Thursday, December 4, 2008

New Mexico V: Mountain and desert landscape, mural paintings and Santuario at Chimayo

Today, Tuesday, November 11th, we said farewell to the Adobe Wall Motel, which our group holed up for three days at Taos.

We had breakfast at LeDoux street and took our final photos at Taos' old town plaza.  The sky was again brilliant blue.  We took the High Road (Highway 76) back to Santa Fe.

There are so many artists around Taos (7000?).  We could often see them unleash their talent on mural paintings.  This mural painting of eagle was taken yesterday on the way to Abiquiu.  It was painted between two walls.  I took three pictures and stitched them together in Photoshop.  Today we saw other amazing mural paintings on the wall of the Sugar Nymphs Bistro at Peñasco.  Here are some of the photos.

In the morning, the road we took first lead us through the mountain range.  We could see snow covered mountain top in distance.  We passed by many interesting farming valley and small towns.  

In the afternoon, on the way to Chimayo, we then surrounded by the typical New Mexico desert landscape.  Here are a few more photos.  

Chimayo was settled by Spanish settlers not long after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680-1692.  El Santuario de Chimayó is a church filled with legend.  The location was where a crucifix was found around 1810.  It was brought to St. Cruz three times and mysteriously returned by itself.  The church was built at 1816.  The crucifix is still located in the chapel alter.  However, the real magic power is from the "sacred sand pit".  All kind of diseases have been claimed to be cured by it.  Grace had a shot of Dave lay on ground to take the photo through the doorway, then Ken lay on the ground.  Finally it was me, just follow the masters to get the best shot.  Here are our photos of El Santuario de Chimayó.

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