Category: New Mexican Culture

Christmas Eve 2021

Christmas Eve Lights and Luminarias

Christmas Eve luminarias in Albuquerque totally washed out due to rain in 2019, and most folks didn’t put them out in 2020, due to the pandemic. So when the forecast earlier this week was for rain and wind on Christmas Eve, I fell into a bit of a depression. Happily, the rain let up right before sunset, and the wind died down (more or less), so people put out luminarias at the last minute after all. It wasn’t quite as crowded around Old Town as it used to be pre-pandemic, but there were plenty of happy people there anyway (many of whom were wearing masks even though we were all outside).

I took lots of photos and all is right in my world again. 🙂

Old San Ysidro Church (Corrales)

Old San Ysidro Church (Corrales)

This classic New Mexican church was built over 150 years ago. It hasn’t been used as a church for many years (even decades) now but is still lovingly maintained. Listed on both the State Register of Cultural Properties and the National Register of Historic Places, it’s become quite a bit more difficult to photograph without including all the attendant signage.

Comin’ Round the Mountain

Cumbres & Toltec Steam Train

The Cumbres & Toltec steam train coming around a curve in the tracks just north of Chama.

Spring Shadows

Light and Shadow at the Albuquerque Greyhound Station

There’s something about spring in New Mexico which makes really great shadows. These were at the Albuquerque Greyhound Bus Station a few weeks ago.

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.

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