It always feels a little like Christmas when I get film back from the lab and it’s always a surprise to see what’s on those rolls I’ve left sitting in a drawer for months. All of a sudden, we’re back in Santa Fe. How cool is that? :-)

Photo taken with a Canon Rebel T2 and Fujichrome Velvia 100F 35mm color-slide film.



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Fellow Americans, I hope you will accept my belated Independence Day greetings!

I didn’t foresee being absent from this space for so long but real life has once again gotten in the way. There have been more than a few distractions among them the fact that my computer’s near-death experience a couple of weeks ago was not a false alarm but was in fact a prelude to the real thing.

Yes, my faithful companion of the past seven years has finally kicked the bucket. I’m not one to anthropomorphize inanimate objects but we’ve been through so much together, that computer and I, and I’m a little sad to move on without her. I was hoping she had another year or two left in her.

At least there have been no tears. I’ll admit I once stood weeping in a Saturn dealership (remember them?) when I was told my beloved 2-door coupe (which, although I didn’t know it at the time and even more distressing, would turn out to be my last car with a stick shift) was beyond repair. I’ve had some arguably cooler rides since then but I doubt I’ll ever love another car liked I loved that Saturn!

So, anyway…the good news is I have a new computer! Yay. The bad news is I couldn’t really afford one. Oh well. I’m not going to obsess over the particulars.

As for the photo, it’s an iPhone snap I took yesterday while soaking up the festivities here in Idyllwild. There are few things more fun than the 4th of July in a small town!



You hear a lot about the beautiful light in New Mexico and with that light comes beautiful shadows. Here’s another image from my first morning in Santa Fe. :-)



So while I’m trying to get this blogging ship back on course, I thought I’d revisit my recent trip to New Mexico. This surreptitious attempt at street photography was taken my first morning in Santa Fe.



Sigh. I’m back and very glad to be here. It’s been quite a week what with our triple-digit temperatures (everything you’ve heard about the heatwave in the Southwest is true…it was 122 degrees here yesterday!); my computer’s near-death experience and week-long hospitalization (a grateful shout out to the good people at the Palm Desert Apple Store); my impending and very-expensive dental surgery (oh well, it’s been a long time coming); and a new photography show next week (no matter how many times I get to do this, I’m pretty sure I’ll never get past the accompanying anxiety and insecurity).

Not that I’m complaining. There are so many awful things going on in the world and I am acutely aware of how fortunate I am. No matter how disruptive, stressful, and expensive these little catastrophes might seem in the moment they are merely bumps in the road.

See you back here tomorrow. :-)