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SewThankful Crew Rail Runner Field Trip to Santa Fe

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Jeff and I recently took the boys up to Santa Fe on the Rail Runner Express Train.  It was a wonderful afternoon and a delightful experience with the boys.  I’ve included some pictures below. If you click the image, it should open to a larger image in your internet browser window.

We thoroughly enjoyed riding on the upper level of the train, watching the New Mexico landscape whiz by.
Jared, age 13, contemplates the train ride and the day about to unfold…

 

Upon arriving at the Santa Fe Depot, we got off the train and walked to the Plaza.
Santa Fe – The Plaza
We walked through some shops and galleries, then decided to take a quick tour of the New Mexico History Museum where they allowed photography, but no flash.
Museum Courtyard Fountain
Museum Courtyard – Corner View
Here are just a few of the really spectacular pieces we enjoyed:

Junk Mail Fan Dress (Wrap Skirt) by Nancy Judd

This piece was made in 2000 from catalogs, solicitations and newspaper ads sewn on to a skirt made from canvas scraps.

Eco Flamenco Dress by Nancy Judd was made in 2011.

Cereal boxes painted with recycled paint became cascades of ruffles that contain over 5,000 eco-pledges–commitments of actions that people will take to help the environment. Ruffles cover a dress made from parachute scraps.

On the left – Escavada Black-on-White Jar, maker unknown. Circa 925- 1125 CE
On the right: Tularosa Black-on-white Jar, Circa 1100-1200 CE.

Both jars are clay and pigment.
Tile Chairs — Jared & Jacob enjoy a little break. Notice the kitty on the side of Jacob’s chair.

I hope you enjoyed sharing part of our excursion.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2011

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Here are some more of the pics I snapped while volunteering at the Bike Valet at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  Click images to view larger pic.

 

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2011

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

My dear husband, Jeff, recently decided to take up road bicycling with me so we could experience some wonderful adventures together.  I have done a fair amount of bicycle riding, but I’ve never seen the balloons by bike.  So…

This morning we took  a nice 14 mile ride and here are a few pics:

Hot Air Balloon Deflating 

Balloons Galore

Jeff...and hot air balloons in the background

Jeff on his bike

It’s really amazing to see so many balloons in the air all at once. It still excites me after more than 15 years of seeing it and being around them.  I have to say that seeing them by bike was even more incredible than I thought it would be. It’s hard to explain the glorious, peaceful, graceful beauty…just makes me happy to be alive and celebrate life.

My plan is to get more close ups of the balloons this week.  Let’s all pray for continued good weather so the balloons can launch, everybody can stay safe and I can hopefully get some great pics to share.

New Mexico Sunrise and Walking Stick Bug Surprise

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Beautiful blessings in plain sight.  We all have *those* days where everything feels off or seems to go wrong.  But, have you ever have had days when everything seemed to be a wonderful, beautiful surprise?  Sometimes all we need to do is slow down, breathe and take a look around. 🙂

I was exceedingly blessed to witness a most spectacular sunrise last Thursday morning.  AND I happened to have my camera with me so I was able to snap a few pics to share.  Click the images to open larger images. Use your browser back button to return to this page.

New Mexico Sunrise

New Mexico Sunrise #3

New Mexico sunrise #3

Later this very same day, I found this little treasure:

Phasmida - Walking Stick Bug underside

Looking through a window at the underside of a Phasmida (Walking Stick Bug).  It’s about 5-6 inches long not including the super long antennae.

Phasmida - Walking Stick Bug

On the outside of the window (it’s highly reflective!). Gorgeous, subtle colors.  Such a treat to see this amazing creature.

Now…how about you tell me about your blessings in plain sight?  😀

 

Backburn Smoke Plume due to back-burn fires related to Las Conchas Fire

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

A smoke plume has developed north of Albuquerque due to back-burn control measures by firefighters trying to contain the Las Conchas fire near Los Alamos, NM.

Here are a few pics I snapped just down the road from where we live.