Much of what we discovered while gliding over the roads of Texas and New Mexico had a certain thread of Catholicism woven into the view, whether it was a cross perched on top of a roadside hill, a community cemetery and its colorful racket of crosses, or a decomposing rural church – beaten up and broken down but looking like it still contained the vibrancy of an active congregation. It most certainly did in the case of San Francisco de Asis Church in Taos, which Barbara so impressively captured. Two of the three times we visited the church there was something going on inside, and I even captured a cat poking its nose in the door for a look around. Seems like that was the place to be before the rapture of Mumford & Sons coming to town only two days later. With faith being so important to the region, I can see a few of my images starting to easily coalesce around the theme, and have posted a couple here. It’s just part of the rich and variegated fabric of the American Southwest that makes the culture so interesting and, whether it’s the reported paranormal occurrences, the ethereal light (talk about amazing clouds) or the engaging characters we constantly encountered, truly a Land of Enchantment.

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