Taos Splendor–September

It all comes together now as we approach the fall season. Everyone’s gardens have been nurtured by the monsoon rains and the temperatures moderated by the clouds most days. The fruits of nature are bursting forth, be they coming from orchards, wild bushes, home garden plots or local vegetable farms. I love this photo from the farm market last Saturday, illustrating the originality of nature when it comes to tomato varieties.

These necklaces of marigolds look at home decorating a special place or shrine and will  show up again for Day of the Dead altars and memorials in early November. Whatever your vision this way of using marigolds for sacred decoration feels so right here in Taos. The photo shows the booth of Cosmos Farm run by Barbara and Larry in Dixon. They are newcomers to the Saturday market, but seem to be ahead of the crowd when it comes to success with lots of marigolds. I did pretty well last year and did some marigold stringing of my own. We’ll see what comes of this year’s plants. They are definitely blooming now, but I’m not sure about quantity.

One plant that has exceeded my expectations is lemon cucumber. I planted a couple of seedlings from the nursery and they have produced copiously for my salads.

This is Chris, both a new, and a noticeably young, farmer at the market this summer. As you can see from his sign, he’s also farming in Talpa, the area when I live. He says he learned what he knows about growing here from Jeff at Talpa Farms, who lives up the road from his place. Both of these farm locations have access to acequia water, which is remarkable for its purity and adds something special to their produce.

I want to help spread the word about the new art supply store in Taos. If you haven’t already done so stop in and introduce yourself to the owners, a nice couple. They have a handy location along Ranchitos on your right just past the Harwood (if you’re coming from the south end). Sculptures from Melissa Serfling’s Red Cat Antiques, across the street on Dona Luz, add to the artful ambience of the location.

About this time of year I have plenty of Cosmos and branching sunflowers around my place. At this point (their third summer) they’re pretty good at seeding themselves. Seems they like everything about the Taos climate and I favor them for their wild and casual look.  I’m also am fond of zinnias and marigolds. They seem to demand a bit more intention on my part, but are good for cutting whereas Cosmos are not.

I recently painted 6 new small (8X8″) flower paintings for the Gallerie Corazon in Santa Fe. I notice I’m enjoying working with the flowers on the small size panel. The owner of the gallery had a vision about 6 months ago of having a display of a grid of 16 of the 8X8- size flowers. I think I might be getting closer to that number, which originally seemed high.

I’ll end with a photo of my favorite, a white poppy.

Trip to Ketchum, Idaho

I used to live in this house in Ketchum. Looking back I realize it marked an important time for me in two ways. I was very happy there and at the time I was “working” as a “granny nanny” to my granddaughter and we share many happy memories of our times together there. Secondly it was there I began the process of becoming a fine artist. I started out exploring oil painting (which I still love) and ended up doing mixed media art (and oils) on wood panels.

I took the photo from Ananda’s yard, looking up the hill. He is an old friend and when I lived there we were also neighbors. He admired my gardening efforts and would  walk through my back yard on his way to work at the nearby juice bar he owned. Now the tables are turned and in his retirement he has focused on gardening with amazing results.

Here’s a photo of one of his garden areas. It speaks for its self. There were lots of the wild raspberries that do so well in Ketchum here and there and ripe for the picking. He’s built himself a tower of sorts, he calls his “tree house,” used for sleeping outdoors. When I lived in the green house above none of this existed. It’s such a great example of how a person can transform his environment to mirror his values and desires.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t share this photo of the Ganesha shrine he has in his front yard. In his younger days Ananda was a Hindu monk and he continues to practice his unique spiritual path according to his inner promptings. He loves the concept of a temple. That’s one thing I know for sure.

But I digress…the point of traveling to Ketchum was the birthday of my granddaughter, Emma, who was turning 13, that mystical moment when you transform from a child to a TEENAGER. Emma was taking this seriously and I wanted to help her celebrate this milestone. She was also a visitor to Ketchum, where her dad has a second home. She lives in New Hampshire with her mom, stepdad and new sister, a year old. Her mom ordered this great cake for the birthday party from the queen of pastry in Ketchum, Mary Jones. Inside was Mary’s famous chocolate cake. Yum!

This was taken during the birthday party. I don’t usually publish photos of myself or even my friends and family on this blog but I can’t stop myself here. The urge must reveal how important Emma is to me in spite of the geographic distance now between us. To say that I am proud of her hardly coveys my feelings but would also be true. I know I felt that also about my daughter, her mother, so it’s partly a “mother” thing. They both give my life a depth of feeling, of connection, that is mysterious and compelling.

