|The light on the land: Mesa Verde.|
|Border Agency document. Courtesy J. Cormack.|
|The O'Keeffe fan (left) and the Pedernal.|
But back to the light and the land. Why, you might ask, does she have time now to bother us, er, update her blog? I'm on holiday in the States, that's why. Yes, I said holiday, not vacation. The Britification is proceeding nicely. We are visiting my father in western Colorado, or the Western Slope as we call it here. We had a two week road trip to Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico as well and saw some wonderful places, truly marvelous landscapes to behold. And that is why I have been thinking of the light and the land. As my partner in mischief is a painter and art historian who loves O'Keeffe, she fell in love with the way the light and shadow grace the land in the American southwest. It's easy to see why so many artists are drawn to it. So many times on our road trip we came across a magnificent sight and then just looked at each other and laughed. We both felt so lucky to be able to see this for ourselves. The pictures we've taken barely do it justice.
|Radio telescope at the VLA on the Plains of San Agustin, NM.|
Sedona? Meh. If you can possibly get outside Sedona, say up by the airport on the bluff, and look down at it, then do so. It's a lovely view. But to be down in it? Not magical, not vortexical, and not full of psychic loveliness. Hey, that's just my humble opinion.
|Overlooking Sedona, AZ.|
|Stuff to buy in Santa Fe.|
|The Inn at Abiquiu, near O'Keeffe's home.|
|Grand Canyon at sunset.|
You rise every morning
Wondering what in the world will the world bring today
Will it bring you joy or will it take it away
And every step you take is guided by
the map of the light on the land
and the blackbird's cry
You will walk
You will walk
You will walk in good company
-- from 'The Valley' by Jane Siberry
I think of the song again as I watch the progress of the day and the way the shadows move along the ridges of the mesas and mountains in my own little slice of the American west, a little town called Parachute. And I do wonder, what in the world will the world bring today?
|Parachute, CO. Courtesy J. Cormack.|
Here are some more fun pics from our road trip. Enjoy.
|Big hole in the ground, the Barringer Crater near Winslow, AZ|
|Jicarilla Apache Nation - one of their lovely mesas. Note warning to local bovine.|
|Adobe wall surrounding O'Keeffe's home in the old village of Abiquiu, NM.|
|Cacti and thorny thing in Saguaro National Forest near Tucson, AZ.|
|Rock formation and small tribute, Valley of the Gods, UT.|