Happy Thanksgiving!

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Click on this image to see a larger view of the image on my Thanksgiving Day e-card.  It was created using a Canon 70D with the 18 – 135mm Kit Lens – handheld.  The Canon 18-135mm EFS IS  is a great lightweight,  do-everything travel lens with  silent and  fast autofocusing. The ISO was set to 400 and the aperture was f10 with a shutter speed of 1/500 sec. The image was shot RAW and has been processed using layer masking techniques utilizing three different versions of the image to emphasize the color of sunset; the dark blue sky and the rays of the sun, breaking through the cloud. The image was taken at the top of Sandia Peak in Albuquerque NM.  

 The weather was fabulous and it was an awesome experience being up there. I took several  other images which you can see below.  Most of non-sunset images were taken using the Canon 10-22 mm EFS, wide angle lens.   The sunset was gorgeous . . . but, turning the camera the other way to see the effects of the sunset generated some very visually interesting images.

While I was in the area, I also made a visit to Chimayao, NM.  I hadn’t been there in while . . .the last time I was shooting a Nikon F3HP loaded with Kodachrome.  . 

El Santuario de Chimayó has become known as the “Lourdes of America,” and attracts close to 300,000 visitors a year, including up to 30,000 during Holy Week (the week prior to Easter. It has been called “no doubt the most important Catholic pilgrimage center in the United States. The sanctuary was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.  Many of the Pilgrims go to get their hands on the Miracle Healing Dirt that comes from a small hole in the floor of a very small one window room in the corner of the building. You can see the entrance to that room in the right hand corner of the last image in the gallery below.

I was happy to be back in a Holy Place that provides hope and maybe even healing to the thousands who make the pilgrimage  each year to  El Santuario de Chimayo.  It is a tiny village .. easy to miss and off the beaten path.

Here’s a few of my images … hope you enjoy.

Thanks for viewing my Thanksgiving Day card and clicking thru to see it, and some of my other images.  Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, peaceful 2016 Thanksgiving Day!