"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Songs of the Pioneers song from TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon's old-fashioned newspaper column, cross-breeding watercolor, metaphors and journalism, for readers in more than 150 countries.

Saturday, July 4, 2009


The big head, in Spanish, a volcanic plug in northwest New Mexico, at the foot of which is the old ghost town Cabezon. My dad painted a picture of that town long ago, and I've often wondered about that town, now on private property on a dirt road.
I took this photo at the top of my blog a year ago, heading to Chaco Canyon to camp for a couple of days, enjoying the quiet and lonliness. Cabezon is a landmark you can see for miles in that wide open country. I can see it in my spirit for more than many miles.

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