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More photos from Santa Fe

Taking photos in Santa Fe is like cheating.  You just point the camera out the back door and voila!

{Image: two bare trees, very slender with white bark against a very deep blue sky.}

Disc Golf Henge:

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Fence.

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Fence, HDR.

{Image: fence made of vertical pieces of natural wood of varying heights. In the bottom half of the photo, the wood slats are backed by a solid piece of wood. In the top half of the photo, there is nothing behind the vertical slats, and the sun peeks through between two of the slats.}

Barbed wire, HDR:

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I couple of friends we met on our walk.

{Image:  A goat peers around the corner of a wood and wire fence.  To his left are three chickens, two black and one white.}

Window.  Almost anything looks good in adobe.  Ask Santa Fe!  I think it’s in the building code!

{Image:  a window in an adobe wall.  The window reflects a very blue sky.  Tree branches enter the photo from the right.}

Water spout:

{Image:  a flat water spout protrudes from an adobe wall with several feet of frozen water suspended off the end.}

The same water spout, an hour later:

{Image:  a flat water spout protrudes from an adobe wall with several feet of frozen water suspended off the end.  The adobe is much darker than the previous photo because of the setting sun.}}

Hubble the Golden Retriever discovers that Rodney has a snack.

{Image:  in the left side of the photo, a man sits at a table working at a laptop computer.   To his right, a golden retriever stares intently at him.  The corner of another laptop shows in the foreground; kitchen appliances are in the background.  The table  has a candle, a water bottle, a card and envelope, a french press with tea and a mug,}

And it wouldn’t be my blog unless I took the opportunity to go just a bit Andy Rooney on your ass.   My rental car was a Prius.  Even after I learned the sequence of button pushing and gear shifting that was necessary to make it go, and adjusted to the fact that it sounded, at every light, like the car had died and I’d need to call a tow truck, there were two more very disconcerting things.

(1)  You don’t need a key to drive the car but you do need a key to unlock it.  This means that when you get in the car, you have to figure out what to do with the key, since it’s not sitting in the ignition.  If I owned a Prius, I would lock the keys in the car at least once per week.

(2) You not only get the general warm, fuzzy, superior feeling of driving a really fuel-efficient car, you get a constant, real-time, animated demonstration of just HOW efficient you’re being:

{Image:  photo of a diagram of a car showing three unnamed parts with arrows going from one to another.  The diagram is labeled "Energy Monitor."  The display also contains the time (3:16 PM) and  the odometer (2837.4 MI).}

This little animated diagram changes as you drive, showing — near as I can tell — which direction the little energy hamsters that power the car are traveling.   The diagram is (a) designed for the driver to monitor the car’s energy situation in real time, and thus incredibly distracting and unsafe; (b) not designed to convey anything to the driver, and thus pretty pointless; or (c) designed solely to show the passenger what a cool, energy-efficient person the driver is.

Santa Fe photos, part tres (with cat photos!)

Now for the highlight of my Santa Fe trip: visiting with my step-brother, Jeff.  The writer at work:

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The cat:

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The cat after he realized he was being photographed by a dog person:

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The cat being emotionally needy:

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The cat’s emotional needs being met:

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Santa Fe photos, part deux

Happy New Year!

As promised, the photos from the Santa Fe part of the road trip.  Got up early Friday to try to catch good light in downtown Santa Fe . . . starting with the store next to my hotel:

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Next to the gun shop and the hotel was a sculpture gallery.  (Welcome to Santa Fe!)  I liked this piece against the excruciatingly blue Santa Fe sky:

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Then had some fun with it in Lightroom:

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Then spent two hours walking around downtown Santa Fe, first with the 14-42mm:

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Photoshopped an electrical wire out of this one!  Progress!

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I just loved this statue of St. Francis of Assisi dancing on water.  He’s dancing so joyously his toes are curled!

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Getting set up to sell jewelry to tourists:

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Pause for hot coffee and cheese danish and a switch to the Nifty Fifty — at the Burro Alley Café.

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The eye of the aforesaid burro:

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The rare white buffalo:

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Fun with HDR and Photomatix.

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Loved these ladies – in a store window (also HDR):

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More adobe and blue sky:

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And my favorite, though I’m not even Christian:

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To be continued… with photos of my step-brother, his gorgeous office, and his cat.  Yes, this very very dog-oriented blog is about to host its first cat photo.  Be sure to tune in!