Celebrating the Southwest — Photo Essay
Mancos … rolling back in time.
Autumn has changed to brown, with powder snow,
cold winter nights, and the warmth of holidays.
Spring 2020, and our first taste of November snow
that placed a nice white blanket over the ranch.
“I detect carrots in your pockets!”
Glowing crown of the Mesa
20 seconds to sunset … Mesa Verde National Park.
Crescent moon appears over the Mancos Valley.
What We’ve Been Working On
Kilgore American Indian Art
We had a fantastic time photographing beautiful Native American
rugs, weavings and jewelry at the Kilgore gallery in downtown Mancos.
Marveling at the beautiful intricate work by remarkable artists, and
the history from the 1800’s to 1990’s passing through our hands.
(above:”Bird Pictorial” 1980)
Above top, “Track of The Horned Toad” – Teec
left, “Tree of Life” and right “Call of White Buffalo”
Kilgore American Indian Art
email: [email protected]
Owner Kelly is also an appraiser of authentic
Indian art for the Heard Museum of Phoenix.
What We’ve Made
We’ve selected favorite moments and images of our
Southwest travels and created our 2021
“Through The Lens – American Southwest Calendar.”
This is the first of our calendar series.
You can flip through the pages here:
American Southwest Calendar 2021
What We Celebrated
This year we made the best of these strange times with
a zoom Thanksgiving lunch with family. Though apart by
many miles we felt right at home, table to table, by setting
up our Tday feasts for an afternoon of laughter and stories.
Aside from missing hugs and kisses in person, afterwards
we felt as though we’d really been together for the holidays.
What We’re Learning
Above: cooking class from Nov. – “Enchiladas and Posole!”
with Heritage Inspirations online cooking series. Upcoming
December 11th class will be another stellar adventure in
cooking, and learning about the history of the ingredients
and how they found their way to the American Southwest:
Red Chile Bean Tamales – because it’s just not the holidays
without tender, airy handmade tamales – taught by a
James Beard award-winning chef!
Location: Santa Fe, NM – Class sign up: Here
Wishing you Cozy Winter Snuggling and Happy Discoveries,
xo Amy and Mr.D
You’ve made the most of each and every day. Beautiful photos of the native art.
Sheila, Thank you so much. We think of our monthly photos as a scrapbook to share and look back on in years to come. Here is the link to the gallery: https://www.kilgoreamericanindianart.net/
Quite a beautiful combination, the inventory of the native artwork is really making the area more interesting and attractive. Another good one.
Doc, thanks so much. the butterfly brooch was absolutely stunning to observe close up. They all were!
Sorry sorry! It’s been a while but I’ve just caught up with your seasonal photos again. For me it is a loving, meditative series of joy and anticipation of what your next discovery will be. Beautiful photos!! Love the changing seasons.Amy’s cooking class has my mouth watering.. Thank you for sharing your world. Love love love! Ally
Hi Ally, so great to hear from you! We’re so happy you are connecting with our photos, our world. Amy has been making tamales and enchiladas non-stop since her classes. We’re putting the December photos together now. Beautiful snow has blanketed our corner of Colorado.
The amazing photography you always share is wonderful. Very intrigued by the rugs and jewelry, such beautiful work. Glad you got to have a zoom family dinner and I found the Norma Rockwell with chiles quite amusing. Keep up the excellent work.
June, we were also in awe of the artworks. So beautiful and intricate. More zooms and chile art to come in December! 🙂
Beautiful! Any word on the TVShow Jim was involved with? We’re waiting for his close up!
Diane, thanks so much! No news on the TV pilot or the band bar scene. We’ll definitely post if we hear anything!
Is there ever a day when you don’t discover a new interest or intriguing photo opportunity? Wait. I’ve just looked back to your photos and answered my own question. That would be a No. 🙂
Marcella, Ha! We love this! Truth be told, our cameras are always on stand-by and it’s a wonder that anyone would ever recognize our faces from our constant peering through the lenses. 🙂
Nice before and after photos. More of those please! Congratulations on the calendar!
Shannon & Drew, we took your advice from the summer photos and have begun looking for before and after moments, inspired by you. Thank you!! And yes, have a peek at the calendar. The page allows you to flip through the photos for each month.
Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing the changing seasons, your love of Mancos, the beautiful Indian artworks, and your discoveries in keeping life interesting. Never at a loss for creativity and learning with you two.
Hi Chile! as you well know, this region offers a discovery around every curve in the road or bend on the trail. Let’s all make a pledge to stay curious with a thirst for learning!
Your photo documentation is a beautiful and fascinating account of Making The Best Of Covid Times. Love the family zoom image!
Phoebe, thanks so much! There’s so much beauty to be grateful for, and time with family is so precious. Love to you and yours.