architecture

On the move

Toyota skipper killer

Toyota model skipper trapper killer. Sorry guys/ladies.

Murky at bridge

Bridge crossing was murky with the Great Lakes version of the marine layer.

Northern LP barn

By several miles south of the bridge, we were in the heat that blankets the southern/lower peninsula. Barn of northern LP.

Southern LP barn

Barn of southern LP; more active agriculture here.

Mosque turn mosque

We did the mosque turn differently than the highway version. Pretty light this time of day.

Nern Ohio barn

We stayed in the mid-summer Golden Hour in the next state south. This is a northern Ohio barn. Plenty of agricultural evidence here.

We’re holed up in AC and boring architecture. Works for us tonight!

Excursion SW day

Fayette droneshot

We headed out early, down the Garden Peninsula to the ghost town of Fayette. Here’s the business part of town, where workers made charcoal pig iron for 24 years. The market began to decline and the hardwoods they made the charcoal from were no longer nearby…and, pfft, an industrial town went out of business.

Harbor pilings

I always take harbor-pilings photos. The water seemed higher than the last few years.

Big Spring raft

We made our return via Kitch-iti-kipi, the Big Spring. Love the raft ride, powered by park visitors’ arms.

Big Spring trout

More trout(?) that I ever remember seeing swam in the depths as we made our slow crossing and return.

Hot day; good day to avoid outdoor chores by going sight-seeing!

Expanding my horizons

Lit lily

I was out early as temps were predicted to reach 90°F, and the low-angle sunlight was stunning on this lily.

Indoors, I did some reading about khirigsuurs, Bronze and Early Iron Age civic-ceremonial monumental stone constructions in Mongolia I’d not “heard” of before. I did not find out how the word is pronounced, although GooTranslate indicates it includes Mongolian, but the software/database doesn’t “recognize” the word khirigsuur.

Off season chores

Roland Garros

Without planning to, one of our Paris wanders last March took us by Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros. Lots of construction going on on the lanes between the courts. Of course, no tennis players in sight, only construction workers and perhaps engineers(?), also wearing boots and hard hats…but their clothes were clean…and they tended to carry rolls of charts/maps(?).

Urban picnic

Window lights

We picnicked tonight—the kind of picnic where we go to the neighborhood deli and get goodies, then take them to…tahdah!…our niece’s new place,* her first with her fiancé. Yay.

And the rich desserts did me in. The happy kind….

* Interesting window patterns in the new place, a duplex in a nice old neighborhood not far from our own. Humid out tonight, drippy humid, so it was good to eat inside in the AC….

Eastbound

Lighting mural

We met long-time, rarely seen friends at the restaurant of a Pueblo center honoring the nineteen pueblos of New Mexico for a languid brunch. I found the architectural details quite interesting. This lighting inset with mural: fun.

Dance circle

And in the courtyard, a dance circle. No one was dancing when we checked, but I liked seeing the linear footstep patterns that gave clues to the patterns of the dancers’ movements.

Leftover conference

And, while the ladies retired to the restroom, the gentlemen chatted carefully holding the leftovers. Great guys!

Solo beeve

Then it was time to begin the eastward trek. Over the first pass, we were in rangeland again.

NM penasco

However, we had a few miles of colorful, rugged landscape to go.

NM strata cerro

Rugged, colorful, and stratigraphic.

NM lnscp w train

And, sometimes, complete with train.

Tucumcari irrigation

Then, by Tucumcari, we found row crops in irrigated fields. Grain?

TX windfarm

Somehow, when westbound we did not notice how large this wind farm is in the TX panhandle. Gigantic. Operated by a division of Southern Company. [Goo-ing indicates this is the Cactus Flats facility, with 43 wind turbines.]

TX wind cattle

Very Texas to have cattle and wind plants coexisting. Jessayin: we went through TX twice on this trip, and never set foot in the state. [You can only manage that if you pick the section of TX you cross VERY carefully; we picked the panhandle.]

OK sunset

OK sunset.

