"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 metaphors and journalism and art, for readers in 150 countries.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Eve journey--one day to Christmas

Christmas eve journey...4 by 6 watercolor
Where I grew up in New Mexico, pilgrimages to sacred sites and shrines and churches are common at Christmas. There is something pure and crisp and ancient about religion in cold mountain air with the smell of pinon and the sound of bells ringing. Adobe is richer when snow is the garland and real candles flicker shadows on the earthen walls.
Feliz Navidad indeed.

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