... for our first lunch at home: grilled eggplant, red bell pepper, fresh herbs and tomatoes.
|How the herbs grew while we were gone!|
|A photo of our "four fathers" celebration. The fathers are: Brian, Jack, Jay, and Len. Also a few moms & kids.|
|Update: the original of this family photo from 1982. Same location, some different family members, some the same.|
|Aliens at a rest stop between Flagstaff & Albuquerque.|
|A long convoy of tanks was also stopped at the Rest Stop.|
|Montezuma Well, a natural water formation in the Arizona Desert.|
|A young Great Horned Owl near Oak Creek.|
|The high point of our incredibly long and eventful day today was seeing this California Condor. These birds became extinct|
in the wild, and are being reintroduced from a captive breeding program. There are only a few hundred of them alive now.
The male condor was outside the small cliffside cave where the pair are raising a chick. The female was nearby.
|We spent several hours at the Grand Canyon -- obviously another high point of our day and of our entire trip west.|
|We had dinner at the Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo Reservation.|
Another high point of the day was trying a Navajo Taco on fry bread.
The trading post is decorated with magnificent Navajo rugs and other artifacts.
|A Bullock's Oriole.|
|We loved walking among pines and aspens, searching for birds.|
|We also spent quite a bit of time in this burned-out pine forest...|
|An unusual species, the three-toed woodpecker, lives in and near the burned out forest, eating the beetles that|
live on the dead wood. After a long and frustrating search, we finally saw the bird in this photo.
|We saw a total of seven species of woodpecker today,|
including this Williamson's Sapsucker.
|Aspen trees have eyes!|
|Also at our guide's home: a pinyon jay.|
|Our guide and his wife, who cooked us a marvelous dinner including a pie.|
| The Santa Fe River, far upstream, near the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary in Santa Fe.|
During our Santa Fe visit this week, we took a morning walk there.
|A hummingbird at the Davey Audubon Center.|
|Flowering cactus, Davey Audubon Center.|
|A western bluebird, which we saw in downtown Santa Fe, near the Santa Fe River.|
|The Galisteo River (or Creek) runs behind the small town of Galisteo, NM.|
We took a beautiful walk there.
|A friendly dog ran, jumped, and waded in the stream, accompanying|
us on our walk.
|We called the dog Dolly because she looked like the dog we used to have.|
|The Galisteo church stands quite near the stream where we walked.|
Galisteo is about half an hour from Santa Fe.
|A bunny near the picnic area at the Painted Desert.|
|Two finches in a yucca plant at the Painted Desert.|
|Inside the Palacio Cafe: paintings that recall the work|
of Frida Kalho, unibrow included.
|My lunch: New Mexican enchiladas.|
|The courtyard of the New Mexico Museum of Art, where we saw a collection of drawings|
on loan from the British Museum, including works by Michaelangelo, Leonardo,
Rembrandt, and many more works from the 15th century to the present.
|The Georgia O'Keffe Museum.|
|"Pedernal, "1941-1942. Among the vast number of O'Keeffe paintings I have seen, her depictions of this mountain near|
Ghost Ranch near Santa Fe are always my favorites. A few years ago, I drove up to that area from here, and
was amazed to learn that her paintings aren't abstractions, but that the Pedernal mountain truly looks like this.
|O'Keeffe was a gardner and a cook. This New Mexico photo, by|
Tony Vaccaro, shows her preparing salad for lunch. (1960)
|In this photo, she's picking Angelica for the salad.|
|One of the galleries.|