I love this photo taken a couple of days after the birthday. Emma was discovering that she could cantor with a comfort that she had never experienced. Could have been the magic of her instructor, Kelly, who worked with her off and on over the years when Emma was younger? I know Emma had some horse riding experiences also in New Hampshire when she first moved there a couple of years ago. In any case she was please with herself at the moment this was taken.

You can see from the trees where the Wood River runs along the bottom of those mountains in the background.

As I was driving home toward Taos on Hwy 64 from Tres Peidres I stopped at the Earthship Center and caught this moment of rainfall in the distance. I was happy to see the monsoon season continues on in the region. My garden watering angels had been  reporting lots of rain while I was away and the garden reflected that extra dose of nitrogen.

I’ll wrap it up with this parting shot of an earthship under construction, a celebration of our unique place here.

Taos in July–Pow Wow & Fiesta

I went to the Taos Pow Wow on the opening Friday night. I’d promised to deliver a small drum I’d recently painted to the Sweet Medicine Drums’ booth. By the time I took this photo around 7:00 PM the cloudy sky and the lateness of the hour began to compromise my ability to take good photos. This is one of the few that I can share. It shows the dancers circling the large dance area in a kind of random parade. In the foreground are the spectators sitting in their portable chairs under the shaded area built for the occasion with poles and tree branches.

Scattered at intervals inside the spectator circle are groups of drummers sitting around a large shared drum. These groups take turns according to some unseen plan and seem to know just how long to drum as well. Later they will be drumming for the various dancing contests which are the focus of the three-day Pow Wow. It is interesting to observe these drummers. They are very focused and use a lot of strength when hitting in unison with their drumsticks. The heart-beat sound penetrates the entire Pow Wow grounds and unifies everyone who is present in a non-ordinary world.

A week later we have the annual Fiesta in the Taos Plaza. Note the clouds that help keep our monsoon season temperatures lower and provide humidity, normally hard to come by here. My garden loves it and behaves differently, compared to the dry heat of June. This event is all about the Hispanic community. I’ve been told that families that are spread around the state and region use this Fiesta as an occasion to come together, like a family reunion. I don’t have a photo of it but there is a performance area with constant entertainment provided throughout the event. Lots of live music a la Mexico.

This Fiesta vendor is dishing up grilled fresh corn on the cob. Looked and smelled yummy. At the top of this photo you can see the top of the very large white tent that covers the performance area of the plaza, likely both for shade and for rain.

How nostalgic is this carnival style merry-go-round with it’s old fashioned wooden horses? Who has not experienced this somewhere, sometime? For me it brings back memories of the free one in Golden Gate Park back in the 70s. I took my young daughter there on trips to the city from Mendocino County where we lived. It was an institution at the time. I hope it’s still there.

Took this at last Saturday’s farm market. I admired the artful arrangement. I asked the farmer for a card and I think he handed me one but where it is now is a mystery. I promise to try him again. The apricots are perfect now and the harvest won’t continue for long. Apples are just getting warmed up, along with peppers.

I took this photo in Solstice a week or so ago. The piece on the far right is a Hopi kachina that was new to the store at that time. The other three objects are small art pieces of mine. Two of them are altar pieces, the far left made of wood and the Corn Mother made of paper mache with a 1/4 ” wood base. The framed piece in the center is 5X5″. I like to talk about Solstice because it’s a new store and my small art pieces really seem to sing among the other beautiful art the owner, Sheila, selects. I continue to invite my friends and acquaintances to stop by and give themselves an aesthetic treat.

Borage blooming in my garden

Lovin’ July in Taos

Yes, we have moved past the terrible heat and dryness of June into the glory days of the monsoon season here in Taos. We love the clouds, the thunder, the tantalizing drops of rain, the cooler temperatures. It’s the welcome flip of June’s weather.

A few days ago I went over and picked up ripe apricots that had fallen off the tree into the grass. I was surprised at how many I found that were not overripe or damaged by their fall. It’s been an apricot feast ever since at my house. While visiting a friend in Arroyo Seco a few days ago I saw she has a lush tree with larger apricots but they weren’t ripe just yet.

This is my bucket of bounty. There are a few small apples there too, and two sizes of apricots originating from two different trees. I have an ayurvedic recipe for stewed apples with dates and cinnamon that calls for dried apricots. Thought I might try the fresh ones? The recipe comes in handy when you’ve run out of ways to cook a big harvest of apples. That will be an issue here soon.

