Love Letters to Santa Fe

© 2017, Contemporary Narrative Weavings by Bonnie Clark / Dakini Dreams, Santa Fe Gardens #I, Magic in the Desert

© 2017, Contemporary Narrative Weavings by Bonnie Clark / Dakini Dreams, Santa Fe Gardens #IMagic in the Desert

Santa Fe Gardens #1 is a celebration of the breathtaking gardens one can find hiding behind the high adobe walls in Santa Fe. Rustic garden gates open onto an explosion of color as you follow a stone path deeper into a peaceful oasis created by trees, flowers, carefully selected stones, and sculpture. The iridescence of the hummingbirds catches your eye as they flit about from flower to flower. The high desert mountains of Santa Fe are home to an astonishing diversity of flora, from traditional succulents and drought-resistant plants to roses and fruit making each garden unique in its beauty. And, because it’s Santa Fe, a work of art.

Magic in the Desert: Santa Fe Reflections is my love letter to Santa Fe and its surrounding areas. Join me on my journey as I explore the unique landscape and culture of the City Different and the Land of Enchantment.

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High Desert Dawn

© 2017, Contemporary Narrative Weavings by Bonnie Clark / Dakini Dreams, High Desert Dawn #1, Magic in the Desert

© 2017, Contemporary Narrative Weavings by Bonnie Clark / Dakini Dreams, High Desert Dawn #1Magic in the Desert

There’s something magical about early mornings in Santa Fe. The crispness of the air, the stars fading as the sky starts to lighten, the occasional howl of a coyote. I haven't found a better way to start my day than sitting on my porch, wrapped in a quilt, savoring my first cup of coffee while watching the sunrise. A morning meditation. A gentle nudge to be grateful for all I have and for the journey I’m on no matter how odd that journey seems sometimes. A daily reminder that no matter what’s going on in my life, and in the world, each morning brings another opportunity to start fresh.

Following the Gypsy Winds Home

© 2017, Contemporary Narrative Weavings by Bonnie Clark / Dakini Dreams, Aspens #I, Magic in the Desert

© 2017, Contemporary Narrative Weavings by Bonnie Clark / Dakini Dreams, Aspens #IMagic in the Desert

The high desert of Santa Fe has been calling to me so I followed the gypsy winds home. 

My plants arrived happy and healthy and have welcomed several new additions to our family. I've unpacked and settled in. And my new studio, with an amazing view of the mountains, is set up and ready for me to get to work.

I've slipped back into life in Santa Fe as though I never left.

I believe there are some places your soul recognizes as home and Santa Fe is that place for me.

There’s a mystique to Santa Fe that engages all the senses and is impossible to explain. It’s the simple things of everyday life… the warmth of sunlight on an adobe wall in spring, the crystal blue skies in summer, the breathtaking colors of the cottonwoods and aspens in autumn, and the smell of piñon and juniper smoke in winter. There’s a reason why so many artists call Santa Fe home. It’s hard not to be inspired every time you step out your door. 

Earlier this year, I started the Magic in the Desert: Santa Fe Reflections series as a way to exorcise my homesickness. But they ultimately led me home. Never underestimate the healing power of art.