Sunday, August 31, 2008

Taos Pueblo - Taos Mountain

In my last post you heard Robert Mirabal mention the Taos Mountain. This is a photo I took when I was last at Taos Pueblo. It gives you a sense of the spirit of the place, but only a sense. Every one should go to Taos and expreience this for yourselves. There is a fabled story of "The Taos Hum". Many say they can hear it - I never have. But its easy for me to imagine that "THE HUM" is the result of a collective "Ahhh..." as in "ah, I get it..."

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Medicine Man - Robert Mirabal

When your heart is homesick this is the balm...


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Hornos at Taos Pueblo

These ovens are made of adobe and are used to bake the most wonderful bread you have ever tasted.
It takes a special gift to bake in a horno. First you have to collect firewood and build a fire inside the oven. Small twigs of Juniper are traditional and the scent of the Juniper add to the magic of this process. Allow the fire to burn boldly and then die down to coals. Ashes are then swept out of the front of the oven. A towel is secured to the end of a pole and dipped in water to swab down the oven floor. A rough wood or metal "door" leaning against the opening helps regulate the heat.
Now here's the real trick; toss a crumpled piece of newspaper into the oven. If the paper burns up the oven is too hot and needs to be swabbed out again with cold water. But when the paper burns slowly and turns a light brown the oven is the right temperature to bake your bread.
The dough is shaped into a round loaf and slid inside the oven with a large wooden paddle. It's common for several dozen loaves to be baked at once.
I have been told that once the bread is done the oven will have cooled to the right temperature to bake cakes and cookies. Then a brisket, pork roast or maybe a turkey can go in next and left in over night for slow roasting
If I close my eyes I can almost smell the bread...
If you enlarge the photo you can see the straw mixed into the mud (and the cemetery in the back ground). You can buy Indian Bread anytime of year but for reasons I can't explain I tend to identify them with fall.
Ah, fall in New Mexico. Golden leaves, cool days, turquoise skies, the smell of green chile roasting, bread baking and juniper smoke....these are the things of home.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Madrid, New Mexico

"My Madrid" by Dee Sanchez This beautiful painting is by Dee Sanchez. She is a wonderfully talented New Mexico artist represented by Weem Gallery. She has totally captured the feel of Madrid, New Mexico. Click on Dee's name to view her blog and enjoy her wonderful work.
This picture of Dana and I was taken in Madrid when we were there on vacation in 2004.
This one was taken last fall (2007). Those of you who might have seen the movie "Wild Hogs" will recognise "Maggie's Diner" in the background.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Santuario de Chimayo

This tinted photo of the church in Chimayo was made from one of the pictures I took last fall while touring New Mexico. I love the vintage look of this picture.