I’ve been noticing day lilies blooming all around the local landscape. These were photographed at the Hanuman Temple last Sunday. I love the wild look of these generous plants and the way a few original bulbs will naturally expand their growing area if they find a location they like. They are not demanding or fussy when it comes to care and bloom over a long period. A+

While on the topic of flowers…I took this photo out at the Overland Complex several miles north of Taos. Love those patches of blue reflecting the sky. And I’ll add that if you find yourself there take a look at the beautiful contemporary paintings in the Envision Gallery. Two of them are mine. Two other artists there I like, both as people and as artists, are Mieshial and Katie Woodall.

Last week at the farm market I found these members of the Fred Martinez family selling the first peaches I’ve noticed this summer. Their orchard is in Dixon.

Took this photo a couple of days ago while visiting the Arroyo Seco home and gardens (Living Light Farm & Plant Nursery) of Kathy Fenzl. She and her husband have taken the concept of turning a home lot into a farm to new heights. After my extensive tour I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by all they are doing, and so successfully. Kathy told me that there would be an article about their Living Light Farm in Thursday’s paper, so if you want to see and hear more check this week’s paper. I am making short work of what could be a much longer and more thorough tour and commentary.

Here’s a glimpse of the “home” side of the equation. Just off to the right are the two greenhouses of the previous photo. When you’re inside the house looking out the windows to the back of the property the mountains seem big and close. I felt they had found a beautiful location for their project, with a feel of being both sheltered and nurtured by the mountains in an up-close way. And they are showing us the amazing possibilities for growing a wide variety of food plants right outside our “door.” Kudos!

First of my sunflowers.

Mable Dodge House Lives On

By some luck I was invited on a tour of the Mable Dodge house/complex. I had been scheduled to give a talk to a group staying there for a class on travel journal sketching but the group got a chance to take the tour at the same time. Thus I was included and gave my talk after. This photo shows the main part of the house as it was designed by Tony Luhan,  Mable’s Taos Pueblo native husband. He did a lot of beautiful and creative things with the adobe style of building.

I particularly admire the playfulness of these two square rooms at the top, the bedroom with windows all around, which I was able to visit last summer, and the room with the painted glass, which I’ve never been in.

Seeing this painting on glass 2 years ago gave me the practical idea that I could use the same technique to paint my two glass-paned front doors. The tour guide, Jane, mentioned the glass painting and said several different people, some famous artists, did the work, each pane an original.

This is the kind of charming detail that captures my imagination, part of a row of cut-out spaces in a wall that gives lightness to it, as well as a tantalizing view into an area of the house that I believe was for guests. Our tour was mostly outside. At the end we all sat around in what was the living room listening to our guide tell her informed version of the story of Mable and Tony’s life in Taos.

We were taken around to the back of the house, along the wall with the green lattice windows in the wall, to discuss the border line between the property on which the house sits and the Taos Pueblo land. According to the Pueblo the assumed property line was originally calculated incorrectly and there are special arrangements by which some of the  guest houses continue to be bought and sold and occupied. There was a road along this fence which allowed trucks to drive up and unload at a back door entrance to the main house, but that use has been discontinued due to conflict with the Pueblo over the property line.

While most Anglos feel Mable and Tony’s story is a valued part of Taos’ history, the people of the Pueblo were never very impressed by it for their own reasons. In some way we can see this boundary conflict as it moves along into present time as a symbol of the complexity that remains a part of Taos.

I mentioned last week the hollyhocks having their day in the sun here in downtown Taos. Well, as it’s turned out the sun has been brutally consistent lately, with daytime temps in the 90s. Here we see plants that are doing fine in the heat. They’re located beneath the innovative and new El Gamal sign across the lane from said restaurant. Beyond is a large parking lot that serves the shops on Dona Luz as well as the central Plaza a block away.

I believe this is a close up of one of the flowers in the previous shot. In the house where I grew up there were hollyhocks growing along the back fence each summer. No doubt this influences the emotional reaction I get when I see them to this day.

This is an unexpected siting of a very happy mullein plant growing in one of the beds at the Hanuman Temple. Mullein is more often found in the wild, ideally in places where it gets plenty of water. It has medicinal properties. Is good for lung issues. The leaves are softly hairy and can be used in lieu of toilet paper, or so I’m told. I’ve never tried it.

Happy first birthday on July 4th Charlotte!

