Tuesday, March 15, 2011

High Rolls, New Mexico

25 miles above the sprawling landscape of Alamogordo, NM, sits High Rolls nestled in the mountains. A small, quiet village known for it's cherry and apple orchards and gorgeous mountain living. I can trace my ancestry (father's side) back to a tiny fruit stand that still stands on the side of the highway to this day. As my children ran around in the dead leaves next to the fruit stand, I realized they were the 4th generation to play in that spot.

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The family fruit stand.

Another old fruit stand.

One of the oldest buildings in High Rolls. Most likely an old bar or general store.

I have an interesting story about this next building. From the front, it seems perfectly quiet and quaint, all while still mysterious. I think it was once an old store. As I walked around back, I got the most uneasy feeling I've ever had next to a building. (And I've been around some creepy places in my life, even as a little girl.) Nothing has bothered me as much as being next to this building. I felt uneasy and didn't want to get closer to the back portion than I had to. Almost like someone or something was watching me. SO creepy!


Back- it still kinda creeps me out.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Magdalena, New Mexico- haunting and amazing

Roughly an hour and 1/2 south of Albuquerque, lies the sleepy town of Magdalena, NM, teeming with history. Established in 1884, Magdalena was once a bustling, wealthy rail town, which supported mining communities such as Kelly, New Mexico on it's outskirts. Sadly Magdalena peaked in 1925. Many amazing buildings still remain within the small community which is nestled below the Magdalena Peak. My friend and I happened into town after a pretty good snow storm, and was able to catch some amazing shots of snow on the mountains, as well, as the town itself. We were unable to access Kelly, as the road had not been plowed, so we missed out on one of the most amazing old cemeteries in the state. (I visited as a kid.) So, it's my mission to one day go back and photograph Kelly. Magdalena did have a seriously impressive cemetery however.

I will let the photo's speak for themselves.

Magdalena Peak

Leaving town

I thought the children"s section of the current library was hauntingly beautiful.