I had a lovely visit in Florida and I got to go horseback riding. So here is a good view from the back of a horse. This idyllic park like area at my dad’s place includes a couple of swings hung from the trees –you can see them off to the right.
Here a lovely sunset with the mares in their pasture with cypress trees.
When in New Mexico, I was visiting the painter Paul Trachtman, you can see his work on this website. His studio is a wonderland of works–and objects. I took some pictures on this visit hoping to give a sense of the amazing energy of the studio.
I spent a couple of nights with family camping in southern Colorado in the San Juan Forest. It was lovely and the weather cooperated. It sprinkled a little, but when it really rained it didn’t interfere with any activities.
We went one afternoon to hike near the La Piedra river.
The moon was nearly full and was shining on the water; I was lucky with my camping spot since I could see the water from my bed in the camper.
I am home now after this whirlwind of travel and the garden is running rampant and wild. The lawn is overgrown and the flowers are bursting. The tomato plants are heavy with green fruit. And the lovely new rose is in full bloom. Very lucky I didn’t miss that. Pictures of the blooms soon!
Having left Colorado and arrived in Sante Fe, staying at friends with a gorgeous garden just off Canyon Road. Lovely plantings and exquisitely pruned shrubs. A lesson again to me of the necessity for cutting back.
Headed from Sante Fe back up to the Chama Valley to Tierra Amarilla and Los Ojos. Driving right past O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch, some of these landscapes will look familiar.
I took many other pictures of that gorgeous garden and will do a backtrack post sometime to give a better sense of it. But for now am enjoying visiting a friend’s painting studio and seeing new work.
The internet access has been close to non-existent for the last few days but that is not necessarily bad. The trip has been great so far. Good camp sights. Lovely wildflowers and good luck with weather.
The shade tent at this third campsite is set up very near to the water so we could scamper out of the very very cold water of the stream into the tent with waiting warm clothes and hot tea.
I will try to post some pictures of landscapes and some more of the lovely flowers soon.
I am leaving to go on a road trip and I am particularly noticing the things in the garden that are very close to blooming. I won’t be gone that long, but given that things change every single day I am sure there are some moments I will miss. But I am looking forward to seeing some different landscapes and some friends I haven’t seen in a while.
This bed is changing a lot (partly because tomatoes really do change so quickly). And I expect these moss roses will be spectacular when I return.
Here are several things that are about to bloom or are just starting up.
So I will have to do a comparison when I return –or maybe I will have some updates from the garden while I am away. Meanwhile the kitties are saying, “You are doing WHAT?”