Month: July 2011

Georgia OKeefe

Amongst other things we visited ghost Ranch nestled in the Jemez Range. We wandered around at the base of the mountain with about 6 other photographers who were photographing rocks. I don't know a lot about Georgia O'Keefe, but she is rather an Icon  here in New Mexico. It's interesting to walk in her shoes and quietly immerse yourself in her environment even if it is just for a short time. In June of 1934 Georgia visited Ghost Ranch for the first time, and knew immediately that she would live here. The ranch is located in a remote area approximately 120 miles north of Albuquerque. Among other guests to visit the ranch were, D.H. Lawrence, Charles and Anna Lindbergh, and Ansel Adams. "All the earth colors of the painter's palette are out there in the many miles of badlands…" Georgia purchased the house where she had been staying at Ghost Ranch in 1940, along with the view of the flat-topped mesa in the Jemez range, called the Pedernal. She jokingly remarked: "It's my private mountain, …

Inspiration and creating

I'm get inspiration from many sources and on this tour a have allowed myself the time to create images from the things I see. I've written them into the blog to inspire you to do the same. Yesterday Lisa and I traveled to Chimayo, we had searched the Internet and it seemed a place we needed to be. Chimayó is the starting point and most important stop on the High Road to Taos,  the trip  began at the Rio Grande river and wound through high alpine forests of dark ponderosa pine and golden aspen and tiny, old adobe communities nestled in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. We visited Sanctuario de Chimayo At Easter, Chimayo becomes a destination for the faithful. The Good Friday procession, the Easter Pilgrimage, is an amazing sight. During Holy Week thousands of pilgrims journey to El Santuario de Chimayó.  They leave from their homes, or their cars parked on the roadside, to walk 10, 20, 30, or even 100 miles to reach Chimayo.In the darkness before Good Friday, pilgrims line the …

Orbitz and Hilton Hotel.

I have difficulty putting photos up in the evening, the Internet is slow… but in the morning works a treat. So no blog tonight. We had the most amazing day today…. I took photos of over 300 items of textile….. YES, here in Santa Fe….!!!! I have to say after my last rant, I had a good result with Hilton and Orbitz this morning. Was it because I mentioned it on facebook or the blog? However, the booking was changed without incident  after I talked to both companies…    

I walked the streets of Taos yesterday. It was delightful, and the biggest surprise was to find a fabric shop Common threads, Uncommon fabrics http://images.travelpod.com/bin/tripwow/flash/tripwow.swf The Lisa And Pams Patterned Pathways, a Creative Journey Slideshow: Pam’s trip from Alamogordo, New Mexico, United States to 3 cities Taos, Taormina and Chimayo was created by TripAdvisor. See another United States slideshow. Create your own stunning free slideshow from your travel photos.  

Darn It…..

Quilted cars. Fabric that made my heart stop, huge visas and wonderful weather….. Yesterday was an amazing day. I received news that two of my quilts were juried into Houston, and that my quilts arrived in Birmingham two days after I sent them… but now I have to pay duty as well. I'm also smarting over an incident… I booked accommodation through Orbitz at the Hilton LAX for the 25th – 27th July. When the booking came up, it had August…. !!!! so I rang the Hilton and said could they change it to July…. NO, said the gal on the desk you have to go through Orbitz. It was late in the evening, but I got on to Orbitz and they said I had to change the booking through the internet… I tried to and it cancelled the booking… A bit flummoxed I contacted the hotel again and they assured me the booking wasn't canceled but I still had to go through Orbitz… Another phone call to goodness knows where… "Hold on madam I …

It’s official

Summer 2011, a fitting theme for our trip. (it's actually my $3.50 Wallyworld Tshirt) Lunch yesterday with our wonderful Quilt festival group was our first program on the agenda yesterday…. we were absolutely thrilled with the results, those gals worked so hard. It means the three identification  units are able to be purchased and a Drug awareness program through DARE will help in the area. Then the scary part… my stomach was in a knot and I felt like I was in a vice. I had to post 3 quilts to Birmingham. Well, they've gone… and I did feel a little better as I waved them goodby. $380 for delivery folks…… gees Louise Birmingham…..  Look after them. Finally we got to take off at 3.30 pm and the drive was restful and calming after the events of the past couple of weeks. The scenery was spectacular and we filmed for a documentary as we went. We followed the back roads and came across weathered wood, old barns, an occasional animal and very few cars. The …

Our version of ‘Thelma and Louise’ without the drama at the end.

It's late evening and I've been doing business all day…. it's quite boring really but quite essential. Is it just a week ago that I left South Africa? Miss Lisa and I are off on another adventure tomorrow… Both of us have worked our little fingers to the bone this year and a week on the road will be wonderful. And that's just what we're doing… Many years ago (in our 50's) we did a 'Thelma and Louise' trip…. we hired a fancy car, had our nails done, packed a  pistol and down the road we went. 2 gals on a mission. Same thing tomorrow….(now in our 60's) we have the fancy car, 2 pink pistols (just in case) but now we're a little older we have a shmancy hotel organised for the first 2 nights. We're heading for Santa Fe. Chaco Canyon, Taos and Chamiyo. We're making a film. Both of us can handle a video camera and we'll be documenting it for posterity. The story board begins with the reason for the trip. …