The Sights of Santa Fe

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Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe

Even just a few days in Santa Fe can leave me speechless…

Partly because I’m parched — my rain-soaked soul, so used to wandering the misty shores of Puget Sound, rebels against the high elevation and incredibly dry climate…

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But mostly because, in the midst of the desert, the astounding color and diversity of human culture overwhelms me with amazement and gratitude.

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From the unique architecture…

The Lensic Performaing Arts Center

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The New Mexico Museum of Modern Art

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IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

To the spirituality…

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Prayer flags outside The Ark Bookstore

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The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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The local flora and fauna…

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Arts and crafts around every corner…

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From the sense of history and ancestry…

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To the worst of modern tourist traps, where southwest native culture is mass produced and plastic wrapped…

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I find myself entranced by the patterns and textures of the place…

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And all the beauty there is still to see…


Want to see more…? You can find these photographs and more from my recent trip to Santa Fe on Flickr.


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Alison Leigh Lilly nurtures the earth-rooted, sea-soaked, mist-and-mystic spiritual heritage of her Celtic ancestors, exploring themes of peace, poesis and wilderness through essays, articles, poetry and podcasting. You can learn more about her work here.

1 Comment

  1. Marion
    Sep 30, 2016

    Thank you for these beautiful pictures !

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