Thursday, December 30, 2010

No words- just beauty

Enjoy some photo's from the day in Alamogordo that I fancied up just a little. It's amazing how easy it is to photograph normal things and make them look fantastic.

The railroad to?

Old sawmill kiln no longer in operation

Action shot!

Monte Vista Cemetery- Alamogordo, New Mexico

Nestled close to the Sacramento Mountains in Alamogordo, is the Monte Vista Cemetery and also the final resting place for my Dad, Sam Pilgreen.

This cemetery is hauntingly beautiful in that it's a very, very old cemetery. There is an older section to this final resting ground secluded from "general population" where the gravestones date back to the early 1800's late 1700's. I could not find an exact date this cemetary was established, but a quick run to the local library today should do the trick.

Some gravestones in the eerie older section of this cemetery have no markings, just  lonely small gravestones from years ago. Weathered from age, story-less, and alone. I find this truly disturbing. Luckily the cemetery is kept clear of debris and trash. It's a true step back in time when gazing upon this section of the cemetery.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

La Luz, New Mexico- Artsy and Rustic

Immediately North of Alamogordo, New Mexico (where my Mom resides) lies a teeny rustic community nestled in the Tularosa basin, called La Luz. A small town where one lane roads criss-cross and intersect and take you back somewhere in time. I can only imagine the history of this small village that contains an old village plaza, houses and barns set back behind huge cottonwood trees, original gates and fences made of wood, and a creek used as an aqueduct system that runs down the side of Water Road from the mountains.

Rustic and serene, an artist's paradise, La Luz feels and breathes peace and quiet. The large trees sway in the breeze of the crisp Winter day, lazily releasing their dried leaves of gold to the ground and across streets. Truly and amazing step back in time this peaceful town is.

La Luz, New Mexico is located approximately 10 miles North of Alamogordo, New Mexico, just south of Tularosa. La Luz was established around 1864 (though there is some dispute over this) and was part of Mexico until 1848. La Luz is currently mostly residential and agricultural.

I urge you to visit La Luz and take a special trip down Water Road where time seems to stand still.

Thanks for reading!