Farm View

The lavender farm

To the Edge and Beyond

One of the assignments that we’ve been given in our photo class is to create an image with “tension.”  An example that our instructor has used constantly over the years is that when we have an element in the photo that leads us OUT of the photo. it creates tension. And this is not a good thing. Another example would be when two elements meet in the photo in a perhaps uncomfortable way (think of “merges”, where a tree seems to grow out of the top of someone’s head). He has himself created a series of photos that deliberately have tension (called “In Tension”, which is a play on words), which include several different kinds of tension that somehow works. I must confess to being confused by the concept.

Tension was on my mind in Albuquerque, so I deliberately set out to create some photos which have tension, but yet somehow “work” for me. This was probably the easiest to do- all those branches perhaps leading out of and into the photo.




It was cloudy during our stay in Albuquerque, but the early morning light was visible as the sun came up. Glad I got up early to capture some color in the sky!

Between the Silos

Spotted at Los Poblanos Farm, Albuquerque


The last night of our New Mexico trip was spent on a lavender farm, which Lonnie found online. It was fantastic in many ways- lavender growing right outside our room (which looked like it was decorated by Martha Stewart or Joanna Gaines), peacocks, and a fantastic restaurant to name a few.

I was sold the minute I saw SILOS!

San Felipe de Neri

The centerpiece of Old Town Plaza in Albuquerque is San Felipe de Neri Church- built in 1793 (replacing an older church built in 1709) during the Spanish colonial period. We didn’t get to go in, but I took lots of photos outside.

Done for the Day

Another Albuquerque jewelry seller

There is something this that reminds me of Whistler’s Mother!

Local Color

Colorful Albuquerque street scenes

The Entrance

There is something about old doors and windows in towns of the Southwest. I can’t pass one by without bringing out my camera!

On a side street in Albuquerque.


On display along a street in Albuequerque- a broken wagon wheel.

The Jewelry Seller

Spotted in Albuquerque. I love how the cell phone complements the turquoise jewelry in her display.


Spotted on an old building in Mesilla. I’m not sure about the black lines- unless they are supposed to be folds.

Mesilla Scenes

More from Mesilla

Windows of Mesilla

More views of Mesilla windows-

La Ventana de Mesilla

On our trip to New Mexico, we visited Old Mesilla, near where my grandparents lived in Mesilla Park. Mesilla was settled by families from New Mexico and Mexico, but, after the Gadsden Purchase, became part of the United States. During the Civil War, Mesilla was the capital of the Arizona Territory!

As we walked around, we noticed many references to Billy the Kid and discovered that he had been tried and sentenced to death at the county courthouse. However, he escaped before the sentence could be carried out (only to be shot down later by Pat Garrett!).

End of history lesson!

Here is one of the local shops.