May 15, 2018
Weather in Northampton, MA: Cloudy, 70's, rain this afternoon


Two quick weeks, and now I sit at my kitchen windows looking out at all the green and my neighbor's fence, and none of the expansive high desert views, no sculpture garden of silvery, burned trees, no glowing grasses. The possibility of fire is very high this Summer, as the Winter brought little snow, and no rain in the forecast. The Park is in readiness mode.

The 2 weeks at Mesa Verde were a wonderful and unique experience, and I may be hooked on National Park residencies. Others in the future? As anticipated, it was an excellent step away from the usual routines, filled with quiet, and western birdsong. Each day held boundless time and potential....and the time flew by regardless.

It's a small world. Saddle maker Lisa Skyhorse attended my presentation in the park.....she was an artist in residence 2 years ago. I invited her back to the hogan for dinner, and it only took a few minutes to establish that my first cousin Helen and she were friends going way back when they lived in Humboldt County in Northern CA. The two of us got very excited! Check out their website.

Sunrise Double

Cortez Sunset

Sunrise Double

Sunset Double

Sunrise Double (with Ent visitation in background)

Sunrise Double

 Single image. It's hard to convey the extent of the fires. The blurry gray strip in the background are all out-of-focus burned trees. They go on and on for many acres.

Double at the same location.

Flowers are just beginning to pop.

Last Morning

A quick double while waiting for my ride at the car rental agency. 

Thanks for visiting, and on to the next adventure!


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