Photography

St. Francis Dances in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dancing St. Francis
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
Karen Rivera 2009


Feed The Meter, Feed the Homeless

No Pennies, Please
Colorado Springs, Colorado
July 2010
Karen Rivera


San Pasqual ~ Patron Saint of the Kitchen

Patron Saint of the Kitchen

Roadside Tin, Chimayo, New Mexico
Karen Rivera 2006


Taos Roadside Shrine ~ The Deacon’s Blues

The Deacon’s Blues
High Road to Taos
New Mexico
July 2010
Karen Rivera


4 Corners Baskets ~ Zia Pueblo, New Mexico

Four Corners Baskets
Zia Pueblo
July 2010
Karen Rivera

Local Native American Basket Makers incorporate the designs of crosses, native plants, mountains and rivers into their wonderful baskets. Made of raw reeds and natural dyes, the basketmakers weave spirituality into their art.


Saint Ray of Richardsville ~ High Road to Taos

Saint Ray of Richardsville
Roadside Shrine
Taos, New Mexico
July 2010
Karen Rivera


Following My Heart in Winnemucca, NV

Winnemucca Heart
Winnemucca, NV
June 2010
Karen Rivera


Our Lady of Pike’s Peak ~ Summer Thunderstorm

Our Lady of Guadalupe
Tilework
Pike’s Peak, Colorado
July 2011
Karen Rivera


San Raphael, Patron Saint of Travelers



San Raphael
Patron Saint of Travelers
Acrylic on raw alderwood
Karen Rivera 2005


Walking the Rosary


Walking the Rosary
Christ in the Desert
Outside of Abiquiu, New Mexico
Evangeline Chavez

The Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu, New Mexico, U.S.A., was founded in 1964 by Fr. Aelred Wall with monks of Mount Saviour Monastery. Christ in the Desert is located in  Chama Canyon in northwestern New Mexico outside of the village of Abiquiu. It is a fascinating blend of sustainable systems including passive solar, straw bale buildings and medieval silence.

The long, dusty, potholed thirteen mile drive through the serentity and peace of the Monastery’s dirt road offers a true modern-day pilgrim’s journey through miles of Federal Wilderness.

Information about visiting Christ in the Desert can be found here. It’s a remarkably moving experience to walk in and spend the day, as is the rule, in utter silence.


San Antonio Church, Punta de Agua

Punta de Aqua
Highway 55, Southern New Mexico
Karen Rivera

The small villages along Highway 55 have always held a special place in my hard-scrabble New Mexican heart. Using the few resources available in the barren, harsh acres early settlers recycled the ever-present rocks into homes, walls, and churches.

In Punta de Aqua, the rough-cut stone San Antonio Church stands as a monument to an earlier example of sustainable and green building.

If you’d like to walk through Punta de Aqua at street level, click here to go to Google Maps, then click satellite.


Nuestra Senora de Los Dolores de Manzano

Nuestra Nuestra Senora de Los Dolores de Manzano
Manzano, New Mexico
Karen Rivera


Turquoise Steeple at San Antonio, New Mexico

Turquoise Steeple
San Antonio Church
San Antonio, New Mexico
Karen Rivera


Our Lady of Sorrow, Chilili Land Grant

Chilili Madonna
Chilili, New Mexico
February 2010
Karen Rivera


RC Cola Madonna

RC Cola Madonna
Vigil Store
Chimayo, New Mexico
Karen Rivera


Carlos Sena’s Carved Cross

Carlos Sena’s Carved Cross
Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetary
Bernalillo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 2010

This unusual obelisk style grave stone is beautifully carved by hand from rock brought down from Dixon, New Mexico. Lilies, matching flaming hearts and stylized swirls give a European feel to this stone. Truly the work of a craftsman, it stood out as one of the few stones not vandalized or tagged with gang signed graffiti.


Small Easter Wall Church at Sanctuario

Small Easter Wall Church at Sanctuario
Chimayo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 2007


Andreita Avila’s Cross

Andreita Avila’s Cross
Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery
Bernalillo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 21010

There’s something so touching about handmade grave markers. Many of the cemeteries in New Mexico have suffered from vandalism and neglect. Families die out, move away or simply abandon the traditional New Mexican ways.

My favorite crosses are what I call the “hard times” crosses: handmade from whatever durable materials could be afforded. Rebar, cement, wood, rocks–everything is fair game and free. Oddly enough, the poorer the community, the better kept the graveyards are.

Andreita Avila’s Cross is on the left side of Our Lady of Sorrows Graveyard in Bernalillo, New Mexico. It’s proximity to the Placitas off-ramp has made it a vandal’s dream so it was heart-warming to find this small pocket size memorial exactly where it was placed  years ago.


Sanctuario ~~ A Traditional View

Sanctuario ~~ A Traditional View
Chimayo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 2007


Sanctuario Gate

Sanctuario Gate
Chimayo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 2007


Chimayo Easter Cross with Pink Lilies

Chimayo Easter Cross with Lilies
Chimayo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 2007


Carlos Medina’s Doors

Carlos Medina’s Doors
Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2005


Izzie’s Easter Cross

Izzie’s Easter Cross
Bernalillo, New Mexico
sebastian 2010


Cornelio’s Cross

Cornelio’s Cross
Northern New Mexico
sebastian 2010