It was an amazing day. My friend, Perla Kopeloff (Fiberspace) whose hands you see in the photo above, makes beautiful felted clothing. This is a reversible vest. I think it’s the most beautiful of many beautiful things she’s made. She sells some of her work through Artemesia, a small boutique on Bent Street in Taos, so when I go to Taos, it’s most often with her. I’m company in the car and it’s a chance for us to hang out. She’s amazingly productive and we don’t live in the same town, so getting together needs a little arranging. Still, We don’t see each other often enough.

The dogs stayed at “daycare” and it worked great. I didn’t need to worry about them at all, worry that they were bored or anything. I was free to spend more time and relax.

The journey down was full of wild and beautiful skies; rain, a full rainbow, the southern San Luis Valley pulled out ALL the stops today. It was magic. Taos was cloudy and cool, and it had rained so it was pleasant. It’s been a hard year economically for Taos — no snow and the town depends heavily on people coming in to ski over Christmas break.

It was nice to have a break from the usual, to have fun conversation with my friend who is originally from Argentina, has lived many places in the world and has always been a producing artist.

Here’s one shot of the sky — not great, but you get the idea. This is over the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge, not far from Noahs Arff, the boarding kennel, where, this morning, I was lucky enough to see dozens of cranes, a black shouldered kite hunting and an osprey. ๐Ÿ™‚


Here are photos of Perla’s work that we took to Taos today:

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      • Cool that you saw a kite, too! I’ve not seen one in Colorado before.
        I did my thesis at Fort Lewis on bats, but I don’t like being out so late doing research. That’s why I refuse to do Mexican spotted owl surveys. I’d rather be in bed!
        Have you been to the Orient Mine to see the bat colony there? I got up there a couple years ago. Pretty neat place.

      • I’ve been to Valley View Hot Springs once, but not at night. It’s one of my friend’s favorite places. I would love to have grown up to be a wildlife biologist or a physicist or followed one of my science passions, but I could never pass exams that had formulas on them. I think it’s OK; it didn’t stop me from observing or appreciating nature. But it would have been cool.

      • I tried getting my science degree in the 80s and was flunking chemistry and had other issues. Frankly, I think the instructors make all the difference. When I got my degree at Fort Lewis in my 40s, it was entirely different. Small school vs. big university. I know you arenโ€™t going to go to school now, but Iโ€™ll bet you know how to learn what you need to understand as much as anyone else.

      • I have a learning disability. In the 50s/60s, no one paid attention to stuff like that. I have it with words and numbers, but numbers are worse (no phoenics). B, 8 and 3 look almost the same to me, p, q, g; 5, 2, Z and S, 4, F and A — there are more. It’s a pretty long list. That made algebra practically impossilble. I always understood what was going on in my science classes (which I LOVED) but couldn’t pass an exam.

        I didn’t learn of it until I was in my 30s and had lost — over the space of 5 or 6 years — 800 dollars in my checking account. The bank went through everything with me and I made no mistakes bigger than 50 cents, but over a long period of time, it added up. My Aunt Martha got me a calculator and that helped a LOT.

      • I can see how that would make school a challenge. Itโ€™s too bad that it has taken teaching so long to evolve for different styles of learning.

  1. Sounds like a good day–a fine field trip. I’m fascinated by felting–your friends work is gorgeous. Looks like she also does some hand painted silk work–the scarf? Cool stuff. I’ve been tempted to try felting, and it hasn’t made it to the top of my list yet.

    • I don’t think she does silk painting, but she integrates a lot of different silk products into her felting, so who knows what’s in there. Fiber arts are big down here. I cannot imagine doing any of it. I don’t think it will make on any list of mine other than “Highly unlikely” ๐Ÿ˜€

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