Monday, July 23, 2007

There's no place like Santa Fe.

Can you tell I’m not in Kansas anymore? Yesterday I flew to Santa Fe to take a class at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. I love Santa Fe and I love photography so basically it’s a dream vacation. And it gives me an entire, luxurious week to get to know my new digital camera.

This morning our first assignment took us to Jackalope, a very cool import emporium out on Cerillos Rd. I’ve always loved this store; it’s a wonderful collection of glass, pottery, wood, textiles, beads, things you want to touch and smell and taste. Today we wandered indoors and out, shooting whatever captured our imaginations, and I found this Agave parryii: 16” across, succulent blue-gray foliage, and wildly toothed. You want to touch it but you know you shouldn’t. It’s a tempting, dangerous plant.

I’ve been growing this same species back east for almost two years and my scrawny specimen still doesn’t fill a two inch pot. I hate feeling pathetic and sorry for myself, so I’m putting this plant up for adoption as soon as I get back home. There are times when you just have to let go, and having seen this plant in all its xeriphytic glory here in the desert Southwest I am forced to admit that this is one of those times. Anyone out there want a baby Agave parryii?


At July 24, 2007 at 8:31 PM , Blogger molly said...

well, you know us, el, we'd take any plant we found on the street, just to save it and prove that we can make it come back to life...but, i guess sending us a succulent might be a, crazy?

At July 27, 2007 at 12:57 PM , Blogger comfies said...

what a wonderful thing to be in santa fe taking a photo workshop! sounds fantastic.


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