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This is one of my favorite New Mexico prints by 

Howard Cook. I love the way the light is hitting the portal and brushing across the cobblestones in the foreground.  

Cook always uses such dramatic contrast of light and shadow 

in his prints.I discovered this building the very first day I was in Santa Fe. It's right on the Santa Fe Plaza, 

which is ground zero for the town.

At the very end of the Santa Fe Trail.


Those men, and the horses, too, are just patiently waiting.  But for what? A meeting with the governor? Advent is about arrival, coming, emergence. What is in that wagon?  

What's coming down the trail? Santa?


There is so much in this print to enjoy.


Howard Cook, Governor's Palace (El Palacio Real), 1926