Friday, November 07, 2014

Ghost Ranch, NM

Ghost Ranch - summer home of Georgia O'Keefe . . .

On our way North out of Santa Fe traveling toward Durango we stopped at Ghost Ranch where O'Keefe painted during the summer. I could see where she obtained her inspiration. A beautiful place to paint for sure. A very busy place where you can take numerous workshops throughout the summer.
Georgia's studio setup

One of my photos showing something similar to the above photo where she would have been painting from

I fell in love with the landscape here. All the colors of the rainbow can be found here in the area. This place is now a research center. There are two museums of Anthropology and Paleontology here as well as spiritual getaways, horseback riding, camping and you can walk thru Georgia's trails where she painted. Workshops throughout the day and a restaurant with great meals complete the trip. But most of all . . . the landscape!

Guy standing outside some of the buildings
An amazing landscape which O'Keefe probably painted
And to prove we were here - our little Lexi sitting outside an old homestead
One of the many buildings

Storms A Brewing . . . 
As we were leaving Ghost Ranch a storm was brewing and we were caught in a hale storm on our way to Pagosa Springs. Nowhere to pull over for cover in an RV, so we had no trudge on thru it. Luckily, no damage incurred.
Black and white shows the drama of the storm as it was approaching
On into Durango for the night . . . 
We passed through many different changes in scenery along the route till we came to Durango and spent the night at a KOA.
Our KOA campground outside of Durango

View of mountains from our KOA campground

Our campground was high atop a ridge with beautiful scenery of the Silverton mountains in the distance. Our first cool night where we had to actually use heat. I highly recommend this place. It's clean and run by some really nice people.

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