Beruit on the Plaza

Last night on the Plaza, Beruit performed a free concert that brought out the village. Zach Condon & his bandmates gorgeous tones filled the nighttime air with beautiful harmonies. A onetime resident of Santa Fe, he talked about having worked at the Haagen Das store (that he could see from the stage) and wondered if he could get a free cone after the concert.

You can find out more about the band here:

Here’s a little teaser of the concert:

Santa Fe Monsoon Season

Monsoon is here a few days early.

Take a look at our spectacular summer rainfall and make a note to bring a sturdy and sizable umbrella when you visit.

This kind of weather is common during the International Folk Art Market, which is July 10th-12th this year. The festival goers get caught unaware and promptly get drenched.

Santa Fe Winters

It’s a new year, and I’ve been looking through my photos from the six winters I have lived here. Santa Fé is a top destination for both Holiday and seasonal travelers with good reason. The air is crisp and clean, breathing it in feels like drinking purity. The farolito lights add their warm glow to the night sky and the Plaza sparkles with Christmas lights. Yearly traditions like the Christmas Eve Farolito Walk on Canyon Road brings everyone out of their houses to stroll the galleries, sip apple cider and take in the season.

If you come to Santa Fé for the Holidays, be sure to:

1. Do the Christmas Eve Farolito Walk on Canyon Road. Dress in layers to be warm, and have snow boots.

2. Soak at Ten-Thousand Waves. The cold air steams off the water while you relax in 106 degrees of bliss. The sandals you get in summer are the same in the winter, so bring some Ugg’s, or boots with good traction, as it gets icy up there.

3. Visit Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Built in Romanesque Revival style, the architecture is stunning with its Corinthian columns, vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows.

4. Spend some time at the Plaza enjoying the Christmas lights.

5. Have some Christmas enchiladas to celebrate the season.


All photos © Suzanne Kessler, except where noted.

St.Francis Cathedral at Christmas

St. Francis Cathedral at Christmas

Icicles at Ten-thousand Waves

Icicles at Ten-thousand Waves

The Perfect Winter Landscape

The Perfect Winter Landscape

40 days after Burning Man

On a recent, unusually warm fall day the playa beckoned. Reports I have read on the Leave No Trace principle have either been written by Burning Man or the BLM. I wanted to witness the condition of the playa for myself. Amazingly, deep tire grooves in the ancient lakebed surface seemed to be the only indicators that 66,000 attendees were here 40 days ago.

As I drove around the ghost town of Black Rock City, a few items were found. Were they sourced from the Burning Man event? There is no way to know, but here are the scarce specimens:

One sock:

Found Sock on the playa


One plastic thingamajig:

Found on the playa

One seal of some kind:

Found Seal on the playa

Tremendous kudos to the DPW (Department of Public Works) & all the crew members who stay that extra month scouring the Playa for MOOP. You are modern-day heroes, every one of you.


All media © Suzanne Kessler

Coyote Song at Sunset

“Coyotes move within a landscape of attentiveness. I have seen their eyes in the creosote bushes and among mesquite trees. They have watched me. And all the times that I saw no eyes, that I kept walking and never knew, there were still coyotes. When I have seen them trot away, when I have stepped from the floorboard of my truck, leaned on the door, and watched them as they watched me over their shoulders, I have been aware for that moment of how much more there is. Of how I have only seen only an instant of a broad and rich life.”
Craig Childs, The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild