Corona has the human world, and Santa Fe, on lockdown. But Mother Earth continues in her infinite wisdom. Flowers bloom; trees leaf out. The cacophony of noise that passes for civilization is stilled and I for one, marvel in the presence of the birds and the rise of the bulbs along my daily walks. 

Old truck, Santa Fe historic district

I pass this old truck daily as I walk the deserted streets of Santa Fe during the Coronavirus lockdown

 

But my daily walks are also a mixed blessing. The renewal of spring contrasts sharply with the stillness of town. A stillness that is eerie. There is stillness with depth, such as the stillness in meditation. But this stillness is caused by an absence of presence. But then, even that observation is relative. Only by knowing “normal” can this seem odd.

 

Lockdown Santa Fe

Lockdown Santa Fe: The lock on the bandstand which is the central focus of the once lively plaza in Santa Fe says it all.

 

For me, the stillness invokes sadness. The many restaurants that usually bustle and send tantalizing aromas out to the street are shuttered. The shops silent. There is no laughter. There are no people.

The photos in this gallery are a juxtaposition of spring and spring in the time of corona.  

Be safe, be well.

 

 

More Reading on Santa Fe and Environs

 

If we can’t travel in person, let’s travel vicariously! Here’s some New Mexico travel to inspire and amuse:

 

The Santa Fe Opera: Music, Art and Tailgating

Winter Zen in Santa Fe: Upaya and Ojo Caliente

Powwow: The Gathering of Nations

The Botanical Garden in Santa Fe

The Mesas, Buttes and Badlands of Bisti Wilderness

Chimayo: Chile, Weavings and Miracles

New Mexico Road Trip: The Road To Carrizozo

Inside The Georgia O’Keeffe House: Ghost Ranch

Inside The Georgia O’Keeffe House In Abiquiu

Georgia O’Keeffe Country: Abiquiu

Art in Abiquiu: Visiting The Abiquiu Art Project

Timeless Truchas

Photographing Chaco Canyon

Autumn in Taos

Inside TheGeorgia O’Keeffe House in Abiquiu

The Not So Quintessential Ghost Ranch

 

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