Caribbean skies by Tim Gerdes

Sunset from the balcony of our cabin on the cruise ship. Kurt Vonnegut once wrote, “I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’”

Well, if this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.

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Kohunlich & Dzibanche by Tim Gerdes

On a recent trip to Mexico, I had the opportunity to tour the ruins of two Mayan cities, Kohunlich and Dzibanche. It is believed that Dzibanche was the first capital of the Kan dynasty, sometime during the fifth or sixth century. Explorer Thomas Gann gave the city its modern name from the Mayan word for written on wood, in reference to carved wooden lintels discovered at the site.

Kohunlich takes its Spanish name from the English phrase meaning Cohune Ridge, in a reference to cohune palm trees. In modern Mayan the site is known as X-làabch'e'en. The ruins sit on a 21-acre site in the middle of a sub-tropical rainforest, and is most famous for its Temple of the Masks. Dating to 500 A.D., the temple’s staircase is flanked by large stucco masks representing sun god, Kinich Ahau.

Eastern State Penitentiary by Tim Gerdes

the historic Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, was the first prison designed with the Quaker philosophy of penitence through isolation. Closed since the 1970s, when the cost of repairs became prohibitive, the decaying Eastern State is now a historic site. 

Death Row

Al Capone's cell

The Hospital

Operating Room

Star of David from the synagogue door

Synagogue door

Chaplain's office

Think Summer by Tim Gerdes

Respite from the cold

Respite from the cold

Have been playing a bit with a light tent. We had some citrus fruit in the kitchen and the bright colors are a nice distraction from the snowy weather. 

Los Poblanos Historic Inn, Albuquerque, NM by Tim Gerdes

The front door of the ranch house at Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm

Some recently rediscovered photos from a 2006 trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm was designed by noted southwestern architect John Gaw Meem in 1932. The ranch was originally owned by Albert Simms and his wife Ruth Hanna McCormick, who both served in the United States Congress.

A bench at Los Poblanos

Entry, Los Poblanos

The living room at Los Poblanos

The kitchen at Los Poblanos

Library, Los Poblanos

The courtyard at Lost Poblanos, designed by John Gaw Meem

Door detail, Los Poblanos ranch

The Sandia Mountains from the courtyard at Los Poblanos ranch

Chili ristras

Door detail, Old Town Albuquerque

The Sandia Mountains