Quarai 2014

Quarai 2014

Quarai in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument was one of the places my mom and friends Tim and Laurie found ourselves on our birthday celebration photo excursion, subsequently named “The Road Less Traveled.” In the prior post, I showed images from 1991. On this October day in 2014, differences are apparent.

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Quarai Mission Ruin, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

The “landscaping” is more manicured and not as much in the natural state seen in 1991. My personal preference is for the more natural state, although I do understand that greater access for more people may have necessitated some changes. You will also note the walk ways are different.

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Inside Quarai Mission ruin, on an intermittently cloudy day

The light, which was beautiful in typical New Mexico fashion on that Autumnal Equinox day in 1991 was a little more dramatic on this October 2014 day. Within the church ruin itself, I could not have hoped for more dramatic lighting. Although it lasted only briefly – as these things do – it was enough for an image I will never forget.

Photography comes literally from the word for “light” and “write.” Photography = “writing with light.” Photographers are aware of this in any image that they create; sometimes it is just more apparent to viewers than at other times. One viewer referred to this particular image as “painting with light.” I am more than happy to take that not only as a compliment but as a statement that the light so briefly available that day spoke for itself.

Quarai in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument in New Mexico – just one more reason to try “The Road Less Traveled.”

2 Replies to “Quarai 2014”

  1. Of course the structure looks the same more than 20 years later, but the vegetation was much more lush in 1991 after a decade of higher than normal precipitation (water was running over the spillway at Elephant Butte dam in 1989). Some 20 years later after NM returned to it’s normal state of dry, the vegetation is short and sparse.

    1. Good point about how much more lush the vegetation was back then. I also think it has been trimmed more, but maybe that was necessary to decrease fire danger because of how dry everything else. That is a very good point. The walkway has been changed also.
      The main structure is unchanged, but I am wondering if more of the surrounding structures have been excavated, or if they just show up more because the vegetation has been cut so short.
      The light at the time of the 1991 photo seemed so bright and cheerful, appropriate for a wedding. The light we saw in the afternoon in October varied between dramatic, threatening, and then sunny. The light both days was great for photographers. It was a great day!

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