April 29, 2011

Rocking On

Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock,
Perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.
Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two,
And I know it was not the last blow that did it,
But all that had gone before.
~Jacob August Riis ~

We have been rocking on this week. We have been very busy with activities around the house. The landscaping project wrapped up, thank goodness. It looks quite lovely with the sod extended into the backyard. We’ve also seen a lot of Builder Mike and his subcontractors this week, taking care of the final punch-out list for our home. Can you believe that we have lived here 11 months already? We also successfully weathered through the historic storm system that went through the southern states on Wednesday. It was worse than anything I ever saw during my college days in Kansas! Our thoughts and prayers are with our southern neighbors who are hurting right now.

Tonight, I am getting some pictures pulled together for tomorrow’s photo challenge post. I got all of my New Mexico journey images safely downloaded to my computer, organized them (notice that I didn’t say “processed”, LOL), and have them backed up. For tomorrow’s post, I am going to highlight a few from that bundle, just to give you a little taste. Come back tomorrow, OK?

You are probably wondering by now about the meaning of the images with this post! Well, here’s the story. We happened to go into a lovely shop in Old Town section of Albuquerque called Onyx Expressions. It is located just a short block off of the church square. We had a fun time visiting which the shop’s charming owner, Al, and admiring his artistic light fixtures made from onyx. I am a texture lover and my camera was handy, so I thoroughly amused myself by taking pictures of light filtering through the magnificent stones. Aren’t these textures incredibly stunning?

We talked with Al about photography at great length, and he graciously let me let me snap a lot of pictures. For his hospitality, I’m going to send him a DVD next week that has some of the photos I took in his shop. If you ever visit that area, please make a point of stopping in there! You won’t be sorry!

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  1. So glad to hear that you are safely through that storm. I've been wandering around my blogroll looking for those in the South who haven't posted lately.

    Are you going to share some pics of the new sod? Landscaping? Hope so. It's so cool to see a properly landscaped home.

    Those pictures are interesting...all the layers are pretty amazing.

    I'll be back because I'm just like a bad penny.

  2. That was some storm wasn't it, what a great grouping of shots.

  3. I am so glad you guys are okay. The pictures of the ruin from that storm are devastating.
    I have to tell you that your 3rd picture has me mesmerized. It's beautiful. I just can't explain it.
    Have a great night my friend.

  4. glad to hear that you made it through the storms safely.
    Very cool pictures, it will be interesting to see what you might do with some of those in the future.

  5. I had been wondering if any of those storms/tornadoes had been in your area, and was glad to hear they weren't!

    Love the colors and textures of the rock photos. Just gorgeous.

    Yes, definitely post pics of the new sod and landscaping if you get a chance, okay? Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. What an incredible storm system it was!! I thought of you, and I so glad to hear you had no home damage or worse!
    xo, misha

  7. Amazing photos...I can think of so many things to use them for!

  8. Onyx to goodness that third shot down makes me want a hamburger.

  9. You are after my heart. I have been a devoted rock hound since birth. Awesome photos.


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