Crystal PCM

I have tried to embrace the wide-angle mode…mostly I don’t really like the results. This one I do like, however.

Old4th PCM

And the other side of the same building, albeit from farther away. And not ultra-wide; see, less distortion.

Daisy shadow

Oh, and a daisy. An overwintering daisy. Sooo weather-tolerant, this kind. Also, not ultra.

Urban edits

Rehab oopsy

The former Masquerade club opened in the former DuPre Excelsior Mill (opened 1911) decades ago, and stayed groovy there for 27 years before mixed-use gremlins got the property. That transition has been underway for a while. The other day that rehab project…uhm, fell apart. haha Ooopsy.


Here’s part of a mural on the wall under the bridge between the old Masquerade and the new Kroger.

Reflection plastic grass

And this is a reflection on a glass wall bordering a terrace above the Kroger. Not sure why the plastic grass.

Kroger leg view

From the other end of the terrace, we could see through the legs supporting perhaps six stories of—not sure…office space? apartments? to…Ponce and beyond.

High sandhills

As we returned to the house, I heard sandhills above. Yay! Probably followed a different flyway than those we saw in Texas and New Mexico.

Passageways in perspective

Scruffy double lot

These photos all are of places within a 15-minute walk of the state capitol building. Scout’s honor: 15-minutes.

I find this scruffy house on a double lot oddly eye-catching.

Walk through gate

Near as I can tell, this construction is most commonly called a walk-through gate in these parts. This short section of road can’t be driven on, but foot traffic and bicycles can make it through. These are the most heavy-duty walk-through gates I’ve seen.

Footpath bridge

On another path, I found this foot bridge over a channelized drainage. In case you decide to spend time here, find reading material in this little free library.

Undeveloped land

Not many steps later I found this undeveloped land signed “Private Property,” although I think my mapping apps show it as a park. Again: this is within a 15-minute walk of the state capitol.

Windmill in 2 parts

A windmill survives in two parts in this parking lot for rental units. Looks beheaded now.

Begin one way

I came out this alley and proceeded through the “Begin One Way” signs straight ahead. Yup, the right-of-way narrows, as you might expect. Note that is is a sandy gravel road, with surviving ice blobs and muddy spots even today.

Porsche waiting

As I walked along, I was passed by a Ford Focus, then this fancy Porsche. Someone in an expensive car visiting or living in a house on a dirt road less than a ten-minute walk from the state capitol. The Porsche is waiting for a gap in the traffic on the Old Santa Fé trail…a main drag, no?

Not sure what to make of these observations, but I note that the civic-ceremonial zone here in New Mexico’s political center gives way to residential buildings quite quickly—within two blocks—and that residential zone may not have fancy capital improvements 😀.

Nearby(ish) and varied

Mailbox wall

Fascinated by the “regular” mailbox cemented into the stucco “adobe” wall.

Sidewalk luck

Sidewalk luck.


Where’s…oh, you get it.

Horno tabby

Note tabby and horno. And pig toy/sculpture, lower left. That’s the most accoutrement-ed horno I’ve ever noticed/seen.

Capitol view

The Guru took Droney for a quick flight. That curved wall building is the capitol (behind the dark red-brown roof).

Lamy depot

We took a short drive south to Lamy.

Amtrak leaving

Amtrak stops here, and it’s the closest stop to Santa Fé, if I have it right. We were lucky to be there when the train stopped…and left maybe five minutes later.

Parked caboose

Abandoned? parked caboose. Unnecessary in the digital world.

Glass insulators

Glass insulators are still in use in these parts in some rural lines. The Guru says these are for telephone/communications not electricity. The pairs are a clue.

Lit tree computational

We walked to dinner, which means after sunset (before 5pm), and after the cold is setting in. Brr. But, we’re tough. After dark means opportunities for computational photography—yay!

Doors and gateways

Gallery door

Gallery doorway. Sign is at opposite end of building; building faces Old Santa Fé Trail, with a narrow sidewalk between the curb and property wall.

NM capitol main door

Main, front entrance to the NM capitol. Strange choice to have single row of trees that visually block the doors; usually there are two rows flanking the view.

Historic library

Arched doorway of the NM history library, built, as you can read, as a public library—which is now across the street.

Marcy walkway

Arch over base of walkway up Marcy Hill.

StFrancis cathedral behind

Fence-gate near the rear of St Francis Cathedral.

Was a doorway

Filled in doorway in wall next to Santa Fé River. The paint I think is to obscure graffiti.

Rarely used doorway

Rarely used gateway.

Utility door

Utility gateway.

Gatepost head topper

Eroding spooky cranium topping a gatepost. [I thought this might be a head-newel, but newels are only by staircases, if I have it right.]

