Santa Fe, July 2001

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A corridor at the Water Street Inn.
Many facades in Santa Fe and Taos are decorated with these hand-painted tiles, probably Mexican or Spanish imports. Judging by cornerstones, etc., these buildings, and thus presumably the tiles, date from the 1920's and -30's.
More tiles.
And yet more!.
St. Francis Cathedral. Started in 1869, it's in a French Romanesque style, unlike the rest of Santa Fe.
La Fonda, a landmark hotel. It marks the end of the "Santa Fe Trail", and has been the site of an inn for centuries. The present building, in the prevalent "Pueblo Revival" style, dates from 1922.
Native American vendors under the portal of the Palace of the Governers, built around 1607. It's the oldest public building in the United States. The vendors, largely Navajo and Pueblo Indians, are all registered to sell here, and have to meet high standards.
The Lensic Performing Arts Center: 1931 "pseudo-Moorish, Spanish Renaissance style". Originally a film and vaudeville palace, Rita Hayworth, Roy Rogers, and Judy Garland all performed on stage. See history.
San Miguel Mission, the oldest church still in use in the United States, dating from the early 1600's. It contains the San Jose Bell, apparently cast in Spain in 1356.
On the way to Taos, the Rio Grande, on its way to the Mexican border.
In the distance to the North, the gorge of the Rio Grande.
In Taos, the roof of an arcade.
A Taos facade.
Taos Pueblo. Apparently the oldest continually-inhabited site in North America, and the largest multi-story pueblo in the United States. About a hundred Tiwa-speakers still live here, with no electricity or plumbing.
Church of San Geronimo, or St. Jerome. Completed in 1850, it is the youngest building at the Pueblo.
The North Building of the Taos Pueblo.
The church of San Francisco de Asis, in the village of Ranchos de Taos. A classic artistic subject :-).
The facade.
Another view of the massively-buttressed back of the church.
Opposite the church, a cute facade, in the popular sky-blue and adobe combination.
An arcade in Ranchos de Taos.
On the "High Road" back to Santa Fe, almost Alpine scenery at 8-9,000 feet in the Sangre de Cristo mountains in the so-called "Enchanted Circle".
Santuario de Chimayo, the "Lourdes of the Southwest", so-called because it's a popular pilgramage site. More
Tsankawi, part of the Bandelier National Forest. There are some prehistoric petroglyphs, or pictures carved into the stone here.
A panorama of the valley floor, from the "High Road".
On the road to Los Alamos, climbing up the mesa.
The Valle Grande, one of the world's largest calderas, formed by the collapse of several volcanic basins. It's about 5-10 miles to the other side.
The airplane out of Sante Fe. (Bumpy rides on these 18-seater turboprops!)

These pictures were taken with a Canon S100 digital camera. Color balancing, cropping, etc. was done with Adobe PhotoShop LE. Panoramas were built with PanaVue Image Assembler.