Category Archives: Caught Our Eye

Caught our Eye: Fall Harvest in Santa Fe

It has been a feast for the eyes at the Farmers Market, downtown, around town, and even  my own backyard this fall harvest season in Santa Fe.  I am absolutely loving the colors, smells, flowers, and food—not to mention, a great place to sit outside on our deck and watch clouds over the mountains with a coffee in the morning, or by sunset at night.







Choosing drought-hardy flowers this summer, I was pleasantly surprised to learn more about some of the varieties that will thrive here in the high desert environment.  I am so happy with the first-year’s growth my newest plants have established so far: butterfly bushes, roses, Russian sage, salvia, yarrow, moss roses, Mexican heather, and poppies.

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As for a vegetable patch, I have had some success with raised beds and drip irrigation this year. This is the second summer that we have tried growing tomatoes, Swiss chard, salad greens, herbs, squash, melons, peppers, and herbs, in the desert. It was a quick learning curve to see the mint (a.k.a. strangler vine) trying to choke out everything else in its bed.





I also planted a June bearing and a day neutral strawberry vine this fall, and am very excited to see how they do next year; this year, we got one berry.  But, I am still proud of that one perfect red berry.

Back to figuring out more ways to eat copious amounts of Swiss rainbow chard, which has proven to be the happiest, strongest, most resilient, and dauntless member of our growing plant family by far!


Caught Our Eye: Fall is Here

A few words about fall colors, as October starts and the skies begin to deepen their blue, nights get chillier and crystal clear, the first frost has decorated the grass, and we pick by day (and cover at night) the last of our roses, tomatoes, and butternut squash here in New Mexico.  I have been walking and sitting outside almost every afternoon and every evening in that wonderful, golden five o’clock autumn light—catching those last few rays of summer-ish sun.  This is the road to my house, beautifully filled on either side with wild Mexican sunflowers after a glorious rainy season this year.  They are always one of my favorite things to see on the way home, and I will certainly miss them when November comes.


“For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.
For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.”
-Edwin Way Teale


“A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made.  The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air.”
-Eric Solace

“On such a day each road is planned
To lead to some enchanted land;
Each turning meets expectancy.
The signs I read on every hand.
I know by autumn’s wizardry
On such a day the world can be
Only a great glad dream for me.”
-Eleanor Myers Jewett

I love reading the seasonal poems collected “for gardeners and walkers” here:

Enjoy…here’s to frosty nights by the fireside!

Caught our Eye: ARCOS Dance at SITE Santa Fe

Ok, you all probably know by now how much we love our friends at ARCOS Dance.  I got to see them in a special VIP Preview performance at SITE Santa Fe last night; the company will be offering free dance performances open to the public throughout this weekend.  Their presentation, Kinetic Encounters, is a 30-minute journey through artist Enrique Martinez Celaya’s 12,000 square foot installation at the museum, entitled The Pearl.


Performance times are:
Friday, September 13th at 6pm
Saturday, September 14th at 10:30am
Sunday, September 15th at 2pm and 4pm

Here are a few of my photos from the evening:




Learn more on the ARCOS website, which we recently had the pleasure of designing >>


Photos by Kristin Carlson



Tiny Beads

Pattern and texture, and a lot of patience. This elaborately covered VW Bug caught my eye at the San Diego Museum of Modern Art. The inside (down to the steering wheel) was even covered in tiny beads!

We are currently working on a website facelift for Wings of America American Indian Youth Development Programs, and have been perusing stunning patterns to include in their design. Looking forward to revealing the final design!


Jones Organic Garden

In the middle of the bustling beach city of San Diego there lies an urban farmer working the soil in between sounds of the freeway (which at night passes for the ocean) and fast city life. Tomatoes, kale, corn, string beans, apricots, lemons, avacados, squash, peppers, and many many orange trees are all found tucked into a beautiful home I’m grateful to know as The Jones Organic Garden.

With each visit to Andy’s family in San Diego, his dad fills us up with fresh squeezed orange juice to start the day (each morningreally!), and his mom sends us home with bounties from her garden. Last night we polished off the gorgeous array of light yellow and green string beans. There are so many great resources out there now encouraging urban gardening in any size space. You really can’t get any better than eating food sourced from your own (or if you’re lucky, your friend’s!) backyard.

“..the earth is our mother. She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us…”
– Big Thunder [Bedagi] (late 19th century) Wabanaki Algonquin

– Jackie

photos by Jackie McCormick