Cherries, Peas and Hollyhocks

Cherries, a special offering of the spring season (until the Summer Solstice June 20) appeared at the farm market last week, along with more fine local peas. Radishes are also abundant, along with the first of summer’s beets. I noticed this morning on the online “Weather Channel” that our Taos temperatures will start creeping up into the low 90s for the first time this season. I guess that’s right on time for the start of the summer season. Peas don’t like the heat so they will scurry to finish up their  seed-making task and step off stage left. I’m just starting to harvest my peas. I’ll make sure to keep up the watering.

More cherries here from Mary Campbell’s farm in Dixon. To her left is Harvey, who is a farming neighbor. He was claiming to be old so I asked the year he was born and he said a number that was before 1930. Old enough to qualify in my book. I mention it because Harvey is still in the game. He and Mary seemed to be sharing a table. And the handsome fella to the right is from Oklahoma, working and living this summer on Mary’s farm to learn the trade. There is an official name for this exchange which I missed, but it’s good to see young people’s interest in farming.

Speaking of beets! These look young and fresh and I’m sure packed with nutrition. My favorite way to cook beets is to drizzle an oil and Balsamic vinegar mix over them and bake them in the oven in an aluminum wrapping. Brings out the sweetness.

My peas, the photo taken a week or so ago. I wanted to show illustrate how beautiful the flowers are, as well as the tendrils clinging to the sticks that make up the tipi they like to climb.

Also thought I’d mention how my pea growing experience each spring brings back memories of the ten years I spent as a nanny to my granddaughter (now 12). She loved my peas from the time she was old enough to pop them into her mouth. It feels good to know I leave behind that legacy of her knowing where food came from before supermarkets. She also loved the seeding time in the garden when I first turned over the soil with a trowel, revealing a world of earthworms. Loved those worms!

This shot was taken in the orchard on the property. Looks like there will be some apricots this summer. All this grass you see has been mowed the past couple of days, along with the alfalfa field. Some of this grass will get bailed and reserved for Barney, the horse who lives here.

And these are the wild plums that never had a chance to evolve last summer due to a late freezing night when they were flowering. What a beautiful sight. They grow on plants that are more bushes than trees and they are small in size when ripe, but delicious. They remind me of picking wild blackberries in California back in the day. Wild fruit=gifts of nature.

This is farmer John, half of the married couple who own the property where I live. He’s using this small tractor to pull out old fenceposts near my house. He is proposing to build a new latia (coyote) fence along the side of my back garden that runs along the road to their house. Now that would be nice.

Here come the hollyhocks. They make the OptiMysm metaphysical store look very inviting.

Happy Summer Solstice!

Petree’s Nursery in Spring

You’d have to include a scenic location when compiling a list of great things about Petree’s Nursery. Yes, those are the Taos mountains in the background and the homes and such between Blueberry Hill Road and the Taos Pueblo.

I’d heard of this nursery and even driven by the sign on Blueberry Hill a couple of times in the short 2 years I’ve lived in Taos. There’s nothing to see as you pass the sign, just a road heading right off to who knows where? But lately I began to have a passion about locating some organic plant food (forget Ace or WalMart) and that’s how I ended up at Petree’s. There were so many choices there it was hard to decide. I ended up taking the recommendation of the helpful clerk and chose her own favorite, a well-rounded dry mix of nutrients called “rose food.”

So back to the right turn at the Petree sign on Blueberry Hill (if you’re coming from the south) I followed the road (Petree Lane) as it headed rather straight downhill. The elevation of the retail area pictured here is dramatically lower than original turn at the top. This place was a real discovery for me in so many ways. I asked the owner, Sylvia, if I could take these photos for a Taos blog and all she said was “make it pretty.” She did share that the nursery became a company in the early 90′ after she and Mr. Petree became a couple. He already owned the land and together they created what you see today.

This is what’s inside those greenhouses in the last photo. Everything you’d need to get your garden off to an early start. I tend to plant my own seeds, especially things like peas and salad greens (arugula, kale, parsley, chard, lettuces, cilantro) which are not that fussy about cool night temperatures. When it comes to cucumbers and tomatoes I like to wait and then buy plants toward the end of May. Because our summers are relatively short it pays to let someone do the greenhouse work for you. That is if you want your tomatoes starting to make fruit in July. Yes we do!

If you’re new to Taos I hope it doesn’t take you as long as it did me to discover the joys and various services of Petree’s. It’s quite a place.

