Crosses in New Mexico

first in a series of crosses in New Mexico

first in a series of crosses in New Mexico

While traveling on the High Road from Santa Fe to Taos last October, we stopped at Santuario de Chimayo. It is a popular shrine and well attended by the faithful in the community and surrounding areas.

second in the series of crosses in New Mexico

second in the series of crosses in New Mexico

There are many crosses in the area, both at the small churches in each village and in roadside settings. Some of them are heavily decorated with rosaries and hand-made crosses of twigs and twine or woven straw. Even the chainlink fences at the sanctuary have hundreds of twig crosses attached to the wires. Other photographs in the series can be seen in the flickr set Crosses in New Mexico.

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  1. Do you have other shots? The crosses in NM are a very interesting part of the culture and tradition. I’d be interested in seeing more.

  2. I absolutely love the first one! So typical of the southwest!

  3. The crosses are – from what I understand – an important part of New Mexico’s current culture and past history. Wonderful study!!!

  4. robertmillerphotography says:

    excellent, I too like the first one outlined by the sky.

  5. i like the dangly beads

  6. Oh, these are so great.

    Hey, did you ever do a post on descansos? The question that Gandalf raises reminded me of that. I’d love to see those.

  7. I loved all the crosses. Thank you.

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