I have spent a lot of time in Torrance County, New Mexico lately, mostly out at rural land properties. Recently, I had time to do a little exploring and I saw that Quarai Mission Ruins were on the way to a land photo shoot. Near the town of Mountainair, and part of Salina Pueblo Missions National Monument, the Quaria Mission Ruins remain the most intact. Approaching them on foot from the small parking lot, visitor center and museum, one does not expect the towering opening once passing through its main doorway. I marveled at all the stones and was told by the ranger on duty they were not quarried, there were enough just lying around on the ground to make that great structure!Read More
One of the most popular places for local photographers to go and make photographs is Heritage Village in Largo. As is often the case with these commonly photographed places, I had never been there until this past weekend where I had my first opportunity to make a brief photo survey of the old building interiors and exteriors, with the former being much more interesting. The railroad station shown in the above and below images was perhaps the most interesting of all since it was fully decorated with old time suitcases, signs, etc.
There is no question that suitcases of the past with how they showed wear and tear are far cooler baggage than modern luggage and their bland plastic housings. However, I cannot say I would want to lug one of those bulky suitcases around with it banging against my leg. Of course none had wheels for pulling effortlessly behind oneself.
I imagine many people still live in log cabins similar to the one above, but with perhaps a few more modern touches inside.
This old classroom was very cosy and free of electronic distractions. I could fit comfortably in the desks and appreciated their ambidextrous design. Being a lefthander, I suffered through many right-handed designed desks in elementary through high school.
I thought to myself how strong farmers from a century ago must have been to be able to wield such large and heavy tools. None of the tools were available to touch. I would have liked to have given them a try!