I was going to title this “Don Dinero,” but it didn’t fit. We saw a pawnshop with that name in ABQ; “Don Dinero” means Mr Money.

Adobe-city

Wooden patio bench

The other day I learned that the city of Santa Fé’s architecture overseers permit forty-four shades of adobe, whether of clay, or of the far more common cement stuccoing (if I have it right).

Lilac artsy gal

I realized by the end of today, that I had a bunch of shots with different adobe(like) walls in them.

Sectioned giant head

So, here’s a chance for you to compare shades/hues/tints/colors.

Messy wisteria patio

What names would you use for the various, um, terra cotta shades?

Maybe vibernum

It seems I also managed to get a bunch of flower pictures today.

Canyon road long wall

The flower colors—and organic shadow shapes—do highlight the natural light brown shades of the walls.

Canyon Road dorr

I also like the weathered wood matched with the adobe.

Canyon Road gallery porch

This building is not unusual in having different parts/wings/walls in different shades, and in having the normally shadowed porch the lightest shade of all.

Window Mark White garden

That large tree-trunk shadow is from a cottonwood, álamo in Spanish.

Maybe apple

This is probably some kind of ornamental apple.

Parking lot n beyond

Here are shade-variations on commercial buildings downtown.

Upon reflection, photographing the adobe walls was easier than naming the shades, and far more interesting.

Santa Fé potpourri

Closed door

Closed alley(?) gate, New Mexico History Museum.

Acoma facade copy

Façade/roofline copying Acoma church/mission/convento, New Mexico Museum of Art.

Plaza obelisk

Obelisk, center of plaza. All Spanish land grants legal descriptions near Santa Fé are measured from this point. The plaza used to continue two blocks east and two west from the remaining portion.

Holy water hotel StFrancis lobby

St. Francis Hotel, holy water in lobby. With lapdogs. The beeswax candles are only lighted at night. The name dates to 2008; prior to that, it was the De Vargas Hotel, and it relocated here in 1924.

Hotel StFrancis lobby fireplace

During the 2008 renovations, this old fireplace surround was discovered intact behind later materials. It was a surprise find. Note that to the left is the doorway to the Gruet tasting room; sadly, we skipped it.

Capitol leg art

Art in capitol walkway. The mandate to acquire/buy art dates to 1992.

Capitol rotunda up

Rotunda ceiling. This 1966 building is round, the only state capitol building to be so. There is no dome.

Capitol exterior

Capitol exterior, state seal sculpture above main entrance.

Old not adobe

Historic building that is not adobe, and has not been adobe-ized.

Stag or elk

The followign are all modern pots. Deer or elk?

Taos modern

Taos pottery is known for the mica flakes in the clay.

Indian bingo

Channel 4 is an Albuquerque station.

Big bird

Big bird. But what species?

Hummingbird

Hummingbird.

Threatening lizards

Threatening lizards. Additionally creepy that the faces aren’t depicted.

Airbrush style

Airbrush style. If this is in the clay pre-firing, I hypothesize that the technique is very complex/difficult.

Empty birdfeeders

Sunset view

Last night’s sunset. This landscape is dominated by light and shadow and shape. No wonder artists flock here. That is the visual dominance; living here you also notice the wind, dust, and temperature. Also sounds of birds (here), perhaps cattle elsewhere.

Drywash moonscape

We cross a dry wash to our casita. In the solar lights along the path, the footprints in the sand looked like a lunar landscape with the treads of sports shoes not those of space suit boots.

Kitchen still life

Here’s a still life from the counter and wall left of the range in the main house.

Climbingmanhandle

This is the handle of the cupboard in the left edge of the photo above. The rest of the knobs are normal.

Rancho breakfast omelette

That’s Green Chili Bread on the left, quite spicy for bread. From the ovens of the restaurant/store we ate at last night. Paired with a normal, simple omelette. Superb breakfast.

Foot in pool

After breakfast, I went out to the pool, took my shoes and socks off, and stood in the shallows. The Foot in the wild!

