On History and Old Santa Fe

If you’ve been reading along, you’ll already know that we spent last weekend in Santa Fe. We had lots of fun with the new camera and took a bunch of pictures. I won’t burden you with all 250 of them but wanted to share a few that you might find interesting.

As an amateur photographer, I’m trying to be more creative and playful with my images and not just take the traditional tourist shots. I’ll admit that this does not come naturally, and sometimes it’s a bit of a struggle, but I’m learning and improving, which is really all I can ask.

If you’ve been to Santa Fe and these photos trigger any memories, please feel free to share them in the comments. Part of the fun of blogging is the discussion that occurs.

We started our visit to Santa Fe on the Plaza, at the Palace of Governors. Having grown up in the Midwest where the oldest buildings are in the late 1800s, this building sort of astounds me. It was built in the 1600s by the original governors of the territory under the rule of the Spanish.

Palace of Governors, the oldest continuously occupied government building in the United States, built in the early 1600s. The people gathered along the front are buying jewelry and other handmade items from local Native Americans.

I love the adobe architecture and thought this was a clever response to the challenge of drainage on a flat roof.

Posts and drainage on the roof of the Palace of Governors. This reminds me of the photos I’ve seen of the Forbidden City (the Chinese Imperial Palace) where the drainage method is similar but the water comes out of the mouths of dragons.

Santa Fe is an art-filled community and some of the art really caught my eye. This lovely lady was part of a pair outside a gallery.

A statue outside an art gallery. She seems to be watching over the tourists as they meander down the street checking out the shops.

The architecture is as much art as the sculptures, though.

A handsome doorway on a side street also caught my eye. I think this was on the New Mexico History Museum.

This little adobe house was an interesting combination of old style construction and modern conveniences.

I had fun playing with the colors on this one and in the end, decided that it was a more compelling image in black and white.

Not all of the interesting parts of Santa Fe were art or sculpture, though. This pair of pots with the contrast of pink, green and sand-colored brick caught my eye too.

A nice contrast in pink and green, along with a little fun playing with photo editing software to give this a bit of a vignette look.

And finally, a mural from downtown Santa Fe to introduce tomorrow’s topic, the cliff dwellings at Bandelier National Monument.

A bit of Indian cliff art (reproduction, of course) to set the tone for tomorrow’s topic. This is on a side street in Santa Fe.

Have you been to Santa Fe? What was your favorite part? Do tell!

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2 thoughts on “On History and Old Santa Fe

  1. Amy says:

    Can’t wait to see pictures tomorrow.

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