A New Mexico Excursion – Santurario de Chimayo

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Santurario Entrance

The Santurario de Chimayo is in northern New Mexico and is visited by thirty thousand people during Holy Week each year. Sometimes called the “Lourdes of America”, the church is on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a National Historic Landmark. The present church was completed in 1620. Claims of miraculous cures are the reason for the pilgrimages but it is the adobe that calls the photographer.

Santurario de Chimayo

Santurario de Chimayo – rear corner

The day I was there motorcycles were being blessed and I captured the front of the church in this Harley’s headlight.

Harley Church

Harley Church

If you choose to visit, you can join in the hustle and bustle of Holy Week or try for a quieter time. There will always be a few visitors, although when we were there is was nearly deserted.

Safe travels to you all,

Grover

 

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A New Mexico Excursion – Organic Forms

If you never get out of Santa Fe, as a photographer, you will still find plenty to delight the eye. Here are a couple more, rather ordinary, but nonetheless interesting shots from my workshop some years ago.

The first is a late afternoon photo of the rear of some government buildings right downtown. The camera was a Mamiya 645 and the film was Ilford HP5.

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Again in Santa Fe proper on a Nikon N90 with Ilford HP-5:

Wall-pot-PBlack and white is an ideal medium for the monochromatic earth tones in New Mexico.

Until next time, safe traveling,

Grover

 

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A New Mexico Excursion – Santa Fe

What strikes the visitor to Santa Fe is the organic nature of the architecture: massive adobe walls on all fronts, delicate archways, ancient churches.

San Miguel Mission Church is the oldest church in the U.S. (yes, look it up) and whilst not a huge building, has its own charm, in part because it has survived so long.

As a photographer I was drawn to the sunlight and shadow on the north wall at late morning. The texture of the adobe fascinates me. Just like the church in Rancho Taos, the flecks you may see in the walls are not spots on the negative but pieces of straw poking out through the adobe.

San Miguel Mission Church

San Miguel Mission Church

More Santa Fe coming up.

Grover

Tech notes: Ilford HP5, Nikon N90, 24mm. Exposure not noted.

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A New Mexico Excursion

 

San Francisco de Asis

San Francisco de Asis

Rancho de Taos, not Taos itself but a little south, centers around the famous San Francisco de Asis church which has been photographed by everyone in the world who has passed by. It was painted by Georgia O’Keefe and photographed by Ansel Adams and I was  privileged to see their juxtaposed images at a show in the art museum in Santa Fe.

The light in the late afternoon and into evening is wonderful for photographers but frankly, even at high noon, there are views to admire.

San Francisco de Asis Contrails

San Francisco de Asis Contrails

San Francisco de Asis at Night

San Francisco de Asis at Night

Built between 1772 and 1816 the church is on the National Register of Historic Places and is well worth a visit. It is constructed of adobe and is re-plastered every year by volunteers and parishioners.

More from New Mexico is coming up soon.

Safe travels to you all,

Grover

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Eastgate

The house and old store at Eastgate on Nevada 722 is worth a stop. (In fact 722 is a nicer road than U. S. 50 between Middlegate and Austin.) It is at the entrance to Road Canyon and one served as a store and gas station. The ranch still functions although I have heard that there is not a caretaker any more. Please correct me if you know otherwise.

Eastgate House and Store

Eastgate House and Store

Bricks were taken from the old Middlegate Station and used to construct the store. Some of them were even installed upside down, but not this one.

Eastgate Blocks

Eastgate Blocks

The interior is slowly returning to the earth.

Eastgate Store Interior

Eastgate Store Interior

The scenery in the canyon adjacent to the Eastgate buildings is quite attractive in the fall.

Road Canyon near Eastgate

Road Canyon near Eastgate

Just a little eastward you will find the Carroll Summit and station. More on that later.

Safe travels everyone,

Grover

 

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Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

I sometimes volunteer at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum. Here there is a very attractive museum and a fabulous restoration shop.

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Here are some of the cars awaiting their turn in the shop. This tank is from the Westside Lumber Company.

S0940689Often there is just enough wood left to make a pattern.

The museum is located in Nevada City, California and is open in the summer every day except Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Save travels,

Grover

 

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India 2007 – Black and White

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India 2007 – Color

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Lincoln Highway, Sand Pass, Nevada – New and Old

Dear Reader,

It may seem I’ve forgotten you but I haven’t. Work on the book has been postponed until I finish my final trip in the Great Basin when I visit Utah in June of this year.

In the meantime I was working with some photos I submitted to Nevada Magazine a year ago. This one appeared on their website as a tease to the Lincoln Highway article. Click on the image to see the original size.

Sand Pass new-old composite

Sand Pass Road LHW   39°15’58.83″N 118°23’24.67″W

This is a composite of the new and the old. My truck is on the deteriorating paving of the section that was first paved in the early 30’s. The car on the right is on the original LHW coincidentally in the same location. The passenger has her had pulled her hat sideways to protect from the brutal sun and the driver is out studying something with great interest. This would be ca. 1916.  Note: early cars in the USA were not standardized to left-hand drive for many years.

The line on the far left, level with my truck’s hood, is the current Highway 50; in the background is the Fallon flats that gave motorists such grief until the road was improved in 1922 (or thereabouts).

Older photograph courtesy University of Michigan Special Collections

Cheers to you all,

Grover

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The Lincoln Highway in the Great Basin – Steptoe Valley

The Lincoln Highway ran up the Steptoe Valley for about forty miles and then turned to cross over Schellbourne Pass into Spring Valley. There is little habitation north of Ely. Currie is one small community at the north end of the valley.

The Nevada Northern Station at Currie.

The Nevada Northern Station at Currie.

McGill, a few miles north of Ely, sadly has the appearance of a dying town, although I’m sure the local CofC will have something to say about that. Very few stores are open there and many buildings are boarded up.

Here is a link to McGill history. 

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McGill, Nevada

The expanse of the Steptoe can be appreciated in this shot below I made from near the site of Schellbourne Station. Please click to enlarge. It is a great location for me as I love the solitude of the high desert. It is easy to access today since Nevada Highway 93 runs up the valley from Ely to Wendover

Steptoe Valley at Sunset.

Steptoe Valley at Sunset.

Mr. Beasley and I camped here for a couple of nights when the nighttime temperature dropped to 17F. Then the cabin heater in the van failed, but that is another story.

Safe travels to you all,

Grover

 

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