I have been to Santa Fé in New Mexico several times but this year I took in Abiquiú which lies about 50 miles north. I hope these few photographs show the wonderful combination of adobe buildings and magnificent blue skies. I always think New Mexican skies look photoshopped but few photographers would pull the gradient slider so blue, so it has to be real!

The first church featured is allegedly the one in some Georgia O'Keeffe painting. This might be quite untrue, but that's what a gallery owner said- there is always someone in the blogosphere to put you right! I thought it was more than a little amusing that it said 'welcome'on a gate, while on the same notice asked you not to go beyond the gate to take photographs- go figure!

this panorama of Abiquiú lake (below) a bit of an experiment on a new panasonic point and shoot.

I have been on a steep learning curve moving my photo storage and editing from aperture to lightroom. (Thank you Apple for announcing you are stopping support of aperture and iPhoto!!) I think I am now in a position to blog from lightroom, so l hope to flood my blog with some of the wonderful places I have visited in the past couple of months.

Have a great day!


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hi! i am Anne (hence vANNilla) - two 'N's autocorrect WILL autocorrect - grrrrrr I can most often be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen,(with my trusty thermomix) behind a camera or a kindle. If you are a traveller/photographer my bog is @vannilla https://vannillarock.wordpress.com If you have come as a baker my blog is http://vannillarock.com i studied economics in Edinburgh in the early 70's; now retired from a day job, on paper i have plenty of time to explore the blogosphere and enjoy the shared experiences of others. like every other retiree i know we wonder how we fitted in a day job. I split my time between Guernsey,. In the Channel Islands -a 20-odd square mile island with 60thousand+ inhabitants- and Phoenix, Arizona. The mix is perfect- the former is beautiful but attacks of cabin fever are never too far away. Arizona, on the other hand IS king of the open road and has THE biggest bluest sky EVER. my blogs revolve around baking (vannillarock) and photography/travel if you like what you see please do start a conversation :)

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