Last week I took a little trip just a few miles North to one of my favorite swimming holes, Abiquiu Lake. Abiquiu is a dammed portion of the Rio Chama River and makes for a great place to go jumping off of the cliffs, swimming back in the coves, and just generally hanging out on a hot summer day.
Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks Abiquiu is a great place to visit, because right across the highway from the lake is Ghost Ranch, a Presbyterian retreat marked by the yellow cliffs made famous by the extended visits of renowned artist Georgia O’Keefe, and legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams.
Last week I decided to try something new, I passing a sign that said,, “monastery”, just North of Ghost Ranch, and I remembered a tidbit from the news about a year ago of a monk getting stabbed at one of the local monasteries. So, a 13-mile trek down a one-lane washboard road, and I arrived at “Monastery of Christ in the Desert”.
It was amazing. The highway, SR 151, runs adjacent to the Rio Chama (Chama River), through thirteen miles of nothing but scenic river. (The Chama also makes for a great float-trip if you’re looking to have a relaxing day on the river.)
Here are two quick pics I took of the local cliffs and scenery. Tomorrow, I’ll show you how I fixed my perspective and also how you can adjust the perspective in your pictures.