Our walk in enchantment continues as we completed a successful shoot of four additional locations on our journey. We stay close to center after our last steps along the Historic Route 66 and begin with an impromptu visit to a hidden gem in Albuquerque, New Mexico, visiting the award winning Albuquerque Rose Garden.
Nestled in the city the beautiful garden surrounds a local library and brings to amazement all that can grow in the high desert climate. The garden is taken in an ellipse around the building property, allowing for a wonderful peaceful walk among the blooms.
Under these canopies a smile grew as I absorbed the peaceful silence of the surround of this ecosystem. Somehow, although in the middle of busy, the dedication and creation of the space for the roses has created an agreement with its surrounding city that here…in this space, the city sounds would give over to that of the flower songs. It is a reason to include this location in this project. Although seemingly minor compared to sites such as White Sands, this location reminds us that the silence is always in the middle of the noise. We are never too far from the other-worldly we seek.
It was then west to the edge of Albuquerque for a visit to the Petroglyph National Monument. Known as the landscape of symbols there are carvings in the lava rock of this area from both Native American and Spanish settlers from 400 to 700 years ago.
One cannot help but to begin the attempt to interpret the stories peppered into the scrambled rocks. We found they ranged from rudimentary event depictions into larger complex stories, seeming more mystical in the interpretation of the author’s experience.
Our time in the symbols was under intense heat, magnified off the black lava rock, seemingly stimulated to return to its one fiery form. Preserved by as a National Park this site has housing developments building in shockingly close to its borders, allowing one to consider what the new residents of the fire rock would carve as the show of their experience. The purchase of a new smart phone? Experiencing online networking? Risking collapses of global financial markets? Or perhaps we would offer a simple poem of the sunset…we will have to live several more hundred years to see.
At sunrise we arrived for a hike into Tent Rocks a stunning geological feature located near Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico.
As described in literature provided at the site…”The area was created as products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 millions ears ago, leaving pumice, ash and tuff deposits over 1,000 feet thick. Tremendous explosions from the Jemez volcanic field spewed rock fragments while searing hot gasses blasted down slopes in a pyroclastic flow…Over time, wind and water cut into these deposits creating canyons and arroyos, scooping holes in the rock and contouring the ends of small, inward ravines into smooth semi-circles.”
The area only began to be managed by the Bureau of Land Management in 2001 and is maintained to keep visitors on guided trails due to the sensitive erosive tendencies of the rock and ash material. As you enter the park trail you begin to comprehend the size of volcanic event it must have taken to create these magnificent tents, also known as hoodoos.
The stunning beauty experienced when making the first steps into the park only pull one further down the trail and it is highly recommended to advance forward into the Canyon Slot trail to experience the elemental prints carving into this landscape.
Into the canyon you take the path of the once river, seeing and feeling the direction of the force that once flowed against these walls.
The markings of river flow was the residue coating every view. As is once a colony of master sculptures, each the creative force of their time spent their entire experience creating its majesty for our artistic influence and emotional pleasure.
Leaving Tent Rocks we made the quick journey into Madrid, New Mexico where the local flavor is bring your own…
Navigating the village is immediately evocative of a simpler time when kicking the can and listening for the train whistle indicating there is a good change the left pennies have met their fate with flattened. It was easy to ask questions about the area sharing the once coal mining town moved into the eclectic artistic community it has become today. The rarity of the history of this town allows for incredible property and home values coating what looks like a city standing on its own recycled parts.
It was all well wishes from every soul we encountered, whether a local or another visitor. The village was open and that was more than a sign on the door, it was within the very language and energy of those that are her dwellers.
They live as they art and it seemed perfectly normal to use old mattress springs as a chain link fence, how practical! The plastic legs rising from the open wagon that is kept by this fence? That’s the art! When everything, even the practical, is done through creativity and curiosity we create a seamless ribbon between time and consciousness that allows our very own creative force connect in to the surrounding as a child on a adventure would.
Walking through Madrid we met a horse name Misty. Her story was that she carried a blue eyed man from Missouri to New Mexico in 6 months and 5 week along with two dogs, one picked up along the way in Arkansas. Baffled at the story we sat onlookers as Misty tossed her head and posed, flower perfectly perched.
She nuzzled our hands as we lingered in her beautiful eyes and we said goodbye and returned home to plan our next site.
These visits were a splendor to have and we are thrilled to journey to Chaco Canyon and the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness at the end of May. A portion of the proceeds from the Walking Enchantment project sales will benefit the top nominated charities sponsored in our fundraising program that will be announced very soon in August 2014! We appreciate your support of this project and our donation opportunities with your friends, family and social media communities!
Until the next location….