Saturday at the farm market my friend, Lauren, learned what those wagons at the official Taos Farm Market booth are for, and they’re free for the asking. I don’t think I saw those last summer. How nice! Every week there are more farmers with booths and more customers appreciating what’s coming into season. Peas are starting to show up and they are in high demand when word gets out. My personal favorite buy right now is the $4 bag of fresh sprouts, including sunflower sprouts, which I love. Favorite flower starting to show up: Dalias.

I don’t recall the grower but one booth was offering this freshly picked camomile, with the suggestion that you allow it to dry then use it for making tea. I loved the fresh beauty of it and the container too. I’d bet the tea that results will have a more delicious flavor than store bought.

This peacock was putting on quite the show Sunday at the Hanuman Temple. He allowed plenty of time for crowds to gather and camera toters to find their equipment. Loved this photo of the intent observers.

And that would be the “object of attention” there on the lower left, the female. This is the first time, for all the many times I’ve been to the temple on a Sunday, to see this display. The building that houses the temple room is just behind the peacock.

Alfalfa blossoms

Flowers of May

This photo could have been taken in Sun Valley, Idaho, where I was living before moving to Taos two years ago. Mountain towns seem to be the perfect home for this extravagant showy poppy. I’ve been noticing the local hollyhocks are starting to reach for the vertical and some are budding already. Won’t be long before they will dominate the Taos historic district with their tall beauty.

I found these perfect Bleeding Hearts in a flower bed in front of Moby Dickens book store in the John Dunn Plaza. I once did an oil painting of Bleeding Hearts, which I think I still have. I’ll see if I can find the file to add here…

I don’t have a date for this painting but it would be somewhere around 2005. I had just started painting in oils on wood panels and was like a kid in a candy store. I was looking for things I loved, pure and simple, and didn’t have much of an identity as a painter or knew what my style might turn out to be. I was all over the place, and it was all just for the pleasure of doing/exploring. I eventually turned away from flowers as subjects and really hadn’t looked back until this fall when the Gallerie Corazon in Santa Fe found my flower paintings on my website. Seems I’m spiraling around back to them for now?

This local scene in the historic district is along the north side of Bent Street.To the left is a local artisan co-op. My focus was on the tree which was dropping little green fruits which turned out to be baby apricots. I was pleased to find this contented old apricot tree flourishing in its location.

I’d be remis if I didn’t include this photo of a bouquet of peonies taken at last Saturday’s farm market. When I was growing up in Oklahoma we lived next door to an older couple who seemed to specialize in peonies. Their backyard would come alive with them for a brief time in May with variations in size, color and types of this showy flower.

The same couple also had many beautiful and large crystal clusters setting out on a wall around their front porch. I loved visiting those crystals. I remember being told they had come from Arkansas. I recently read something far-out online about deeply buried crystals beneath areas of Arkansas starting to re-activate after some very long time (Atlantis?). My family took little vacations to Arkansas when I was very young. When I was older we went to the mountains of Colorado instead.

Meet Daniel Cordova, owner of Cerro Vista Farm, located near Questa (north of Taos a ways). I think of Daniel as the “big daddy” of local “truck” farms in the area. You can see his truck there behind him. Later in the summer you won’t see him much. He has a big contingent of products and a crew of able and affable folks exchanging the farm’s beautiful food for cash. Personally I think they have the best lettuce.

I’m hoping this summer to have my own cutting lettuce. I’m off to a fairly good start thus far, but the wages of high elevation sun, wind and lack of humidity make it a challenge for me to do something here I thought I understood from years of interest and experience elsewhere. I do have pea vines starting to flower now and am cutting a green mix of kale, arugula, parsley, chard and baby lettuces every day.

Stopped along Maestas Road on the way to town the other day to photograph our acequia ditch as it flows northwest toward the property I live on. The source of this water is the Rio Chiquito which comes off the Sangre De Christo mountains and eventually flows into the Rio Pueblo which joins the Rio Grande. A well near this river supplies the drinking water for our neighborhood (tests drinkable without added chemicals).

Taos Farmer’s Market booth

 

May Market, the Gorge, the Eclipse!

Oh yes, our Saturday Farmer’s Market is back in business. This vendor comes down from Colorado and she uses a greenhouse to get a jump on the summer season. I’ve just put my couple of zucchini seedlings (bought at the farm market) in the ground. It will be awhile before I have zucchini flowers, not to mention squash.

The geography of the Taos region allows a lot of people to live in a widely scattered area of which Taos is both a market center and a magnetic symbol. Living in or near Taos means many things to many diverse people. Here in the farm market season all that diversity shows up once a week and blends into a harmonious, abundant and cheerful whole. So get ready for another five months of my camera’s fascination with this enticing feast for the eyes and the soul.

