"This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affectations glow and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at any moment we may see the unicorn."


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fighting the Gray..

July has been a rough month for me...mostly cold, grey, windy days and nights... overwhelmingly depressing?  Oh yes.... I dislike San Francisco Summers....particularly this year after spending two glorious, happy weeks in Santa Fe...seeing Operas and being with the man I love.  I have not felt so alone in quite a while.

That being said, I have tried to combat my sadness by photographing things bright and warm looking.













Don't these look like tiny Bananas?







Mr. Orange waiting for his Dinner!

Although the nights have been foggy, I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of La Bella Luna, peeking through the misty veil....



That's all I can say.....less than two weeks until July ends....  


BUT, I am travelling North to the Valley of the Moon on Sunday for a few days with Joyce and Mimi....it will be warm!  Hooray!

Sending you all many warm hugs and love.

♥ Robin ♥

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Santa Fe 2014








Ah.....Santa Fe....what can I possibly say that I haven't before?  Except, this trip was close to perfect....

Santa Fe Clouds











Chris and I were fortunate to have the same beautiful house we had last year....away from the City, with the Sangre de Christo Mountains as our *backdrop..




Our beautiful, magical Gazebo..where we often cooked and ate outside..

*Chef Christopher*

When we didn't go out to eat, I was blessed to have a man who LOVES to cook....and is a truly great one!  It was lovely to be spoiled .....the only thing I ever did was make coffee in the Morning!



We did have one Storm with Thunder and Lightning!







But, in half an hour, it had departed and the Sun returned!





Chris was busy preparing for Santa Fe Opera.  He had five Operas to do Supertitles for...translating from French, Italian and (a first) Chinese!





Of course, we did go out for lunch, dinner and driving through the spectacular country side...


Lunch at one of our favourite spots....Chimayo


Prickly Pear Cocktails....yummy!


Some of the gorgeous scenery driving back from Chimayo....










Beautiful....BUT, I know you are waiting for some of my *Critter Photos!


Lizards








Bunnies




Even a Hummingbird!



And....of course, Ravens!





A gigantic.....who knows what!



Mr. Stinkbug strolls around...

La Bella Luna
The Moon rose particularly late - so this was the ONLY Moon Photo I took!



Blooming Cactus.....everywhere!





And.....Operas!  (You didn't think I would post about this, did you?  A-ha-ha!)



The 2014 Season





During the Day.....doesn't it resemble a Tanker Ship?



Nighttime




Final Dress Rehearsal for *Carmen*



Here's what Chris does for a living.....all his translations for every Opera appear on this screen.  The Metropolitan Opera in New York has the same system.


Nothing is as gorgeous as the Santa Fe *Violet Hour* as the Operas begin...

A panoramic view of the Opera House as Opening Night begins!


And here we are, all dressed up on Opening Night for *Carmen*!



Whew... a lot of photos....(and I took even more)!  I hope you enjoyed visiting Santa Fe with me!

Love,

♥ Robin ♥

Monday, June 2, 2014

June Potpourri





Day and Night now...  sigh..



Adore this Swan Tunnel in Japan!


The *Mini-Winter* has begun!  BUT, I am going to stay upbeat, optimistic and as happy as I can under *eternally Grey skies*! Posting some colourful photos from May!

I am leaving for New Mexico in two weeks.... ah...cannot wait.

In the meanwhile, here are some BRIGHT photos to make the change into June...









Then. soon....off to Santa Fe.... Opera, High Desert Magic and....Margaritas!

Last June, Chris took this of me at the Santa Fe Opera House after a rehearsal.


Santa Fe Skies











Chin-Chin


May you all have a wonderful, healthy and Happy June!

Love,

♥ Robin ♥