Beautiful & Familiar

Prague, Czech Republic

Ornate or simple, colorful or plain, places of worship come in all sizes and architectural styles,┬ábut one thing they have in common is that sense of peaceful solemnity inside. Wherever I am, whether visiting another state or someplace on the other side of the world, there’s a sense of familiarity when I walk into a church. I feel safe and at home.

Atlixco, Puebla, Mexico

Churches are one of my favorite subjects to photograph not only for their beauty, but also for the way they reveal a connection that crosses borders, cultures, and time.

Detroit, Michigan

Puebla, Mexico

Vysehrad, Prague, Czech Republic

Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Distinguishing Details: Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Wandering around downtown Santa Fe, I stumbled upon this incredibly detailed wooden door. It guarded the entrance to a closed, modern-looking restaurant, but I imagine it once belonged somewhere majestic.

Vivid Locales: Santa Fe

Making up a friendly and creative community, the locals of Santa Fe seem to be a happy bunch. Maybe it’s the beautiful mountain views, maybe the awesome tamales, maybe living the artsy life. Whatever their secret is, I believe part of it has to do with all the vibrant colors that are woven throughout the city.

From the plaza shops to the art galleries to the farmers market, Santa Fe is full of color and personality. Visiting places like this always puts a smile on my face and makes me wonder why someone wouldn’t paint their front door turquoise…?

El Rancho de las Golondrinas

El Rancho de las Golondrinas is an amazing place to explore. I’ve never seen anything like it. Since I love checking out old places, I was pleasantly surprised to learn of it’s existence and visit the ranch in the same day, during my first (and hopefully not last) visit to Santa Fe.

Las Golondrinas dates back to the early 1700s when it was a stop on the Camino Real, a route from Santa Fe to Mexico City. Imagining the events that took place within the beautiful adobe structures and all the travelers who also took in those sweeping landscapes, not to mention the fun I had running around with my camera, it really made for an incredible afternoon.