I suspect I’ve taken many photos of the Rio Grande Gorge from this very spot. There was a woman setting up to paint from the same vantage point, so I was not alone in my car-stopping admiration. The view looks to the north back toward the length of the gorge that is most typical, like the familiar view from the Gorge Bridge. But at this juncture the sides of the gorge are coming further apart and a couple of miles to the south things open up (at Pilar) to allow the river to slide steeply west along Hwy. 68 down to Espanola. On a trip to Santa Fe last week I saw a lot of river rafting along there. Tis the season.

If you read this blog regularly you’ll guess that I was on my way to Ojo Caliente Hot Springs when I took that previous photo. That road crosses a bridge over the river then heads west in a steep climb out of the gorge up to this immense mesa. I’d say most people driving to Ojo take a different route that takes them over the Gorge Bridge, but either way you end up on this road. I’ve always wanted to take a photo of one of these cow signs, of which there are several along this stretch of road. Many, not all, have been stamped with this image of a UFO. If I were from outer space I think I’d pick this mesa for a hover spot. I’ve never seen a UFO but many here say they have.

And now for the return trip. This is where the road down into the gorge starts its slippery slope downwards and ultimately right photo-wise. Because I live on the southwest end of Taos it’s convenient for me to take this “back road” way over to the hot springs. I have an all-wheel-drive vehicle and it’s definitely the scenic road.

No photo can describe the magical Eclipse Party we had at OptiMysm (metaphysical store) Sunday night. At this point in the party/ceremony we have all come out to see what we can see of this important annular eclipse of the Sun. I got my favorite view using the green glass that my friend Sheila was looking through in the photo.

I post a monthly astrology blog at the New Moon and my last one describes the significance of this eclipse and discusses important astrological events in both May and June. I welcome you to check it out if you’ve never explored it.

Perfect yellow rose at the farm market

 

 

May Flowers Taos

Hello Irises! These were the first of the season I’d seen! The photo was taken at the Overland Complex on Saturday. The owner of Ancient Rituals Medicine (I call it the Tea Shop) dreamed up this celebration in front of her store and named it the “Taos Medicine Wheel Gathering,” the 1st annual. There was a DJ for music, a woman on stilts in an amazing dress and another woman with hoops inspiring the young ones. And a newly built medicine wheel. The weather was perfect.

Now that I’m writing this I realize I should have anticipated I’d want to use this photo and get the names of these talented and generous women performers. My apologies.

That said, I want to share my thoughts about the observable fact that seemingly spontaneous events like this happen here in Taos. April, the creator of this event, is a young woman of vision and passion about how life could be closer to our dream, our sense of what is possible. Certainly she is not alone in this but for some reason she caught   my attention when I first met her.

Could have been a great day and a beautiful setting for an Easter party or a Maypole Ritual. These young girls looked the part.

So continuing here with my thoughts about the event and April’s visionary sense…the prevalence of people like her moving to Taos in the past several years is notable. On May first I had my “2 years in Taos” anniversary. A lot of the people I’ve befriended here belong to that 2-year wave. This includes April, who moved herself and her then 1 year-old son, and her Oregon business here. I’ll mention her mom also decided to move here. Sweet.

The scene would not be complete without a lilac bush in peak flowering. What a magical and inspiring moment in the yearly cycle!

On her flyer for the event April welcomes “all healers in Taos and the surrounding community” to “come recognize and be recognized” and for “people of the community to join and celebrate healing and health.” Through her Ayurvedic practice April offers an alternative to western medicine. Her positive presence enriches Taos and she is a great role model for young woman. I look forward to introducing my “soon to be age 13” granddaughter to her.

Here’s a shot of the windowed front of the Tea Shop reflecting the grassy area where the event took place. The Envision Gallery next door uses the area to display their wind sculptures, which are visible from the road.

This is a detail of one of the many paintings in the Envision Gallery by Mieshiel. Last fall some of my own work was accepted into the gallery and over time I have become acquainted with Mieshiel and his work and have become an ardent fan of both and and, really, the gallery in general.

So it’s been my good fortune to have found a heart-full place here in the Overland Complex Complex where the Tea Shop and Envision Gallery sit side-by-side. When I started this blog in June of 2010 I saw it a way to share with others my own discoveries of treasures here in Taos, especially the people doing things that inspire and excite me. This post is all about that.

Next weekend is the opening of the Saturday Farmer’s Market!

April