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Monday, October 07, 2019

Inktober Day 7 - Enchanted

The prompt for Inktober, Day 7, is enchanted.  I immediately thought of the Land of Enchantment - New Mexico.

This is in the big coffee table sketchbook with a Micron 02.

We had New Mexico History in the seventh grade.  Mr. Smith was our teacher.  We didn't know it at the time, but he was a Navajo Code Talker in World War II.  He was so interesting, calm but stern.  We had to sing the anthem of New Mexico or State song.  I remembered, "Oh fair New Mexico, we love, we love you so.  Our hearts with pride o'er flow, no matter where we go ...."  So, I had to look it up.  I found this on the internet:

O, Fair New Mexico Lyrics

Written by Elizabeth Garrett 

Under a sky of azure, where balmy breezes blow, 
Kissed by the golden sunshine, is Nuevo Mejico. 
Land of the Montezuma, with firey hearts aglow, 
Land of the deeds historic, is Nuevo Mejico. 


Oh! Fair New Mexico, we love, we love you so, 
Our hearts with pride o're flow, 
No matter where we go. 
Oh! Fair New Mexico, we love, we love you so, 
The grandest state we know --- NEW MEXICO!

 New Mexico has a large variety of people, scenery, and things to do.   The beautiful green snow covered mountains in the north enchanted circle area, Taos, Angel Fire, Red River, Sipapu and more,  where you can ski but also in the central southwest near Ruidoso.  There are cliff dwellings near Los Alamos and Silver City.  There are mesas, volcano flows, desert and more.  The four corners area has ruins and pueblos as does the rest of the state.  There are missions, pueblos, mining, oil and history to go with it.  Military bases, White Sands Missile Range dot the state.  There are ranches:  cattle, sheep, alpacas, bison, etc.

Turquoise and silver jewelry and other arts and crafts are statewide.  The state bird is the roadrunner.  New Mexico chile is famous, both red and green.  In restaurants if you want both you ask for Christmas. 

Carlsbad Caverns in the southeast is one of the largest caves open to visitors.  There is water in the Rio Grande and lakes, some man made like Elephant Butte and fishing in the small rivers and lakes.  The climate is from the mountains to the desert. 

New Mexico is enchanted.


Jennifer Rose said...

that design would work well for one of those decorative tea towels you see in souvenir shops :)

Jo Castillo said...

Jennifer Rose, thanks. I was thinking of poster/maps you used to see in stores. I didn't identify the areas or towns, but would be fun.

Bag Blog said...

New Mexico is certainly beautiful and diverse. Montezuma?

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, New Mexico is wonderful. I love the Organ Mountains by Las Cruces and the White Sands. I like the mesa country, mountains, etc. Mostly the food!

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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los Niños. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill


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