No driving

Dawnish sky

While the coffee was brewing, I stepped outside. The birdbath was frozen solid.

Perhaps miniapples

We’re somewhat overdosed on driving, so we didn’t today. Walked to do our errands. Mini-crabapple?

Neighborhood architecture sample

Sample of the residential architecture in our neighborhood; these units are a bit larger and fancier than ours. Same feel, however.

Watermelon raddish

First chore trek took us to the Farmers’ Market. I talked to a bean guy, and bought some black beans from him. Also got a turkey leg, butchered yesterday (TMI?), the grower said. Stew to come. This is a watermelon radish, the sign said, with black radishes on the left edge. Did not buy or taste either one.

Railrunner full runner

Near the FM is the northern terminus of the Railrunner commuter train that goes down to Albuquerque and beyond largely in the Rio Grande valley. Love the roadrunner graphic that flows from the locomotive across the trailing cars.

Urban cementario

During a later errand trek, we found a largely untended urban cemetery behind a Mickey’s and similar fast food places, nail salons, and the like. On a slight hill.

Dusk sky

Companion shot to the first one from the cocktail hour.

Apparently this sky warns of ❄️. The highest peaks nearby are already 🏔.

NO is an aging, somewhat ravaged matron

Lower nine abandonment

Coming in from the east, we began our New Orleans wander in the Lower Ninth Ward. It’s mostly still abandoned with some pockets of trash remaining.

Lower nine bridge

The Claiborne Avenue bridge crosses the flood control levees and a shipping canal, hence the section that will rise out of the way.

NO riverboat

Downtown, finally. River. Riverboat.

NOLA emigrants

Statue honoring emigrants to New Orleans. I might have chosen “immigrants.”

NO StLouis church

Jackson Square, with statue in the middle. [We won’t discuss which Jackson.] Cathedral named after Louis IX of France, the only French King who is a saint, so the name is Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France. Seems strange to have saint and king linked. So New Orleans.

Café du Monde lovelies

New Orleans means beignets and café au lait at Café du Monde. Yes, the business has changed greatly since I first came here in 1967, but it’s still beignets and café au lait at Café du Monde.

NO streetcar

New Orleans means street cars.

Joan of Arc

New Orleans means the maid of Orleans…here Joan is gilded.

Balconies adjacent

New Orleans means upstairs balconies and architectural detail.

NO balconies two Tier

Sometimes the balconies are double-tiered.

Market bow

Down at the market we found this gigantic bow, so large it takes multiple loops of chain to hold it.

Tipitinas side

Then we shifted neighborhoods and walked past legendary Tipitina’s. I was surprised to read it opened in 1977; I thought it was older. Must be the archaeologist in me.

NO other quarter

Random building in the Touro quarter. It is quieter and very residential compared to the French quarter.

And, as my dear friend KW sometimes writes, that is all. 😀

More than tax dollars

Jackson st bridge view

We had a miscellaneous errand over toward downtown, so we strolled around that area. This is the view of downtown from Jackson Street bridge. You many have seen it in a movie or in advertising art.

Child feet mural

Turns out the libraries are closed for the holiday, so we used the book drop. Our regular branch is closed for renovations, so we used a different branch, over by the MLK center. [TMI, pretty sure.]

MLK statue ATL

One of my favorite public art pieces of all time. MLK stating that he has a dream, I’m guessing.

Patio furniture

People live around here now, in some rather expensive new apartments and not in the crack-infested public housing that was here.

Renovation underway

Nice reflection in window of business undergoing renovation…sign is for an axe-throwing business. Have fun, it states in multiple ways.

Pansy triangle

Pansy (etc.) triangle by the MLK center. Your federal dollars at work. National Park Service property.

Grady practice football field

We discovered that we didn’t know that the Grady HIGH SCHOOL football team has a practice field. More tax dollars at work.

Park prowl

Bridge arch

Hmm. Poorly framed, so just a snapshot. I do like what I was going for, however. Blue, blue sky.

Acer palmatum golden

This Acer is golden orange, in contrast to the red of yesterday’s specimen.

Big sycamore leaves

On one stretch of trail, I saw many of these leaves—sycamore, I think. These are among the largest. Interestingly, most were “face-down.” I hypothesize that the asymmetric weight of the stems must tip them that way.

Tunnel high

So on beltline

Quite a wander today.

Beltline rhino

Along the BeltLine to a section that was weeds and puddles last time we walked there…a ways past this rhino.

Krog tunnel

All the way to Krog Tunnel (and twenty steps into Cabbagetown). So much fresh paint I almost got a “tunnel high.”

Beltline chairs

This was such a long wander that we stopped on the Kroger/Starbucks chairs opposite the old Sears building (huge), and in front of the Brand New Kroger.