Category: Art & Creativity

Depredations of the New Mexico Sun

Studio La Luz in T or C, with faded paint

I went through T or C (Truth or Consequences) on my way home from Las Cruces this afternoon. I remembered taking a photo of a rainbow-colored building several years ago and wanted to see if it was still there. It was, but its colors weren’t nearly as vibrant as I remembered them. Most of those formerly bright and bold colors now show cracks, splotches, and other colors peeking through them.

I took the first photo just about six years ago and wasn’t surprised to see the sun damage. I am surprised it’s not more extensive — the New Mexico sun tends to age everything (including people) incredibly quickly.


Albuquerque Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs, West Side of Albuquerque

Albuquerque’s west side features numerous petroglyphs pecked into basalt by ancient Puebloans hundreds of years ago. Many, such as these, are officially part of the Petroglyph National Monument; others are protected by the city.


Old Town Capilla

Capilla de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

I really love this little chapel in Old Town Albuquerque. I’ve seen it at many different times, in many different light conditions, but I’ve never seen it look quite like this. It seems perfect for Easter.


Ristra and Flowers

Ristra and Flowers

A chile ristra and stylized flowers adorn a storefront in Old Town Albuquerque.


The Turquoise Door

The Turquoise Door

There’s a small domed building near Abiquiu that’s endlessly fascinating to me — I think it’s a shrine or a small chapel. It’s had several incarnations, or at least that’s how it appears to me. The most recent features a turquoise door with sunflowers,yellow chairs, and yellow grass.


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