Photos of Santa Fe, New Mexico captured by Don Peterson.
The ability to so easily commute by Rail Runner to Santa Fe from Albuquerque, New Mexico, makes it possible to visit the “The City Different” for an afternoon of dining and sightseeing and be back home in Albuquerque by 10PM. It is such a pleasant way to travel that I much prefer it to driving. I always bring my camera to record my impressions of Santa Fe Day Trips. There is an endless array of details to be discovered even if you find yourself strolling along the same streets each time you visit.If you want free hi-resolution downloads of my favorite Santa Fe, New Mexico photos click here.
Update August, 2017, New Santa Fe Photos:
The photo above shows a beautiful public art installation located near the New Mexico State Capital building in downtown Santa Fe.
Lowriders seen in Santa Fe Plaza as part of a movie set on an early Saturday morning.
Simple, clean Santa Fe style Adobe!
The monsoon season rains has been very good to Santa Fe this year as these wildflowers in front of an old church in downtown Santa Fe attest to!
The Pink Adobe Restaurant in downtown Santa Fe is, to my eye, one of the most charming buildings in this beautiful city!
A scene from Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The photo above shows a statue of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, a Catholic American Indian who became known as the Lily of the Mohawks, erected in front of Cathedral Church of St. Francis of Asissi in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The striking Native American costume shown above is usually on display outside of a gift shop in downtown Santa Fe.
Here is a view an art gallery in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.
This panel shows to prominent sites in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The historic landmark La Fonda hotel, and an old Santa Fe Line train at the Santa Fe Depot.
This is what Santa Fe is all about! Rustic Adobe homes with beautiful hand-hewn touches and textures. Simply beautiful. This doorway (above) is one of the most photographed in Santa Fe.
The photo below shows an architectural detail in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico near the Plaza.
The Best Photo Opportunities in Santa Fe
If you have a limited amount of time to spend in Santa Fe (a day or less) and want to get the best photos, here’s a suggestion. Start with a walking tour of Santa Fe Plaza. This will give you a view of the photogenic New Mexico Museum of Art and the Plaza of the Governors.
Next, head to Canyon Road. Walking along this street, packed with art galleries, you will more find photogenic details per square foot than just about anywhere else in Santa Fe.
A stroll along Santa Fe Plaza and Canyon Road combined will take between two to three hours (if you’re browsing and taking photos). You will find a cozy cafe on Canyon Road or a restaurant near Santa Fe Plaza to refresh after this invigorating stroll. Enjoy!
A visit to Santa Fe anytime of the year will be rewarding. My personal favorites are the summer season with its lush foliage and the fall when cottonwood trees are adorned with shimmering gold color.