A Word A Week: Shadow

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I had to stop and look twice at this shadow pattern on the side of the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, NM.

Posted as part of Sue’s A Word A Week Challenge:  Shadow

What I Like About Travel

One of the things I enjoy most about travel is the chance to experience a brand new view during very normal moments. I’m sure most of us have been disappointed by a sub-par hotel room with an uninspiring view of the parking lot but I don’t take pictures of those mistakes… I do however take pictures of wide open skies and landscapes in new-to-me colors.

One mile from my home, in any direction, the view is pretty much guaranteed to be dominated by trees.   As my ideas for this post started to come together I stepped outside to take a few photos trying to find the sky through the trees.

Don’t get me wrong, I love trees and the shade they offer but every once in a while I really want to see an open horizon.

John, Ryan and I spent last week away from  home for a long awaited family vacation. Thursday’s forecast was for a very hot day but we woke up early and drove to my Aunt’s house in hopes of a short hike before the heat sent everyone indoors. Our reward was finding ourselves surrounded by new terrain and uninterrupted views of bright blue sky.

Open sky is something I always look for when travelling, what is on your list?

To see more great travel stories and methods take a look at the Daily Prompt: Trains, Planes and Automobiles.

Travel Theme: Time

This week Alisa at Where’s my backpack has chosen Time as her weekly Travel Theme.  I am always watching the time trying to coordinate multiple projects and schedules for both my work and my family so I thought this would be an easy post to illustrate with a great image.  A quick look through my pictures though didn’t uncover a single image of an interesting clock or anything that immediately said “time”.  Apparently when I am out having fun and taking pictures I don’t want to be reminded that the hours are passing and the lists are waiting to be checked off!

I decided to post two pictures today from a memorable trip to Santa Fe, NM.  This was my third visit to the area and each time I am there I love the contrasts between the lush green of my home state and the old Adobe architecture and history of New Mexico.

Santa Fe

This street is just off the popular Santa Fe Plaza and the buildings date from the early 1600’s.  If you look closely at the center of the sidewalk you can see a stop sign that was cut to fit between the posts and roofline directing modern car traffic to wait for pedestrians at the cross walk.  I like to think its a reminder to stop hurrying through the day and take a look at what is around you.


This picture is from Bandelier National Monument  and shows the entrance to one of the amazing cliff dwellings that fill this valley.  The Ancestral Pueblo people lived here from approximately 1150 CE to 1550 CE and the modern ladders allow each visitor to climb up into the caves and take a moment to feel what it would have been like to call them home.

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