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On the streets of Albuquerque

In contrast to other travel article assignments this year, I didn't get the time to arrange visits to any artists' studios in advance of the trip to Albuquerque. But I did see some great things as we walked around the city. Such as, the bunches of dried chilis suspended from the frames of colonnades:
Beautiful old pottery in the Albuquerque Museum of Art:

Crushed tin cans decorated by children and fixed to the walls of an old downtown cinema, now being used as a religious meeting place:

Navajo Code Talkers sitting at a table in Old Town, publicising a book about their exploits in WWII:

The cool, shaded interior of the Iglesia de San Felipe de Neri on the Plaza in Old Town:

And to cap it all off, on our last evening, there was a terrific thunderstorm, followed by a double rainbow. I shot this photo out of our hotel room, looking towards the Sandia mountains at 8 pm:

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