I just returned from a long weekend in Santa Fe with my two closest friends from Kansas. The forest fires in the area prevented us from exploring a couple of areas we had hoped to see but there is so much to do in the area we were not at a loss for activities. The fires were in full force, so we were exposed to a great deal of smoke when we drove north of Santa Fe.
Our first evening was spent at the wonderful Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Spa. I had been to this place many times because my sister lived in the area for a number of years, but I hadn't been here since the mid-90s so much had changed. This is a fantastic place to spend time and I recommend it if you are ever in the area. Their hours are not as late as they used to be. The best thing ever is to get an open air jacuzzi or soaking tub after dark. The stars are amazing.
The next morning we set off for Abiquiu, one of Georgia O'Keefe's residences and studios. Her other residence, Ghost Ranch, is not open to the public. I was so excited about the opportunity to see this place! We were not allowed to take photos during the tour, but we explored the surrounding area later and took a zillion photos. One can understand what captivated Ms. O'Keefe about the area: beautiful sky, amazing rock formations which cast equally stunning shadows, the colorful strata of the earth and rock. It was an exquisite moment that I will cherish.
The living room in her Abiquiu home (photo file)
In addition to collecting bones she found on her land, she collected a large number of rocks.
Her many rocks are seen throughout her house and on the property.
This was O'Keefe's favorite vista
the same rock formation as the painting, seen from a different perspective.
A YouTube video of Ms. O'Keefe discussing her love of New Mexico is worth viewing. I love what she had to say about collecting and painting bones. I have the same affinity for them.
Georgia's painting of her door at the Abiquiu home. Many wonder why she calls it a door when it looks like a window. The lower portion of the painting under the square black door is the cast shadow at the edge of the building and her step stone walkway. I stood in that doorway during the tour to get out of the sun.