads!!!!! I'll post about them tomorrow. What a great visit we had!!! You know you are really to kind, but I promise they will be put to good use :)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Cindy said...

Thank you for sharing some pictures from your trip...it sounds like it was a lot of fun! I'd sure love to go there some day too... :-)

stregata said...

Gorgeous photos - it looks so amazing. Funny how I never think of desert and snow together...
Glad you are refreshed and inspired. Can't wait to see your experiments!!

lunedreams said...

Looks like a magical and sparkling place!! That stucco/adobe is just beautiful--it always looks so tidy to me, esp. with the dark wood beams. Thanks for sharing!

sasha + max studio said...

What beautiful photos - sounds like you had a wonderful holiday and Sante Fe looks amazing.

Silver Parrot said...

Ooooohhh...I'm so jealous! My family roots are in Santa Fe (the house my grandfather built is still there) and oh, I miss it so much! Thanks for sharing your pics and bringing back memories for me!