Ode to Norman Rockwell

I was watching a documentary on Norman Rockwell last week and saw one of his illustrations for the first time – it was called “The Connoisseur”.  It was featured in early 1962 as one of his 322 covers of the Saturday Evening Post.  I hadn’t seen this artwork before, but it immediately reminded me of a photograph I took in a small museum in Georgia earlier this year.  Not exactly the same, but brought a quick smile…

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Midnight (1993)

I vaguely remember watching the movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” some years back and not enjoying it very much.  But I also remember seeing the book that inspired the movie and appreciating its cover photograph.  I haven’t given it much thought since, until I was in Savannah, Georgia again this week.  I was looking for something new to do and bought a ticket to the Telfair Museums.  The $20 ticket provides access to the Telfair Academy, the Jepson Center, and the Owens-Thomas House.  It was in the Jepson Center, a small contemporary art gallery, that the original “Bird Girl” statue was standing.

Bird Girl Statue, Telfair Museum, Jepson Center, Savannah, Georg

The “Bird Girl” Statue, now displayed in the Jepson Center, Savannah, Georgia

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High Road to Taos

After leaving southern Arizona, I crossed the border into New Mexico and headed north.  Just above Santa Fe is the High Road to Taos.  This scenic route, averaging an elevation between 7,000-8,000 feet passes through several small Indian pueblos and ends in Taos, as you might have predicted.

Trading Post, Nambe Pueblo, New Mexico

Sacred Heart Church, Nambé, built in the 1940s

Leaving Highway 285/84 just north of Santa Fe, the first pueblo I passed was Nambé.  This church is just off the main road and features the classic adobe style found widespread in the northern part of the state. Continuing north, you pass through some impressive landscape as you climb higher into the region.

High Road to Taos, New Mexico

High Road to Taos, New Mexico

 

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