Wednesday, February 9, 2011

+ rancho produce

For an open air fruit and veg stand by the side of the road, they certainly had a very grand sign.

Ristras, I learnt, are arrangements of dried chili pepper pods hung just about everywhere as a decorative and food storage thing - in homes, restaurants, random fruit and veg stands.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

+ Albuquerque, New Mexico

At the time, the heat and desert dryness of Albuquerque was overwhelming but now when I look over the photos, I see what a beautifully photogenic place it is. Skylines are spectacular and the pink-hued sunsets of the Sandia Mountains show why they named after the Spanish word for watermelon.

We went for a walk around Sandia Park, where Ben grew up and his parents still live - mostly dusty roads and huge tracts of land with a single house on each.

Looking east, all the way to Texas (maybe).

It was the only time during daylight hours where you could get a respite from the hot climate.

Evening primrose plants adorn the sides of roads, opening up their pretty yellow flowers at dusk.

Storms loomed in the distance, but never reached us.