OKeefe BellaDonna 1939 crop

Our main focused activity today was to visit the historic plaza of Santa Fé, eat lunch, then head for the Georgia O’Keefe Museum. Stunning paintings, of course. Loved the photos of her, as a window into the person through her choice of garments, shoes, accessories, etc. This is a crop of O’Keefe’s 1939 painting Bella Donna.

OKeefe library titles

Here are titles from her library. The display included a few sentences from a 1963 letter in which she observed that she’d taken three-and-a-half months to go around the world, then went across the Pacific to Bangkok and back with island stops. She went on to note that twice she’d been to Egypt and the place that stood out to her always was Peru. I assume the mountains….

Steiglitz photos

Of course, there are few Stieglitz photos. And there were soundless moving images of them together, interesting—he seems to be putting up with being filmed while she seems to be somewhat cajoling him to participate (my hypothesis).

These are considered by some the first abstract photos. These two are from 1930 and 1929. Others in the sextet dated back to 1926. They are lovely dark, ghostly smudges, and not the kind of image I think of when I think of AS photos.

Off to cocktail hour chatting and laughing.

The title refers to my viewscape out the picture window in front of me at the casita, and what I noticed as I tried to formulate a title for this post. Very stream of unconsciousness.

Visiting the living past

Acoma view down

We visited an ancient pueblo (village) atop a mesa today…still without electricity and with perhaps fifteen year-round, permanent residents. This is the view down; I have no good shots of the view up at the plateau-top architecture. This is considered the winter housing, roughly, of the people. In summer, they mostly lived down by their fields on the flats below.

Cistern of three

There are no flowing water sources atop the mesa, and this was an open cistern the people used anciently, and empty today. Residents now customarily drive water in barrels and plastic containers up the steep, paved road to their homes. Part of the road is visible in the first photo.

Oldest in pueblo

These are among the documented oldest walls/homes in the pueblo. Using a cannon and other means, Spanish thugs destroyed much of the pueblo in 1599, so the many buildings standing in the 16th C were more than decimated.

Kiva double ladder

This is a double ladder to the roof of a kiva that post-dates the Spanish destruction. The Spanish were keen to convert the Acoma to Christianity and get them to abandon their pagan practices. But the Acoma people disguised their previously circular kiva ceremonial rooms by making them rectangular like the house rooms. The second ladder behind the double one descends into the kiva. Except for a few special events, only men entered the kivas. Our guide, the young woman shown, did not say if that is still true, but I’m guessing it is. The Acoma are matriarchal, and the women own the homes, fields, crops, and most other household items.

Horno edge

This humped structure is a baking oven, used for food not pottery. These days, I’m guessing they are mostly only used at special times of the year, and not on a weekly/monthly basis.

Mt taylor view

That snow-dusted mountain in the far distance is Mount Taylor, a sacred place to the native peoples of this region. The beams supporting the roof of the early 17th-C church atop the mesa were cut on the mountain and brought by the men of Acoma under order and direction of a Spanish priest. The Spanish did not permit four special beams used in the altar to touch the ground during the whole process of carrying them BY HAND (not using animal labor) to the church. What high-handedness.

Casita walkway

Okay, switch gears. This is the walkway to the casita the Guru and I are staying in, an independent outbuilding of the main house, where the rest of the party are staying. The whole place is lovely, wonderful, and relaxing. Except maybe this stepped path for The Foot—no, really, it’s good exercise.

Casita view

Here’s the view from the living room area of our casita. See? Relaxing.

Chile relleno yum

We went to a nearby restaurant for our evening meal…boy, are we lucky; the food is outstanding; I mean, it could not be better. Oh, yum. This is a version of chile relleno I’ve never had, with a splayed roasted chile stuffed with a mixture of corn kernels, mushrooms, and pine nuts, with a bit of cheese on top. Soooooo tasty. I expect we’ll be eating here again, perhaps as soon as tomorrow. We shall see.