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Hollyhocks And Sinners. Don’t Shoot The Messenger. 07-26-2023.

Greetings from San Cristobal, NM. This week some hollyhocks at the Saint Francis Church in Ranchos de Taos and a place where god has his eye on you, Farmington, NM.

The hollyhocks are standing tall at numerous locations around Taos. Though not as plentiful this year as in previous years, they remain the iconic summer flowers of Taos.

I shot the image below with a 3-megapixel Nikon 990 camera 20 years ago, in 2003, at the Taos Book Store on Kit Carson Road-a little trip down memory lane for me.

Hollyhock, Taos, NM
Hollyhock in Taos, NM.

The two icons that evoke the high desert southwest are the hollyhock with an adobe building. I made the image below of the Saint Francis Church Plaza with hollyhocks in 2011. Throw in some blue and you have this picture.

Hollyhocks, at the Saint Francis church, Ranchos de Taos, NM
Saint Francis Plaza, Ranchos de Taos, NM.

Let’s go to Farmington, NM, in complete contrast to the scenes above. I still aspire to editorial photography. I’m only the messenger so please don’t shoot me.

In the first image, Jesus, who looks a lot like a young Charles Bronson, is working hard for us!

Jesus sign in Farmington, NM
A sign in Farmington, NM.

There is farming in and around Farmington. There’s a lot more of the oil and gas industry there, employing many gentlemen, who God will want to meet after they die. To me, the message here is, live life, have fun, and party.

Farmington, New Mexico, Strip Joint
“Gentlemen’s” Club, Farmington, New Mexico.
Farmington, New Mexico, Gentleman's Club
“Gentleman’s Club” Farmington, NM.

I do like the light rays traversing the sky, highlighting the sign and the club.

As always, thanks for looking. See you next week. G

25 thoughts on “Hollyhocks And Sinners. Don’t Shoot The Messenger. 07-26-2023.”

  1. We saw some great signs/billboards on our recent drive to and from the east coast. Assurances, admonitions, invitations and warnings. Some were even spelled correctly.

  2. I have been reading Dorothy L. Pillsbury’s books (fron the Santa Fe main library) circa 1950 “No High Adobe” and “Adobe Doorways.” Hollyhocks are featured in many chapters, as I think they should be, as artistically they just belong with adobe.

    The use of “Gentleman” for a criminal has always bothered me, as has “Gentleman’s Club.” I’m glad to see evidence that I’m not alone in this disgust.

  3. I adore hollyhocks and was thrilled to see them all over New Mexico- I named my first shop Hollyhock- in the Victorian language of flowers the meaning is “strength of a woman”
    Lovely- thank you!

    • One lady I know referred to them a funeral parlor flowers, especially ones that look like pompoms. Oh well. I like your interpretation. Thanks, Kristine. G

    • I’m sure doesn’t but the religious nuts think he does and that’s how they communicate these days. Thanks Ron. I hope you are doing well. G

  4. May be a gentleman’s club but they still need the ladies.
    Love the Holyhocks the 20year old doing well and that great familiar church.
    Thanks once again

    • I think the women are more of a lady than the men are gentlemen.
      Thanks Alison. I hope you are doing well and enjoying summer in your neck of the world. G


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