Trying to stay safe in my effort to get back home to California, I sheltered in place with my cousin Carol and her husband Ken in San Angelo, in the Texas hill country. They warmly greeted and put me up for a week or so in the best tradition of Texas hospitality. But before that I sheltered in place with my friend Ashley French Scott in Orlando for over a month. You are both angels for taking a chance with this stray.
Cousin Carol(top right, third from right) and her family gathers for a family portrait in their San Angelo, Texas home.
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher(Tyrannus forficatus). This charming member of the tyrant flycatcher family hardly can be considered much of a tyrant. The family gets its name by vigorously defending their territories and especially an active nest. But their beauty and charm belies a tenacious habit of pulling feathers off the head of any other bird that approaches their hood.
Same individual, but a better view of its long tail.
White-tailed Deer(Odocoileus virginianus). Resting in the tall grass of a neighbors fence. These four are only a fraction of the deer that hang out in Ken and Carols neighborhood, but like I’ve said before: deer don’t belong in peoples yards unless they’re on the BBQ.
Deer running when talk of BBQ enters the conversation.
An alien/earthling encounter on the 285, entering Roswell, New Mexico from the southwest. James Dean(far right) offers jumper cables to start up the alien jalopy, while ma offers fresh baked pie while pa scratches his head while holding his Wichester 95′ just in case.
An alien peers from behind a tree to lure earthlings into the local close encounter museum.
White-winged Dove(Zenaida asiatica) on the left; Ring-necked Dove(Streptopelia capicola) on the right. Taken in the J Kenneth Smith Bird Sanctuary and Nature Center, in Roswell. More down to earth avians rather than the etherial aliens.
Western Kingbird(Tyrannus verticalis). Another badass tyrant flycatcher looking for a hawk, owl, eagle to remove some head plumage. Also found in the J Kenneth Smith Bird Sanctuary.
Greylag Geese(Anser anser). Apparently tame pets, because they are not native to North America, they are native to Eurasia, breeding from Europe to Siberia. Konrad Lorenz wrote the seminal, Here Am I, Where Are You(1991) about Greylag Goose behavior, and the implications on human behavior.
Canada Geese(Branta canadensis) family relaxing on apathy near a pond in the J Kenneth Smith Bird Sanctuary. The goslings were quite happy under the watchful eyes of mother and father goose. When I ventured a little too close one of the adults made a move towards my legs.
Pine Siskin(Spinus pinus) on a feeder at the bird sanctuary.
Red-winged Blackbird(Agelaius phoeniceus), caught on the wing. Not a very flattering pose, actually: its landing gear are all mixed in with the tail end of down beat, and to add insult to injury, its holding its mouth wrong. When I contract for a bird sitting(sic), it should conform to industry standards and practices!
Moulting Alpaca(Agelaius phoeniceus), somewhere on the road. I think it was calling its mother.
Cathedral Basilica of St Frances of Assisi in Santa Fe New Mexico, built by Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy between 1869 and 1886 on the site of an older church, La Parroquia (built in 1714–1717). Influenced by the French-born Archbishop Lamy and in dramatic contrast to the surrounding adobe structures, Saint Francis Cathedral was designed in the Romanesque Revival style*.
Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy (October 11, 1814 – February 13, 1888), was an American Roman Catholic Prelate who served as the first Archbishop of Santa Fe. Willa Cather’s novel: Death Comes to the Archbishop, is based on his life and career*.
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (1656–1680) is the first North American Indian to be beatified, and was canonized in October 2012. She was an Algonquian-Mohawk woman of New York State who converted to Christianity at an early age*.
Statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe decorates the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe a historic Catholic church in Santa Fe, NM. Built in late 1700’s, early 1800’s , it is the oldest church in the US dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe*. The church itself is plain: power poles and lines render it somewhat unphotogenic, so I chose to photograph the state because of the color of the statues robe and the similar color of the sky.
Everywhere you go in Santa Fe art objects can be found in great abundance. This particular piece decorates the El Dorado Hotel and Spa. The Hotel itself looks like a giant pueblo, but is somewhat ostentatious and out of proportion to the rest of City of Santa Fe. No pueblo ever built was this huge!
Carved wooden sculptures can be found along a city park that follows Santa Fe’s Alameda Street for a mile and a half. Also, picnic tables, shaded by large trees provide a comfortable place to have lunch and conform to social distancing up and down this great Santa Fe City Park.
Wetland in the Santa Fe Canyon Preserve, technically closed but stir crazy Santa Fe residents socially dispersed into the hinterlands of this great natural resource. There are a plethora of trails to seek solitude and achieve social distancing.