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.
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.
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
Inside TheGeorgia O’Keeffe House in Abiquiu
The Not So Quintessential Ghost Ranch
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Brilliant photography that captures the exquisite beauty and stillness at this bizarre time!
It is so very bizarre! How are things in your neck of the woods?
Years ago I read an article about a fellow taking a canoe trip in urban Portland. He took his Folbot on the bus to a jumping off point and then paddled down through a series of canals and drainage ditches portaging occasionally, sleeping in a tiny tent in under bridge and on the edge of a park. It has always inspired me to look for the adventure in an urban environment. As I have been watching your blog evolve, it keeps coming to mind.
Adventure is where we make it. So many of your Twitter quotes point to the attitude that creates a journey. The difference between travel and tourism. Thanks for your inspiration.
I have come to see life as a road trip. And a road trip spells adventure. So much of our experience is perception. And choice. So what do we choose?