Santa Fe & Taos

My wife and I visited these two amazing communities during the last week of September. The reason for our weekend away from Scottsdale was to visit many of the local art galleries, since my wife is a watercolor artist looking for gallery representation. But, we also appreciated the much cooler weather we encountered and the many photo opportunities I found.

While in Taos, we stayed at a great bed and breakfast called Casa Benavides. It’s located right in the center of town on Kit Carson Road and within easy walking distance to many galleries and shops. After a great overnight stay and tasty breakfast, we took the “High Road” south to Santa Fe. Along this drive are some spectacular views and several interesting galleries.

While in Santa Fe we spent one day walking both sides of the street known as Canyon Road. This narrow little road is home to dozens of art galleries catering to just about any art taste you may have. Even if you’re not interested in purchasing art, it’s a great way to spend a day just browsing.

The highlight of our trip was traveling up to the Ski Santa Fe area northeast of the center of Santa Fe. This turned out to be one of the most beautiful drives I’ve ever encountered. With Fall just around the corner, the trees were just beginning to show off their vibrant yellows and oranges.

It was a great trip! The photos below were taken during the travels in both areas. Click on the first photo to start a slide show.

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  1. Pam October 12, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    Great work! You don’t realize how beautiful the scenery was until you see one of Tom Mangelsdorf’s photos of it!!!!

    • Tom October 14, 2013 at 10:59 am #

      Hi Pam…

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting.


    • ceil October 25, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

      What beautiful photo to make into watercolors. Thanks for the travel tips

  2. Fiona October 14, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Beautiful photos of beautiful subjects Tom. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at them, makes me want to visit them.

    • Tom October 14, 2013 at 10:57 am #

      Hi Fiona…

      Thanks for the comments, and yes it is a great place to get away and see some different scenery from our Sonoran Desert.


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