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I obviously love living in Arizona, but I have also felt doubly fortunate to be living next to New Mexico. The photo above is one of my favorites; it shows the wide-open, rolling landscapes and limitless, beautiful skies that always seem to greet me each time I visit.
The capital of New Mexico is Santa Fe, one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the United States. This photo is of a street scene right before sunset.
A high-desert Santa Fe sunset.

Every August Santa Fe holds the largest Native American Art Show in the country. If you love Native American art and jewelry,it is definitely worth seeing. This is just a very small portion of the Show. It literally goes on for blocks and blocks around the Plaza of the Governors, and in 2002 was host to over 1,200 artists from 600 different tribes.
Here are some very colorful drums for sale.

The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi is illuminated by the bronze light of the setting sun. This present structure was built in 1889, but the first church on this site was built in 1615. I have a special affection for St. Francis of Assisi since he is the patron saint of animals.
Between Santa Fe and Taos is the little village of Chimayo. There you will find the Santuario de Chimayo, a wondrous structure with Spanish colonial, Native American, and Anglo influences. Its simple altar is laden with artwork and icons, and there is such a feeling of serenity inside, it is hard to describe. You just know it is a place where miracles occur. I always make it a point to stop at the Santuario whenever I visit the Santa Fe/Taos area.
This is the church and graveyard in the Pueblo San Ildefonso reservation, near Santa Fe.

The Taos Pueblo has been continuously inhabited for nearly a thousand years.
The Taos Pueblo, with the Sangre de Cristo mountains in the background.

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