In May 2001 my then-boyfriend and I travelled from White Sands National Monument in southern New Mexico up to the Four Corners with many stops along the way. We fell in love with the culture, art, diverse landscape, adobe architecture, history, and the phenomenally blue skies!
Flash forward to May 2012 when my now-husband and I re-visited our favourite state to celebrate our tenth anniversary. There were things that had changed but, in large part, the Land of Enchantment remained, to us, as captivating as ever.
This first image is a portrait of Fabiola...we were stopped roadside so that I could photograph the ruins of what we would discover was a Christian settlement. There was a sign asking that you not proceed past the fence, and I was respectful of their wishes (albeit sad). I was just about done when a beat up truck pulled up and Fabiola emerged. She was sweet, well spoken, and happy to see people interested in the history of the place. In a past life Fabiola was an archaeologist who lived in all corners of the globe, eventually marrying a professor and settling in her home state of New Mexico. Fabiola gave us an 'inside the fence' tour of the ruins and, reluctantly, allowed me to take only two photos. She told us the best place nearby to eat, directed us to the Three Crosses in Abiquiu made famous by Georgia O'Keefe, and, without question, added something magical to our road trip. I will never forget our friend or the unexpected adventure of that afternoon.
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Fabiola, near Abiquiu, NM
The next morning I got up before dawn to beat the light (and the people) at this little church. It was so serene and, although not a religious person, I couldn't help but feel the love emanating from years of the faithful worshippers. I feel so grateful to have had the unique opportunity to revisit this place that I have dreamt of since that first trip 11 years ago.
New Mexico...I am sure I will see you again and in the meantime I will remember you fondly through my images and memories.
Life - and New Mexico - are beautiful!