025 - Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico
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Updated - March 2015 / with color photos
This newsletter points out the best places to set up a tripod on a walking tour of the back streets of old Santa Fe. Get a detailed tour of The High Road to Taos with photos of the high points along the mountain road.
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The Pueblo Indians, living on the site of Santa Fe, long before any Europeans arrived, called their village "the dancing ground of the sun." The quality of the light in northern New Mexico is unique. Since the area is located on a high plateau on the edge of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at 7000 feet, the rays of the sun are not filtered by that last mile-and-a-half of the earth's atmosphere. There is no major industry in Santa Fe or Taos and almost no humidity to create a diffusing haze. Pure colors and sharp-edged shadows are the themes of many of the local artists. Santa Fe and Taos galleries display the work of thousands of painters and photographers, all trying to capture the essence of this part of the Southwest.
Starting with a photo exploration of old Santa Fe, this newsletter points out the best places to set up a tripod on a walking tour of the back streets. You'll get a detailed tour of The High Road to Taos with photos of the high points along the mountain road. Here are the best back roads around Taos for days of great photography. The highlight of this trip is the Taos Pueblo. You'll discover where to find autumn color near Taos and details on visiting pueblos in the area including Acoma Pueblo, called "Sky City." A great destination for photography at any time of the year.