The Spanish influence, which began in 1609 with Santa Fe, can be seen all across New Mexico. After leaving Santa Fe I took the high and scenic route through Chimayo and Truchas. Along the way I unexpectedly ran across a Spanish church, the architecture of which reminded me of the monasteries of the Himalaya. The first image was made at the San Jose De Gracia church in Las Tampas, NM. The succeeding image is a detail of the front doors. All of the following images were created using the iPhone 4S.
I smiled to myself when I spotted the old vehicles in a nearby yard. Although Alabama gets most of the coverage, there’s plenty of places around the country that would fit right in.
This cemetery was actually closer to Santa Fe as I was exploring a small stretch of the historic Hwy 66.
In the heart of Truchas, along The High Road to Taos, I ran across the Cordova Handweaving Workshop where they make colorful contemporary and traditional rugs. My eye was drawn to the men just hanging out in front of the shop.
Along the road classic Southwestern architecture can be found.
Soon I was entering Taos, it’s distinctive doorways giving welcome.