surprising "park"

August 10, 2020  •  4 Comments

Growing up in Albuquerque during the days when a Sunday outing involved going to the foothills and driving on the dirt roller coaster that was Juan Tabo Boulevard, there were very few parks and no graveyards in that part of town.  So I was always curious why my mother went on and on about spending wonderful days while growing up in the Midwest in graveyards, feeding the ducks in the pond and touring the lush lawns under shade trees. There was a creep factor that I simply could not fathom.  It took me some time (actually adulthood) to figure out that in some urban areas, graveyards are the parks everyone can visit and feel relaxed and safe while doing so.  It was a true surprise and pleasure to explore and photograph the Santa Fe Memorial Gardens this week.  The building was the original attraction. Designed by architect Jon Dick and dedicated in 2015, The Kiva Chapel of Light is a fascinating addition to the south side of town.  With luck, I will be able to photograph it thoroughly, inside and out, and feature it in a future blog.  In the meantime, here is an exterior shot that gives you a glimpse at one part of the building.

Building detail rendered in black and white

Entering the parking lot beyond the first flow of grass, the Trail of Memories, with its metal abstract archway bisects the graveyard, leading to the various parts of the gardens.   


A detail of the arch from the side

Sculpture features significantly in the gardens.  Except for the fact that it is white marble, this piece reminds of the Maltese Falcon.


The Corn Maiden of Sipapu is shown below, complete with corn growing at her base.

Both flowing and bubbling water features attract numerous birds and butterflies.

Thanks to Barbara, Marilyn, Jean and Sam, Karla, Steve, Wayne, Ingrid, and Dianne for commenting this week.  May you all have interesting explorations during the coming week!

until next week,


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Catherine Sobredo(non-registered)
What a beautiful and interesting place to photograph as seen through your lens! Beautiful images Daryl! Thank you! Miss you on FB!
Wayne Gesterfield(non-registered)
I haven't been there but it sure looks interesting.

Your pics are really nice.
I like the way you capture the best angles of architecture.
Steve Immel(non-registered)
Santa Fe Memorial Gardens look like quite a place to photograph architecture and sculptural elements. I'll have to visit. Though I admit to being self-conscious and feeling intrusive in modern cemeteries. I like the black and white, surprise, building detail. You've composed that one beautifully. It marries the modern with Pueblo revival elements. The door, I guess it's a door, honors the Native American origins of New Mexico. Good set.
Fascinating⁉️ The Memorial gardens are a destination and I will tell others. Thanks for scouting the hinterlands of wherever you are and capturing them for us.
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