Wednesday, June 3, 2009

the Tour-ABC Wednesday

We continue to be amazed at our good fortune to be able to spend time here at Ghost Ranch. This truly seems to be a unique place, with new vistas, people and experiences around every corner.

You probably already know that Ghost Ranch is where Georgia O'Keeffe spent much of her time painting. She loved the area around Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch in particular.

I can certainly see why.

In 2005, there was an exhibition of her paintings accompanied by photographs of the actual locations. Titled Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico: a Sense of Place, the exhibition was such a success that Ghost Ranch now offers a tour following the same path. Yesterday, we went on the tour and what a wonderful day we had.

So for this ABC Wednesday, I'm showing my photographs from the Georgia O'Keeffe Tour.

Her paintings are so very rich in color, as is the landscape around us, yet somehow, I want to see these images in black and white. I look at the photos in color. They are vibrant and rich and alive. But when I see them in black and white, they seem to speak to me on another level, so I'm just going to go with it.

On our way to the tour,
we saw this lone hiker
silhouetted against the sky.

Getting away from the main compound,
we begin to see the country as she saw it.

O'Keeffe painted these rocks several times.
She particularly liked these "arrowheads".
They are are part of the cliffs
in the preceding shot.

Please remember that you can
click on any image.
They look much better
when seen in a larger size.

These mounds are very similar
to the Painted Desert

These trees catch my eye
every time.

There's a herd of wild burros
here on the Ranch.

They came out to greet us,
probably hoping for a handout.

They were out of luck
in that department,
but that didn't stop them
from following us.

I took this shot from the back of the bus.

It's my favorite of the day.

The huge clouds of the New Mexico skies
cast the most amazing patterns on the land.
It looked like someone had
masked out part of the landscape.

This is known as Gerald's tree,
named by Georgia O'Keeffe.
She painted it several times.

Everyone who sees it photographs it,
so I almost didn't.

But then I gave in

One final shot of Chimney Rock.
Doesn't it look like it's smoking?

A perfect day.


Lorna... said...

Love the B&W slant Kate...very Ansel Adamsy and a lovely contrast to O'Keefe's vibrant colors. You done good!


jay said...

I love the shot of the burros following you, and the chimney shot. Those are my favourites!

I like what I've seen of Georgia O'Keefe, which isn't much. She has an interesting technique, which seems to me to be influenced by the clarity of light where she lived and worked. Not that I know anything much about art.

photowannabe said...

Wow Kate, you have outdone yourself. Gorgeous pictures. I would love to go on that G O'Keefe tour. It must have been fascinating. Absolutely love the picture of the burros following the bus.